mkrzych: Well not sure if your going to like my results of listening today, another customer was looking at the Rubicon 2 along with me today and it was very ironic what the outcome was. We had a private listen room rigged up with very good room treatments and some decent Cary Audio gear and some high end cables, not sure on the brand as I couldn't make out the name on them. We had the Ikon 1 MKII and the Mentor 2 and Rubicon 2 and the source was a decent Parasound CD Player, and after about an hour of listening to specific tracks, the 3 people that were listening liked the Ikon 1 MK II over all because of the value we did not see why anyone would want to spend more when your getting about 95-98% of the sound quality out of the Ikon MK2 verses the Mentor 2 or Rubicon 2. I would say the Rubicon and the Ikon sounded very similar which was a bit shocking because the Rubicon doesn't have the extra ribbon tweeter. Now just for kicks after about an hour of listening we brought in another brand that sounded better yet. Since this is a Dali Thread, I will keep it as such and the other person that was listening to them, turned to me and told me not to sell them since I happen to own them as well. I personally came away a tad confused as I was expecting to be blown away by the other 2 speakers in comparison. Well, I ended up getting the Ikon 2 MKII since I wanted a tad bigger monitor and a bit more bass. They had these on loner to another person but I have heard them before and I liked them over the Ikon 1 but at the time thought these would do.
The Rubicon had a tad more clarity and a bit more soundstage, the Mentor 2's sounded excellent on some music but not so good on live music (Tad bright) the Ikon 1 we felt had the best balance of the bunch and the other now famous monitor bested them all. (Well at least to the 3 of us demoing them). In any regard all these speakers would be a fine catch for anyones listening room. Regardless all of these 4 speakers happen to scored a 5 out of 5 stars on WhatHiFi reviews which doesn't surprise me. I came away spending less, which is rare, but too my ears today the Ikon had me from the beginning out of the 3 and never lost the nicely blended balance on the different types of music we played. My opinion and 2 other people today.
Last edited by Garman; 09-05-2014 at 07:15 PM.