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Dynaudio Core 5 & Core Sub Compact

Active Monitors By Paul White
Published July 2024

Dynaudio Core 5 & Core Sub Compact

Dynaudio round off their high‑tech Core series with a compact nearfield monitor and an active subwoofer.

The Core 5 is the baby of Dynaudio’s Core series of monitors, measuring just 190 x 353 x 265mm and weighing only 8.6kg. It has applications both for nearfield monitoring and for use in immersive multi‑speaker arrays, both scenarios in which its small size is an advantage. This is a two‑way active monitor with a flared, slot‑shaped front port. Where more low‑end power is needed, the Core 5 is fully compatible with Dynaudio’s Core Sub Compact subwoofer (see box).

The power supply accepts 100‑240 V AC at 50/60 Hz, and feeds twin Class‑D Pascal amplifiers, with one 280W unit driving the mid/woofer, which sports the familiar Dynaudio slotted dust cap, and a further 280W available for the 28mm Cerotar Pro soft‑dome tweeter. These cross over at 3.8kHz, with crossover duties handled by the internal DSP. The Core 5 delivers a bass response down to 45Hz at ‑6dB, and 51Hz at ‑3dB, which is quite an achievement for such a compact speaker. The 5‑inch woofer employs Dynaudio’s proprietary MSP (Magnesium Silicate Polymer) cone material, which was developed to provide a good balance of weight, stiffness and damping. Finished in a dark‑grey textured paint, the cabinets appear to be made from MDF and are very solid.

The Core 5 rear panel offers an analogue XLR input, a digital AES input and thru out, as well as a word‑clock input.The Core 5 rear panel offers an analogue XLR input, a digital AES input and thru out, as well as a word‑clock input.The tweeter features something that Dynaudio describe as a Hexis resonance‑defeating inner dome. One of the benefits of this is said to be a non‑fatiguing sound. The spec on the monitor quotes the high‑frequency response as being only 3dB down at 26kHz. As a whole, the monitor claims a maximum SPL of 110dB at one metre when used in a ‘half space’ setting.

To compensate for location relative to room boundaries, the speaker incorporates two DSP filters; there’s also a setting for desk mounting, to help compensate for desk reflections. Anechoic is the setting for use when working away from desks or nearby boundaries, with other settings including Free, Wall or Corner. For use with a subwoofer there’s also the option to cut the response below 80Hz using a Linkwitz‑Riley high‑pass filter. Further adjustments, Bright, Neutral or Dark, are available for the...

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