Dynaudio introduced the re-thought, re-engineered and re-imagined Contour range at last year’s High End Show in Munich. This year, the Contour 20 – fresh from scooping a coveted EISA Award – is making an appearance at Indulgence in London.
You’ll be able to get up-close and personal with it on Dynaudio’s stand, as well as hearing it put through its paces in the demo room.
The Contour 20 standmounter takes everything Dynaudio knows about speaker technology and puts it in a compact, clean and great-sounding package.
Its sweet-toned Esotar2 soft-dome tweeter has been a legend in its own right for years. It’s commonly regarded as one of the world’s best-ever drivers – and because it’s been such a great friend to so many millions of ears (and a key part of Contours past), the company just had to give it another outing.
The extended-excursion 18cm woofer, though, is brand new. It’s powered by a lightweight aluminium voice-coil and a vented dual-ferrite magnet system, and was created by driver specialists Danny Pasfall Christensen and Andreas Eberhardt Sørensen and their team under acoustic maestro Daniel Emonts.
It’s made from MSP – a material Dynaudio developed itself, and has been using in its drivers since 1985. MSP gives exactly the right combination of stiffness and damping – which you’ll hear as exactly the right combination of power, finesse and control. Just what a Contour speaker should have.
The shape of things to come
Making a Contour without its signature baffle would be like making a car without wheels. Unthinkable. But there’s always room for improvement – and Dynaudio’s designers love to stretch their legs. This baffle is aluminium, and set into the cabinet. Its chamfer is included in the driver’s basket – which not only looks great, but also reduces unwanted high-frequency diffraction effects for clearer treble, and provides a solid foundation for the drivers to do their work. A solid foundation means improved high-volume performance at low frequencies, too.
And although the cabinet’s shape has changed (square is out; curves are in), the new design tips a respectful nod to older Contours. Look at it from the top; you’ll see the old baffle design in its shape. But it isn’t just for show – the new shape marries those aesthetics with cutting-edge acoustic physics. Its multi-layered construction is extremely well-damped, which means the Contour’s sound goes exactly where it’s supposed to: forwards.
Dynaudio has redesigned the internal wiring and crossover, too. You won’t see what its experts have done, but you’ll hear the effect: amazingly clear sound, even off to the sides of the speakers.
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