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  1. Update: So I have finally purchased a hifi system! Getting the Contour 30's and the Electrocompaniet amp delivered to my home this Friday. The deal I was offered and the exquisite sound I heard during the audition was good enough to clinch the deal for me. Can't wait to spend many a few hours going over my CD collection and rediscovering my music. Gonna be a long few days wait.
  2. I have owned a Vincent amp for about 10 years (SV233). I would describe it as workman like and extremely well built (remote in particulatur, which is moulded from some kind of metal, deserves praise). My amp pumps out plenty of power but I would call it dull, being in particular somewhat listeless at the top end. Not sure about their other products though.
  3. Short of buying a new house is there any other purchase with as many permutations, variables, and potential pitfalls, as Hifi?
  4. Abolutely. My impression of the Dynaudio's is that they are indeed a wonderful speaker but seem quite fussy when it comes to amplification.
  5. Thanks for all the feedback folks. I have enjoyed reading through your posts. I have just spent the morning/afternoon auditioning the Dynaudio 30's. My initial reaction to the speakers as paired with the Musical Fidelity can be summed up in one word: unimpressive! They sounded bland, lacking both bass and dynamic range. I played various forms of music and none of them moved me, despite several different amps being used, including a pair of mono blocks. Sensing my disappointment, the shop assistant set up a pair of Sonus Olympica speakers. These had way more character than the Dynaudio's but still there was not enough there to have me grasping for my wallet. As I left the first shop I had a feeling that I had been wrong to spend so much time focussing on the Contour's, that is until I gave them a second listen at a different retailer, this time paired alongside an Electrocompaniet ECI 6D. It was as though the Amp breathed life into the Contours. Suddenly the sound opened up, the fidelity was unlike anything I have heard and the bass while subtle was present and articulate. The dealer has offered me a great discount too, shaving off about three and a half grand from the price. I am strongly leaning towards making the purchase though I still have some doubts. The system I heard was positioned in an acoustically treated room, and was running off an $8000 CD player. The cables were as thick as plumbing pipes too. My CD player is a Creek Evolution, not too shabby but a far cry from the CD player I heard at the shop. Furthermore my room has little by way of dampening so I fear that these speakers may lack bass in my home. I have a lot of thinking to do... but when I think about the detail and the warmth of the Countour's when paired with an amp that complimented them I think I may just follow through and buy them. They are certainly leagues above what I have now.
  6. Surely the speaker, being the only component you actually hear must come first? I admit I am not technically minded when it comes to Hifi, I am just a bloke who loves his music so I may be wrong, but if I am I'd be interested to know why (preferably in laymans terms)
  7. Thanks for the reply but the amp in question is not the Musical Fidelity M500i, rather it is the M6si.
  8. Indeed. I can spend more but the temptation to spend less remains. Another amplifier I have on my radar is the electrocompaniet ECI 6D. This amp will add a couple of thousand dollars to the price though, but if the Music Fidelity does the same or similar job for less...
  9. Thanks for the link. Interesting reading indeed. I guess the proof will be in the pudding - as they say. I will be hearing the Dyno's paired with the Music Fidelity amp tomorrow and will happily report my opinion on this here thread for those interested... My main concern is not so much how the combination will sound, as this can be easily deduced, rather it all boils down to the potential of blowing my speakers on an amp that may not be equipepped to handle the load of an $ 11,000 4 ohm speaker.
  10. I am interested in purchasing a pair of Dynaudio Contour 30's but have never owned 4 ohm speakers and I must admit to being a little concerned about pairing them with a capable amplifier. A dealer has suggested powering the speakers with a Musical Fidelity M6si. The amp is powerful enough (on paper) but it is priced at less than half that of the Dynaudio's. I am going for an audition tomorrow and while I would love to spend less on amplification, I am reluctant to do so at the expense of sound quality or, perhaps more importantly the longevity of my equipment. I would hate to blow these 4 ohm speakers with an amp that is not fit for the task. Thanks for reading, and an even bigger thanks for any replies.
  11. G'day all. I have just opened an account as I feel it is time to upgrade my old sytem. I am presently running a Vincent SV233 amp with a pair of energy C9's. I look forward to reading your posts and maybe learning a thing or two as I enter the somewhat convoluted and at times daunting market for higher end HIFI equipment.
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