Do you have any Dynaudio dealers where you could listen to the newer models? Dyn speakers have gotten much better with the newer models. Even the recently discontinued Focus are a great value for the money like the 160.
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Not one where I can bring my own speakers in to compare - which I'd like to, to evaluate exactly how much better the new ones are, since the Audience 10 generally seems to hold its ground well against a lot of other current stuff I've compared it to, like recently a B&W CM3.
I have owned a Contour S1.4 before, and loved it, but it was too early in my hifi-life to really have a good idea of how much better it was... But I do know it remains one of my favorites, which is why I've been looking at trying to find a pair again, or even a Confidence C1 if possible (But there are a lot of scammers in the cheap end of the market it turns out).
The thing that is holding me back from the C1 is mostly that I'm unsure if it has the same full sound that the Contour does, but just with more clarity, or if it sacrifices weightyness/low end, to sound clearer.
The main reason (and this is silly/petty, I know) I havent given extensive thought to the Focus, is that as a design student, I'm a bit of a sucker for unusual designs, and the Focus is about as bogstandard boxy as it gets :)