Dynaudio’s Flagship Studio Monitor
The Dynaudio Core 59 is the flagship monitor in the company’s high-end professional reference series. Featuring state-of-the-art Class D amplification, cutting-edge DSP, and a super-inert 32mm-thick baffle, this 3-way speaker delivers flat frequency response from 42Hz to 21kHz (±3dB). Dynaudio has long been known for their sweet-sounding soft-dome tweeters; their latest 1″ Esotar Pro HF driver builds on this heritage, providing hours of pinpoint imaging detail without the listening fatigue that plagues many other monitor designs. Dynaudio’s proprietary 5″ MSP cone midrange carries the critical vocal range, allowing you to make decisions on vocal balances and solo instruments with complete confidence. Core 59’s 9.5″ long-excursion woofer controls the bottom end without sacrificing powerfully deep low-frequency extension. Depending on your needs and control room size, the Core 59’s innovative Orbit baffle allows flexible positioning for use nearfield, midfield, or as a main monitor — or even soffit-mounted. However you use it, the Dynaudio Core 59 is a serious tool for the discerning audio professional.
Esotar Pro tweeter
Sweetwater knows that listening fatigue is the bane of every studio engineer’s existence. Once it sets in, you’re done working for the day. Dynaudio’s Esotar Pro tweeter features an ingenious component — the Hexis device, an inner dome that sits just behind the diaphragm and optimizes airflow, smooths out the frequency response, and eliminates undesirable internal resonances. The result is exemplary imaging, superb transient detail, and effortless extended high-frequency response.
5″ MSP midrange driver
The Core 59’s 5″ midrange driver delivers incredible detail. It uses Dynaudio’s proprietary MSP (magnesium silicate polymer) cone material for the best combination of lightness, stiffness, and damping. Coupled with an aluminum voice coil, the MSP cone allows incredibly quick response and authoritative control from its neodymium magnet system. With crossover points at 312Hz and 5.1kHz, Core 59 carries more of the critical vocal range in one driver than other monitor designs, ensuring that you can make decisions on vocal balances, solo instruments, and dialogue levels with complete confidence.
9.5″ long-excursion woofer
Core 59’s low-frequency driver is the result of over 18 months of intensive R&D into subwoofer technology, including Dynaudio’s own 18S sub, which extends bass all the way down to 16Hz. The outcome of that painstaking research is a new copper voice coil and glass-fiber former, pushed by ceramic magnets and a 500-watt Class D Pascal amplifier. It gives the 9.5″ long-excursion woofer even more grip on the bottom without sacrificing a deep frequency response.
Dynaudio revolutionized speaker positioning with their AIR series, making it possible to use a 3-way speaker in multiple orientations without compromising the midrange driver and tweeter’s phase response by using sealed midrange/tweeter assemblies that can be rotated in the cabinet. Core 59’s Orbit baffle rotates, so you can use it in left-, right-, or center-channel orientation. You can even position the monitor with the woofer above the midrange/tweeter assembly to accommodate placement in an LCR array in front of a console.
To account for placement in a variety of environments — on their sides, vertically, or perhaps even inverted — Dynaudio gave the Core 59 cabinet indentations on all four sides to accommodate special Dynaudio pads that protect the cabinet’s finish and stabilize the speaker on the mounting surface. Core 59 is also compatible with standard VESA mounting brackets or Dynaudio’s custom K&M bracket should you wish to mount them on a wall or ceiling as part of a multichannel or immersive-format monitor system such as Dolby ATMOS.
Precise input sensitivity and output SPL calibration
The noise floor and signal resolution of any monitoring system is critical to its performance. Whether you’re using the Core 59’s analog or digital inputs, you need to be able to control the gain staging between the monitor controller and the speaker system. To that end, Dynaudio gives you a range of 0dBu to +24dBu to match the analog input sensitivity to the output level. Once optimized, the Core 59 processes all analog signals at a 192kHz sampling rate and 64-bit resolution in the DSP (from the 24-bit A/D converter) for the highest degree of mathematical precision.
There’s also a switch to determine the maximum output SPL with the greatest bit-depth in the DSP. For the maximum level, set it to 112dB. If you tend to work at quieter levels, choose a lower SPL setting to optimize the bit-depth of the DSP for both inputs. When using the AES digital inputs, you must determine which channel (left or right) of the AES stream is used for that monitor. Core 59’s DSP operates at the incoming sample rate and either locks to the digital audio clock or word clock to maintain the most accurate signal possible.
Sophisticated DSP that’s easy to use
When setting up a monitoring system, positioning is critical. That’s why Dynaudio gave the Core 59 two DSP filter switches to address its position and room boundary locations. The DSP is quite sophisticated, but thankfully, it’s easy to use. If you place the monitors on the meter bridge of a large-format mixing console, simply set them to “Desk,” which will help compensate for the first reflection created by the mixing board. If you mount the monitors in a purpose-built wall, setting the Position 1 filter to “Soffit” will compensate for the increased low-end response.
You can compensate for the boundary effects created by placing a monitor close to walls or a ceiling by switching the Position 2 filter between “Wall” or “Corner.” These filters help compensate for the reflections created by the boundary walls, particularly in the lower frequencies. If you’re using the Core 59 with a subwoofer to extend the low-frequency response, there’s also an 80Hz Linkwitz-Riley highpass filter that can be engaged.