Dynaudio Contour 1.1 Bookshelf Speakers

4.89/5 (35 Reviews) MSRP : $1599.00


Product Description

2 way bookshelf, bass reflex w/ 6in woofer, 1in tweeter


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by johngalt47 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I have had these for a few years now and I can't remember exactly when I bought them. They are ok but I've never been completely happy with them. I recently built some diy speakers from a design on the net and they are way better in the mid range than the DynAudios. True, the Contours go lower in the bass but that is to be expected because they are bass reflex and the ones I built are a sealed design. I'm building a sub to go with the new ones.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jack201 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 13, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I always liked my friend's 1.1s. They always sounded much bigger than they actually are, not concedeing much in terms of low end punch. It is in the midrange however that it really shines. The 1.1s are part of a select classification of speakers I call "Pallettes". These are speakers so subjectively neutral that they really don't have a sound of their own. These "pallettes" are simply the base on which you can mix and match your desired color(ation)s to suit your taste.

I was looking for a pair of mini-monitors for use in the living room, where my wife likes to entertain. I knew she wanted a system that didn't have to play loud, would sound somewhat sweet and lush to set a warm and comfortable vibe, and would not be obtrusive.

I know what you're thinking, innately contours are not sweet and most definitely not lush. However, matched carefully they definitely can be. I partnered the contours with the Italian Audio Analog Paganini (sweet), an ARC LS16 tube pre (lush), and the coup de grace a pair of Pass Labs Aleph single ended monoblocks. (all cables Transparent MusicLink plus)

Sure the dynamics and frequency response couldn't compare to my big rig but they made up for it in terms of microdynamics and loads and loads of subtle texture and shading. I swear I was trying to read the latest issue of Maxim but could not even finish a pictorial spread because the music simply demanded all my attention.

In conclusion, the 1.1 will do what you ask of it and do it well. Wanna have a rock concert in your home? Slap on a high current amp and a velodyne. Want home theater? Add 2 more pairs. Want to enjoy? Sit down, shut your eyes and listen.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   dealer



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

Date Reviewed: April 29, 2004

Bottom Line:   
I'd tried B&W 601 for 2 years and never got satisfying sound, then I turned
to PMC TB-2, which failed me again. Then
I sold all them and went to listen to
many speakers in many stores and finally
I stopped at one store with only 5-minute
listening.
The reason for me to decide so soon is
that I'd found the perfect sound for a
violin at the range of price.
The perfectness of any instrument produced
by C1.1 is beyond description.
Each time I upgraded my system, I only
found my C1.1 sound better and better.
The C1.1 seemed not to have an end.
You can make it shine more with more
hi-end equipments several times more
expensive than C1.1.
If you're a violin-sound loved just like
me, you should really go listen to it or
the Dynaudio series.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $1500.00



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

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I have used this model for 2.5 years
and I still haven't found anything
better in this size and pricerange.
This product produces a wide range
though it's woofer diaphram is 15cm
long. It's really amazing when you hear
the clear upper range and the tight
bass range. The Stereophonic effect
is totally amazing!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1995



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

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2003

Bottom Line:   
DAMN!!DAMN!!DAMN!!!.....DAMN!!. this speaker absolutely perfect for me.so smooth,so sweet treble, so soft.and too pure.I can't belive finally found this speaker in my town. I have no comment. cause I can't talk when I listen to this speaker.just let your mouth open "O".

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $870.00

Purchased At:   Black market




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Contour 1.8 Mk II Early Observations

This has been an exercise in patience. Got the speakers on Monday and had already ordered some new cables as I realized that the cables I had were not long enough for this setup. They came on Sat and I was not home to sign for them, so I made arrangements to have them redelivered on Monday. So the s ... Read More »

SPEAKERS: Aerius i or Contour 1.1?

Hello Friends, I am planning to build home audio system, and need your advice in doing so. Currently, I am looking at 2 sets of used speakers at local stores. The first set is Martin Logan Aerius i (US$ 890), and the second is Dynaudio Contour 1.1 (US$ 670) without stand. Both are not sold in th ... Read More »

First expensive speaker purchase (Dynaudio 72SE, 82, or Contour 1.3 Mark 2)

Well, I've always broken the cardinal rule about speaker purchases (high priced components and cheap speakers) because I could never bring myself to part with the cash I necessary for the speakers I wanted. Now, however, my wife is a classical and jazz singer, and I would like to give her a treat ... Read More »

Dynaudio Contour 1.3 mk2 POPS!!

Has anyone owned a pair of these monitors and experienced a popping or snap when the music gets loud? It seems to do it on fast transients, like for example on a rim shot on snare or tom tom. It never does this on sustained bass. What's really weird is that when this happens the speakers seem free ... Read More »

Association sugden A21A and Dynaudio contour 1.3MK2

Hello, I would like to know If somebody has tried this association. The dynaudios have only 86 db on 8ohms and the sugden is only 25 watts. Is it a good association. I am looking for a warm sweet sound, with non agressive treble, but I want real bass. I also thought about plinius 9100 (I can save mo ... Read More »

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