The Dynaudio Contour 30i steps it up a notch from the 20i. Of course, it still treads the same path – one of honesty, transparency and sheer entertainment, but it puts it all in a bigger package.
Like the rest of the Contour i family, the 30i has the Esotar 2i tweeter – complete with the Hexis inner dome found throughout our flagship Confidence range and also in the Core series of professional studio reference monitors (trickle-down tech is an amazing thing, isn’t it…).
Esotar 2i also gets a larger rear chamber. This, together with Hexis, helps to reduce unwanted resonances and smooth out the frequency response for even clearer, sweeter high-frequencies.
Behind the Scenes
The Dynaudio Contour 30i is housed with two 18cm MSP drivers, as well as two rear ports. Behind the scenes Dynaudio have tweaked the spider suspension (the springy ring that keeps the woofer in the right place when it’s at rest, and controls it in the right way when it’s moving). This one is made from aramid fibres, and retains the ingenious structural properties from before (the ribs are of varying width to give even finer control over the cone’s excursion).
Contour 30i continues to use aluminium voice-coils, too. They can be made extremely light – but also bigger than the old-style copper units you’ll find elsewhere. Lighter weight allows larger diameters with more windings, yet low weight, which means more control over the cone movement. And that means more control over the sound – especially at high frequencies and high volumes – exactly what you need in a mid/bass driver.
And, as with Contour 20i, the flatter frequency response from the improved tweeter and mid/bass drivers means we’ve been able to simplify the crossover. Not that it wasn’t elegant before – but now… well, we’ll let you judge.
The improved crossover no longer needs impedance correction circuitry to optimise its performance – that’s all now done in the driver itself, simply down to the physical properties of the materials we use. Fewer components, cleaner signal path, better performance.
- Esotar 2i Tweeter - Featuring a larger rear chamber and now the Hexis inner dome, which helps to reduce unwanted resonances and flatten the frequency response.
- Improved Spider - Improved asymmetric spider for increased system symmetry – and this one is made from aramid fibres for improved acoustic response.
- Updated Crossover - Extensive tweaks from the 2016 Contour model have led to a simpler, cleaner, and even better-performing unit.
- Voice Coil - Large diameter, long throw aluminium voice-coils
Review video of the Contour 30i by Studio Incar
- Sensitivity: 87dB (2,83V / 1m)
- IEC Power Handling: 300W
- Impedance: 4 Ω
- Frequency Response (± 3 dB): 32Hz–23kHz
- Box Principle: Bass reflex rear ported
- Crossover: 2½-way
- Crossover Frequency: (300)/2200Hz
- Crossover Topology: 2nd order
- Woofer: 2x 18cm MSP
- Tweeter: 28mm Esotar2i
- Weight: 31.4kg/69 1/4lb
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 215x1140x360mm
- Dimensions with feet/grille (W x H x D): 300 x 1169 x 403mm
HiFi Bundle offer available for the Dynaudio Contour 30i
At Studio Incar we offer expertly curated systems based off our personal listening experience and knowledge. These systems use components that, when combined, allow them to play to their strengths and compliment each other in the best possible way.
Analog Based System
- Source - Pro-Ject X2 - Turntable - £1199
- Cartridge - Ortofon Quintet Black - £725
- Phono Stage - Hegel V10 - £1350
- Amplifier - Hegel H390 - Integrated Amplifier - £5250
- Speakers - Dynaudio Contour 30i - Floorstanding Speakers - £4500
- Cables - Chord OdysseyX - Speaker Cables - £20 per metre (bare cable)
- Phono to Amp Cable - Chord Clearway XLR - £150 (1 Metre)