The Dynaudio X14 is another compact bookshelf speaker in the Excite series, it is also one of the most competent entry-level speakers at their price range. They have garnered quite a number of accolades for themselves, and are well-adored by their owners, thanks to the X14 sonic prowess. Still, a talented and competent speaker like the Dynaudio Excite X14 will no doubt need an equally amazing amplifier to help them sound their best.
Without an amplifier, the speakers can’t sing, but we can’t go around just grabbing the nearest amp we can find. We will need a matching amplifier to match the Dynaudio Excite X14 and in order to do so, we will first learn more about them. Once we have gathered enough sonic information about the Excite X14 bookshelf speakers, we will start sharing with you the list of the best matching amplifiers to pair with your beloved speakers.
Sound Characteristics and Strengths of Dynaudio Excite X14
The Dynaudio Excite X14 looks beautiful, the minimalistic design of the speaker matches well with the Dynaudio Stand 3X. You can also put them on shelves or cabinets but they look more classy on matching speaker stands and furthermore, it is better when it comes to sound quality. The Excite X14 will look great with most amplifiers too. Due to their compact size, they are ideal speakers for your desktops and with the right amp/DAC you can use them as your PC/Mac speakers. At the front of the speaker cabinet, you will find a 28mm coated soft dome tweeter and a 140mm MSP woofer unit. If you look at the back, you will see a decent-sized rear-firing bass port. Probably the Dynaudio Excite X14 will require a subwoofer to supplement the bass.
The impedance of this speaker is 8 Ohms which is really good news but when we look at the sensitivity, it is only 85dB. Quite a bummer actually, as you will need a lot of power to make them sing loudly. The power handling of the Dynaudio Excite X14 is up to 150 Watts, quite high for an entry-level compact standmounter. The frequency response is 50Hz–23kHz (+/-3dB), which is impressive, especially how deep it could go when it comes to bass production. The mentioned data have already helped us to filter down the number of potential amplifiers we can choose to match with Dynaudio Excite X14.
The Dynaudio Excite X14 has amazing agility when delivering music, it doesn’t lose its footing and always keeping pace no matter the music genres. The Excite X14 are confident speakers when it comes to pacing but can be a little shy/laid-back. If we look at the bright side, they are actually neutral sounding and do not overemphasize, providing us with a faithful music presentation close to what the artists have intended. The soundstage delivered is bigger than expected, it is quite an incredible feat for such a compact size speaker. The stereo imaging is impeccable as well.
The highs are very detailed and crisp, the clarity is great as well. Making subtle music details sound clear and precise. Pushing up the volume does make the treble a little too harsh sounding but it doesn’t sound cringe in the slightest. The midrange reproduction has plenty of details with natural-sounding quality where the vocals and musical instruments are accurately reproduced. The mids and highs work together cohesively and as for the low frequency, it is tautly delivered. The bass doesn’t have that sonic punch and lacks the weight too, but adding a powered subwoofer into the mix will help improve the low-end performance.
Dynaudio Excite X14 is a speaker with insights and has a neutral-sounding characteristic with a touch of brightness. The speakers do lack a bit of attack and seem to play quite safe when it comes to music delivery. For most music genres, excluding bass-heavy soundtracks, the Excite X14 will be an excellent choice. They will do great in a home theater setup too, mainly surround speakers though, as they are revealing speakers and can produce the surround effects clearly. All in all, at this price range, the Dynaudio Excite X14 is definitely one of the best bookshelf speakers. Now it is time for us to share with you a list of the best amplifiers which you can go for, so to pair them with your Dynaudio Excite X14.
Dynaudio Excite X14 Specifications
- Speaker Type: 2-Way Bass Reflex (Rear-Firing Bass Port)
- Drive Units: 28mm coated soft dome tweeter, 140mm MSP woofer unit
- Frequency Response (+/-3dB): 50Hz–23kHz
- IEC power handling: 150 Watts
- Impedance: 8 Ohms
- Sensitivity (2.83V/1m): 85dB
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 170mm x 282mm x 262mm (with feet/grill) | 6.7″ x 11.1″ x 10.3″ (with feet/grill)
- Weight: 6.5kg (14lbs)
Best Amplifiers to match with Dynaudio Excite X14
The sonic characteristics of the Parasound NewClassic 200 are a suitable match for your Dynaudio Excite X14 speakers. The integrated amplifier provides a pleasing sound quality, which is smooth and warm in nature. The power that the NewClassic 200 possess is strong enough to make the Excite X14 sing and play them at high volumes without making them sound overly harsh. The dedicated 80Hz low pass subwoofer output is handy if you decide to integrate a powered sub to supplement the bass performance of the Dynaudio Excite X14 loudspeakers. The Parasound NewClassic 200 is certainly one of the best amplifiers to go for.
The Peachtree Audio Nova150 is an extremely powerful integrated amplifier and comes with a plethora of features, all at an affordable price. The 150 Watts per channel (8 Ohms) is powered by the latest generation of ICEPower amplifiers and their upgraded preamp delivers warm sound quality that does not add brightness to the overall sound reproduction, enabling you to blast the volume without fearing listener fatigue. The Nova150 is also capable of delivering clean sound quality and accuracy of a digital amp without the harshness. This is definitely a worthy amplifier for your Dynaudio Excite X14 speakers and deserves an audition.
The Yamaha A-S801 will be one of the best amplifiers to match your Dynaudio Excite X14, as firstly it is quite affordable and has above-average power output for the price. The transparency of the A-S801 is astonishing, delivering a clean and very detailed music presentation, not to mention, very faithful to what the artists have intended for us to hear. The neutral sonic characteristic which is slightly towards the bright side, is quite similar to the Dynaudio Excite X14 speakers, providing loads of clarity where subtle details are clearly produced. The low frequency has a punch that complements the Excite X14. Listeners who are used to the warm-sounding systems should really audition them first before deciding.
If you want an even livelier and exciting musical performance, the Cambridge Audio Azur 851A will be the amplifier for you. This is a lively integrated amplifier that delivers plenty of attacks and produces powerful sound. The dynamics and engaging music presentation that the Cambridge Audio Azur 851A brings, furthermore, it has plenty of muscles to drive your Dynaudio Excite X14 bookshelf speakers. For those who are used to the bright-sounding systems, then the Azur 851A will be a suitable match as it can be too forward-sounding at times. The only qualms we have is that there is no dedicated subwoofer output but we can still use the preamp output to connect an active sub though. At this price point, and how clean the music delivery is, we really can’t nitpick too much.
Wyred 4 Sound mINT is another amplifier that has plenty of power and loads of features. The compact size of the mINT amp makes it ideal for a desktop sound system, and furthermore, with the built-in ESS Sabre DAC, you can easily connect to your PC/Mac and use Dynaudio Excite X14 as your desktop/PC/Mac speakers. There is also a powerful headphone amplifier which is great if you have high-quality headphones. The neutral sonic character of the Wyred 4 Sound mINT makes it a suitable match for your Excite X14 speakers, providing accuracy and clean power without interrupting the sonic signature of the speakers. The mINT is one of the better-sounding Class D amps and definitely one of the best amplifiers to pair with Dynaudio Excite X14.
The Dynaudio Excite X14 will do well with the support from an active subwoofer. You can check out Dynaudio Sub 3, it is aesthetically matching and should have similar sound signatures since both of them are from the same company. Active subwoofers made by SVS are also worth your time to check them out, as they are probably one of the very best subwoofer makers in the world. There are two types of subwoofer to choose from and it all depends on your entertainment preference. If home cinematic experience is more important, you should go for ported cabinet such as SVS PB-2000 and if music listening is your main entertainment, you should go for sealed subwoofers such as the SVS SB-2000 instead.
To Sum It Up
These are some of the very best amplifiers you can match with your Dynaudio Excite X14 loudspeakers and you should give them a try by hearing them out. Do include the potential subwoofers during the audition if possible, as this would give you a more accurate picture of how it will sound overall. It is also better to listen to them in your own listening room but could be quite difficult to arrange. Feel free to use this list of amps as references too, you should audition at least one or two from the list before comparing to others.