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It’s sweet-toned Esotar2 soft-dome tweeter has been a legend in its own right for years. It’s commonly regarded as one of the world’s best-ever drivers – and because of this position, we just had to give it another outing. The extended-excursion 18cm woofer, though, is brand new. It’s powered by a lightweight aluminium voice-coil and a vented dual-ferrite magnet system. It’s made from MSP – a material we developed ourselves, and have been using in our drivers since 1985. MSP gives exactly the right combination of stiffness and damping – which you’ll hear as exactly the right combination of power, finesse, and control. Just what a Contour speaker should have. But, we’ve taken it further: we’ve varied the diaphragm’s thickness across its surface, which gives even greater control over its sound. Making a Contour without its signature baffle would be all-near impossible. But, there’s always room for improvement. The new baffle is made from a solid piece of aluminium and set into the cabinet. Its chamfer is included in the driver’s basket – which not only looks great, but also reduces unwanted high-frequency diffraction effects for clearer treble, and provides a solid foundation for the drivers to do their work. A solid foundation means improved high-volume performance at low frequencies. And although we might have changed the cabinet’s shape, the new design tips a respectful nod to older Contours. Look at it from the top; you’ll see the old baffle design in its shape. But, it isn’t just for show – the new shape marries those aesthetics with cutting-edge acoustic physics. Its multilayered construction is extremely well-damped, which means the Contour’s sound goes exactly where it’s supposed to: forwards. We’ve redesigned the internal wiring and crossover, too You won’t see what we’ve done, but you’ll hear the effect: amazingly clear sound, even off to the sides of the speaker. Sensitivity:: 86dB (2.83V/ 1m) IEC power handling:: 180 Watts Nominal impedance:: 4 ohms Frequency response:: 39Hz – 23kHz (-3dB) Box principle:: Rear ported bass reflex Crossover:: 2 way Crossover frequency:: 2200 Hz Crossover slope:: 2nd order Specification sheet for Contour part 1 Woofer:: 18cm MSP cone Tweeter:: 28mm soft dome Weight:: 15.5 kg Dimensions (W x H x D):: 215 x 440 x 360mm