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post #211 of 21631
The current countour line is not that old I don't think. I forget exactly when the countour S series was introduced, but it's relatively new. I would be surprised if it were updated anytime soon.
post #212 of 21631
Great to see a Dynaudio thread here. I like the fact that I can come to this thread rather than search through the thousands of other speaker posts.

I have recently been spending a lot of time in the demo room at a local establishment here. I think I might just be ready to pull the trigger on the new focus 220's and the matching center channel. Although I'm almost wondering how well the 52SE's compare to the Focus 140's, as it would seem to be a lateral move.

I'm currently running the 52se's and the 122c center channel and am extremely happy, but as you all know, the bug bites every once in awhile (I wish it was only once in awhile). So if anyone is looking, I'll pull the shameless plug and say I might have those available very shortly!
post #213 of 21631
I currently own a pair of Confidence 3s and I'm thinking of moving up to another Dynaudio speaker. Would a Contour 3..4 or 5.4 be a significant improvement? I hope to get a chance to listen to them soon, but it's not easy for me to shop them extensively.

Thanks !!!
post #214 of 21631
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Is the Contour line due for a refreshing? It seems that they have been around for four or more years.

No....There are no changes to be announced at CES or in the near future I've been told.

However, the Audience line is being revamped and should be shown at CES.
post #215 of 21631
Dynaudio leave their products on the market longer than most other makers. Some change designs every 5 years, Dyn seem to be around 7 or even longer if there is no real reason to change.

Regarding the Audience line being updated, I am not suprise with B&W updating the CM line and Focal with the new 700 series. The entry level speakers of the major manufacturers are finally getting some attention (that's where the money is made).
post #216 of 21631
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Originally Posted by AudioArchitect View Post

Congrats on the 25's. Huge improvement over the B$W's I would imagine. The Esotar2 tweeter is incredible.


Thanks. One more day to go. I need something besides spikes to stabilize the speakers on the stands since I don't want to mar the speaker bottoms. Any suggestions, guys? Blu-tack?
post #217 of 21631
Blu-tak is my standard suggestion. Works great. Only costs a few bucks at any hardware store.
post #218 of 21631
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by will1066 View Post

Thanks. One more day to go. I need something besides spikes to stabilize the speakers on the stands since I don't want to mar the speaker bottoms. Any suggestions, guys? Blu-tack?

You can buy those 3M rubber feet that stick to the bottom of the stand, and provide cushioning between the speaker and the stand.

Home Depot sells a bunch of them.
post #219 of 21631
I vote for Blu-Tack. It creates a sticky bond between the speaker and the stand, prevents the speaker from falling off if you bump into it.
post #220 of 21631
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Originally Posted by sis8 View Post

Audience 52 vs BM6 Passive
Has anyone done any comparison between the Dynaudio 52 and Dynaudio BM6 passive near field montiors? This will be used in a 13'x15' room. I am considering either Onkyo TSXR674 or Denon 2807 receiver. I plan to get 122c for center channel.

I've heard the Audience 52 several times but I haven't heard them beside the BM6 passives in a direct comparison, so take my impressions with a grain of salt. Their overall sound is similar. I thought the A52s had a more forward presentation, the BM6 passives, more recessed. The BM6s also go lower and they have a more plain and boring sound (but in a good way). To me they sound a bit dead in the mids if you get too far away, say 10 feet or more. I don't remember hearing this with the A52s. Also I didn't hear anything in the A52s that would preclude their use in the near field, but from what I can remember, I think the BM6 passives would work much better there.

There are technical differences between the two. The crossover frequency is a little higher on the BM6: 3100 Hz vs. 2700 Hz. The A52 uses a first-order filter for both drivers; the BM6 uses a second-order HPF for the tweeter and a first-order LPF for the woofer. Some sources on the Internet say that the drivers may be different. The BM6 uses a D260 tweeter similar to the one in the A122c; the A52 uses a variant of the D28. Maybe someone here can open up their speakers to verify this.

DA makes some alternatives. The new BM5 active and passive monitors are out. They're in the same price range. I haven't heard the new BM5 passives, only the old ones. I ended up with the BM6 monitors, partly because I couldn't find used ATC SCM20SLs. But I like the BM6P; I think they sound better than the active versions, assuming you have a competent power amp.
post #221 of 21631
Hi Yuriv:

Thanks so much for your response. I will probably go with BM6 passives. The BM5 passive crossover is at 2700 Hz - the specs of it seem similar to A 52. I do have the new BM5 actives and I use them as near-field monitors with a computer.
post #222 of 21631
Thanks for the Blu-Tack responses. I'll try to find a place that sells them w/o the audiophile mark-up.

Got the Dyns installed on Target HR60 stands and still playing with positioning trying to dial them in. Low-end response is really impressive; they interact better with my room than my previous B&Ws actually. Weightier and more detailed midrange, plus greater upper-end clarity so far.
post #223 of 21631
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I'll try to find a place that sells them w/o the audiophile mark-up.

No such thing. We only charge what the manufacturer suggests and often below.

As for Blu-Tack, it can be found at just about any home improvement store and it is very cheap!
post #224 of 21631
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Originally Posted by ttowntony View Post

No such thing. We only charge what the manufacturer suggests and often below.

As for Blu-Tack, it can be found at just about any home improvement store and it is very cheap!


Thanks.


AudioArchitect, I know you're a dealer/supporter of these brands, so FYI, I'm running an Arcam CD23 and AV8, and a Bryston 4B SST C-series with the Dyn Special Twenty-Fives. Speaker cable is Nordost Blue Heaven Rev II biwire, where I'm using two of the four conductors. You can call it an AA-approved system.
post #225 of 21631
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by will1066 View Post

Thanks.


AudioArchitect, I know you're a dealer/supporter of these brands, so FYI, I'm running an Arcam CD23 and AV8, and a Bryston 4B SST C-series with the Dyn Special Twenty-Fives. Speaker cable is Nordost Blue Heaven Rev II biwire, where I'm using two of the four conductors. You can call it an AA-approved system.

Wow, thats a good setup. I use an AV9 and Simaudio Titan in our reference home theater setup, but I also use a 4B-SST with SP2 in our 2-channel setup. Are you using the DAC's in the CD23 or the AV8?

The Bryston is a great pairing with Dynaudio. The Danes love every watt you can throw at them.

Definately an AA-approved system!
post #226 of 21631
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Originally Posted by AudioArchitect View Post

Wow, thats a good setup. I use an AV9 and Simaudio Titan in our reference home theater setup, but I also use a 4B-SST with SP2 in our 2-channel setup. Are you using the DAC's in the CD23 or the AV8?

The Bryston is a great pairing with Dynaudio. The Danes love every watt you can throw at them.

Definately an AA-approved system!



Thanks. I'm finding out that Danes don't lie.

I prefer the Ring DAC in the CD23; really love it. A shame Arcam couldn't get more Ring DACs.
post #227 of 21631
AA,

What is your impression of the Simaudio line up?

Do you demo (or installed) other MOON models for their line card?



Regards,
Mike
post #228 of 21631
Great news!

Along with the Revel Performa, the Dynaudio Focus speakers have won the 2006 Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity award for Best High End Loudspeaker.

I knew my babies had it in 'em. I'm so proud.

http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volum...s-12-2006.html
post #229 of 21631
More advice needed, please.

I have an opportunity to purchase a new pair of Dynaudio T2.5s at a good price, which I will use for the surrounds in my HT. I already have a pair of T2.5s and a T2.1 that I am using for the fronts. I'm trying to decide if I should buy the second pair of T2.5s or a pair of SRs as the surrounds. More specifically, are the T2.5s overkill as surrounds? Would I be better off with the SRs as they are a bit cheaper? My amp is a Simaudio Moon Aurora, so power is not an issue. The system is used exclusively for movies and music DVDs - no 2-channel applications. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Flash
post #230 of 21631
I think for surround music, absolutely you should have another pair for timbre matching. Less critical for movies.
post #231 of 21631
Will1066,

Thanks for the reply. I tried using the T2.5s as the surrounds yesterday and you are absolutley correct. They sound great with music DVDs but the difference was not so obvious with movies. Since our HT system is used mainly for movies (90% movies, 10% music DVDs) I guess I'll save my $ and go with the SRs.

Flash
post #232 of 21631
Any owners care to comment on performance.

I currently have Confidence 3s. I consider them a nice large monitor speaker. See a pair of 2s going for $5,600. They are a year old and in excellent condition. What benefits could I expect from the upgrade.

I will likely sell the 3s or make them rear channel speakers.
post #233 of 21631
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by CETA View Post

Hi all and Happy New Year!

Could someone tell me if the Contour S3.4 has had different versions over time?

There is a used pair about 175 miles away from me for what appears to be a pretty fair price.

They are in a finish called soft black which is supposed to be a $1k upgrade. Can someone confirm this? Also do you know if this is a finish that is still available for the Contour Center and surrounds if I go this route.

Thanks and appreciate the info.

Rick

There has only been one version of Contour S3.4 . It is the latest iteration in the Contour line. I personally have never heard of soft black but that doesnt mean it doesnt exist. Dynaudio will build any custom matched veneer with an obvious amount of lead time.

You might want to call DynaudioUSA and inquire about that finish.
post #234 of 21631
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by BigHat View Post

Any owners care to comment on performance.

I currently have Confidence 3s. I consider them a nice large monitor speaker. See a pair of 2s going for $5,600. They are a year old and in excellent condition. What benefits could I expect from the upgrade.

I will likely sell the 3s or make them rear channel speakers.

$5600 is extremely low for a 12000/pair of speakers, and they easily can be sold for more. I would inquire to the seller why they are selling, because that type of loss on investment sounds moronic.

But the C2 is world class, so you can expect great things.
post #235 of 21631
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I have a two hour plus drive to get them but I think it will be well worth it.

Absolutely. This is an excellent opportunity because you can be much more certain you're not goint to get scammed. You can easily test them there and make sure everything is fine.
post #236 of 21631
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by CETA View Post

I will go this weekend and audition the following amps at one dealer who carries Dyn so it will make it easier.

1. Arcam P1000 (I know this won't be the best match but ..)
2. Bryston 9BSST
3. Cary Audio Cinema 5 (I have heard this amp in the past and really enjoyed it). I didn't picture it as a good match with Dyn but I see on the Dynaudio website that Cary Audio will be using the Cinema 5 and 11 and the show next week with a full Contour set-up. Interesting.
4. Sim Audio Moon

Let me know what you think of that soft black once you get it.

Keep in mind that Dynaudio has traditionally always used Simaudio as their reference amplifiers. I use the Simaudio Titan with our Contour 5.4's with excellent results. They are very high current, fully balanced, and gorgeous to look at as well.

Bryston also sounds great with Dyne. Ive heard great things about Cary Audio, but have never used their products personally.

Also consider, Parasound Halo A51.
post #237 of 21631
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by mmiles View Post

AA,

What is your impression of the Simaudio line up?

Do you demo (or installed) other MOON models for their line card?



Regards,
Mike

They are great products. Among the best in their world. I consider their Evolution line the best for 2-channel gear alongside Krell EVO, but for a much better price.

They have some new products in their Classic line which should be very nice including a new 2-channel amplifier and preamp, which bring some of the Evolution technology to an affordable price.

Simaudio is perfect for people who want solid-state power and reliability but want the listenability found in tube designs.
post #238 of 21631
Thread Starter 
Alright everyone. In case you all havent seen it already, an exemplary review of the Confidence C1:

http://www.positive-feedback.com/Iss...ynaudio_c1.htm

Mike from DynaudioUSA explains some of the Dynaudio design principles including the mystery of why they put the tweeter on the bottom, that EVERYONE asks about. An excellent read!
post #239 of 21631
What a pompous flow of diarrhea of the mouth that review was.... The F-Bombs he dropped really add to his professionalism... And it's good to know that output 30hz and below is "as superfluous as tits on a whale..."
post #240 of 21631
No doubt a GREAT speaker slightly tainted by an A-hole reviewer. Aside from the BS, the digressions into others pieces auditioned is a bitch too.
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