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Dynaudio CONFIDENCE C1 Speakers Review by erden_707

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Category: Speakers
Suggested Retail Price: $6000
Description: Dynaudio introduces the new Confidence C1, the first compact loudspeaker in the innovative, high-performance Confidence series. The technology is based on the development of the Confidence C2 and C4 models, integrated into a two-way design with a clear-cut but individually contoured shape.
Manufacturer URL: Dynaudio
Model Picture: View

Review by erden_707 (A) on August 19, 2004 at 15:17:59
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I had almost all monitors of Dynaudio range of speakers, but this one is definitely an odd-ball among whole Dynaudio range of loudspeakers, and none of the previous or lower range of monitors can come even close to them.

After lot of serious technical problems with my previous Dynaudio Contour 1.3SE speakers which I owned for a year, I finally decided to upgrade to Confidence C1.

I would not repeat here all the technical details about the speakers since these data are easily available on Dynaudio site and extensively in the previous review, but rather I will try to concentrate on the merits of the C1 and my experience in my home system.

They looks beautifully- I can't agree the design is "challenging" for some as is said, in my view they are some kind of masterpiece (or trendsetter) of modern speaker design, much prettier any picture can show. Mine comes in rosewood finish, with perfectly matched grains. I purchased also Dynaudio Stand2 speaker stands, as both are good match sonically and esthetically. These stands are some 65cm high which brings the inverted tweeter about ideal listening heights in the same time speakers being securely mounted via two screws.

The tonal balance of the C1can be immediately recognized as “Dynaudio-brand sound”, sharing more or less to other models. However, if the speakers would be behind the curtain, or you're listening with closed eyes, it can be confused with high-quality floor stander. I mean really high quality spk. in $5-10k range! The overall sound is never analytical, yet it is extremely detailed and full-bodied in the same time. The bass is unbelievably fast, authoritative, controlled and with surprising impact, hard to be seen even in a good floor stander.

Imaging is extended far beyond the physical size and the soundstage is dark without any hiss or noise. It seems that Dynaudio engineers succeeded to perform very precise phase alignments and seamless integration of the drivers, since the sound is always very rich with even harmonics, thus completely eliminating fatigue even after whole days listening session (yes, I tried).

And, in my opinion that's exactly the strengths and the main cost of C1 - you can not describe what's good, but you can feel it.

Although the sensitivity of 85-86dB and impendence 4 Ohms is usual for most Dynaudio speakers, C1 sounds louder than 1.3SE or 1.3Mk2 and are easier to drive. This is due to good correction of the lowest resistance (3, 9 Ohms according to Germans "Stereo" magazine) which lies above 200Hz and not in the region 20-200Hz as is the case with both 1.3mk2/SE. This mean that you can easily drive them even with low powered amplifier (I tried 40W mid-fi amp) and they still have "jump factor" unachievable for 1.3/SE unless you have good, high-current-monster amp. This is good news, since the tube-lovers can easily match low/moderate power with all nuances of both speakers and valves. For the rest of us, 100-Wattage upper-class SS amp will do the job, but be careful with cables- C1 are VERY cable-sensitive.

The speakers are still less than 200 hours working, so I'm expecting further improvements after run-in.

Anyway, hope some of you may find useful information here.



Product Weakness: none
Product Strengths: Neutrality, authority, look

Associated Equipment for this Review:
Amplifier: Primare A30.1 (2x100/180w 8/4 Ohms)
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): none
Sources (CDP/Turntable): Rotel RCD971, NAD S500i
Speakers: Dynaudio Audience 50, Contour 1.3Mk2, Controur 1.3SE...
Cables/Interconnects: Kimber Hero, Audioquest Opal, Transparent...
Music Used (Genre/Selections): jazz, classic
Room Size (LxWxH): 5m x 4m x 2,7m
Room Comments/Treatments: living room, nontreated
Time Period/Length of Audition: 2 months
Type of Audition/Review: Product Owner

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