Contour 20

The compact one: pure, honest, agile

Say hello to the brand-new Contour 20. Everything we know about speaker design in a compact, clean, great-sounding package.


Contour 20

The compact one: pure, honest, agile. Say hello to the brand-new Contour 20. Everything we know about speaker design in a compact, clean, great-sounding package.

Compact? Yes. Compact-sounding? No.

The Contour 20 standmounter takes everything we know about speaker technology – we’re Danes; we know a lot – and puts it in a compact, clean and great-sounding package.

Its 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 it’s been such a great friend to so many millions of ears (and a key part of Contours past), we just had to give it another outing.


Brand new

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, and was created by driver specialists Danny Pasfall Christensen and Andreas Eberhardt Sørensen and their team under acoustic maestro Daniel Emonts. (They can hear the differences between different types of glue. We like those guys.)

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.


We love it

Making a Contour without its signature baffle would be like making a car without wheels. Unthinkable. But there’s always room for improvement – and our designers love to stretch their legs (you should see the number of sketches they produced for just this part). This baffle is 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, too (although your neighbours might not thank us for that).

And although we might have changed the cabinet’s shape (square is out; curves are in), 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 multi-layered 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 speakers. We love it.


This is Contour 2016



The world renown Esotar 2

The all-new Contour uses the ultra-pure, ultra-clear Esotar2 fabric soft-dome tweeter. It’s Dynaudio’s finest tweeter and commonly regarded as one of the world’s best-ever drivers.


All-new drivers

Brand-new one-piece extended-excursion woofers packed with new technology. You won’t find them on any other speaker. Anywhere.


Redesigned crossover

We’ve redesigned the entire crossover, including using ultra high-quality Mundorf capacitors and a brand-new wiring configuration for even better bass.


Curved edges with sonic purpose

Brand-new elegant and sleek looking cabinet that provides a solid foundation for the drivers to do their job.



New 18cm extended-excursion loudspeaker drivers for improved bass reproduction.



Large diameter, aluminium voice-coils with 24% increased winding height.



New asymmetric spider for increased system symmetry.



World renown 28mm Esotar2 tweeter for ultra clear high-frequencies.



High-quality Mundorf capacitors and brand-new wiring configuration.



MDF cabinet with curved edges for a solid construction.


Contour 20

Technical specifications

  • Status Discontinued
  • Segment Home
  • Range Contour
  • Type Bookshelf
  • Sensitivity (dB @ 2.83V/1m) 86
  • Lower Cutoff (Hz @ +/- 3 dB) 39
  • Upper Cutoff (kHz @ +/- 3 dB) 23
  • Box Principle Bass reflex rear ported
  • Crossover 2-way
  • Crossover Frequency (Hz) 2200 Hz
  • Crossover Topology 2nd order
  • Tweeter 28 mm Esotar2

Reviews and prices

Danish Dynamite

A brand new Contour review has hit the streets in Germany, as the popular magazine, Audio, takes a closer listen to the compact stand mounter, Contour 20.

Audio, Germany

Contour 20: Class leading performance

What Hi-Fi reviews the Contour 20, finding a pair of speakers with impressive authority, dynamics and insight, pleasing attack and refinement and good build and finish quality. Here are our favourite quotes from the 5 star review.


STEREO absolutely loves the Contour 20

We think it is pretty safe to say that STEREO likes the Contour 20 speakers.

"Why," you ask?


The Curved Heir

British hifi magazine Hi-Fi Choice has reviewed the compact Contour 20 stand mounters. We have curated our favourite quotes from the three-page review for you to enjoy.

Hi-Fi Choice

Glorious sound

The Australian Audio Visual hub, AvHub, which comprises of some of Australia's leading hifi magazines has reviewed the compact Contour 20 loudspeakers. Below we have selected some of our favourite quotes from the review for you to enjoy.

Australian Audio Visual hub, AvHub,

The Contour 20 might be the last loudspeaker you will ever buy

The Contour 20 receives 5 stars in The EAR review. Find our favourite quotes and link to the full review below.


A Heavenly Reference

The Norwegian Hi-Fi magazine, Lyd og Bilde, call the new Contour 20 for a "heavenly reference loudspeaker" in their recently published review. Below, you'll find translated quotes from this wonderful review.

Norwegian Hi-Fi magazine, Lyd og Bilde

Contour 20 review - everything a future classic needs

“Wow!” was our collective outburst when we found out that image hifi – perhaps the most prestigious Hi-Fi magazine in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland - had cleared the front page for the Contour 20.

Austria, Germany

The Contour 20 receives an EISA Award

The Contour 20 receives an EISA Award
It's shrouded in secrecy. The nominees never revealed; only the ones who take home an award are. It's the EISA Awards, and the winners have been named and announced. We're proud to take home an award for Best Product 2017/2018 in the Bookshelf Speaker category with the Contour 20.

EISA Award

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    This is the Contour 2016 series

    • Status:
    • Segment:
    • Range:
    • Type:
    • Sensitivity (dB @ 2.83V/1m):
    • Lower Cutoff (Hz @ +/- 3 dB):
    • Upper Cutoff (kHz @ +/- 3 dB):
    • Box Principle:
    • Crossover:
    • Crossover Frequency (Hz):
    • Crossover Topology:
    • Tweeter:
    • Contour 60
    • Discontinued
    • Home
    • Contour
    • Floorstand
    • 88
    • 28
    • 23
    • Bass reflex rear ported
    • 3-way
    • 220,4500 Hz
    • 28 mm Esotar2
    • Contour 30
    • Discontinued
    • Home
    • Contour
    • Floorstand
    • 87
    • 32
    • 23
    • Bass reflex rear ported
    • 2.5-way
    • (300),2200 Hz
    • 2nd order
    • 28 mm Esotar2
    • Contour 20
    • Discontinued
    • Home
    • Contour
    • Bookshelf
    • 86
    • 39
    • 23
    • Bass reflex rear ported
    • 2-way
    • 2200 Hz
    • 2nd order
    • 28 mm Esotar2
    • Contour 25C
    • Discontinued
    • Home
    • Contour
    • Center
    • 87
    • 35
    • 23
    • Bass reflex rear ported
    • 2.5-way
    • (300),2200 Hz
    • 2nd order
    • 28 mm Esotar2

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