Last week I had to opportunity to hear the Contour 60 and Contour 30 back to back on Hegel equipment. Unfortunately I can't comment on the Paradigm speakers, however I was really impressed with the Dynaudio sound. In fact I felt shameful for not giving them more respect prior. I tend to like presence and tone a lot. Truth be told I think the 30's sound better than the 60's. Still their house sound is very appealing. They have hit my radar for future consideration.
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1:IMO Dynaudio makes the worlds best speakers at every price bracket...
2:You mention acoustic treatment...I read years ago that ALL Paradigm speakers are voiced in anachoic chambers and they perform best in treated rooms..EVERY Paradigm I have ever demo'd in normal rooms was bright & I suspect this is why...Inversely EVERY Dynaudio I have either owned or demo'd sounded good in so so rooms & blossomed in treated rooms...
3:Nothing I have heard up to $2000.00 stages or images like Dynaudio...IMO it's the tweeter,look how far off the baffle the tweeter protrudes.Couple that to minimum width baffles & they disappear with little effort...
@dvdboulet, you have a awesome room. Would love to have a room like that. I have heard the Dynaudio and it is a pretty nice sounding loudspeaker. While it requires a powerful amp to come alive, your Hegel is more than enough to drive it to crazy levels.
I have heard the smallest floor standers in that Persona series and I was pleasantly surprised by what I heard. They imaged amazing in a room without treatments and a glass wall behind the speakers.
If I recollect from my listening experience, I would say the Dynaudios are more laidback while the Paradigms are more upfront (but not bright). It will depend on your preference between laid back and upfront.As a FYI, the Dyns were driven by Pass amps and Audio Research preamp. The Paradigms were driven by a Peachtree amp.
I heard the c60 and the 5f and it's pretty nice having first world problems :) I think it will depend on the music and QUALITY of recordings as the esotar2 tweeter has a rep for being a bit more forgiving. My money would be the C60 and your room should be big enough to let them open up. I bought a pair of salon2's for the price of the c60 new, but unless I can get the C60 home it would be unfair to make comparisons. I would be happy with either tho.
The Contour 60's are immensely impressive once you give them time to break in and you feed them enough power. I have never heard such texture in the bass and such punch at the same time. To me, a speaker has to reproduce the human voice flawlessly and convincingly, the dyns do that very well.
I have heard the larger Personas and although they immediately impress with their "presence" and razor sharp precision, I truly doubt that they sound "human". Impressive, very much so, just simply not true to life.
@steve59 ya wonder if any follow up on the C60s vs salon 2 ?
The C60 can be had for pretty good prices right now, but no I never got a pair home mainly because the lack of interest I didn't think if I bought a used pair I wouldn't be able to resell them had they not lived up to my expectations.