The Long and Winding Conclusion
Some years ago, I had a conversation with a very famous high-end loudspeaker designer. I worked at a store that sold his product, and I wanted to give him some in-the-field feedback with the hopes that it might “improve” his product. In a very nice way (I promise), I let him know that his products were rather ugly, and that many customers tended to notice this. I suggested it might help if he made them better looking, if this could be accomplished without sacrificing function/performance. Now, I admit to taking an almost sadistic pleasure in these kinds of exchanges…and I got the expected response: “I don’t make loudspeakers for other people.”
Confidently, succinctly, predictably stated. Of course, it was technically incorrect, as he had a whole factory dedicated to building loudspeakers, all of which were being shipped to “other people,” but I/we get his point. In the luxury, “ultra-high-end” sector of the market, there is room for a designer guru.
The Dynaudio Contour 30 is a product for “other people.” It’s yet another superbly engineered loudspeaker by the Dynaudio team (wish they’d make a dud and show some personality, if I’m honest), and it brings many new and established developments (like the state-of-the-art Esotar2 soft-dome tweeter) to a much broader audience. The Dynaudio Contour 30 is an incredibly accessible product. Within five minutes of listening you will “get” 90% of what it has to offer. And I believe that’s the point here.
If you’re a hardcore hobbyist reading this (and I know that many of you are), please know that most of your non-audio friends find your pursuit… over-enthusiastically geeky. They’d probably just prefer to be allowed to listen to their music in a simple, wonderful way rather than talk about and obsess over it. If they ask you what they should do when they want to get “something nice,” please don’t suggest they follow in your burdensome (to them) footsteps, for they will quickly lose interest and race off to the local Sonos outlet, etc. Instead, head with them to a local store where they can listen to the Contour 30s. I think you’ll find they’ll thank you for introducing them to a more comfortable high-end product that they will live with and enjoy for years to come.
I would never suggest that you purchase a loudspeaker without listening first. But I would suggest than any loudspeaker search is not complete without a stop at the house of Dynaudio. The new Contour Series is a welcomed, serious product from a company that I have long admired.
Specs & Pricing
Type: Two-and-a-half-way floorstanding loudspeaker
Frequency response: 32Hz–23kHz
Sensitivity: 87dB (2.83V/1m)
Impedance: 4 ohms
Driver complement: 2x 18cm MSP woofer/midranges, 1 x 28mm Esotar2 tweeter
Loading: Bass reflex, rear ported
Crossover frequency: (300)/2200Hz
Crossover topology: 2nd order
IEC power handling: 300W
Dimensions: 8.5" x 44.9" x 14.2"
Weight: 75 lbs./34.4kg
Price: $7500/pr. ($8625 in premium finishes)
Dynaudio North America
1852 Elmdale Avenue
Glenview, IL 60026