DYNAUDIO CONTOUR S 1.4 Bookshelf Speakers - Pair

Review Of Dynaudio Contour S1.4

  • For A Mere €2.590 You're The Proud Owner Of A Pair Dynaudio Contour S 1.4. On The Danish Dynamite's Website You Can Read That The Enclosure Is Finished By Hand. Every Element Of The Speaker Adds To The Esthetic And Soundqualities.
  • The Slim Enclosure Stands For Genuine Craftsmanship, The Cabinet Is Internally Bracedand Dampened.
  • It's No Secret Dynaudio Produces It's Own Drive Units. This Specific Speaker Sports Two Drivers: An Esotek Soft Dome Tweeter Accounts For The High Frequencies, While A 17cm Msp Mid/bas Takes Care Of The Rest Of The Frequency Band. And It's Just That Unique Choice Of Units, Combined With The Implementation In A Qualitative Cabinet Leads To Extroardinary Results In A Long Dynaudio Bookshelf Tradition. To Let This Speaker Perform At Its Best, The Manufacturer Advises To Use The Matching Stand. 

Speaker And Stand Become One Trough A Unique Technique:

  • Put The Speaker On The Stand And Mount The Screws In The Predrilled Holes In The Speaker. Smart! It Seems Everything Is Used To Lift The Performance As High As Possible.
  • Also Take A Look At The Typical Placement Of The Tweeter (At The Lower End) And The Mid/bass (On The Top End).
  • I Myself Will Use My Own Atacama Nexu 7 (70cm), So The Tweeters Always Are On Earheight. Though The Tweeters Weren'texactly At Earheight, I Found No Disadvantage During My Listening Sessions. And

Concerning Looks, You Have The Choice Of Four Real Wood Veneers:

  • Wallnut, Birch, Black Ash And Cherry. The Pair On Review Was Finished In Birch. 

Very Curious

It Has To Be Said:

  • Lately A Lot Of Speakerbrands Have Been Tickling Our Ears (Eg.dali, B&w, Kartell, Tact Audio, Polk Audio,...).
  • No Matter How Good Your System Is, In The End It Remains The Speaker Who Translates The Music Into Emotion (Not Taking The Room In Consideration).
  • So Before We're Going To Listen,just A Few Words On My Setup, Minimalistic But Up There With The Best:from The Source (Philips Dv-963sa), The Digital Signal Goes Trough A Kimber Select Ks2020 (Straight) To The Power Amp (Tact Tda-2200).
  • The Unique About This Amp, Is That It's Also Possible To Use It As A Digital Integrated.
  • It Has A Volumecontrol Onboard. As Pure As A Signal Can Get, I Think. Only The Best Is Good Enough To Hear These Danish Singi Personally I Was Very Interested In Theperformance Of These Beauties, Because They Are In The Price Range I Heard A Lot.

Sit Down And Listen

  • For Warm Up, Mark Knopfler Started Playing. Aw! No Sign Of Compassion Here... Dthe First Impression Of The Contour S 1.4 Was One Of Grandeur.
  • An Impressive Amount Of Bass Energy, A Nice Central Imaging Of Mark's Voice, With A Lot Of Character, A Flat Soundstage, Limited To The Area In Between The Speakers. A Good
  • Start! The Dynaudio's Quickly Showed This Cd Wasn't A Very Good Recording. The Whole Was Without Sparkle And Compact.

A Positive Note On The Guitar:

  • Snappy And Crisp. Yep, First Test Passed Cum Laude! Pat Metheney Really Opened Up The Stage! An Overwhelming Feeling Off Life-like Sound Came Over Me.
  • Boy Oh Boy, Did That Percussion Have Rhytm, Energy And Power. A Big, Deep And Spatial Sound stage Was Served And I Ate It With Pleasure. The Same Feeling Stayed With Some Tracks From The Soundtrack Of 'the Mission'.
  • The Attack (Impulse If You Like) Of The Horns Was Good.
  • The Low Came With A Power That Surpasses The Content Of A Bookshelf Enclosure. I Could Feel The
  • Energy Vibrating Trough My Seat.
  • Nils Lofgren Was Once Again In My Living Room With His Outstanding 'keith Don't Go'. Nice! I've Never Heard Such A Pesentation: While His Voice And Guitar Might Not Be A 100% Creamy, The Plucking Of The Strings Really Had A Bite! Very Convincing, With Again Rythem And Coherence. 
  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusic By Mozart Was Presented Wit A Natural Flow.you Could Clearly Hear That The Recording Was Made With Ancient Instruments. In Those Days,
  • Strings Of Intestins Were Used For Violins. This Was Clearly Audible. The Speakers Brought The Atmosphere Of The 'the English Concert) Full Of Atmosphere,
  • Enthuisiasm And With A Wide And Deep Stage. Hélène Grimaud Is No Stranger To Me.
  • This Is (In A Very Short Period) The Second Cd I Bought From Her (Advised By Editor In Chief Jacques Thys). Not Only Is She A Beautiful Appearance, But She Can Play The Piano Like No Other. And Her Eyes Shine Like The Eyes Of A Wolve... The Word Goes, That She Has A Couple Running Around At Home.
  • Her Pianoplay Sounded Rhytmic, Coherent And With Powerful Harmonics. Yet I Missed Some Edging (Rolling Of The Notes, Ultimate Finesse).
  • This Is Not An Immediate Complaint About The Speaker, After All My Setup Didn't Use Room Correction.
  • And A Very Light Smearing Of The Midrange Is More Then Enough...an Piano Remains One Of The Hardest Instruments To Reproduce Correctly. I Didn't Miss Any Power And Impact With The Contour S 1.4. It's Actually Quite Impressive How Such A Small Speaker Can Develop Such A Force And Energy.
  • Even With His Low Sensitivity Of 85db, He Knows Where It's At! Carmina Burana Is Known By A Very Big Orchestration (Lots Of Bass, Eg Big Drum, Gong), A Grand Choir And Energizing Compositions.
  • No Problem For This Kiddo: During The Dynamic Peaks, The Highs Became Quite Spicy. The Grandeur Of This Composition Were
  • Presented Without Any Effort, Or So It Seemed. And We End In Beauty Wit The Weihnachts-oratorium By Bach.
  • Old Choral Music (Small Ensemble). Just Splendid! A Must Have For Everyones Who Loves Classical Music. I Listened With Great Pleasure To The 'jauchzet, Frohlocket'. The Choir Sounded Nicely Balanced From The Back Of The Stage. You Could Easily Place The Kettledrums On The Left Side, And You Could Hear The Wind Instruments Leading The Way In An Alternating Manner. Put Short, It Sounded As Transparant As It Should Sound. Even The Last Ambush Was Passed With Brio.
  • In General, The Color Of The Speakers Is What I Would Describe As 'live-like-sound'. A Lot Of Punch, ^power And A Grand Soundstage. A Real Commercial Hit If You Ask Me! Taste Differs And Everyone Is Striving For His Own Sound. Great, Isn't It? The
  • Contour Let's You Miss A Bit In Edging And Ultimate Refinement, But Makes Up For That In Coherence And Convincing Power.
  • If I Would Buy A Pair? Why Not? Dynaudio's Reputation Is A Good One, That's For Sure.
  • This Was For Me A Very Pleasant Acquaintance. I Can Only Hope There Comes A Following Maybe An Evidence Or Confidence Series Speaker??
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