Originally Posted by AudioArchitect
Also while I am here what are all you current Dali owners using with your Dalis. Thanks.
I just recently picked up the Helicon 400's - 300's- C200.
My equipment at the moment is the Anthem AVM-20 and the Sherbourn 7/2100. The room they are in is 1500 CF, but in a larger room, I think they would even be better. Also, I am getting antsy thinking what's next in the chain.
At the moment, I am bi-amping the 400's with 600 watts per speaker at 4 ohms. The balance of the speakers (300-c200) is getting the 300 watts per channel. The Sherbourn is theoretically supposed to do 300 watts at the 4 ohm level.
I compared the Dali's to the Dyn Focus series and the Revel F32's M22's and the C32. I only auditioned 3 brands because time is not an asset at the moment. Either one of these companies would have been a winner, but my wife and I preferred the Dali's.
It's always difficult for me to pontificate and describe audio sound. The best I can do is the Dali's are magical in my room. When I run in 5.1 with some SACD there is almost a 3 dimensional effect at times when source material is recorded well.
In 2 channel, there is more then adequate bass, the soundstage is wide and the highs and mids are defined, but at the same time, light and airy and very, very non-fatiguing. My musical tastes run more into the classical, light jazz, acoustic realm with an occasional rift of head banger music.
The front stage is pretty seamless as there is distinction, but nothing is localized with the exception of dialog when needed for HT. The center channel is excellent.
Fit and finish on these beauties is outstanding. I decided on the Rosenut finish and the sheen and finish are top rate, equal to high end case goods I've purchased in my life.
One of the contributing reasons I decided on the Dali's was because my wife went nuts over them due to the finish. Sound output was my main objective and if they were not top notch in my price range, I would never have purchased them. Beauty means nothing if it's just a front.
However, when the wife says I love them, it makes this hobby a lot easier. The photos on Dali's web site with all due respect, do not convey the beauty of what they look like in real life. I actually hate to hide the center channel in my Salamander rack because it's so damn nice.
Please understand I am not in a fantasy land with a new toy as many times people buy something and it's the best thing since sliced bread. I try to be realistic in my life and understand there are superior products in the marketplace.
Yet, the Dali's are really fine speakers and if you are in this price range, I'd suggest to give them a listen. Of course they will not be for everyone, but they do deserve your attention as the dealers and owners know.