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    Magico S3 mk2 vs Dynaudio Contour 60

    Hi all,

    I have just joined AS and am hoping for some advice/comments/suggestions.

    I am deciding between buying the Magico S3 mk2s or the Dynaudio Contour 60s. I have a Devialet Expert Pro 220, a listening room around 15' x 25', and typically listen to rock and electronic music. I have listened to both the S3 mk2s and the Contour 60s once (and on separate days) and plan to listen to both again on the same day. Different retailers are selling them and have different set-ups but similar rooms sizes. The S3 mk2 retailer is using a Soulution integrated amp and the Contour 60 retailer is using a Mark Levinson integrated amp (unfortunately I forgot to get the details of each amp).

    My initial impressions were that the S3 mk2s were a little more coherent, linear and articulate, but the Contour 60s had slightly deeper (but still well-defined and not overly 'boomy') bass. However, I am a little concerned that the Contour 60s might be too big for my small-ish room, particularly given that they are rear-ported. Notably, the S3 mk2s are more than double the price of the Contour 60s. I am willing to spend the extra dosh on the S3 mk2s but only if I conclude that there is an appreciable improvement over the Contour 60s.

    Any thoughts before I give them both a second listen would be gratefully received!

    AJR

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    Re: Magico S3 mk2 vs Dynaudio Contour 60

    Welcome to the forum AJR, thank you for joining.
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    Re: Magico S3 mk2 vs Dynaudio Contour 60

    Magico S3 Mk2 all the way! Your room is the perfect size for them too.
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    Re: Magico S3 mk2 vs Dynaudio Contour 60

    Welcome AJR.

    I recently replaced a ported Aerial 10T with a Magico S3 Mk II after listening to Aerial 7Ts, Wilson Sophia 3s and Sashas, and B&W 802 and 803 D3s. My general impression is that the S3 Mk II's base goes lower and is more accurate but less prominent than the ported speakers mentioned. I think the Magico's are to die for, but my musical tastes run toward classical and jazz, so YMMV. I would call you room more medium sized than smallish and would think either speaker should have adequate breathing space.

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    Re: Magico S3 mk2 vs Dynaudio Contour 60

    Thanks both. Much appreciated.

    "...is more accurate but less prominent" is a great way of descibing the difference in bass. I have always has ported speakers so when I heard the S3 mk2s the bass sound surprised me a little.

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    Re: Magico S3 mk2 vs Dynaudio Contour 60

    Totally different price ranges, so not really apples to apples. The Dyn is a 10k speaker.
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    Re: Magico S3 mk2 vs Dynaudio Contour 60

    Quote Originally Posted by AJR View Post
    Hi all,

    I have just joined AS and am hoping for some advice/comments/suggestions.

    I am deciding between buying the Magico S3 mk2s or the Dynaudio Contour 60s. I have a Devialet Expert Pro 220, a listening room around 15' x 25', and typically listen to rock and electronic music. I have listened to both the S3 mk2s and the Contour 60s once (and on separate days) and plan to listen to both again on the same day. Different retailers are selling them and have different set-ups but similar rooms sizes. The S3 mk2 retailer is using a Soulution integrated amp and the Contour 60 retailer is using a Mark Levinson integrated amp (unfortunately I forgot to get the details of each amp).

    My initial impressions were that the S3 mk2s were a little more coherent, linear and articulate, but the Contour 60s had slightly deeper (but still well-defined and not overly 'boomy') bass. However, I am a little concerned that the Contour 60s might be too big for my small-ish room, particularly given that they are rear-ported. Notably, the S3 mk2s are more than double the price of the Contour 60s. I am willing to spend the extra dosh on the S3 mk2s but only if I conclude that there is an appreciable improvement over the Contour 60s.

    Any thoughts before I give them both a second listen would be gratefully received!

    AJR
    I think you already summed it up yourself in the phrase that is in bold, I might add that on paper the comparison seems odd since one is almost triple the price of the other. May I ask what other candidates you had in mind and discarded before settling on those two? Welcome to the forum and let us know what you decide in the end.

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    Re: Magico S3 mk2 vs Dynaudio Contour 60

    You have a big enough room for the Dyns also.

    Try to bring the Devialet to the dealers and listen to both speakers connected to it with the same music, you'll have one less variable to worry about and will be easier for you to pick a favorite.

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    Re: Magico S3 mk2 vs Dynaudio Contour 60

    I recently saw a s/h contour 60 for 5000 pounds . I guess a s/h magico would cost a lot more . I thought the 60 were pretty good vfm for the money when I heard them
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    Re: Magico S3 mk2 vs Dynaudio Contour 60

    Thanks all for your comments.

    I discarded the Focal Sopra 3s (too bright and a bit lightweight in the bottom end) and Sonus Faber Amatis (too warm and less sound definition).

    Agree it seems odd comparing speakers in very different price brackets, but Dynaudio is notoriously good VfM and I really liked the sound of the Contour 60s.

    Thanks for the comments that my room should be big enough for both speakers.

    Will be testing both with my Devialet soon and will let everyone know my further thoughts.

    AJR

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