After a long time here I got something from Dali in a new Dali Spektor 2 Review article.
The Danish company Dali is best known for its loudspeakers, but lately, it has been increasingly turning to other segments, such as headphones and built-in speakers. Also, more and more of their products support streaming and Bluetooth technology. If we look only at the speakers, and passive ones at that, we will count as many as nine series in the company’s offer, where the Dali Kore, a speaker with a price of 80,000 euros, is at the top. It is known that companies know how to slowly lower high technology into affordable series, so we wanted to see how they managed to do it in the most affordable Spektor series.
The Spektor series has only four speaker models, the sub-standard model Spektor 6, two bookshelf speakers Spektor 2 and 1, as well as a central speaker named Vokal. It is the clear intention of the manufacturer that this series be the ideal solution for a speaker system in a home cinema, and that you only need to add a subwoofer of your choice, and Dali has as many as six of them in its offer.
I must also mention that Dali was founded in 1983 and is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Dali Spektor 2 Specifications
- Frequency Range [+/- 3] dB: 54 – 26,000 Hz
- Sensitivity [2.83V/1m]: 84.5 dB
- Nominal Impedance [ohms]: 6
- Maximum SPL: 105 dB
- Recommended Amp. Power: 25 – 100 W
- Crossover Frequencies: 2,6 kHz
- Crossover Principle: 2-way
- High-Frequency Driver: 1 x 25 mm soft dome
- Low Frequency/Midrange Driver(s): 1 x 5¼”
- Enclosure Type: Bass Reflex
- Bass Reflex Tuning Frequency: 51.5 Hz
- Connection Input(s): Single
- Recommended Placement: Stand/Shelf/Wall
- Recommended Distance from rear wall to speaker’s rear panel: 1 – 80 cm
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 292 x 170 x 238 mm, 11.50 x 6.69 x 9.37 in
- Accessories: Rubber feet, manual, wall bracket
You can download the manual here->Dali Spektor 2 Manual
Construction & Design
Spektor 2 comes in a small case, with a height of 29 centimeters, a width of 17, and a depth of 24. Such compact boxes can be placed anywhere and will not dominate the space, and you can also use them near your computer. If you look carefully at every detail of this speaker, you will notice that everything has been done with the utmost care and that you will not see any flaws. Great attention is paid to quality control. The boxes are made of chipboard and covered with veneer and are available in three colors: black, white, and walnut. In my opinion, the walnut color is the most attractive, because black has already become a bit boring, and white fits only in certain interiors. While the white and black versions of the boxes are single-colored, the walnut-colored boxes are two-colored because the front panel of the speaker is gray. The contrast of the dark gray with the light gray speaker brackets looks quite nice, so you’ll want to listen to them without the masks.
In the package, in addition to the mentioned masks, you will also receive rubber feet, instructions, and a bracket for mounting on the wall. The manufacturer recommends that you move them away from the wall at least one and at most 80 centimeters, and you can easily place them on the wall, shelf, or racks.
The dimensions of the Spektor 2 speakers give quite a solid volume to the boxes to deliver solid sound. The built-in bass-midrange speaker unit has a diameter of 133 millimeters (5.25 inches), while the tweeter has a diagonal of 25 millimeters (one inch). The bass-midrange unit has a membrane that is made of paper pulp, reinforced with wood fibers, which achieved a high stiffness of the membrane, with a low mass. The unevenness that you will see on the membrane is present to minimize unwanted resonances on its surface.
The tweeter is made of very thin fabric, which has twice the weight of most tweeters on the market. Dali reports that this material they developed has a weight of only 0.056 milligrams per square millimeter, which seems very impressive to me. The bass unit goes up to 54 hertz, while the tweeter goes up to 26 kilohertz. The cutoff frequency is at 2,600 hertz, while the bass-reflex opening is tuned to 51.5 hertz. The impedance is six ohms, so cheaper amplifiers will have no difficulty driving them. On the rear panel there is a plate with the serial number, and above it are high-quality single speaker terminals, which accept bare wire, plugs, or banana plugs.
As you probably already know, all units are constructed in-house, and Dali is known for discovering new interesting materials that can have a positive effect on reproduction quality.
The Dali Spektor 2 seems to be a very versatile speaker, as I tested it with a wide variety of genres of music, and it always sounded at least good, if not great. I also listened to several unplugged concerts and this speaker managed to convey the atmosphere from the stage, as well as from the audience.
You won’t miss any detail, and at the same time, you won’t think you need bigger speakers. If you still want to start building a home theater system, Spektor 2 can be the first step, and later you can decide whether to move them to the rear channels and add “sixes”, or keep them in the front and put “units” in the back. Of course, if you still like more powerful bass, consider adding a subwoofer at some point.
Spektor 2 successfully passed my “drum” test, and none of the neighbors protested, even after the drum solo in “In The Air Tonight” by Phil Collins. Tones build on each other imperceptibly and you don’t feel any gap in the frequency range. The reproduction is vivid and fluid, and Dali maintains focus even when we listen to complex orchestras of classical music. If you use a higher-quality amplifier, you will get the impression that the Dalis are bursting with power and that they have no problem delivering everything that is asked of them.
Dali Spektor 2 Video Review
If you are just entering the world of hi-fi sound, we think this speaker is definitely at the top of your list. It is well constructed, the build quality is perfect, and it is also perfect as the first step in building a “home theater” system. This speaker looks great in photos but looks even better in person. And, finally, if you want something of better quality, you can always read my Dali Oberon 3 review and compare what you will get for almost twice as much money. It seems to me that Dali managed to make a cheap speaker that does not sound cheap at all.
Dali Spektor 2 Pro & Cons
- Design and manufacturing
- Neutrality and musicality
- Low price
- Nothing in this price segment