I felt compelled to write after reading the review of the Dynaudio Excite X32 Loudspeakers (TAS September 2010). I read it 3 times before I realized what was causing the uneasy feeling. Baggies of sand placed on top of the speakers – really? Do I buy that directly from Dynaudio or is that an aftermarket purchase?
Am I being too snarky about this?
I can get behind a lot of tweaks that may alter and/or improve the sound of my equipment; but baggies of sand on the tops of my speakers isn’t one of them; I showed the review to my wife and she burst out laughing, then stated that I’d best be advised not to attempt that trick in our family room.
It seems the speaker has a cabinet resonance issue; the review should have been written clearly stating that. As far as I can tell, the entire review is based on the baggies being on the speakers. I cannot ever remember reading another speaker review where the reviewer did this – it seems to me that the fact that the speaker has a cabinet resonance issue is an important fact and the review should have been based on that, with a quick blurb at the end stating that “I tried putting baggies of sand on the tops and it helped”.
I am generally an enthusiastic reader of your mag and have no issues with your editorial policy, cost of equipment you review, occasional political barbs, etc. In fact, I kind of wish your writers didn’t apologize so much to people who write in to complain. That said, I feel that this particular review was done somewhat dishonestly and really doesn’t describe the speakers characteristics accurately.
My 2 cents, and keep up the generally outstanding work!