|Dynaudio Contour Speaker System (S 1.4, S C, Sub 250)|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Brian Kahn|
|Tuesday, 01 July 2008|
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The Contour 1.4s are great speakers within their boundaries, but they do have limits. The 1.4s are not capable of reproducing the dynamics of a large-scale orchestra, the bottom octave or highly dynamic music at concert volume. These limitations are simply the laws of physics. The limits can be extended by the use of subwoofers, such as the Sub 250s auditioned here or, if the room dictates, a more capable model from Dynaudio or another manufacturer.
The Dynaudio stand, while clever in its use of the speaker at the top plate, leave a bit to be desired. I would like to see, at least as an option for the audiophile, a more substantial, heavier stand. Further, due to the design, one cannot tighten the connection to the speakers without disassembly. In my experience, this connection often loosens over time due to vibration and should be easily accessible for tightening.
The Contour 1.4s are more about finesse than brute strength. They are capable of resolving a great amount of detail without strain or unnatural artifacts. For a music system, they are well-suited for small to medium rooms with all sources other than those with significant bottom octave information at high volume. The Contours are well-suited for multi-channel systems, so long as they are properly matched to one or more subwoofers. Performance on movies was quite good. I had no problems hearing dialogue and the subtle differences between voices. While the Dynaudio Sub 250s sounded good, I personally would have preferred a subwoofer capable of extending the Contour 1.4’s capabilities further than the slight extension provided by these subwoofers.
All in all, the Dynaudio Contour 1.4 is extremely capable and will appeal to those seeking an accurate and articulate dynamic speaker in this size range.