I'm considering the Dynaudio Confidence 5. Maybe because its so much money, I'm analyzing the purchase it alot of (probably too much) detail.
One thing I'm thinking - Am I investing in "old" technolgy. Dynaudio no longer uses the dome midrange in any of their speakers, even the Evidence. Plus, I'm not sure if they're even using the Esotar tweeter any more either. The Confidence 5's have been around a long time, and I'm wondering if the advances that have been made in speaker technology mean that the Confidence 5's time has passed.
I know the important thing is how does it sound. But all of Dynaudio's efforts are now on ported designs with cone midranges. It makes me wonder if they feel the newer designs are better or if the engineers they have just prefer to work with that type of design.
Not to worry too much, the Confidence 5 is a wonderful speaker. If it makes music in a way that you love (as well as it should at that lofty price), I think you can rest assured that Dynaudio will continue to support it with parts and service long into the future. IIRC, it shares at least one driver w/ the SF Amanti Homage; that's good company in my book.
I'd let your ears be your guide. Has anything you've auditioned sounded better?
Are you sure about the SF Amati Homage? I'm about 100% certain the Amati uses Scanspeak drivers only.. I know the tweeters are the 9900 Revelators and I believe the woofers are all custom Scanspeak designs (I could be wrong). Dynaudio only uses their own in-house drivers for their speakers. Not to say that this is bad, just that I don't think they share drivers.
But anyways I agree with Rick, my parents own a pair of Audience 8's that are covered by Dynaudio despite being discontinued, and I have been told that other customers who had defects in discontinued speaker models either had new cabinets built or their drivers transferred to the newer equivalent model with crossover adjustments etc.. In the end, excellent service and of course excellent sound. I have not heard the Confidence 5, but from what I've heard they are fantastic speakers and a definite step above the Contours, which are very good.
Trust your ears on this purchase, there are a number of speakers to audition and if you like the Confidence then definitely go for it. Unless they said otherwise, they are still using the Esotar, which is regarded as one of the industry's best tweeters. Perhaps the Danes have not updated this pair because they don't feel it needs updating.. their focus seems more geared toward the less expensive Audience/Contour lines (and the Evidence/Temptation at the other end of the scale).
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