A friend of mine is offering me a pair of Dynaudio Countour 1.3 SE (bookshelf speakers) used for $1900. He is also offering a pair of 1.8's (towers) for the same price, $1900. He uses the 1.8's as mains in an HT system and the 1.3's as surrounds. Sounds like kind of a waste, but he does a lot of multi-channel music listening. Anyway, the speakers are 1 year old and he says pristine. Both speakers retail at $3500 for the pair. I cannot demo them because he is down in So. Cal. I did go to a local Dynaudio dealer (San Francisco Stereo in Mountain View), to check out the Contour series. They didn't have the 1.8's, so I listened to the 3.0, which retail at $5500. They were fantastic. Then I listened to the 1.3SE. Oddly enough, I actually liked the 1.3 SE's a touch moreb than the 3.0. They were the best bookshelf speakers I have ever heard, and perhaps the best speakers I have ever heard period. But that was 10 minutes of listening on my lunch hour. I am interested in the opinion of anyone who has lived with any of the above mentioned speakers, or any other speakers in the Contour series, or at least demoed them extensively. One thing that bugs me about the ideo of getting the Dyns is that their center channel is like $1100, and I can't find it used anywhere (my friend doesn't use a center). Any opinions on that center would be great as well. Right now I am thinking about getting the 1.3SE's and passing on the 1.8's. I have Paradigm Ref. speakers at the moment and have already read this: http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...light=dynaudio I am just curious to get any other opinions. I am very much on the fense. Part of me feels that I just got the Paradigms and enjoy them very much. OTOH, I almost cried when I heard the 1.3SE's. And you all know about that upgrade *sickness*. Any opinions are greatly appreciated.