I purchased a pair of Dynaudio Emit 20’s from Eastern Hifi in October 2023 for a touch under $2k.
I’ve been listening to Polk Audio for 20 + years as I am a fan of Polk’s punch when I listen to rock and pop, and their versatility to play jazz, blues, classical and lighter musical styles well.
I’ve been listening to lighter music as I get older so bought the Emit 20’s. Being worth over twice the price of the Polk Rti A3’s I was expecting them to be a significant step up.
I hooked up the Emits to my 140W per channel Yamaha amp, my Blue Sound Node 2 and ran them in for 100 hours then had a listen and was instantly wowed. The top end was smooth, all there but very easy to listen to. The mids present and almost up front – I heard things before that I’ve never heard before on tracks I’ve listened to many times. The bass was full and rich, tighter and deeper with an almost chesty feel – I wasn’t expecting that!
I then played some old rock tracks, the realm of Polks, and the Emits didn’t disappoint.
I then did a side-by-side comparison with the Rti A3s. Most tracks the Emits won through their tighter deeper bass and clarity in the mid and high end, but still being smooth. The Emits have a soundstage and imaging that gives the music a real sense of depth, more engaging and a more enjoyable listening experience than the Polks can provide. The Polks were better at some older harder rock tracks with the classic V shape sound that suit a lot of 80’s rock, however there wasn’t a lot in it.
Then I had a wee think. The Emits RRP at about $1950 and the Polks RRP at $800. Are the Emits worth 2.4x the price of the Rtis? The Emits sound better, and quite a bit better on some tracks. But over twice as good? I’m not sure. The Polks are still a ridiculously good speaker for the price. Maybe that’s just the law of diminishing returns in play.
The Emit20s are a great speaker, enjoyable to listen to for hours, great presence, depth, soundstage and imaging with full rich tight bass, with great balance between the mids and treble.
MP Wellington (Not an actual MP from Wellington 🙂