So last weekend I received my Contour S1.4's and had a chance to compare them to the Focus 140's and Contour 1.3MKII. After some serious listening I have more points I would like to make on the differences between these speakers.
Contour 1.3MKII- Great monitor compared to MANY others. Even though they a fairly old design, they still rock. Good bass response, refined un-offensive tweeter, and all around great performer. Compared to some of the newer Dyn. designs it shows it's age a bit.
Cabinets on these speakers are probably the best of the three. Thick veneer's, rich beautiful real wood finish.
Focus 140- Amazing speakers for the $$$. Dyn. might be in trouble in terms of their performance compared to the much more expensive Contour line. They are VERY close in a lot of ways! Bass response is amazing out of these things. Tweeter is great and after some more serious listening I prefer them to the 1.3MKII in every way. These speakers also have great power handeling capabilites and frequency response that is statistically better on paper than the contour and audience.... Barn burner of a performer.
Cabinet is very nice, although on the plain side. Rosewood is very striking on these speakers and has a lot of red in it!
Contour s1.4- Very refined presentation vs. the older contour and the Focus line. While the Focus comes very close the 1.4 trumps it in midrange detail. I also feel that while they not be as "bass heavy" as the Focus they have better tonal quality and perhaps more impact in the lower frequencies. Out of the three pairs these are the speakers for me. They do lots of stuff right and very little wrong.
Cabinet is insanely solid. Metal baffle is a love or hate type of relationship. Rosewood is much darker than on the other two speakers.
Thus I am choosing the Contour line for my setup and have already sold off the 1.3's and have a potential buyer for the Focus 140's. The Focus are amazing! If I was smart with my money I would buy 2 more sets to complete my room, but if I am posting pictures with 3 sets of dyn.'s that I purchased for listening, then obviously that is not the case....
I just picked up a pair of Contour SR's for surrounds and will try to score a single 1.4 or Contour SC, so if anyone has one of these in Rosewood let me know.
Pics. from the day. Nice way to spend a Saturday and 15K!