Originally Posted by rydenfan
Did you get the matching wood stand Dali makes for the 300's? Man, those are beautiful...
No I did not purchase the Dali stands. They list at $1200 so you can do the math. I went back and forth with those Dali stands if I wanted to spend that kind of money, but decided on Sound Anchor 4-Post stands with Cone Coasters that I purchased on Audiogon.
The Sound Anchor's are not in the same league cosmetically as the Dali stands, but purely from a functionality perspective, the Sound Anchor's are incredible. Last evening I experimented a bit with my older stands in straight 2 channel and then switched to the Sound Anchor's and it was a night and day difference from top to bottom. I can't write the older stands were bad, but the Sound Anchor's definitely improved the output of the monitors.
The older stands I have are not filled, but just regular $100 stands I purchased a long time and probably are not optimized. There are no spikes or fill in the older stands. I can't provide charts or anything like that on the Sound Anchor's, but purely from "The Ears," they make a large difference. The Sound Anchor's are already filled from the manufacturer and made of 3/4 inch steel. They provide a solid foundation for monitors. Money well spent on my part.
Realize that I was always a floorstander kind of guy for all my life, but the rear ported speakers I owned always seemed to sound great, but overpowered my smallish rooms. Perhaps front ported speakers would have worked in my situation, but I really like the Dali sound and for the moment, will stay with them. If Dali made the Euphonia in a monitor, I might have gone there and the RS3 (MSRP $4,300 pair) may have fit the bill. However, the bill was more then I could afford at the moment considering I probably would have needed to buy the center channel (MSRP $4,000) at a later date.
The only item that has disappointed me with the newer Dali shipment is NO white gloves enclosed in the packaging. The white gloves were a great accessory with the Dali speakers and I used them all the time when handling the speakers. It may a trivial comment on my part, but I really liked those white gloves in the shipments. They definitely added a touch of class to the packaging and presentation.
I don't think the newer version's finish is a step above the first version Helicon's. They both have a world class finish if you like a gloss sheen finish on your speakers. It's like kissing a number 10 blond or a 10 redhead. They both are wise choices for intimacy.