So... I've had the Contour 60's just over 2 weeks now.
The past 3-4 days I've finally really opened them up for extended periods. I've spent a fair amount of time working on adjusting room treatments, speaker location and general tweaking.
My room is 13x17x9. So, not huge, not tiny.
I'll be honest, when I first got them I liked them and a lot of what they could do, but had some small concerns. The biggest of which was that I thought at times they sounded congested and a little dark. The midrange was a little recessed, highs didn't quite snap off. To this point in my life I've never been a huge believer in break-in. (I've also never owned Dyn's). I was a bit confused and perplexed as I've always felt dyn's were pretty darn neutral. I ordered the 60's after having heard the 20's for a few demo's, liking the Focus 380's for years, and a quick demo on the Contour 30's.
So, I was concerned. I liked a lot of what I heard as I chronicled here, the potential was there. But I had some concerns.
Amp wise, I have a solid amp, but nothing special. It's a bit warm so I started thinking amp change ASAP. (I'm due for one). I'm still amp shopping now, probably just because I want to...
But I said I'll futz around with the room first and speaker positioning, along with really breaking them in.
Well - DAMN - what a difference. I took down my GIK 242 panels from behind the speakers, that opened things up a bit. Then I took my GIK Tri-Trap's from the rear of my room and put them in the front corners. - This resulted in a pretty big change. Things opened up a lot more and the bass tightened up while still giving plenty of thump. All the while I was continuing to pound them pretty hard. 2-3 hours at a time of 85-90 db's after a week of low to moderate listening.
I then made sure to play with speaker position. Tried a few small changes along with toeing them in more. Front of speakers are 35 (inside edge) and 38 inches (outside edge) off my rear wall respectively Center of each speaker is 30 inches in from each side wall. 92 inches apart tweeter to tweeter and about 96 inches to my head. My seated position is about 35% off my back wall. (38% is a good place to start for optimal response). Made sure my 1st and 2nd reflection panels were dialed in correctly.
Well, I'm not sure if it was the break-in or the positioning and panel movement, but damn, these are fine speakers. The low end was always good, had no concerns there. But the midrange and highs are really opened up now. Natural, big sounding, and in no way dark. Never harsh, but I don't know now if I need to go find some crazy hyper clinical and detailed amp.
These are really, really good speakers. My biggest take away for anyone considering them - make sure you demo a pair that has been broken in (and I was a skeptic, always felt 2-3 hours should do it). I did feel they sounded a bit congested at first also. As for room size, if you play with the port plugs and/or have treatments in your room (Bass traps) I think they would be fine in any room at least 10-11 ft wide by 13-14 deep. I would highly suggest in a smaller room like that, bass traps in the corners and port plugs will be your friend.
My plan is to put bass traps from GIK back in the rear corners, but I will try them with the membrane to not affect the mids and highs. I also plan on seeing what the affects are of stacking them on the fronts. Might try a little diffusion in the rear of the room as I changed my rears to Contour SR's and I'm getting some flutter echo from the rears now (I had bi-polars up).
Damn fine speakers.
Last edited by green giant; Yesterday at 10:32 AM.