Price (RRP): $699
This review is a little different. Yes, I’ll be talking about the Dynaudio Music 1 wireless music system. But I’ll also be looking at how it all works as a multiroom system, because I’ll also be hooking up the Dynaudio Music 3 speaker, which I reviewed here.
Dynaudio Music 1 Features
First, though, let’s see what you get with the Dynaudio Music 1. Thematically it’s very similar to the Music 3, although it’s clearly smaller. The height is the same at 220mm, but it’s narrower at 229mm and shallower at 200mm. And it weighs 1.6 kilograms rather than 3.7 kilograms. Part of that difference is due to the power supply being outside the Dynaudio Music 1 rather than built in.
But it still has a battery built in and can run independently of power for more than eight hours.
Speaking of batteries, I had switched off the Dynaudio Music 3 and put it aside after completing the review a month ago. When I pulled it out and plugged it in again weeks later, the battery was virtually full. The unit had retained just about the full charge over that month.
Back to the Dynaudio Music 1: it presumably has a smaller battery because even though it has the same run-time rating, it has less work to do. This speaker is firmly mono, not stereo. It has two 40-watt amplifiers, one each for the 100mm bass/midrange and the 25mm tweeter.
In terms of style, it’s much the same as the Music 3. Check out the photos. It’s available in dark grey, light grey, blue or red. I was sent the red one.
One other difference, it lacks the IR remote provided with the Music 3. I tried the 3’s remote on the Dynaudio Music 1. It didn’t work, so I guess it doesn’t even have the sensor for the remote.
Dynaudio specifies this unit’s frequency response as 50-20,000 hertz (47-20,000 for the Music 3).
Dynaudio Music 1 Connections
Like the Music 3, the Dynaudio Music 1 has a 3.5mm analogue input and a USB connection. You can plug an iOS device into the USB socket to feed it music. Note, the iOS needs to be reasonably up to date. It worked with the iOS 9.x on my old iPad Mini, but not with the iOS 6.x of my old iPod Touch. It does not work with iPod Classic or Nano devices, nor of course with any Android devices.
But the Dynaudio Music 1 also supports Apple Airplay so I could feed music to it that way with an iPhone, the old iPad Mini. Or, indeed, the old iPod Touch, although I had to google how to use Airplay on iOS 6.
Alternatively, you can just use the USB socket to power some other device (eg. a Chromecast Audio, iPod Classic) which is plugged into the analogue input.
As you will deduce from the reference to Airplay, the Dynaudio Music 1 of course connects wirelessly. That can be via Bluetooth or the network. It is comfortable with the 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi bands. There is no Ethernet port, so Wi-Fi it is.
As for Bluetooth, the unit supports the aptX codec for higher quality music transmission.
You use the Dynaudio Music app to connect the Dynaudio Music 1 to the network. This took a couple of goes, but persistence paid off. Did I mention that both speakers have built-in web pages by which you can see information about them, make certain network settings and update their firmware?
I paid a bit more attention this time around to the Spotify situation. As I thought I’d seen on the Music 3, the Dynaudio Music 1 initially supported Spotify Connect. That was with firmware 0. Of course, one should keep one’s devices firmware up to date. After the app had done that it was firmware 49 and Spotify Connect no longer worked. I’m told there’s some basic chip-level incompatibility so it won’t be coming.