Apparently I registered on this site a long time ago, but this may well be my first post.....
I'm a long-time Dynaudio fan - have owned many pairs in the Audience, Contour and Confidence lines, including the C2, C3, C4 and Sapphires. For a variety of reasons, I have moved a lot in the last few years, so models keep coming and going. Until just recently, I was living in a tiny condo and I bought a pair of the Xeo 3's to minimize the footprint.
Recently, though, I moved to a much bigger condo, and best of all, it has a very large LR / DR / Kitchen setup, where I'll be able to place the speakers in a rational position, sit 12-15 feet back from them, and have open air extending many feet behind me from there. The "room" is nominally about 14x29, but it is open to the kitchen and the entryway, so it's really in a space that is about 25x30. The only "problem" is one of the long walls is all floor-to-ceiling windows.
I'm looking for advice on what will sound best in this environment. My wife prefers the look of floor-standers, so despite having read about the C1's a lot, I will likely go for C2's, C4's or the Sapphires. Of course, the Sapphires are no longer available new, so that would be a used purchase. And the Confidence line now has the newer models, which I have never heard and have no local place to demo.
I love all types of music, and I love to play it at whatever volume is appealing, which is often very loud. That said, living in a condo limits the ultimate volume level I can play.
So, I'd like any opinions on:
1. Are the C4's overkill for this room and it being a condo?
2. Do the new versions of the Confidence line outshine the Sapphires?
3. Do the new versions of the Confidence line outshine the original versions enough that it's worth paying for a new pair vs relatively easily being able to find a much cheaper used pair of the originals?
4. Any other observations on the setting I'm describing .
If c4s are overkill for a big space like that then when would they ever be appropriate? I'd say go for the c4s as long as you can have space behind them well clear of walls.
As for C4 vs C4ii I've not heard them but my suspicion has always been that the mkii versions of the confidence line are subtle evolutions of a speaker that is already world class. I'd personally have no qualms about buying the first version of these great speakers. Save a boatload and give up very little is my guess. Now if money is no object of course I'm going for the MkIIs. : )