Heritage Special

Real. Beautiful.

The Dynaudio Heritage Special. Authentic premium Danish hi-fi, handmade with love in Skanderborg.

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Heritage Special

 

‘Heritage Special’ isn’t just a name. It’s a salute to traditional high-performance Danish audio design. And each of the 2500 limited-edition pairs is unique.

Listen to craftsmanship. Listen to real wood. Listen to state-of-the-art, hand-built tweeters and woofers. To more than 2000 hours of devoted R&D. To the depths of your record collection. Listen to what you love.

Heritage Special is brimming with the spirit (and flødebolle-fulled boldness) that made the Dynaudio name – plus some extra surprises. Run your fingers over the hand-finished American Walnut finish. Discover the meticulously crafted joins and corners of the individually selected – and individually matched ­– veneer panels. Pause at the signature groove surrounding the baffle (you’ll remember it from the Dynaudio speakers you coveted years ago).

And then put the top-of-the-line Esotar 3 tweeter and souped-up Evidence woofer through their paces with something that’ll rock your socks off.

We made Heritage Special for you.

Made in Denmark

Also on board are two 18cm NeoTec MSP woofers (which also feature powerful neodymium magnet systems and some intensely clever airflow tech); the ultra-stable, ultra-rigid Compex composite front baffle; a completely updated 15cm midrange driver with the airflow-correcting Horizon Surround ; the updated down-firing bass port … and the next generation of the DDC (Dynaudio Directivity Control) sound-beaming technology, including the brilliant DDC Lens around the tweeter.

All the Confidence 30’s components (even the screws and gaskets that hold the baffle in place) work in perfect harmony as part of the DDC platform to vastly reduce floor and ceiling reflections while maintaining an accurate horizontal image. It means you can place the speakers in a larger space without needing room treatment, special rugs or ceilings or… well, anything. It just works. (Something you can learn more about in our six-part podcast series on the Confidence).

And it means you hear only what the artist intended.

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It’s hip to be square

This is where Heritage Special takes shape. Literally. It isn’t a photo-set, carefully dressed to look like a factory. It’s a factory, left as it is, with a finished Heritage Special left on the bench after Martin went home (he didn’t want us distracting him with cameras while he worked).

Martin has been with Dynaudio for 17 years. The cabinets he and his colleague Arkadijs produce are made right here. Each panel is matched – the fronts, sides, tops and bottoms to each other, and then between the speakers in the pair – and then numbered before assembly so they can be kept together.

Next, the list strips. These thin veneers along the cabinet edges are selected for the right colour tone and grain characteristics, then matched to each other (and between each speaker pair) and numbered to sit with the panels.

We use 19mm MDF for the cabinets (it’s a rigid, stable material that’s perfect for the kind of precision cutting and joining you’ll see here), and sustainable American Walnut for the external veneers. Internal bracing is installed to ensure the cabinet is as rigid as possible, and there’s also a layer of heavy bitumen on the inside surfaces that helps minimise unwanted resonances even more.

Once they’re glued and clamped, they’re left to dry. Then, 24 hours later, they’re given to Malene for sanding to perfect smoothness and flatness. By hand.

She makes it look easy. It really, really isn’t.

Malene makes sure the surfaces are ready for Mikkel to lacquer. He applies two coats (returning them to Malene for another sanding after each one), before giving them the final finish. It’s a process we’ve perfected over the course of more than 40 years – and when you run your fingers over that surface, you’ll feel just how good we’ve got at it.

After being checked, lusted over by passing employees and given a goodbye salute, the cabinets are taken to have their drivers, crossovers and finishing touches applied.

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Old’s cool

If you were to ask any Dynaudio speaker how it would want to be built, it would say “like this”. And then point to itself.

For Heritage Special, it was only natural to reach straight for the top shelf when it came to specifying its drivers.

Look closely at the tweeter. Dynaudio historians will notice the unmistakable shape of the legendary Esotar T330D soft-dome tweeter. That’s Special enough on its own – but if a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing jaw-droppingly. So we’ve replaced the insides with the finest tweeter technology we’ve ever created: Esotar 3. You’ll also find it, along with its powerful neodymium magnet, larger rear chamber and resonance-defeating Hexis inner dome, in our top-of-the-line Confidence series.

Taking on mid/bass duties is something equally Special: the 18W75 XL Heritage Special MSP Woofer (sometimes it’s worth giving a component its full honorific). If you were truly eagle-eyed, you might remember its exponential cone design from the magnificent Evidence Platinum series. The difference is, we’ve taken it further: this driver has an improved voice coil (a classic internal-magnet design with aluminium windings, now on a glass-fibre former); magnet system (a hybrid design with both neodymium and ferrite magnets for even greater flux control); and spider (Nomex, as seen on Confidence and Contour i).

The crossover is really quite something. Senior acoustic designer Daniel Emonts went back to basics and came up with a bespoke first-order topology, then demanded it be endowed with the finest components our friends at Mundorf in Germany could supply. Key parts are custom-built to our exacting standards, and Mundorf’s legendary Evo Oil capacitors are used in the critical signal path. There’s also local impedance-correction on board for each individual tweeter and woofer, as well as time-alignment technology, to make for a silky-smooth transition between drivers.

If you were to take the speaker apart, you’d also discover 12 AWG internal wiring by Van den Hul, and Swedish-made polyester damping material. (But you’ll just have to take our word for that; please don’t disassemble your new Heritage Special speakers.)

On the brushed aluminium back-plate you’ll see top-of-the-range WBT 710 Cu mC NextGen terminals – yet another premium detail for you to marvel at. And when you plug in your cables… well, we’d be surprised if you didn’t do it two or three times more just because it feels and sounds so nice.

Finally – of course – there’s also your individual pair number. (We’re being selfish and keeping number 0001 for ourselves.)

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Listen with heart

Sometimes you buy A Thing with your head. You have very logical reasons, and the results are entirely predictable based on the circumstances that Thing finds itself in.

Sometimes, though, you buy with your heart. Logic be damned.

And the results are… well… Special.

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Features

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Classic Dynaudio technology


Magnesium Silicate Polymer mid/bass units, aluminium internal-magnet voice-coils, soft-dome Esotar 3 tweeters, first-order crossovers and more… brought right up to date.


 

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Refined in Jupiter


‘Heritage’ needn’t mean ‘outdated’. We’ve used our state-of-the-art, 13 x 13 x 13m Jupiter measuring array to help tune Heritage Special. (Make no mistake, if we had it back in the 80s, we’d’ve used it then, too.)

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Limited to 2500 pairs


Once they’re gone, they’re gone. And if you’re lucky enough to own a pair, you’ll be owning an exclusive piece of Dynaudio history.

 

Specifications

  • Status Current
  • Segment Home
  • Range Heritage
  • Type Bookshelf
  • Sensitivity (dB @ 2.83V/1m) 85
  • Lower Cutoff (Hz @ +/- 3 dB) 42
  • Upper Cutoff (kHz @ +/- 3 dB) 23
  • Box Principle Bass reflex rear ported
  • Crossover 2-way
  • Crossover Frequency (Hz) 2200 Hz
  • Crossover Topology 1st order
  • Tweeter 28 mm Esotar 3
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Our first listening session with the first playing pair of Heritage Specials was meant to last 20 minutes. It ended more than two hours later. I think that says everything you need to know about these speakers. We absolutely love them

Otto Jørgensen, Director of Product Management

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    Heritage Special

    Specifications

    • Status:
    • Segment:
    • Range:
    • Type:
    • Sensitivity (dB @ 2.83V/1m):
    • Lower Cutoff (Hz @ +/- 3 dB):
    • Upper Cutoff (kHz @ +/- 3 dB):
    • Box Principle:
    • Crossover:
    • Crossover Frequency (Hz):
    • Crossover Topology:
    • Tweeter:
    • Heritage Special
    • Current
    • Home
    • Heritage
    • Bookshelf
    • 85
    • 42
    • 23
    • Bass reflex rear ported
    • 2-way
    • 2200 Hz
    • 1st order
    • 28 mm Esotar 3

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