Mint condition Dynaudio Confidence C1 Speakers, in rosewood, with its original box. $ 450 speaker stands included in the price!!
Confidence is a fitting name for these speakers. Everything about them, from the sonic presentation to the distinctive styling and that hefty four-grand price tag, oozes the word.
You can hear it in the sound, too. The C1s are quite possibly the most confident-sounding stand mounters we've heard. They don't get fazed, no matter how complex the music gets, or how loud they are asked to play.
Listen to something difficult, say Angel from Massive Attack or Babe, I'm On Fire from Nick Cave, and the C1s will respond with breathtaking composure and insight. The Cave track, in particular, can sound a real mess on most speakers – but not these.
No other stand mounters we've heard are as authoritative or have a presentation so solid and full-bodied. Factor in an insightful midrange, and one of the sweetest trebles around, and you have a very special product indeed.
That said, careful system matching is essential if you want the performance we've described. You need something lively to get these Dynaudios firing, something that makes the most of the speakers' rhythmical prowess and explosive dynamics, without adding weight to the lows.
Similarly, the Massive Attack track makes most speakers crumble due to seismic lows, complex production, and some punishing dynamics. Here, the C1s' bass authority, drive, and rhythmic precision turn this song into a true musical event, in a manner few similarly priced speakers – including floorstanders – can match.
A presentation with authority
Much of this is down to exceptional bass performance. There is plenty of weight and power, yet it manages to sound taut and agile at the same time.
Description: Two-way, reflex-loaded, stand-mounted loudspeaker. Drive-units: 1.1" soft-dome tweeter, 6.6" plastic-cone woofer. Crossover frequency: 1800Hz, with first-order slopes. Frequency range: 44Hz–22kHz. Nominal impedance: 4 ohms. Sensitivity: 86dB/2.83V/m. IEC long-term power handling: 170W.
Dimensions: 17.4" (445mm) H by 7.8" (200mm) W by 16.8" (430mm) D. Weight: 24 lbs (10.9kg).