Dynaudio Special Forty loudspeaker

A highlight of my visit to AXPONA, held last April in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, was the Dynaudio room, where the two-way, stand-mounted Special Forty loudspeakers ($2999/pair) were being driven by a tubed Octave integrated amplifier. "The stereo image was superb," I wrote in my show report; "even more impressive [were] the solidity and believability of the softly struck bass drum that punctuates the Ramirez Misa Criola." I concluded that this dem "illustrated how matching a relatively small speaker to a smallish room can produce optimal and excellent sound quality."

As its name suggests, the limited-edition Special Forty was launched to celebrate the Danish loudspeaker company's 40th anniversary. I had already asked for a pair for review before I flew to AXPONA; they arrived just as I was finishing up my review of the Wilson Alexia Series 2 speakers for our July issue.

The Special Forty, the third anniversary-edition loudspeaker from Dynaudio that we've reviewed, is both less expensive than and quite different from its predecessors. Dynaudio's 25th-anniversary Special Twenty-Five ($5200/pair) was previewed by John Marks in his January 2003 The Fifth Element" column, with a very positive Follow-Up review from me in June 2005. While the Special Twenty-Five was a fairly large, stand-mounted, two-way speaker, Dynaudio's 30th-anniversary model, the Sapphire ($16,500/pair), was an unusual-looking floorstanding design. I reviewed the Sapphire in January 2009, recommended it "with a bullet," and warned that "the remaining 300 pairs of Sapphires won't hang around much longer."

The Sapphire was the last Dynaudio speaker to spend time in my listening room until I wrote about the Contour 20 ($5000–$5750/pair, depending on finish) in our May 2017 issue. The Contour 20 is an elegant-looking, two-way, stand-mounted speaker, and now I'm about to audition another: Dynaudio's Special Forty.

Special indeed
Actually, when I unpacked the Special Fortys, I was reminded not of the Contour 20 but of Dynaudio's no-longer-available Focus 110, two of which reside in the office of Stereophile publisher Keith Pray. The Focus 110 used to sell for $1500/pair, and the Special Forty reminded me of it because while a little larger than the '110, the '40 has an enclosure of the same shape, with sidewalls that taper toward the back and a large, flared reflex port on the rear panel. (If the owner finds the bass excessive, foam plugs are supplied to block the ports.)

The differences between the two speakers are substantial. While the Focus 110 used Dynaudio's Esotec+ D 280 1.1" soft-dome tweeter, the Special Forty's ferrofluid-cooled, 1.1" soft-dome tweeter is the Esotar Forty, a descendant of Dynaudio's venerable Esotar2, used in both the Special Twenty-Five and the Sapphire. The 28mm fabric dome is treated with what Dynaudio calls its Dynaudio Secret Recipe (DSR) coating, which they say "is applied in exactly the correct places and thicknesses to optimize high-frequency reproduction." The Esotar Forty's other improvements aren't visible, as they involve a chamber behind the tweeter that is filled with damping material; a "pressure conduit" controls the air movement from behind the dome into the chamber. There's also what Dynaudio calls an "aero-coupled pressure-release outlet" under the voice-coil to minimize resonances, while the neodymium magnet is small and light.

The Special Forty's 6.7" woofer is based on Dynaudio's 17W75 MSP unit, but features an improved spider for better motional symmetry. The cone and its central dome are formed in one piece from Dynaudio's proprietary magnesium-silicate-polymer (MSP) material, claimed to offer "a precise combination of stiffness, stability, rigidity and damping." Like the tweeter, the Special Forty's woofer has a voice-coil wired with aluminum, to keep the moving mass as low as possible. Sitting inside the woofer's voice-coil is a hybrid magnet system: a powerful neodymium magnet to provide the drive energy, and a ferrite magnet to direct that energy where desired. The benefit is said to be a reduction in second-order harmonic distortion.

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As is usual with Dynaudio designs—but unusual for speakers with flat front baffles—the Special Forty's crossover has first-order slopes. This demands that drivers behave well outside their nominal passbands—Dynaudio says that this was a design priority, that the tweeter's raw response "extends comfortably down to around 1kHz," and that the woofer "can easily handle frequencies up to around 4kHz." The Special Forty's crossover is set at 2kHz, meaning that there is a "safe zone" of an octave either side of it. The Special Forty's internal wiring of OFC copper is sourced from van den Hul, and electrical connection is via a single pair of high-quality binding posts below the port.

The Special Forty's enclosure looks stunning, with unusual striated veneers finished in high gloss. The veneer is created by gluing sheets of birch together, then cross-cutting the layers. Two finishes are available: Grey Birch High Gloss and Red Birch High Gloss. The enclosure's inner surfaces are also veneered, to increase stiffness and prevent warping.

Setup
I sat the Dynaudio Special Fortys on 24"-tall Celestion stands, which placed their tweeters 35" above the floor. The stands' central pillars are filled with a mixture of sand and lead shot, and the speakers were decoupled from the stands with small pads of Blu-Tack. Grilles are provided, but I didn't use them in my auditioning.

As with all small speakers, setting up the Special Fortys involved placing them close enough to the sidewalls and/or the wall behind them to get respectable low-frequency extension, but without the bass definition becoming obscured by room resonances, or the accuracy and stability of stereo images being degraded by close-spaced reflections.

As my room is somewhat asymmetrical—behind the right-hand speaker, two steps lead to a raised area—I ended up with a slightly asymmetric placement. Both woofers were 98" from the wall behind the speakers; the right-hand Special Forty was 52" from the books lining its sidewall, the left-hand one 26" from the LPs lining its sidewall. I ended up with the ports open, which gave the best bass extension without comprising definition. Looking at the measurements taken at the listening position when I prepared the spatially averaged response (see "Measurements," figs. 7 and 8), the left and right speakers' in-room responses were well matched above 500Hz. The differences in the outputs in the region covered by the tweeter was typically <0.5dB.

Listening
The dual-mono pink-noise track from my Editor's Choice (CD, Stereophile STPH016-2) sounded smooth and evenly balanced, though with some slight emphasis in the upper midrange. If I sat so that my ears were above the tweeter axis, the sound had a slightly hollow quality. The central image of the noise signal was narrow and stable, without any splashing to the sides at some frequencies. As I explain in my 1981 essay on stereo imaging, while dual-mono pink noise is certainly not music and doesn't present a "soundstage," it is supremely capable of revealing a pair of speakers' precision of imaging. As I wrote back then, "For a central listener, one has an absolute yardstick for assessing the quality of stereo imaging, without any reference to musical debate, the 'real thing,' direct/reverberant ratios, concert hall acoustics, the subjective experience, emotion quotient, or any other philosophical red herrings. . . . As long as the narrow central image produced by a 'double-mono' signal remains narrow and central at all frequencies, then the system must be inherently accurate as far as stereo is concerned." In their ability to reproduce a stereo image, the Dynaudio Special Fortys are indeed "inherently accurate."

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Bogolu Haranath's picture

The new KEF LS-50 Nocturnes are powered wireless speakers, for $2500 ........ Everything we always wanted (and then some more) ........ May be JA could review them? ....... BTW, they won't obey voice commands or tell the outside weather or broadcast the latest news (or can they via you know who?) :-) .........

JimAustin's picture

I do like the graphics--are they any different INSIDE than the regular LS-50 wireless ?

Bogolu Haranath's picture

The only way we all will know is, if you review them ......... Don't wait for the boss .......... Get them and review them :-) ..........

JimAustin's picture

Hello, KEF? I'd like to review the LS-50W--the pretty ones please, with the android markings. :-)

Perhaps I shall. Any idea if they sound different from the non-wireless LS-50, which Stereophile has covered extensively?

Bogolu Haranath's picture

I know Stereophile has reviewed the passive version of the LS-50 ........ This new active wireless version can do many other things ........ It has USB input in addition to analog input ......... It has wi-fi and Bluetooth connectivity ....... It can connect to streaming services like Tidal ........ It is almost like a smart speaker (like HomePod) ...... The sound quality may be similar to the passive version :-) ..........

Bogolu Haranath's picture

It has built in DSP ....... So, it is possible it may sound better than the passive version ........ It also has sub-woofer output ....... It also has optical input in addition to USB input ......... All this "razzle-dazzle" for $2500 :-) ........

Bogolu Haranath's picture

Try them also with a powered sub-woofer, if you could ........... Go for the gold :-) ............

Indydan's picture

I think the LS50, whether active or passive has received more than enough reviews. The passive LS50 is one of the most overrated audio products ever.
I still cannot fathom how Stereophile has it in Class A (restricted lf) with the likes of Wilson and Magico.

Bogolu Haranath's picture

What about these new LS-50 Nocturnes? .......... They have built-in DSP along with other capabilities ....... The DSP may help with sound quality ..........

Indydan's picture

The LS50 Nocturne were recently reviewed by TAS. I find them ugly to look at!

Bogolu Haranath's picture

I know about the TAS review ......... I trust the ears of Jim Austin :-) .......... Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder :-) ...........

Jason P Jackson's picture

Compared to the Dynaudios reviewed here, LS-50's have less SD, meaning less cone area hence less ultimate loudness. If you have a small room or don't listen to music particularly loud, this won't matter so much. However, I believe, in a larger room the Dynaudio's will outperform them in the bass and power range.

Bogolu Haranath's picture

Agreed ....... Pairing the Nocturnes with a powered sub-woofer(s), would most likely increase the loudness capability. Also, that would provide more bass extension and loudness. We can still use all the other capabilities of the Nocturnes, which I mentioned. Of course that would increase the total cost. But, think about this ........ no need for amp, pre-amp ......... all the wires ........ may be not even any DAC. It has both optical and USB inputs ,,,,,,,, It has analog input ......... so, it is possible to hook-up even analog rig .........

Bogolu Haranath's picture

To add to the above ........... We can use the Nocturnes as a second system ....... We can hook-up lap-top/desk-top/phone/portable DAP directly to the Nocturnes ........ or, use the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities ............

Jason P Jackson's picture

I'm convinced. You'll end up with a great system. And the KEF's are better braced-less panel resonance.

Indydan's picture

You have researched the LS50 Nocturnes quite a bit. You sound sold on them. Are you going to buy them?

Bogolu Haranath's picture

I might ....... I am waiting for a review by Stereophile :-) ..........

Bogolu Haranath's picture

BTW ....... Stereophile Class-A rated SVS powered sub $2000 ....... Total cost of Nocturnes + SVS sub $4500 .........

Jason P Jackson's picture

...and the Nocturnes also happen to look gorgeous. To me anyway

Richard D. George's picture

I have several stand mounted Dynaudio's in out mountain home, including a pair of Focus 160's. Beautiful treble and surprisingly robust bass, given the speaker size.

It is unfortunate about the cabinet resonance. This is not something I would have expected from Dynaudio.

At a different price point, the Contour 20's sure look and sound wonderful.

Jason P Jackson's picture

I agree. The fact Dynaudio has a released a loudspeaker at this price with the degree of cabinet resonances revealed here has me absolutely baffled. Unless perhaps this is a means to compensate for the floor-bounce cancellation characteristic of all standmount designs (in most rooms). There are obviously other factors at play e.g. boundary and especially rear wall reinforcement which can ameliorate the suckout/ cancellation issue in the lower midrange. However, this is rarely a fix. Standmount boxes perched on 600mm stands in big rooms will nearly always have this colouration. If you believe that an acoustic guitar that sounds the size of a tennis ball is hifi, then you are in luck. But for me, I've spent my dollars on a well designed 3 way speaker system that has no such problem. And they were second hand too.

tonykaz's picture

Increasing the Mass and Dampening are the only ways to lower those Resonances.

These Speakers weigh in at only 10 lbs each yet they have rather largish panels.

JA is probably the only one able to notice details like this, I've seen Stethoscopes in pictures of his Work Area.

Tony in Michigan

Long-time listener's picture

Mr. Atkinson, you note that "not one other reviewer had noted an over-lively enclosure or any congestion in the midrange." I also note that you mention an overly-emphasized upper midrange in several different places in your review. I bought the 40s based on only one or two very early positive reviews, and on Dynaudio's reputation for quality speakers. I was pleased with the extra detail and bass extension (after my Excite X12s), but after listening a week or two, I wrote their customer service rep, assuming there must be a problem with my pair: they sounded consistently hard and forward in the upper midrange. No no no, they told me, Dynaudio speakers do not emphasize any part of the frequency spectrum. No no no, they said, there is no problem with the crossover or the tweeter at the bottom of its range. That cannot be--it must be your amp, they said. Today the unpleasant hardness still remains.

I'm trying to decide whether to upgrade may amp, as per their suggestions, or get a different speaker. My amp is and old NAD C272 -- 150 watts into both 8 or 4 ohms -- and I realize that price-wise it's not in the Special 40s' league. On the other hand, many people say amps is amps. What to do?

On another note, all the pictures on line, including here, show the Special 40 as straight-up red. My pair is a kind of pinkish-maroon, certainly not what I was hoping for or expecting.

This was supposed to be the last speaker of my lifetime, and I thought it would be a good choice. I'm disappointed.

Thank you for your review, more honest than most, and more honest than the impression the Dynaudio customer service reps gave me.

Long-time listener

ken mac's picture

You try another amp. I've heard the Special 40s and the rest of the Dynaudio line here at a local NYC store with a variety of amps from inexpensive Marantz integrateds to expensive LIne Magnetics. They've never sounded harsh or forward, but neutral in the best sense of the word. And spatially beautiful. Why not check out the Heed Elixir or Rega Brio? Not crazy bucks and great sound.

Ortofan's picture

... if you want to try changing power amplifiers, consider the Schiit Vidar, or possibly the Parasound A23.
https://www.schiit.com/products/vidar
http://www.parasound.com/a23.php
Otherwise, perhaps you'd be better served by some sort of tube amp.

Axiom05's picture

A good dealer should help you work through these issues. Your dealer should be able to loan you a different amp to try. The dealer should also provide an avenue to replace the speakers for something you are more happy with either through exchange or trade-in. Don't start throwing more money into the system until you have determined where the problem lies.

Richard D. George's picture

Try Contour 20’s, in addition to getting a better amp. I think you will really like the Contours. Maybe your dealer could make the swap less painful.

Richard D. George's picture

Another thought if budget is an issue is to find a used pair of Focus 160’s and buy a better amp. Down the road you could then consider more expensive stand-mounts like Contour 20’s. I have the Focus 160’s and will probably hang on to them when I get a pair of Contour 20’s (or maybe Contour 30 floor standers).

Ortofan's picture

... ELAC Adante AS-61.

ken mac's picture

Died with Mr Hirsch.

Ortofan's picture

... Harman-Kardon Citation II.

Long-time listener's picture

Given where I'm at and what's available here, I'm considering an ATC P1 (driven directly from an NAD M51), or a Simaudio Neo 340i integrated.

I note that both with pink-noise and on the in-room response, JA pointed out emphases in the upper midrange. Measurements on Soundstage also show off-axis flares between 2 and 5 kHz. How much can I expect a better amp to really cure my problem? Thanks

Ortofan's picture

... is troubling you, then you might want to try the Marantz PM8006 integrated amp, which has a midrange tone control whose action is centered around 900Hz.
http://us.marantz.com/us/Products/Pages/ProductDetails.aspx?CatId=HiFiCo...

Bogolu Haranath's picture

Another suggestion is Pass XA-25 ........ Stereophile Class-A ..... Under $5k ........ XA-25 may be the amp to beat under $5k ...........

Bogolu Haranath's picture

Another possible pairing is with the new Rogue Audio tube/transistor hybrid integrated, Sphinx-V2 for $1395 (that is not a typo, $1395) ...........

jaiello's picture

I have owned a pair of the Special 40 for about 10 days now. I have about 50 hours of break in on them. I understand that they need closer to 200 hours to really begin to sound their best. That said I think they sound wonderful. I don't hear that congestion that JA hears but maybe we don't listen at the same levels or same type of music. I prefer 50s and 60s jazz. I listen a moderate volume levels. Before I bought these I tried both the KEF LS50 and the Buchardt S300 MKII SE. The KEF have awesome mid range but couldn't satisfy me in the lower bass regions. The Buchardt had loads of bass but the mid range magic I was seeking was lacking. The Special 40 seem to me like the best of both those speakers. I am 65. This is probably my last speaker purchase. I bought the Red Birch. I just love to sit there and look at them. Beautiful speakers.

Indydan's picture

It's a shame about the cabinet resonances. I thought that for the price, these speakers were too good to be true. Dynaudio put in some very good drivers, as well as a beautiful cabinet finish. Expecting a bullet proof cabinet for this price was asking too much.

woodford's picture

i've had a pair for about a year, and have used them with amps from Musical Fidelity, Peachtree, Icon, Lyngdorf, and a classic marantz receiver. i've owned "bookshelf" speakers from Focal (1007), B&W (Matrix 805), KEF (LS50w) and others, and these are by far the most satisfyingly musical standmounts i've heard in my system.

i don't hear the congestion JA mentions.

and as he and others have said, the finish is spectacular, particularly in red.

Indydan's picture

It's good that your pair of 40s doesn't sound congested. I am happy you like them.

jaykay3's picture

Bummed about this review.
I have focus 160s - which are incredible with Naim equipment, btw...
I was planning on the Specials being my next pair but now maybe no...

Indydan's picture

Duplicate post.

Indydan's picture

I was also somewhat considering the 40s, along with the ATC SCM19. I'll probably still listen to the 40s before making any purchase. I am not too thrilled about this resonance problem though.

Long-time listener's picture

I've had the 40s for close to a year now, and in many respects they are lovely speakers. I mean that: they have great detail, great bass, and are great for voices, etc. These speakers have been praised up and down the Internet -- but by reviewers who aren't rigorous. That's why JA's review was so important to me. He mentioned twice -- with pink noise and in-room response -- the same thing I hear, which is excess upper midrange. To me, they sound too "hot" or "forward" around the crossover region, and to me, that is the very definition of fatiguing sound. These are just not forgiving speakers. I want speakers I can relax with rather than waiting tensely for the next overly forward or harsh guitar or trumpet.

So the question I'm trying to get at is, if JA noticed this with his great equipment, is it really likely that the sound signature of the speaker will change enough for me if I upgrade my amp?

Thanks for all the suggestions already received. LTL

Jason Victor Serinus's picture

Every speaker has a different sound. Ditto for every amplifier / integrated amplifier / preamplifier / DAC / turntable / cartridge. In addition because of differences in cable geometry and materials which, in turn, affect capacitance and inductance as well as the ability to convey signals effectively, different cables sound different with different components.

One approach is to strive to purchase components that sound as full, balanced, and neutral as you can afford, and match them synergistically with other neutral-sounding components. Another is to strive for a sound that pleases you, regardless of whether its balanced or neutral. (Tube warmth and bloom are examples of same.)

A third approach is to acknowledge the deficiencies of a particular product you already own and choose not to replace, and find other components that can help compensate for and balance out the deficiencies. That's another way of saying that you can search for components that counter-balance imbalances in other components. In all three scenarios, I consider cables (speaker / interconnects /power) as components.

None of these approaches can be implemented effectively solely by looking at measurements. You need to put everything together and listen.

Long-time listener's picture

Thank you Jason. Those are all things I've been mulling over. Using a Shunyata power cable on my NAD M51 DAC ended up sounding better than the DIY Furutech cable I had been using; switching interconnects from the Siltech Special Anniversay 550 to an Ortofon copper interconnect likewise helped with smoothness in the highs (but was a step back in some respects). Running directly into the NAD power amp from the DAC was also better. I guess I'm just worried that if I buy a new amp I might still be unhappy even if there are some improvements, which I expect there might be. I read many people who posted on a dynaudio owner's thread and most of them felt the Special 40 did sound quite forward compared to the more relaxed sound of the Contour 20. I wanted to get that one but just felt it was too big and too expensive. Maybe I should have waited but I had already been waiting a long time to upgrade my speakers, and the fact that the other Dynaudio "special" speakers had been so good gave me a false sense of security about these, I guess.

Jason Victor Serinus's picture

Shall I list the number of component choices I made years ago that I came to regret? No point shoulding ourselves to death. We learn and move on... unless we want to stop learning. They who are not busy being born are busy dying.

Bogolu Haranath's picture

"He not busy being born, is busy dying" ............. Bob Dylan :-) ..........

"There is nothing so stable as change" ............... Bob Dylan :-) ...........

Jason P Jackson's picture

Now for me, that saying is one slap in the face.

dalethorn's picture

But he who is born again - not of flesh, but of the spirit - shall never die.

johnnythunder's picture

We live and learn by our mistakes and some of the best audio decisions I've made have been based on reviews and some of the worst too. I know it can be somewhat disappointing to read a negative review of something you've already purchased and hear that an expert find's it somewhat "flawed." But ultimately, just trust your ears. If you like the equipment, nothing any reviewer says should really matter (within reason of course, like if someone points out a safety risk.) I never spend that much on equipment that a bad decision will derail me forever. I just take it as a learning experience and sell the equipment (or give it to my daughter which I did with a pair of (to me) ultimately horrible speakers!) And if I had the disposable income to shrug off a 5 or 6 figure mistake, I could correct it just as easily.

rlo's picture

I own both the Special Fortys and the ATC SCM19 v2 currently. I’ve had the ATCs going on a year now, and the S 40s for about 4 months. I’m thinking of selling the ATCs...the Dynaudios are just eminently wonderful music makers. Definitely more relaxed in the treble region than the ATCs. And voices are just sublimely smooth with perfect body, compared to the ATCs which are leaner and slightly grainier though the mids (in comparison). The ATCs sounds like they have lower distortion overall (I’ve never heard a cleaner, clearer speaker than the latest gen ATCs) but that doesn’t automatically make them better music makers. Are the Dynaudios less accurate and have slightly more distortion? Maybe. But they are simply more fun to listen to and they give me a more “real” experience that I can listen to for longer with less fatigue. I love these speakers.

EDIT: Oh and I forgot the big wide open soundstage on the Dynaudios, which is not a strongsuit of the ATCs at all. There is very precise imaging on the ATCs but mainly within a space that is confined between the speakers. The Dynaudios fill my entire room with sound that extends outside, above, below and behind the speakers.

johnnythunder's picture

Smooth and musical vs. incisive and dynamic and to me, somewhat aggressive. ATCs speakers, like Proacs, are a speaker for a lover of fast, clean, dynamic music. Linn and Naim lovers should love them. If I listened to Led Zeppelin all day with perfect source components I'd like ATCs for a while. I'd also like a big tube amp with JBLs too. Dynaudio 40s strike me as a perfect small system speaker to listen to singer songwriter, classical solo and chamber music etc....A generalization perhaps but this is based on my own auditions of all three brands at shows etc.

Indydan's picture

I have a Naim amp and source. I admit that your written description of the ATCs appeals to me (except for the agressive part).
Your description of the Dynaudio Special 40 sounds like Harbeth!

avanti1960's picture

and found no trace of ill effects from enclosure resonances. They may very well have been voiced in the crossover to compensate as many other speaker manufacturers do.
However the treble was overly extended and slightly edgy for my tastes. They did not sound natural as is often a Dynaudio signature characteristic. This should have been mentioned in the review.

rlo's picture

The review specifically mentioned “The Special Forty's top octave was a touch on the mellow side” and “This recording's rich, warm balance was complemented by the Dynaudio's clean, fatigue-free high frequencies.”.

If you don’t like these speaker’s extended treble and find them “edgy”, you will hate most ATC, Focal, B&W, KEF and many more speakers. These speakers are not edgy in the treble IMO and I would not judge them by a Hi-Fi show listening session - I’m sure the room and the other equipment used would have had a significant impact on what you heard and what you typically hear at home.

avanti1960's picture

yes, i do not care for the speakers you mentioned either. i prefer a speaker that sounds natural like the ones i own and love. many speakers have an exaggerated sense of air and sparkle and many people like that. i'm just not one of them. i believe this is an important distinction to make when reviewing speakers.

rlo's picture

Did you ever think that maybe your preference is for rolled off highs? Nothing wrong with that, but this may not exactly be neutral from a measurement standpoint. If that’s the case, then of course they are not going to call this out in the review because it’s simply not objectively true, and not true to the majority of other listeners who like those other speakers just fine and don’t find them “exaggerated”.

Long-time listener's picture

Earlier in this discussion I indicated that I thought Dynaudio customer reps had not been very honest with me. I recently read a post from someone who works at Dynaudio, attempting to rebut this review. In doing so, he deliberately misrepresents what John Atkinson said about the speakers. Remember that JA's complaint was "unevenness" and "congestion" in the midrange. Here's what that person said. Judge for yourself. The emphasis in setting off certain terms with "***" is mine.

"I apologize for not answering sooner, the R&D team (including me) has been busy with other projects. Regarding the Stereophile review of Special Forty:

One of the marquee features of Dynaudio loudspeakers in general is that we always try to balance all areas of performance to each other, to deliver a coherent performance, where no single area is forgotten. When we create Special Edition or Anniversary models, we tend to allow ourselves to go to extremes in certain areas of performance, but we of course utilize our experience and extensive R&D tools to balance out the performance areas, to make sure the end result is entizing. In the case of the Special Forty, our goal is to deliver the highest possible quality of drivers, in a simple, affordable package. The primary goal of the tuning was to deliver ***a smooth, coherent midrange,*** and an overall enjoyable, musical representation – ***which I believe the Stereophile review acknowledges that we have achieved."***

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