We finished our job early today, so we got some demo time in the store.
We pulled 3 pairs of bookshelves to go head to head.One pair of used just traded Dynaudio audience 40's,Dynaudio audience 52's,and a pair of B&W dm602 s3 which are a newer line.All speakers are broken in.We desided to use 2 different receiver's for the test due to mating problems.Pioneer Elite vsx49tx flagship,and the B&K avr307 which is going to be replaced soon but still a flagship receiver.They both sound different.Pioneer Elite dv47a was the cd transport of the day.Transparent musicwave supers provided the speaker wire and transparent music link for analog to the receivers.
Up first was the Pioneer running the audience 40's in sweat cherry.I ran train "drops of jupiter" the track I ran was hoplessly..i think thats what its called.And Lorenna Mckennit"Mask and Mirror".Next up was the audience 52's to hear the difference between to 2 speakers.Last was the B&W 602 s3's, they were the largest of the 3.
I found in this test with the Pioneer,the Dynaudios have much better detail and depth.They are crazy detailed.The B&w's were softer sounding, more laid back, not as detailed.The way the Dynaudios played was pin point.I don't know how to explain it without going into great detail,it short...detailed.
We moved all the speakers to the B&K avr307 room.Same results.The dynaudio's where just so persise and the B&W's where not but different as they were laid back and softer sounding.Like a comfortable tone....nice.
Between the 40's and the 52's, there was just low extention,the 52's were slightly better in clarity, but not enough to notice without serious listening.Not night and day.
In the B&Kavr307 room is our B&W 803's mated with the rest of the 7.1 home theater package.I desided to test the 803's against the audience's flagship speaker ..the audience82's.These speakers are one of the speakers on my list of upgrade from my current Polk setup.
This is however an unfair demo, the audience 82's go for 2499.99 and the B&W 803's are 6 grand.twice the price and then some.
I ran the same cd's and started with the N803's, they have an uncanny way of filling the room with sound.Like it's little brother,very warm and laid back,I could listen to these speakers for days without any strain.Awesome sounding speakers even mated with the avr307, this package is more suited for the B&K ref 30 and ref 7250, but as easy as they are to drive, the B&Kavr307 did a fine job.Man I love these speakers.So clear and warm, they are just out of my price range for theater.Then came the out of class audience 82's,I didn't expect them to hang in there with the B&W n803's but funny they did in there own right.Keeping in mind that i should have gone down stairs and grabbed a pair of Dynaudio Contour 3.0, that would have been a fair demo, but the point was to see where the audience stood against better speakers.
Funny how they were even more detailed then the n803,I was in shock.They didn't fill the room with a wall of relaxing tones as the B&W's did but you could hear more of the music...like the B&W's were missing notes.There is a piano and tambereen in the Lorenna Mckinnitt sound that was clear as daylight in the Dynaudio's that you had to listen deeply to hear in the B&W's.
Thats the only thing that was better in the Dynaudio's over the B&W's, the B&W's where overall a better sounding speaker.
After all was said and done, We went down stairs just to hear the Contour series before we left for the day.(we means my partner and myself..sorry)The Dynaudio contour series is setup in a 2 channel room with 3 different setups.Krell transport and Preamp/amp...A audio research preamp/amp.....and a Mark levinston 383 intergraded with a Rotel transport.
It was setup with the Krell so I left it there.Let me tell you something...the Contour series is no joke....they destroy the audience series dead.the level of detail went threw the roof.The ability to fill the front sound stage and imaging was second to none.Unbeliveable.The 1.3 mk11's and the 1.3SEs were unbelievable sounding bookshelf speakers.I think they are the best bookshelf''s I had ever heard go.Fantastic.the rest of the line went into...well I was in shock.It made me sick to come home and listen to the same songs on my crappy system.It just got to get all out...all of it.
There is advantages of working of a high end store and there is dissadvantages,you can play with all the best audio gear made in the world,then you have to come home and hear your mid line so so set up.My job is going to force my to spend more then I make.