Dali Mentor Menuet - Is This A High Quality Mini-Monitor?
I will be auditioning these speakers tomorrow at a local dealer and hopefully I'll find them to be fairly good. I've owned and listened to many mini-monitors - PMC LB1 Sigs, Proac Tablette 50 Sigs, B&W N805, CDM 1SE, Totem Model 1, Sonus Faber Concerto, Harbeth P3ESR, Marten Duke and many more. Each and every of these monitors have their own tradeoffs, either a sound that's too lean, bright and analytical or a sound that's too warm and lacking in detail. Well, you get what I mean.. it's difficult to find a speaker that is musical and sounds balanced across the frequency spectrum since no speaker is perfect.
Having said that, after much survey I have narrowed down my choice to the Dali Mentor Menuet after reading some of the stellar reviews posted by those who have listened to them. Over here on Whathifi the Menuets seem to have received mixed receptions. I would like to know if this speaker is an excellent all-rounder that can be keepers of some sort. Can the Menuets keep up with the speed and transient attack in rock music? Does it possess ample detail in the mids and highs to reproduce the raw plucking of acoustic or electric guitars? Is the treble airy and detailed enough and yet does not sound too sharp or strident?
I understand that small mini-monitors with drivers smaller than 5" can't do much scale or bass. However, that wouldn't be an issue for me as I am looking for the clarity, airiness and imaging qualities that mini-monitors do so well. However, the bass must still be there, taut, tight and textured. It doesn't need to go deep or sound too punchy. As long as the bass lines are defined it should be fine for me.
Lastly, can I say that the Mentor Menuets are a class above the Monitor Audio RX1?
Any thoughts would be most appreciated.