Originally Posted by nucky
I actually prefer the sound of the dali helicon 400 mark1, they pull me into the music better. I don't like the sound of the Epicon or Euphonia, but that is just my taste. Do you like the color black magic peril, they are one of a kind.
The Epicon IMHO is amp dependent. I've heard them wrong a few times. They need an amp that can control them. I've used Parasound Halo and have gotten outstanding results. So will Simauido, Krell, Levinson, HUGE (and only HUGE) MacIntosh plus others.
That said, I have heard dozens of sets of Euphonia and and Helicon I and MKII"s. They are ALL cut from the same cloth. The Euphonia has a SLIGHLY better tweeter and a more inert cabinet than the Helicon. With my ears, I've never heard the MKI sound better than the Euphonia. The MKII uses the Euphonia's better crossover components. The MKII also uses 2x the magnet for better control and more power handling. Hence the MKII has more bottom end and dynamics than the 1st version. But, the Euphonia xover is more reveling. That's a good thing for my ears, less information == "warmer". So depending on the amp, I can see how someone likes less information (resolution) in a speaker. But with the different, I predict you will always prefer the Euphonia over the MKI.
So my ears agree with the DALI designer ears. I've been at the factory twice in their listening room. It's as clear as can be. The origional Helicon are great, the MKII take it up a notch, the Euphonia's tweeter cannot be ignored and is therby slightly better in some areas over the MKII. But hands down
the Epicon is the winner over them all. Night-Day. That said, the Epiconis an incredibly AVERAGE sounding speaker with the wrong amp. With an under performing amp (it doesn't matter how much you spend), it will sound thin and un-involving. When they were released and I heard them at CES with Perouix (spelling), I thought they were down right bad. I didn't sell a pair for over a year until I finally heard them right. I've sold 4 pair in the last month. They are tough to beat below $30K. But I'm very sure you simply have the wrong electronic synergy. I'd have to work really hard to find a person who would like the Helicon MKI over the Epicon here in MN. I'd go out on a limb and say it is impossible with the Parasound amp.
SteveEdited by SteveH - 1/16/14 at 5:11am