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^^ We could always bitch about the AVS ads. Don't get me started though; I hate, hate, hate them! rolleyes.gif

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Firefox + Ad Block
Wouldn't that block the entire Forum ? biggrin.gif
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Example #47 "How to quote someone out of context"
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Of course...speaker-matching is also important.

I find using the same speaker for the left and right works best, especially for tonal balance and imaging .biggrin.gif
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Example #47 "How to quote someone out of context"
I find using the same speaker for the left and right works best, especially for tonal balance and imaging .biggrin.gif

Also having both speakers in the same room greatly improves the stereo effect but is greatly exaggerated if placed in opposite corners of the long wall of a large room. wink.gif
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Example #48 "How to quote someone out of context"
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Rob80b, you crack me up!

Sincerely,
Rob80b

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CD, mobile device viewing is your friend smile.gif
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My above comments are, I kid you not, real life scenarios, which I’m sure most have come across at one time or another.
I remember quite clearly back in the early 70’s friends inviting me over to listen to some music on their new stereo, one speaker in the dinning room the other either in the living room, kitchen or bedroom. The speakers were usually large in size, so as not to upset the décor they were placed randomly wherever, out of sight out of mind.
Getting the speaker separated as far as possible really enhanced Jimi Hendrix’s guitar and effects panning on “Electric Ladyland”, especially in the dark!
And of course scavenging to get one’s first stereo together in high school back in the 60’s often meant putting together a hodgepodge of components, and one was lucky if that entailed getting identical speakers, usually putting discarded car speakers in any wooden box was a weekend project, all great fun but times have changed.

But my point being is to put things in perspective, this hobby is whatever you want to make of it and depending on where you’re coming from, bickering over what’s best is sort of superfluous, it’s all relatively very good.

Sitting in front of my setup and listening to music almost feels like a privilege, and all I can say is “baby you’ve come a long way”.

Just don’t get too anal, discussing and lusting after your next upgrade is all part of any hobby, pride of ownership is great, but our nature is to analyze and criticize, so if we get knocked around just take it all in stride, the point is to have fun and “Listen to the Music”! smile.gif
Edited by rob80b - 9/16/13 at 11:33am
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Premier Acoustic Lifestyles is having an event this weekend at their store in Nashville, they have the X14's, 34's and 38's on display as we speak. This is the only new Excite out in public until the Cedia show next week and the RMAF show mid-October.
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Mick, can you tell us how the Xeo line is selling compared to the other Dyn models? I am just curious to know if people are liking the wireless speakers idea.
Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Tom Grooms View Post

So any reports of the new Excite Series sightings?

New Excite Series has landed @ Crescendo in Boulder, Colorado. Stop by the store or visit us in room 493 & 494 @ Rocky Mountain Audio Festival.



Caution! Sounds may appear more realistic then normal.
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Wishing everyone well in Boulder! Maybe a few minutes with the New Excites will ease some of the flooding stress!
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Hello all,

I thought I would attempt to elicit opinions on the Dynaudio Contours S1.4.

I would like to save for the C1s, but with a new baby, it will take some time.

My system consists of a Logitech Squeezebox Touch, Meridian 568 DAC, Audio Research VSI55.

I was running a pair of Cremona Auditors - and man, was I ever happy to own a pair of Sonus Faber! Beautiful boxes that made beautiful music.

Over the last few weeks as I played more and more music, I noticed the treble became a little loose on female vocal (jazz), operatic sopranos, and some orchestral timpani.

Some discs sounded wonderful, and some discs (a very specific set) didn't.

I used to own a pair of Proac 1SCs - never had that problem. I guess the Cremona Auditor (not M) were too revealing in my system. Not sure.

I'm considering a pair of Dynaudio S1.4s.
Any thoughts? Would this be considered a step down? I know that Audio is a funny place. What something costs is not reflective of capability.

Last point - does anyone know if they will be updated this year? I haven't been able to find anything from anywhere.

Thoughts appreciated.
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I really wish I had a larger room to put these in but am in a flatting environment.

Hope to own the C4s eventually, probably extending to a Bryston BP-26 and maybe 1 or 2 4BSST²s



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Originally Posted by Isobaric View Post

I really wish I had a larger room to put these in but am in a flatting environment.

Hope to own the C4s eventually, probably extending to a Bryston BP-26 and maybe 1 or 2 4BSST²s



Huh, I have the same pic on my wall...
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Originally Posted by lordemsworth View Post

Hello all,

I thought I would attempt to elicit opinions on the Dynaudio Contours S1.4.

I would like to save for the C1s, but with a new baby, it will take some time.

My system consists of a Logitech Squeezebox Touch, Meridian 568 DAC, Audio Research VSI55.

I was running a pair of Cremona Auditors - and man, was I ever happy to own a pair of Sonus Faber! Beautiful boxes that made beautiful music.

Over the last few weeks as I played more and more music, I noticed the treble became a little loose on female vocal (jazz), operatic sopranos, and some orchestral timpani.

Some discs sounded wonderful, and some discs (a very specific set) didn't.

I used to own a pair of Proac 1SCs - never had that problem. I guess the Cremona Auditor (not M) were too revealing in my system. Not sure.

I'm considering a pair of Dynaudio S1.4s.
Any thoughts? Would this be considered a step down? I know that Audio is a funny place. What something costs is not reflective of capability.

Last point - does anyone know if they will be updated this year? I haven't been able to find anything from anywhere.

Thoughts appreciated.
wish i could actually help you, but seeing as i have never heard either of the ProAcs or Sonus Fabers, im not sure what to tell you. i have always found that the higher and higher up the chain you go, the more revealing the speakers tend to get. i have had to get used to the fact that some of my music just sucks as far as the recordings go, even tho i still find them fun to listen to. I listen to a lot of indie and alt rock, those never have the best recordings, so i just enjoy the music. if im ready to listen to something that sonically breath taking and well recorded I turn on classical or jazz.
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Originally Posted by lordemsworth View Post

Hello all,

I thought I would attempt to elicit opinions on the Dynaudio Contours S1.4.

I would like to save for the C1s, but with a new baby, it will take some time.

My system consists of a Logitech Squeezebox Touch, Meridian 568 DAC, Audio Research VSI55.

I was running a pair of Cremona Auditors - and man, was I ever happy to own a pair of Sonus Faber! Beautiful boxes that made beautiful music.

Over the last few weeks as I played more and more music, I noticed the treble became a little loose on female vocal (jazz), operatic sopranos, and some orchestral timpani.

Some discs sounded wonderful, and some discs (a very specific set) didn't.

I used to own a pair of Proac 1SCs - never had that problem. I guess the Cremona Auditor (not M) were too revealing in my system. Not sure.

I'm considering a pair of Dynaudio S1.4s.
Any thoughts? Would this be considered a step down? I know that Audio is a funny place. What something costs is not reflective of capability.

Last point - does anyone know if they will be updated this year? I haven't been able to find anything from anywhere.

Thoughts appreciated.

I've owned both the VSi-55 and S1.4s. Dyns are all about current, right? And I found the VSi-55 to be very stout-sounding, for it's rating. So I think the VSi-55 and S1.4 pairing, would be a very nice one.

OTOH...in general, while the S1.4 is a very good speaker; in comparison to some others, I did find it to be a little bass-rich in balance. A little over-ripe or warm. Not the worse presentation in the world...and it'll certainly help you prevent fatigue, as the S1.4 is a very easy speaker to listen to. The only concern I might warn about, is a warm tube-amp...with a warm-ish monitor, might be too much of a good thing. Then again...the VSi-55 is not overly-warm, for a tube IA; pretty linear (especially if you go KT120s)...and pretty best-of-both worlds (I really liked that amp, and might be in the market for a VSi-60 myself); so I still say it's a combo worth trying.

However...and as you know, it's not something for nothing; the C1 is considerably more expensive. But if part of your question is "is the C1 really that much better" (and worth saving for); I would answer an emphatic yes! The biggest difference, in my mind, is the Esotar2. Dyn stand-mounts have notoriously good bass for their size. As I said, in the S1.4...with the Esotec...that makes it a bit bass-heavy IMO. But the C1...that Esotar really soars, without ever being etchy...and brings the speaker to perfectly balanced, and just the best of everything. World class.

Hope that helps, and good luck.
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Guys; did I mention I was having an audio fire-sale? LOTS of kit for sale. Just PM if you're interested in hearing the offerings.

Spam over. wink.gif
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sprinkled a little extra pixie dust this morning and daft punk sounds incredible. both my 3 yr old son and 9 daughter are dancing around. (oh and i sprinkled them with pixie dust too)
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Originally Posted by lordemsworth View Post

Hello all,

I thought I would attempt to elicit opinions on the Dynaudio Contours S1.4.

I would like to save for the C1s, but with a new baby, it will take some time.

My system consists of a Logitech Squeezebox Touch, Meridian 568 DAC, Audio Research VSI55.

I was running a pair of Cremona Auditors - and man, was I ever happy to own a pair of Sonus Faber! Beautiful boxes that made beautiful music.

Over the last few weeks as I played more and more music, I noticed the treble became a little loose on female vocal (jazz), operatic sopranos, and some orchestral timpani.

Some discs sounded wonderful, and some discs (a very specific set) didn't.

I used to own a pair of Proac 1SCs - never had that problem. I guess the Cremona Auditor (not M) were too revealing in my system. Not sure.

I'm considering a pair of Dynaudio S1.4s.
Any thoughts? Would this be considered a step down? I know that Audio is a funny place. What something costs is not reflective of capability.

Last point - does anyone know if they will be updated this year? I haven't been able to find anything from anywhere.

Thoughts appreciated.
I almost bought a pair of SF Cremora Auditor M's. Then I heard the original C1's. Well the C1's were just what I was looking for. The SF's were just 1/2 hair too laid laid back for me. The C1's also had more low end. I have since upgraded to the C1 Sig. The MKII/Sig sound a lot better at lower listening levels. The originals sounded much better as you increased the volume but the MKII/Sig sound great at all levels. I do believe the originals will play a bit louder but for me that was too loud. I also don't believe there is any speaker that will make all recordings sound great.

That being said when I heard the C1's I refused to listen to any other Dyn speakers because I heard what exactly I was looking for in a speaker and didn't want to price justify my purchase. smile.gif Because I agree paying 2X the amount doesn't give you 2X the sound quality.

As far as the female vocals sounding a bit loose you may have a static buildup on your cables. I use Nordost eco3X to rid all my cables of static when I hear things I don't like that were never a problem in the past.

Just my experience and my opinions.
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Originally Posted by callas01 View Post

sprinkled a little extra pixie dust this morning and daft punk sounds incredible. both my 3 yr old son and 9 daughter are dancing around. (oh and i sprinkled them with pixie dust too)
Daft Punk sounds amazing threw the 160s I listen to it a lot and really enjoy it when I'm not listening to some Hi Res 192/24 files in jazz and blues that is .
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Daft Punk sounds amazing threw the 160s I listen to it a lot and really enjoy it when I'm not listening to some Hi Res 192/24 files in jazz and blues that is .

Hey Factor

So you are drinking some of that Kool Aid tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by OctaDyn_Dude View Post

As far as the female vocals sounding a bit loose you may have a static buildup on your cables. I use Nordost eco3X to rid all my cables of static when I hear things I don't like that were never a problem in the past.

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Originally Posted by lulimet View Post

Yes I'm serious. I have Nordost Frey SC and Tyr2 ic's and it does make a difference. I can't remember to periodically treat the cables but when I hear something is amiss. I'll treat the cables. It will make a pretty big difference [B}only[/B] when there is excessive static build up.
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A pretty big difference? Alrighty then, moving on...
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Hello all,

Thanks for the responses so far.
Yes - I know the C1s are a good speaker - regularly termed a reference monitor.
I know that I can't afford them at the moment.

Dynaudio seems to have updated everything in the last couple of years except for the Contour line - which used to be the bread and butter line.
To this day, the 1.3 (in all its variants) is hailed as a wonderful speaker - it is still competitive.

I would prefer the Esotar2 tweeter if I could get it.

I think we'll go with the S1.4 for the moment. I'll report back to share my experience.

Lord Emsworth
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Originally Posted by BigAl87 View Post

Hey Factor

So you are drinking some of that Kool Aid tongue.gif
As a matter of fact I am tongue.gif I thought I'd stop by to stock up on some pixie dust to I'm getting low biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by TitaniumMan View Post

How about this? smile.gif
http://www.mystaticguard.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/can22.jpg
It will work too but I find it leaves a residue. A dryer sheet like bounce works and smells better but doesn't seem to last as long. You can even make your own by mixing a teaspoon of liquid fabric softener - a couple of drops of dish soup in a quart of water. But that too leaves a residue smile.gif

That being said I get the most static buildup during the winter months when the furnace runs a lot.
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you guys and gals with the static build up problem must not be using porcelain speaker cable isolation elevators wink.gif
Edited by Tom Grooms - 9/23/13 at 4:46am
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Originally Posted by OctaDyn_Dude View Post

That being said I get the most static buildup during the winter months when the furnace runs a lot.
Get a humidifier. Dry winter air isn't good for anything in your house, including you. wink.gif
As for 'static build up', that's not entirely a pitch for snake oil. What actually can happen is a capacitive reaction can occur between cables and either very dry or very damp carpet, dulling high frequency response. Massive broadband power losses can occur when cables are atop damp concrete. But snake-oil treatments aren't called for, just turn on the AC if the humidity is high, a humidifier if the humidity is low. You and your gear will both be more comfortable.
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