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RE: Dali Zensor 3 Owners' Club

Hi and Merry Xmas,

 

Just delivered for xmas, got these for £239 hope they are as good as folks are saying

 

Upgrade from my B&W DM601 s2 (hopefully an upgrade)

 

Amp is tec AH500 - powers the 8ohm 601s well so fingers crossed a good pairing with the zensors

 

Have ribbon super tweeters with the 601s and does add  a sting to the treble. Will be interesting if improves the zensors

 

Will post results after the zensors are run in with and without the ribbon tweeters

 

 

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£239 is a bargain!  Mine replaced a pair of B&W 685s and I find them to be far better speakers.

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Swapped the DM601s for these this afternoon and first impressions - The bass WOW - did not expect how low they go (turned the sub off now redundant) did have boom on some tracks but only 150mm from wall. Hopeful will tighten up when run in properly or will try the drinking straws in the port (has worked in the past) The tightness and detail in the lows to mid range blows away the 601s. Treble is also very detailed without being harsh - tried with and without my ribbon super tweeters and while the ribbons did add sting to the highs - the difference was small. Very pleased with the purchase - for £239 a no brainer. Only thing 601s do better is female vocals - like you are sitting on the front row. With the zensors the backing music takes over more. Also very happy with how my old faithful teac amp AH500 drives them. At 6ohm around 70w per channel but feels a lot more sure could wake the entire street at mid volume.  Santa has done very well this year.
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Glad you are pleased with them.  They get even better with the first 50 hours or so of use.

I have mine around 30cm from the rear wall.  If you can accomodate this distance it is well worth a try as I hate any hint of boom or overhang and don't get any with these speakers.

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Yes Burto, they will tighten up. Mine were plummy and thumpy at the bottom end to begin with.

If you can get them a few more inches away from the wall then great, this may also help with the midrange as the bass will receive less of a boost form the rear wall.

There's also the important aspect of allowing your brain time to adapt to the new sound- a process which is just as important as running-in new kit. Every time I buy some new kit, I always think I've wasted my money for a good week or so afterwards- the most recent example being my PM6004 amp- didn't like it at all to begin with, but now it blows me away...

I've also found big differences with (wait for it...) speaker cables with the Zensors. Swapped out my VanDamme studio blue 6mm for QED Revelation and the difference was pretty big, much more open and lucid with even more clout to the bass. The VD sounded thick and a bit muddy by comparison, particularly in the upper bass/mid range. And I don't mean a small difference- I may as well have changed the amp again. I found this a little odd, as my previous speakers sounded better with the VD cables... 

No need to spend a fortune on cables (Revelation was bought a few years back when I had a Roksan Kandy setup, and is probably overkill in  this system), but some good quality wires (probably something like Chord Carnival or Audioquest FLX slip 14.4 would do nicely) seemed to make a significant difference to me.

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Good to know about the speaker wire change over, I currently use van damme blue myself from my old set up which worked well. I am going to try your recemendation myself to see if there is a noticeable difference, if I can't hear any change I  wouldn't have invested heavily.

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Guess what- using the van damme blue myself. It did have good reviews when I purchased - checked again and people are saying it can tame a bright system and sound slightly muddy.

 

Also some are saying the QED cable can sound as bright as the sun.

 

Have read some good reviews for ARROW cable and is not a bad price. Anyone heard of or tried this cable?

 

Thanks for the heads up sure will try a different cable. Please post if anyone has had good results with a reasonably priced cable.

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I'm using Chord Company Carnival Silverscreen.  Works fine.

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Burto wrote:

 

Guess what- using the van damme blue myself. It did have good reviews when I purchased - checked again and people are saying it can tame a bright system and sound slightly muddy.

 

Also some are saying the QED cable can sound as bright as the sun.

 

Have read some good reviews for ARROW cable and is not a bad price. Anyone heard of or tried this cable?

 

Thanks for the heads up sure will try a different cable. Please post if anyone has had good results with a reasonably priced cable.

That's true: QED have been deemed 'bright' by many, and while this will show up as harshness in some circumstances, in my system I get a beautifully open, sweet, expansive treble which is certainly not harsh. I guess the resistance/capacitance just makes a better match for my particular components- the Van Damme is a good cable, but not the most open-sounding.

What you prefer is up to you- the Revelation is a very well balanced cable, much less bright than QED's cheaper silver cables. I think the Audioquest stuff would be a good middle-ground choice, as £15 a metre for Revelation is overkill in this price range!

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I got my pair of Zensor 3 yesterday but still need to buy cable. I plan to pair them with Marantz PM6004 and BTech Atlas floor stands.

 

p.s. It seems that the speakers are cheaper here in Bulgaria at 519 leva (around 220 pounds) altough i got them for 499 leva (213 pounds).

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The advise on speaker cable has had me thinking - What a mine field one mans meat is another mans poison.

 

Currently using van damme blue but only 1.5mm.

 

Appears people are getting very good resilts with the hifi series cable -  Apparently the blue series is designed primarily to be tough in studio conditions.

 

http://www.van-damme.com/25.html

 

Have ordered the 4mm- figure for the price give it a try.

 

Will post listening test 

 

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I am still unsure whether to get the 1 or 3 for my 3,50 x 3,50 listening room. The 5 are probably way to big, aren't they?

How would you compare the 3 to the 1? Are the 3 necessarily better? I read somewhere that they sound veiled compared to other speakers in the Zensor series. 

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I am still unsure whether to get the 1 or 3 for my 3,50 x 3,50 listening room. The 5 are probably way to big, aren't they?

How would you compare the 3 to the 1? Are the 3 necessarily better? I read somewhere that they sound veiled compared to other speakers in the Zensor series. 

 

I listen ten to classical music mostly. That and the odd DVD,

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Henry, what is the rest of your system?  I forget and it would be useful to know before I advise.

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