The fine details of the C1's are hard to beat,but overall the XD's are much more to my liking.Some people have tried to bash the XD's lately on this forum as having an excite level tweeter,but whatever it is they do with the tweeter and DSP works very well.Maybe it is not quite on par with the C1's,but it is with this speaker(XD) that I first had that feeling of listening to a live band in my room,not analyzing what the tweeter or woofer is doing.I really can not give you a comparison to the Contour 30,having not heard them,I thought you said that you compared them side by side,so why don't you tell us your thought's,I would be interested?The XD's allow me to play music much louder than with the C1's with no need for a subwoofer for 2 channel.Like I mentioned earlier though,since you have the Hegel,the Contour might be a better choice for you,I have no idea about placing the Contour close to walls,the XD's work great near walls,but it is always better to keep them away from boundaries.I think there are more choices for finishes now on the XD 60's too.I apologize for the "test" post, I just wrote a message that did not get displayed so I figured I'd do a test, but now I can't delete the post.
Anyway - thank you for the feedback everyone, I appreciate it!
While I agree that the C60 or perhaps C4 would probably work in this room, the size of the speakers makes them a no-go and I'm afraid I would need to do too much room treatment to avoid having boomy bass at higher volumes. Also, just because I could afford them does not mean I neccesarily have to burn the entire budget I less could do
I am curious why people are recommending Contour 20? What does it do that the Contour 30 does not? It is of course a stand-mount and perhaps images better as a result, but are there other advantages? I have not considered the C20 because I am not too fond of the looks, they look a tad top-heavy unless they are placed on very massive stands. If I would go for another stand-mount, it probably would be the C1 MKII, but they are the same price as the Contour 30 (give and take) and then the decision is not so easy...
Going from the C1 to XD 600, do you feel you miss anything with the XDs that you had with the C1s? Or does it feel like a complete upgrade in every way?
Good luck in your search.