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I want to say my Contour 20s took about 50 hours to come around, fully. The first week or two I was in full regret mode, ask anyone here I wanted to know how they’️d setup their speakers and break-in times. But John (spurrier sucks) and I talk a lot outside the forum and every day he’️d asked me how they were, and everyday I was complaining. They didn’️t seem to gain any volume, they’️d sound dull AF, and the bass was weak. My kids got out of school and so my son started in on daily Xbox gaming and movies, and I remember walking in one day and everything sounded different, so I kicked my son out and put on music and now I had bass and sparkle.

I shared that here and many had varying opinions on break in but IMO and experience it’️s was very true.
Is my hunch from a 15 mins demo that the Contour 20s appreciate being turned up a true hunch? Or do you get detail and enjoyment at low volumes?
I found when the contours were new they liked to be turned up more to get details and bass, but once they’ve “broken-in” they do pretty good at low volumes, bass is better slightly turned up, but I’ve found that true with any speaker I’ve heard. They can rock out tho if you want them too, however I don’t typically listen loud, but I do enjoy turning up once in a while.

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I'm a big fan of Schiit sound and know it works great with Dyn and Naim. I've just always been torn between the Gumby ($1300) and the Yiggy ($2300). The Gumby, apparently, has a "silent" A2 version that makes it as good as Yiggy A1, whereas Yiggy has an official A2 version. I have not auditioned the "A2" of each, which remains my plan.

What shootout links are you all referring to? Don't see any up the thread?
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I should add that I have auditioned all the latest Chord DAC gear and never warmed to their house sound. Seems super detailed at the expense of body or any warmth; it's sterile to me. Schiit by comparison brings the PRAT.
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I should add that I have auditioned all the latest Chord DAC gear and never warmed to their house sound. Seems super detailed at the expense of body or any warmth; it's sterile to me. Schiit by comparison brings the PRAT.

Knowing the chord Dave, dave with blue2, qbd76, qbd76hd, 2qute very well and i can tell they have body.
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- the dac itself profits much by a very good input signal.
-the internal preamp(s) do their job, but those do sound clean detailed
-in combination with the prat and warmth of for example Naim, and a good dyn speaker its excellent. A nac282 is a different story than a Dave pre directly into a power amp. Price difference though
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Dynaudio has generously agreed to replace my Xeo 2's with the new Xeo 10's.


Anyone have a chance to put them to test?
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I should add that I have auditioned all the latest Chord DAC gear and never warmed to their house sound. Seems super detailed at the expense of body or any warmth; it's sterile to me. Schiit by comparison brings the PRAT.
All a personal preference when it comes to speakers and Dacs, I have tried some older Chord gear in the past, it all depends on what you're using them with as well as I find careful matching is needed at times. Schiit/Chord/ and the new Jolida Glass FX Tube DAC DSD winning the ABX Shootout, I would never put the Glass FX Tube Dac and pair it with a Tube Pre/Amp, way too much body and warmth, now I might try it, but this is going with a decent solid state Int. Amp. I definitely could see using the Chord with other setups as I have heard them sound pretty darn good, just never been a fan of their weird design but they sure are built well.
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For around 2K I'd pick the Schiity Yggdrasil thing...no question. I like that it is a no nonsense DAC built to just be a DAC. Also the design architecture and filters are very unique. Everyone these days seems to be cramming too much into DACs in the mid-end price range.

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Link to this DAC shootout?
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Link to this DAC shootout?

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I really like the DAC that's built into my Oppo UDP-205 however you can't get one for anywhere near 2k anymore (maybe pre-owned)...
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A little off the Dyn topic, but really cool if you are a music lover, which most of us are, I would think.
There is a guy on the Naim forum with this really cool artwork in his listening room, and he provided the name of the place he got his pieces from. I love the John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, and Heath Ledger canvases, and might look into ordering a few of them. Not sure yet if they ship out of the country though, they are based in England.
Click on Legends>shop>prints and you will see the pieces I am talking about.

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A little off the Dyn topic, but really cool if you are a music lover, which most of us are, I would think.
There is a guy on the Naim forum with this really cool artwork in his listening room, and he provided the name of the place he got his pieces from. I love the John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, and Heath Ledger canvases, and might look into ordering a few of them. Not sure yet if they ship out of the country though, they are based in England.
Click on Legends>shop>prints and you will see the pieces I am talking about.

https://bbakerart.co.uk/
Pretty cool stuff, thanks for posting it!

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I should add that I have auditioned all the latest Chord DAC gear and never warmed to their house sound. Seems super detailed at the expense of body or any warmth; it's sterile to me. Schiit by comparison brings the PRAT.
All a personal preference when it comes to speakers and Dacs, I have tried some older Chord gear in the past, it all depends on what you're using them with as well as I find careful matching is needed at times. Schiit/Chord/ and the new Jolida Glass FX Tube DAC DSD winning the ABX Shootout, I would never put the Glass FX Tube Dac and pair it with a Tube Pre/Amp, way too much body and warmth, now I might try it, but this is going with a decent solid state Int. Amp. I definitely could see using the Chord with other setups as I have heard them sound pretty darn good, just never been a fan of their weird design but they sure are built well.
I owned a previous version of the Jolida DAC, I think it’s max resolution was 24/96, it was a good dac and paired with my Naim nait 5i and X16s it was quiet a lovely combo. The Arcam rdac was too bright in that setup. I also used it with the XS/160/260 setups, a warmer sound with the XS for sure, sold it when I went with the Uniti 2, a good universal product and first of its kind, but I did somewhat miss the XS/Jolida sound. Now tho with the Uniti Star I love the system synergy.
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This is what drew me to Dynaudio years ago.. Nice to see KEF is still making their high end speakers in the UK, well according to this video.

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I guess the British have figured out how to keep it all in house. I love the look of those white blades, gorgeous, and our old friend CD Lehner told me once, that he heard a pair of blades, and they are Fantastic.

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I really enjoy factory tour type tv and youtubes, especially audio equipment. Fremer has done some good ones on Rega and Audio research. I recall a few good Dynaudio factory tours on you tube as well. I just caught this one for Grado yesterday and thought it was amazing. Its like the place hasn't changed in 50 years. I didn't even know you could still make stuff like this at scale. I can't even string an extension cord in my lab area, Its a tripping hazard and a bad housekeeping practice! Anyways I found this very refreshing and a bit surprising really




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I was told rear ported speakers have a better bass response, I suppose that all depends on who you are talking too, KEF Q300 it was on front now on their Q350 it's on the back. I have had zero issues with my LS50's in my upstair system with boomy bass response and they sit on a bookshelf. Here is another one that got great reviews but port is on rear again!

https://www.dali-speakers.com/loudsp...i-zensor-1-ax/
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Dynaudio Special Forty’s — best matching center channel?

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I was wondering which Dynaudio center channel speaker would best match my pair of special forty’s? I assume the best matching center would come from the same manufacturer. I currently have an SVS ultra center channel and it is just not gelling well with any Dynaudio speaker besides the Emit series. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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The Contour Center has the Esotar tweeter, so that would probably be the best match. Of course, if you can manage to fit another Special 40 as the center, that would be the ultimate match.

It's a VIRTUAL channel unless stated otherwise.
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It's been a while since I posted so forgive me jumping right in with a question.
I have just enquired about buying a Marantz PM66 SE KI integrated amp to drive my Contour s3.4's as a temporary fill in at least until the end of the year. It's rated at 70 watts into 4ohms so on paper not the most powerful amp so does anyone have any direct experience of Marantz powering Dyn's or if not any opinion on this match.
I've been using the Dyn's with a Naim Uniti 1 recently that has a similar power rating and though it sounded great it couldn't handle it if you turned the volume up for very long. Weirdly though I've used a Unitiqute 2 to drive them and that was fine.
I've used the 3.4's with Naim Nap 180, 200, 250, 250DR and 300 over the past few years but life has got in the way this year and I've had to sell all my kit except the 3.4's which I'd never sell.
When I'm able to spend a bit more on an amp I want to try something different so not Naim, something with more power does anyone have any sub £1000 (used) integrateds suggestions.
Thank you in advance.
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I was wondering which Dynaudio center channel speaker would best match my pair of special forty’s? I assume the best matching center would come from the same manufacturer. I currently have an SVS ultra center channel and it is just not gelling well with any Dynaudio speaker besides the Emit series. Any suggestions? Thanks.
The Focus 210c center would be a good match. It uses an almost identical tweeter. It's discontinued now so you'd have to find one on the secondhand market.
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It's been a while since I posted so forgive me jumping right in with a question.
I have just enquired about buying a Marantz PM66 SE KI integrated amp to drive my Contour s3.4's as a temporary fill in at least until the end of the year. It's rated at 70 watts into 4ohms so on paper not the most powerful amp so does anyone have any direct experience of Marantz powering Dyn's or if not any opinion on this match.
I've been using the Dyn's with a Naim Uniti 1 recently that has a similar power rating and though it sounded great it couldn't handle it if you turned the volume up for very long. Weirdly though I've used a Unitiqute 2 to drive them and that was fine.
I've used the 3.4's with Naim Nap 180, 200, 250, 250DR and 300 over the past few years but life has got in the way this year and I've had to sell all my kit except the 3.4's which I'd never sell.
When I'm able to spend a bit more on an amp I want to try something different so not Naim, something with more power does anyone have any sub £1000 (used) integrateds suggestions.
Thank you in advance.
A used Hegel H80 would be in your price range. A used Hegel H160 would be slightly above it. The H160 has TONS of power, finesse, and PRAT.
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A used Hegel H80 would be in your price range. A used Hegel H160 would be slightly above it. The H160 has TONS of power, finesse, and PRAT.
Actually the person I bought the 3.4's off was using a Hegel H160 the one with the DAC and they sounded great together a definite consideration .
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Actually the person I bought the 3.4's off was using a Hegel H160 the one with the DAC and they sounded great together a definite consideration .
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I have used many Hegel units in the past H100 H200 H300 and H160 and H360...... All did very well with Dynaudio for some reason I liked the H100 the best out of the group, not sure even why, but it sounded more Class A/Tube sounding, very smooth and detailed. I have since switched to Belles gear and am even more impressed via build quality and basically shocked that a 2 man show can create such good gear for reasonable prices. The new Aria Int. Amp is quite nice and even runs my Magnepan with ease, and I am trying this little Dac, that just got a glowing reviews to pair it up with, it will be running some Contour 20's and Confidence C2 Platinums, I use to have the 3.4's and they where a sweet floor stander as well.


Here are some places selling the H160, a very good combo piece and should mate well with your 3.4's.
https://www.hifishark.com/model/hegel-h-160
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I have used many Hegel units in the past H100 H200 H300 and H160 and H360...... All did very well with Dynaudio for some reason I liked the H100 the best out of the group, not sure even why, but it sounded more Class A/Tube sounding, very smooth and detailed. I have since switched to Belles gear and am even more impressed via build quality and basically shocked that a 2 man show can create such good gear for reasonable prices. The new Aria Int. Amp is quite nice and even runs my Magnepan with ease, and I am trying this little Dac, that just got a glowing reviews to pair it up with, it will be running some Contour 20's and Confidence C2 Platinums, I use to have the 3.4's and they where a sweet floor stander as well.


Here are some places selling the H160, a very good combo piece and should mate well with your 3.4's.
https://www.hifishark.com/model/hegel-h-160
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Some excellent speakers you are running there.
The H1 and H200 are both in and around my future budget and both look excellent value. If I can stretch to the H200 which seem to go for just over £1000 GBP I'd love to see how the 3.4's sound with the extra power.
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A slight diversion. At a recent demo Dynaudio showed their new Confidence speakers…the tweeters are made on one of these new fancy printers. How times have changed.
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Black Ice Audio Glass FX Tube DAC_DSD WiFi....lol....could they have come up with a longer name? Is that thing Chi-Fi?
Funny how on the back it says “designed and engineered in the USA”, but maybe manufactured in China, oh no, Garman, supporting the enemy?

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A slight diversion. At a recent demo Dynaudio showed their new Confidence speakers&#226;€&#166;the tweeters are made on one of these new fancy printers. How times have changed.
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No. We use 3D printers for prototyping, but not in mass production. Not sure where that idea came from.

Edit: We may have discussed that the Hexis was 3D printed in the prototype stage, but it isn’t in production. That’s the closest to an explanation I can think of.
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No. We use 3D printers for prototyping, but not in mass production. Not sure where that idea came from.

Edit: We may have discussed that the Hexis was 3D printed in the prototype stage, but it isn’t in production. That’s the closest to an explanation I can think of.
Thanks Otto, I posted your response over on the Naim forum to clarify any mis-information that may be out there.

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