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Dynaudio Contour 1.3 SE
37 Reviews
rating  4.92 of 5
MSRP  3499.00
Description: The Contour 1.3 SE utilizes specifically engineered and produced drivers. The front plates of the drivers and the rear mounted terminal plate are coated with special titanium-metallic lacquer paint. The woofer is a newly constructed design, utilizing a specially developed, high-impulse voice coil and powerful hybrid (neodymium/ferrite) magnet system. The goal was to achieve incredibly fast and precise bass reproduction, with intense transient behavior. The design creates a well-controlled linear movement of the voice coil, and provides outstanding dynamics and low bass extension, while also reducing distortion. The special tweeter design is incorporating a new, intensely powerful magnet system and advanced chamber tuning.


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Paul a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2012

Bottom Line:   
Bought a used pair of these based on reviews. Speakers sounded great, but one of the speakers soon developed a problem. Dynaudio is impossible to contact. Support in the US is non-existent. Would agree with the other reviews here that this is a wonderful speaker, but you should think hard about buying them because of problems of getting them repaired.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eli72 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2010

Bottom Line:   
Dynaudio keeps making the same mistake over and over. They discontinue making some of their best speakers and perhaps some of the best speakers in the world. The 1.3SE is no exception, try and find a pair of these on the used market and you will be waiting months if not years, on top of that if you don't snatch them within the first hour they will be sold immediately. The 1.3SE provides tremendous bass for a bookshelf, the mids are neutral, the silk dome tweeters are some of the best I heard never sounding bright yet very smooth and sweet. Simply put you can listen to these speakers all day without fatigue. When connected to the best equipment the speakers will make you wonder if it is ever possible to upgrade. I have spoken to people who have even preferred the 1.3SE over the notorious Dynaudio C1. The new Confidence speakers with the silk dome Esotar 2 drivers can sound extremely dynamic which can also be mistaken for brightness, the 1.3SE will play deeper than the C1 in the bass region. Some audiophile's who have sold the 1.3SE have posted that they regret that decision and soon find themselves looking for another pair on the used market.

Are there better bookshelf speakers out there? I'm sure you might find a few but make no mistake the C1 cost $7000 when purchased new and $4300 when purchased used, even after paying all that it is debatable if the extra money was actually worth spending over the price of the 1.3SE.
I own a pair of the 1.3SE and also a pair of the Confidence 5. The Confidence 5 is a better speaker but it is a floor standing 3 way speaker costing 4-5 times more. The Confidence 5 is yet another discontinued legend made by Dynaudio, it seems the company just doesn't get it. Sadly some of the older products are still considered better than the newer replacements today, they just don't make them like they use to, not to mention the newer speakers are so ugly, what were they thinking of when they came up with the new design!!

Dynaudio if you are reading this please take note, continue to make the Contour 1.3SE, Confidence 5 and Confidence 3. To those who are looking for a pair of used bookshelf speakers under $2000 don't even think twice, if you see them on eBay or audiogon grab them immediately.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2009



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Earl Yetman a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2010

Bottom Line:   
Having owned Dynaudio Audience 52s, Contour 1.3s and finally the Contour 1.3 SEs, I can definitively say that the 1.3 SEs are absolutely phenomenal monitors! They are superior to the Contour 1.3 MkI and MkIIs in every way. Highs and mids are effortless and ethereal. The bass response is stunning, not just for a small speaker, just stunning. The SEs play extremely loud with no perceived effort or strain.

To get the best that they have to offer partner them with a very powerful amplifier. I am using a Krell KAV-400xi to great effect with them and it is a near perfect match IMO.

I compared the 1.3 SE to the newer Contour 1.4s and prefer the SE. My only possible upgrade will stepping up to the Dyn Confidence C1 monitors.

In a world where the word "special" is overused and abused, the Contour 1.3 SE is truly "special" if you have a chance to try/buy a pair go out and do so. They receive my absolute highest recommendation!

Partner them with very fine electronics, set them up correctly in your room and prepare to be astonished!

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2002



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hernani Braga a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I have been listening to a pair of 1.3 MKII for more than 5 years and I had enjoyed a lot its neutrality and sound in general. In fact, I have not found any other bookshelf to replace it up to this moment. The moment when I had the opportunity of listening to a 1.3SE and I became absolutely shocked by the improvement in all areas Dynaudio has gotten in this special model. They have a great resolution, dynamic, bass extension that can put you in doubt about spend more in some exotic speakers . In additional, without loosing any of positive areas I enjoyed in the 1.3 MKII .
Frankly speaking, I have also listened to the Dynaudio 25th and, even if it can sound strange to someones, I prefer the 1.3SE to the 25th. ( in fact, i thought the 1.3 MKII even more neutral and enjoyable than the 25th). The 1.3SE has a more "integrated" sound, a more natural sound. For me, at least for while, THAT´S THE SPEAKER.
Pay attention to the set-up. Need a good power as well as sources, stands and cables of very good level, otherwise, due its high resolution and low sensitivity, you can not get the best it can offer you.
My set up is a Gryphon Callisto 2200, Cd Player Gryphon CDP-01, VDH Inspiration, Combak Power Cables and XLR interconnect, and Power Plant 300 and HIGh Current Out Let.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $3000.00

Purchased At:   Brazil



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Thimmy118 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 26, 2005

Bottom Line:   
These are wonderful speakers that can make my spine tingle with their clear midrange, airy highs and subtle but powerful bass. The integration between the mids and highs are seamless and the 'out of box' sound is clear and rich. Has the ability to differentiate tonal colours but remain highly neutral when doing so. I have previously owned many spaekers starting with Advent, Spendor, Mordaunt Short, Dynaudio Audience 50 and 70 and now the Contours 1.3se. I have listened to many other exotic speakers some good and some not so good and these speakers are able able to compete with them easily. Highly recommended.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $1500.00




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