It took 6 months and 30 stores searching for a set of speakers. I finally was able
to trim it down to three brands. Dali, B&W, and Dynaudio.
Out of the Dyn's I auditioned the Audience 80's, then the salesman hooked up
the Contours 1.8 Mark IIs. They were just on a higher plane altogether. My mind
was set up. I was fortunate to get the store set, which hadn't been used much,
but because it was a demo in the shop, I got a good price for it. I brought it
probably about 1 year before this model was discontinued.
I was shown from these 1.8's new elements, instruments, additional voices
that appear in the music that I listen to, that previously wasn't there through
other brands/models of speakers.
It is clearly the "Strongest" component of my hifi system now. Ok, it is fair to say
that anyway because the rest of my components are not in the same price range.
That is why I need to get a better amp to make my Dyns sing better.
From the feedback I received, it is possible I may have not completely broke them
in, due to my current receiver (Yamaha RX-V1300), not being able to supply
enough juice. I could be wrong. If my Dyn 1.8's have NOT been broken in
yet, I would be stoked when they finally do. I'm sure they are broken in.
I have over 800 CDs, and just about every genre you can think of. I've played
a lot through my Dyns, and I can tell you that these babies just sing !!. The imaging
is absolutely incredible (unless you move into a much higher price range).
Sarah Brightman, Andrea Bocelli, Emma Shapplin, Zero 7, Dido, Fiona Apple,
anyone who has a spectacular singing voice, you hear their voice as you are
meant to. Totally natural, each of the above artists, you can listen to them all
day and night through these speakers. You will NEVER and I repeat, NEVER
tire listening through them. Listening fatigue does not exist from 1.8's.
I'm assuming you're using at least a half-decent amp/receiver to drive these
babies to take all this information to heart.
I've listened recently to Prince's - When Doves Cry, absolutely astounding.
Abba - The Winner takes it All - this was one of Abba's finest vocal performances
highly recommend you use that as a test for true imaging quality. The 1.8's show
One of my favourite trance/chillout/dance CDs is Above & Beyond - Tri-State
As I write this review, I'm listening to the first track Tri-State, it's a very simple
track, a repeated piano sample, with space sounds, synthesizers, bass, you
just HAVE to listen to this track, the instruments/sounds reach out and grab
you. Perhaps pulling your hears closer to the tweeters if you will ;)
For you trance fans, this album has one of the famous hits of all time,
Air for Life, A&Beyond does a great mix of this one. Nothing overpowering
on these speakers, every note, instrument, sample comes out through them
with great precision, you can say it would sound better than any live performance
you can go to.
One piece of advice, the Dyns Contour 1.8's and other similar floor standing
speakers, do need a GOOD amp that can supply juice to them. It is an
absolute waste to not being able to feed these babies. That is why I am seeking
to get the best amp I can possibly find. If it ends up costing me one of my
limbs, then so be it haha.
If detail, imaging, and clarity is paramount for this price range, get these
babies if you find them. Well this should be an important lesson, of how
important imaging, clarity is with speakers, if you trully seek listening
excellence. Do as I, take at least several months, listen to many brands.
I didn't intend to spend this price range, but after hearing the difference ? It was
worth the wait of 4 more months, to get these.
The equivalent to the 1.8's are the current Contours from the Dynaudio website,
make sure you check it out, and if there's a shop which stocks them, demand
to audition them. Bring a good various selection of different genres of music.
Find out just WHY imaging, detail, clarity is so blissful when it is right.
I live and BREATHE these speakers. At least 300 people have individually
visited my place and all were absolutely impressed/loved my speakers.
If only I had a state of the art Amp to drive these, I'd be in 7th heaven.
If you have further questions about this particular model of Dynaudio Contours,
feel free to send me a message and ask.
I recently purchased these speakers secnd hand, and I am still in the process of listening to all of my cds to find what I had been missing. I can't believe the sound that these small towers are able to conjer. My wife who could not be any less interested in my audio equipment could immediately tell the difference between these and my last pair. She now for the first time believes that better equipment can make music sound completely different. Anyway, these are the finest speakers I have had the pleasure to audition, and I have heard many costing several time their price. The tonal quality, frequency response, and dynamics are outstanding. Dynamic phrases are lacking the compression and distortion so common with small speakers. Sheets of sound are layered with clarity, and full of ambience and air. I can discern much more about recording environment than I ever thought possible. I can appreciate the tibre of instruments playing lower frequencies more than every. Kick drums, orchestral bass, string bass, electric bass are in no way fluffed into a high Q mass of low frequency nonsense. I mean this to say that I LOVE THE BASS QUALITY!!!! These things image in an amazing way.
I took 3 months, and over 30 stores of
painstaking listening to find what I was
looking for. My ears told me straight
away that the Dynaudio brand was right
for me. I didn't have 20 grand for Dalis,
but the Contour 1.8 Mk II's are a way
step up from the Audience series. To this
day I still can't wait to get home from
work, just to put my favourite music
through these babies. It's definately no
longer going to be the weakest component
of my system. I have a Yamaha RX-V1300
does the trick, I'm sure my speakers
would do better with a more powerful
amp. For now I have no dedicated CD
player. My DVD player is pefect for my
DVD needs, but it's not good for CD play.
What I would like is advice for an
high end CD player. I have already
reviewed some Cambridge CD players, but
I am more happy so far with the NAD C 542
but more so with the NAD C 541i. I have
read many reviews that the Cyrus CD6 and
CD8i are absolutely fantastic, won many
reviews from reputable magazines. The
bad part of it is that I live in
Western Australia, and there are no
shops that sell Cyrus. I would have to
take the chance of buying one from another
state, because I'm sure I would not be
able to return it if I'm not happy.
The CD 8 costs $3100. That's a lot of
money for a component that just plays
CDs. That's not including the other
additions that you can get with it.
Has ANYONE out there ever tried out a
Cyrus CD player ? is it really that
good ? I will pay the extra if it's
worth it. When I buy something, I do
it properly, that's why I spent as much
as I did for the Dynaudios. Any other
1.8 Mark II owners who could also
recomment the ideal CD player, that would
be appreciated. Maybe recommend a new
Amp that would be great also. In WA,
we have a limited range of brands :(
Actually, I do not remember axactly when I bought them. But when I first heard them I was pretty convinced that I had to have them. Then I compared them to their smalles brothers, the 1.3, and I opted for the floor standers. At first I was really impressed, but when I changed amplification from h/k to Rega, the differences in stage, resolution, detail and above all: music were just great. But when I switched from cheap speaker cables to the recommended OCOS-cables, I had to re-think all I ever was so sure about in cable-voodoo, that all cables do teh same job and so on. The OCOS is a MUST for these speakers. I understand they do not make the contour anymore. So friends, be wise, get a pair of these wonderful speakers buying second-hand at Ebay or wherever, connect them with high-quality equipment using OCOS-cables and know that your search has ended here --- at least in this price region. You can still re-sell them and lose no money, but you won't part from them. Jazz, Classic, whatever... I just love them!