The Heritage Special pays homage to some of Dynaudio’s most legendary speakers – including the Crafft, Contour 1, and Special Twenty-Five. Outwardly it’s affectionately retro; inside, defiantly modern.
The Heritage Special, limited to 2500 pairs worldwide, features a 19mm-thick MDF cabinet finished in sustainable American Walnut veneer. It’s internally braced for extra rigidity and lined with heavy bitumen to further minimize unwanted resonance. Each piece of veneer (including the thin list strips surrounding the front baffle) is matched to its companions – and those for each speaker are matched to each other – for complete consistency. The furniture-grade cabinet goes through three meticulous sanding and lacquering processes. It takes just over three days to build each one from start to finish.
Premium tweeter technology
The tweeter plate is from the highly regarded Esotar T330D. Behind it, however, is a state-of-the-art Esotar 3 tweeter – as found in the flagship Confidence range. It’s the finest, most sophisticated tweeter Dynaudio has ever produced – featuring a larger rear chamber, powerful aerodynamic neodymium magnet system, the resonance-defeating Hexis inner dome, and Dynaudio’s characteristic precision-coated soft-dome diaphragm.
Top-level woofer design
The Heritage Special’s mid/bass driver is a supercharged version of the one you’d find in the now-discontinued $85,000 Evidence Platinum reference loudspeaker. You might also notice that it overlaps the edges of the baffle and its signature groove, as it did in times gone by. The 18W75 XL Heritage Special MSP shares the Evidence version’s exponential diaphragm construction, but then takes the original technology to a new level:
The improved voice-coil uses a classic internal-magnet aluminium design, now on a glass-fibre former
A new magnet system uses both neodymium and ferrite magnets to fine-tune flux around the voice-coil’s windings, which reduces second-harmonics and improves clarity
The new asymmetrical Nomex spider, as seen on Confidence and Contour i, delivers even greater control over the long-throw diaphragm’s excursion.
The Heritage Special crossover has been designed in-house from the ground-up. It utilizes a classic Dynaudio first-order topology and features high-quality components from German manufacturer Mundorf (including its noted Evo Oil capacitors), plus bespoke parts specified by Dynaudio Labs. The crossover uses local impedance correction and time-alignment technology for each individual driver to ensure a smooth transition between the two.
Inside there’s Van den Hul’s CS12 12 AWG wiring, plus Swedish-made damping material. And to hook the speakers up, Dynaudio has opted for WBT’s ultra-high-level 710 Cu mC NextGen terminals.
Made for individuals
Each pair of Heritage Special speakers has its own pair number (of 2,500) etched on to its brushed aluminium back-plate. It’s a chance for those lucky enough to own a set to be able to say they have a unique piece of Dynaudio history in their listening room.
The Heritage Special is exclusively available in the American Walnut finish and is designed to be used with the optional Dynaudio Stand 20 speaker stands, with a dedicated stand adaptor plate also available to directly secure the speakers to the stands. A magnetically attached speaker grille is used.