Power, control and elegance. The Contour 30 has been redesigned inside and out to deliver a truly memorable performance
Mid-size room? Mid-size speaker.
Contour 30 steps it up a notch from the 20. Of course, it still treads the same path – one of honesty, transparency and sheer entertainment, but it puts it all in a bigger package.
Allan Moulton from The Absolute Sound wrote:The Contour 30’s are Dynaudios, and that means they don’t do surprises, or what I like to simply call mistakes. There are no manufacturers I trust more for engineering consistency than Dynaudio, and the Contour 30 follows this tradition, while adding a degree of modern polish to the overall concept.
Dynaudio endowed Contour 30 with two 18cm MSP drivers, as well as doubling up on the rear ports.
What makes our drivers so special? Variable thickness across the diaphragm, for one thing, aluminium voice-coils, for another. Dynaudio can make them extremely light – but also bigger than the old-style copper units you’ll find elsewhere. Lighter weight means larger diameters, which means they can use more windings, which means they have more control over the cone movement. And that means more control over the sound – especially at high frequencies and high volumes. (Sure, we experimented with small voice-coils on the new Contour – the size other companies might use. The measurements said they should work for Contour. Our ears said otherwise, so we went big. Our ears were right.)
Dynaudio have included the ultra-pure, ultra-clear, ultra-sweet-sounding Esotar2 fabric soft-dome tweeter. You might also notice that they have put it back on top of the mid/bass drivers. Never let it be said that they don’t read fan-mail.
And because they’re irrepressible tinkerers, they have given the inside a makeover, too. As with the Contour 20 and Contour 60, the Contour ’30 has new baskets to hold the drivers themselves, as well as a new crossover and new wiring. They listened to our old Contours for months – the whole range (as if we needed an excuse) – and decided they wanted the crossover to serve up even better bass. So now, you can go louder and lower.
While the engineers and designers were hunkered down listening to everything from jazz, to classical, to metal, to electronica, the team in the on-site factory were scouring sustainable sources for high-quality materials and finishes. They make sure all Contours are furniture-grade: perfectly built, perfectly finished and perfectly packaged.