Dynaudio - Made in China vs Denmark


    I  recently Purchased a new pair of Dynaudios. The floor model I auditioned were 'Made in Denmark' but the pair which was shipped out by the dealer was 'Made in China'. They are still boxed. Whats should I do:

1. Swap with the showroom floor model (they were probably a yr or 2 old)

2. Unbox and use my 'Made in china' pair ?

My main concern here is the quality of the product from China. Resale values.

Anyone with experience please chime in. 



I’d be upset with this too..  I think I’d swap them out for the made in Denmark pair. 
Good luck! 

Is it exactly the same model the one you’ve  received, and the one you had listened with your dealer. If so, it is not honest, because as chairo said, it reduces potentiel market value.


I would be after the dealer I purchased them from and let him know that they were not made in Denmark as he represented to you. That is the issue. Tell the dealer you expected to receive what you ordered and expect him to honor your expectation. Only you know what will make you happy in this situation; perhaps an exchange for a Made In Denmark pair with a partial refund if the pair is a demo or a full refund/return or even keep them and accept the misrepresentation. 

Part of the heritage of Dynaudio was the tradition of Danish cabinetry utilizing Danish hardwoods. Denmark naturally (pun) possessed ample old growth forests of hardwood of the highest known quality in the world. For those that aren't familiar, old growth refers to forests with hundred year old trees. The wood is denser, harder, more durable, and more beautiful compared to species of trees grown in conditions designed for quick growth and harvest. 

Due to multiple factors including population growth and climate change, old growth forests are disappearing at an alarming rate. China imports US old growth wood to satisfy it's ultra-wealthy for floors, cabinets, and residential woodwork. Do they import such wood for speaker cabinets? Does Dynaudio export it's Danish wood to China for construction of speaker cabinets? Regardless of loudspeaker manufacturer I believe the answer is no. Doing so would defeat most of the cost savings. I said "I think" because the industry is very secretive about such details. 

Cycling has been a hobby of mine almost my entire life. Not just the physical act of cycling but also bicycle construction and design. Over the last twenty years the manufacture of top tier bicycle frames has transitioned from Italian, French, and US made frames to Taiwan and China. This coincided with the [relative, not absolute] death of hand assembled steel and titanium frames as carbon fiber frames emerged as top of the roost. The fabled brand name of Bianchi is a classic example. For many years their top-of-the-line model still bore a "Made in Italy" emblem on the frame and yet by all accounts they were actually built in Taiwan where carbon fiber mold processes are the most advanced and most economical in the world. To this day many of the most expensive brands of bicycle frame manufacturers (Colnago, Pinarello, Cervelo et. al.) are secretive about where their carbon fiber frames are built.  The audio industry is similar when it comes to the top names that traditionally built all of their equipment in their native country. 

If you were expecting made in Denmark and the dealers demo were made in Denmark then I'd not accept them myself. I'm sure they still will sound fine but in the back of my mind I'd always be wondering and it may not be enjoyable to listen to them knowing this fact. But that's me and you asked.