Summary: I have owned this pai of speakers for at least 10 years ..if you can find them BUY them ..by now im sure you could expect to pay $2,000-$4,000 depending on condition. Let me just say that I drive these speakers with a 350w per channel solid state amp that is distortion free ultra linear power! That's what these speakers want. NOT TUBE AMPS RATED AT 100W or less.
Summary: These speakers are very well-made, they look small and very beautiful in their cherry-finish. They don't SOUND small however, bass is deep and full (30 Hz full) , soundstage is very good and the lack of grain is impressive. I must confirm that they only sing when fed with good power, perhaps not hundreds of watts, but a very heavy and stable power supply in your amp.
Summary: I've had a black ash pair of Contour 3.0s for 2.5 yrs. and I've been very happy with their sound. While not a speaker in the upper echelon, they do hold their own in the $5k range. I've run them with a Golden Tube SE40 SE tube amp, Belles 150a HOT ROD SS amp and for the last year and a half, a pair of Cary SLAM 100 tube amps running 95w in triode and set to 4 ohms. I've used a GT SEP 1 SE tube preamp and now run a Blue Circle 3.1 Galatea tube linestage.
Summary: All I have to say about the Review below is they used the wrong matching equipment and the speakers must have been under powered. They really need alot of power to sing. Being 86db.Tubes will not work. To say these have a weak bottom end is just not True.Unless they were under powered. They are also worth every penny. Especially if you get them on the used market. They sound to me even better then the 3.3's. I'd give them a 10 if I could.
Summary: I am in the process of replacing a 25 year old system that was purchased when I sold high end audio in the mid 70's. This has been fun but overwhelming. I've auditioned the 3.0's at 3 different dealers, each with very different electronics and rooms. Electronics include Linn, MacIntosh and a 100 WPC Class A power amp of which brand I can not recall. The neutral and accurate mid-band of the Dynaudio's is their real strength. The high's are extended and also very smooth.
Summary: One of the best, at its pricepoint. Have heard quite a few others,notably the Revels, Eggys,Sonus Fabers ; nothing approaches the Contours. I listen to a lot of jazz from the 50s and 60s, as well as some classical music. I thought at first that they sounded thin and bright (strange, considering I use an all tube setup) but after they'd been broken in- what a difference! They are, I think , very revealing of the upstream compnents.
Summary: Musical. That should be the highest praise in audio-land. The speaker is coherent, has drive, and is a joy to listen to. (Related equipment: ARC LS16; Cardas interconnects; Aragon 8008BB, Tara Air 2 speaker cables.) These speakers just do not run out of steam; they are open and uncompressed. I do not recommend that you skimp on amplifier power - but don't buy that power at the expense of neutrality.
Summary: After a fairly extensive search, I finally replaced my Mani 2's with these grossly UNDER priced speakers. In the last few months, I've auditioned pretty much everything in the Bay Area. Of all the speakers That I heard, The Amati's were the only speakers that were definitely better. And like HKD, I slightly preferred the 3.0's to the 3.3s. I truly expected to pay(and had budgeted) a great deal more to better my Mani 2's.
Summary: Just listened to the Dynaudio 3.0 and the 3.3's and to my surprise (and was even verified by the salesperson in the shop) the 3.0's had everything the 3.3's had, except the mid range was a bit more full. I thought I would definately lose the bass extension on the Erykah Badu cd when switching over to the 3.0, but I did not. The detail, clarity and soundstage were all there on the David Benoit, Julian Bream and Madame Butterfly cd's we sampled.
Summary: This is a fantastic loudspeaker!It took three years for my wife to finally give me the green light to upgrade my speakers and I took full advantage of the opportunity. I auditioned the dunlavy sc-III, IV's, B&W Nautilus 802 and 803, Proac 2.5, 3.5, 3.8, Thiel 2.3, 3.6, etc, (with my wife- who has golden but rather reluctant ears) - and found that the dynaudio countour 3.3 and 3.0 were the best (I had not read the reviews to that point).