1100 euro for a 1 year old pair is quite incredible, new price is almost 3 times higher!
Borderdog, I completely agree with your statements about room placement. It's indeed very important and small changes in placement can make a lot of difference.
Nick, those s25's and s1.4's you auditioned must have been in a bad room because they certainly don't lack bass at all. Actually, I never heard a dynaudio speaker that lacked bass. It's one of their strong points IMO.
Good speakers in a bad room sound worse than average speakers in a good room.
Like I said before, I had the chanche to either go for a pair of second hand S25's or a new pair S1.4's. I decided to go for the contours, because I feel they sound more balanced at low volumes, which is important to me. The s25 needs more volume to shine IMO.
Great speakers though and the esotar tweeter is amazing, but something just didn't feel right to me.
For my taste the C1 is dynaudios best standmount speaker (and I haven't even heard the mkII). Highly personal opinion ofcourse
CD, hopefully everything's going well for you now.