anybody compare Dynaudio Special 40's/Heritage Specials/Confidence 20's?

I've had the 40's and Heritage, sold the Heritage and kept the 40s.

Felt the Heritage were better in many respects but did not have the speed and energy of the 40s and were not as lively

would appreciate some opinions before I shell out for the 20s




Check out “Studio incar” on YouTube.  He’s done many great Dynaudio speaker comparisons.  Top notch. 

All of the Dyn’s require a quality high current amp to open them up.

As far as the question, it seems like you prefer a ‘V’-curve sound. The 40’s have a (flavor) of a V-curve. All of the higher end, eg Contour and up, do not have the same crossover points and flavor that the 40 has. The heritage is almost monitor-like, which is very neutral. The same will go for the Confidence series. If you preferred the 40’s over the HS, then you will like the Confidence as it has a lot more oomph than the 40’s.

My 2c


I own a pair of Fritz carbon 7se speakers for about 2 years now. Strictly rock and roll. Using a ATI 6002 AMP, stream qobuz and CD's  They are so fast and accurate, and smooth to listen to. Very Happy, haven't heard the special 40's though. Good luck!

I am not sure that speakers with large crossovers can deliver the speed and energy you desire. Crossovers are subtractive...they don't add to the music. 

It's a good question, since they are all similar size and similar price range.

I was never impressed with the Special 40s sound and the Heritage's looks. For me the Special 40s at dealer rooms were too bright and with mediocre imaging. They may have not been placed well, being the reference, near the entrance.

I would choose the Confidence 20s, a no brainer for me. In fact, if I ever upgraded my speakers, and had 2K I would buy a pair used on audiomart.


I have seen several youtube reviews of 2, 3 or 4 of the Dynaudio 2 way line but honestly, I would just listen.