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Dali Zensor 3 Owners' Club
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Morning folks.

I'm pretty much bowled over by these speakers, and I know a couple of other forumites are quite smitten, too. Just wanted to create a thread for general comments and thoughts about them, as the other threads are getting a bit tired now...

My thoughts? Best £300 I've spent in a long while. They kick the carp out of my (previous benchmark) modded Mission 753s in every department, and for the first time in years, I'm trawling through my whole CD collection, and listening for hours at a time. There's no listening fatigue at all.

The only problem is, I live in a terraced house, and the bass is a little too good sometimes... :shhh:

 

 

 

Somebody please follow this, or I'll look like a right berk...

 

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Good call! I bought a pair very recently after reading loads of good reviews on here but with the option of returning them if I wasn't happy as I didn't get the chance to demo them. I am very happy with my purchase and they will be staying, for now! They are actually replacing a pair of Mission 753s as well funny enough. My main source these days is a Rega P3 with a Denon MC cart which has got me listening to music again and enjoying it as apposed to digital files. My next mission is to get a decent amp that might work with these speakers. I am thinking Rega Brio R at the moment but that could change. Anyway for the price I paid for them I am a happy man.

 

 

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iancass, stick with the Pioneer!!  I'm very familiar with the Brio-R and definitely wouldn't change my A-30 for one.  Wait until you can make a bigger difference or just add a Rega Fono, or Graham Slee phono stage to your system - for relatively little outlay this will give you the one thing that isn't as good on the Pioneer as on the Rega amp.

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We have not long received our Zensor 3's and to be honest, for the money, we have been blown away by their performance, mind you, the Zensor 1's are also a great speaker for the money Smile

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matthewpiano wrote:

iancass, stick with the Pioneer!!  I'm very familiar with the Brio-R and definitely wouldn't change my A-30 for one.  Wait until you can make a bigger difference or just add a Rega Fono, or Graham Slee phono stage to your system - for relatively little outlay this will give you the one thing that isn't as good on the Pioneer as on the Rega amp.

Thanks, I will bear that it mind. The A30 was just a stop gap till I move on to something better.

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:wave:

Another happy owner here. Great rythmn, fantastic timing and they pack mighty a punch. I listened to BloodSugarSexMajik for the first time in a long time this evening and with the volume cranked I loved every second.   Dance 4

 

 

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And yet another user here, that was delighted with smaller sibling the Zensor 1 and is bowled over with the 3. Got them on Norstone 80cm stands and they have great depth and almost majesty. Of course there is the Wharfedale SW150 sub as well, but that is screwed down firmly and does a lot less work that was called for with Zensor 1. a classic buy, methinks.

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That was going to be my next question, stands and which ones?

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matthewpiano wrote:

iancass, stick with the Pioneer!!  I'm very familiar with the Brio-R and definitely wouldn't change my A-30 for one.  Wait until you can make a bigger difference or just add a Rega Fono, or Graham Slee phono stage to your system - for relatively little outlay this will give you the one thing that isn't as good on the Pioneer as on the Rega amp.

Actually I'd be careful about adding a different phono stage as well.  I just pulled the Graham Slee out of my system and went back to using the Pioneer's built-in phono stage.  The Pioneer sounds much better....  It really is a superb amp and suits the Zensor 3s brilliantly well.

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iancass wrote:

That was going to be my next question, stands and which ones?

I use a pair of Mission stands that were originally intended for their  79 series speakers (I had a pair of 792s briefly).  I've got Atacama and Apollo stands as well, but the Mission stands are the best by a clear margin.  Very solid and stable and they really help to keep the sound in focus as a result.  Worth seeking a 2nd hand pair.

Otherwise I'd suggest something similarly stable and solid like some Partingtons.

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Mine are sat on Atacama Nexus 6 stands, that are 2/3 filled with sand. They are on long term loan off a mate but he had lost the spikes for the bottom of the stands. I picked up some cheap spikes on eBay which are exactly the same (just a spike with an M6 thread and nut to lock) and they made a huge difference to how the speakers sounded. They sound much more solid in the bass department and are more confident in their presentation now, same goes for the filling of sand.

Has anyone had any experience using the 'mass loading plate' Atacama do? £30 seems a bit steep for what they are, and I guess all they really do is make the stand less top heavy, but as its filled with stand its not too much of an issue.

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Not wanting to hijack the thread too much, but I am v. interested in these speakers, but wondered if any of you using them see any issues with them being used in a very small room (3 metres x 2.2 metres)? I had also looked at the Zensor 1s, but I heard they lack bass and I listen to mostly bass-heavy music. Thanks

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I think you'll be fine with the 3s.  The quality of the bass reproduction is stunning - deep but tight and well controlled.  They don't have any of the boom and overhang that so many affordable speakers have - possibly a function of the fact that they are relying less on the boost from the port and the presence of that superb 7" bass driver.

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I'm tempted too, very; but, I've promised my wife that they'll be no more purchases in the near fututre, so it's going to be hard justifying it.

I am tempted though. 

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BIGBERNARDBRESSLAW wrote:

I'm tempted too, very; but, I've promised my wife that they'll be no more purchases in the near fututre, so it's going to be hard justifying it.

I am tempted though. 

Mine were an upgrade from the 2020i which I really did like a lot.  The Dalis have a similar quality of being easy to listen to over long periods, but add more scale, openess and detail. 

From a hi-fi and music perspective I can wholly recommend the change.  However, marrital bliss is more important and the Qs are still great speakers.

Rega RP3/Elys 2 - Graham Slee Gram Amp 1 - Rega Apollo R - Exposure 1010 amp - Dynaudio DM2/6 - Chord Co. Chameleon VEE3/Rumour 2 - Musical Fidelity V90-HPA - Sennheiser HD595

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