Over the years, Dynaudio has been making amazing high-end loudspeaker which provides its listeners with incredible sound quality. When it comes to their entry-level loudspeaker, the Dynaudio Excite X12 will be one of the top mentions. It is made to provide musical purity at an affordable price but no matter how remarkable a loudspeaker is, the Excite X12 will still require an equally good amplifier to drive them.
You can’t just grab the nearest amplifier you can find, they need to be able to match the Dynaudio Excite X12 sonic characteristics and have the muscles to unlock their potentials. To do so, you will need to learn more about this pair of bookshelf speakers which we are going to find out as well. After that, we will be listing the best amplifiers that you should go for and pair them with your Dynaudio Excite X12 speakers.
Sonic Characteristics and Limitations of Dynaudio Excite X12
It is an ultra-compact bookshelf speaker which we find that their size will make them ideal desktop speakers. Still, they will need some distance between them and the rear walls as there is a rear-firing bass port situated at the back of the cabinet. When you look at the front of the speaker cabinet, you will find a 1″ silk-dome tweeter and a 5.7″ magnesium-silicate polymer-cone woofer. The speaker has its charm and is quite low profile due to its small cabinet. With the speaker grille on, the Dynaudio Excite X12 should fit in nicely with most house interiors and wouldn’t attract too much attention. It should also blend in nicely with most amplifiers.
The speaker sensitivity of the Dynaudio Excite X12 is very low, it is only 86dB and furthermore, their impedance is at 4 Ohms. These are strong indications that the Excite X12 speakers require high power output amplifiers if you really want to make them sing. Their power handling is up to 150 Watts, pretty high for an entry-level compact bookshelf speaker. We should go for amps that are at least half of their power handling capacity. The frequency response is quite impressive though, it is 50Hz-23kHz (+/-3dB). They can actually go quite deep into the bass extension but probably will still need a subwoofer to support their low-end performance.
The Dynaudio Excite X12 sounds bigger and punchier than expected. The bass frequency is cleanly delivered, with ample weight, and very detailed. The rich low frequency is tight and well-controlled, blending in nicely with the rest of the frequency spectrum. It is really impressive for an entry-level speaker of this size and price point. For home theater, you will still need a subwoofer to supplement the bass performance though. The midrange reproduction is amazing as well, the timbre is natural and the mids have plenty of details. The highs are incredible as well, working in cohesion with the rest of the lower frequency.
Producing beautiful sounding vocals that are realistic and the instruments are highly defined as well. The overall sound reproduction is smooth, transparent, and neutral with a touch of warmth. The soundstage that the Dynaudio Excite X12 could create is astonishing, it is wide and deep, filled with musical nuances and presence. The airiness of the music presentation is so alluring and the accurate imaging provides you with a lifelike performance. When the music passage gets really busy, the cohesion may lose a bit of its footing. Still, at this price point, we really can’t complain.
When playing at high volume, the sound reproduction doesn’t sound harsh and the music presentation mainly sounded smooth. The Dynaudio Excite X12 would do great in a home theater system as they are able to project a huge sound scale and with the support of an active sub, they might even be ideal as front main and right speakers. All in all, the Excite X12 are exceptional speakers, their sonic prowess exceeded our expectations, and they are well worth every penny. Now they will just need the right amps to support them. We will be listing the best amplifiers that you should go for and match them with your Dynaudio Excite X12 compact bookshelf speakers.
Dynaudio Excite X12 Specifications
- Speaker Type: 2-Way Bass Reflex (Rear-Firing Bass Port)
- Drive Units: 1″ silk-dome tweeter, 5.7″ magnesium-silicate polymer-cone woofer
- Frequency Response (+/-3dB): 50Hz–23kHz
- IEC power handling: 150 Watts
- Impedance: 4 Ohms
- Sensitivity (2.83V/1m): 86dB
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 170mm x 285mm x 255mm | 6.7″ x 11.2″ x 10″
- Weight: 6.5kg (14.3lbs)
Best Amplifiers to match with Dynaudio Excite X12
Peachtree Audio Nova150 is a powerful integrated amplifier, with 250 Watts per channel into 4 Ohms, more than enough to fully drive your Dynaudio Excite X12. It is quite rare for an integrated amp to have so much power at its price range. Furthermore, this is a premium Class D amp, utilizing the latest ICEpower amplification and on top of that, the Nova150 comes with loads of features. There is a premium ES9018K2M SABRE32 Reference DAC, Moving Magnet Phono, and many more. The sound reproduction is smooth and warm, thanks to their upgraded Nova preamp, providing the user with lower noise and cleaner backgrounds.
As mentioned earlier, due to the compact size of the Dynaudio Excite X12, they will make an ideal pair of desktop speakers. One of the best desktop amplifiers to match with the Excite X12 will be the compact NAD D 3045 which also comes with plenty of useful features such as a built-in DAC, MM Phono, HDMI Arc, Headphone output, and more. The D 3045 power output is considered good but we will suggest adding an active subwoofer into the mix. The balanced sound reproduction of this small digital amplifier is quite a suitable match with the Dynaudio Excite X12 neutral warm sound characteristic. The NAD D 3045 is also quite laid-back when it comes to music presentation.
The Audiolab 8300A is one of the best amplifiers to match with your Dynaudio Excite X12. The 8300A comes with plenty of muscles that can easily drive your speakers and making them sing. It is a punchy performer with crisp highs, it is also an excellent amplifier to provide you with the most faithful music presentation of your favorite tunes. The Audiolab 8300A has clean sound reproduction with a very quiet background, allowing you to fully focus on your music. The low-frequency performance is impeccable which complements the Dynaudio Excite X12. This integrated amplifier is definitely worthy enough to have an audition with you.
The Cambridge Audio CXA81 can provide a livelier music presentation due to its forward-sounding nature and snappy timings which provides such excitement when listening to your favorite tunes. The muscles they have can easily drive your Dynaudio Excite X12 bookshelf speakers and the dexterity in their bass control is great, not to mention, the impact of the deep bass production can be very satisfying. We will suggest listening to them first as the overall sound reproduction could be a tad lean/bright for listeners who are used to the warm-sounding systems. Still, the bold and energetic music presentation provided by the Cambridge Audio CXA81 is really alluring.
If you are planning to set up a home theater system, we will recommend the Marantz SR7015 which is a 9.2 channel 8K AV receiver. They are amazing for multi-channel soundtracks and also live concerts playbacks, the SR7015 is one of the top few AVRs that have impeccable musicality in them. It also has the latest 3D audio formats to further enhance your home cinematic experience. The 8K UHD video processing will provide you a crisp and clear cinematic visual. The Marantz house sound is also well suited for your Dynaudio Excite X12 bookshelf speakers. The built-in Audyssey room correction technology will further improve the sound quality of your speakers in a specific listening room.
There are plenty of subwoofers to choose from but you should stick with brands that specialize in making high-quality powered subs. To fit the price range of your Dynaudio Excite X12 loudspeakers, we will be looking at SVS subwoofers which have been around for years, and their subs are well-recognized by audiophiles all over the world. You should go for ported subwoofers such as SVS PB-2000 Pro if movie experience is more important for you. For music listening experience, you should go for their sealed subwoofers such as SVS SB-2000 Pro. Do note that sealed subs can be great for movies too but they lack the efficiency and max SPL that the ported subs possess. We do know people who prefer ported cabinets for music though, so in the end, it really depends on your preference.
To Sum It Up
The Dynaudio Excite X12 scales well with power and most of the amplifiers listed here have more than enough to really drive them. They are some of the best matching amps that you could go for and we will also suggest adding in an active subwoofer with crossover at 80Hz (or in the range of 60-100Hz). As mentioned before, you should hear them out first, including the sub you’re getting, and see if your ears like what they hear. Shortlist the ones you really like and go for another round of auditions until you got your number one amplifier choice.