They do tighten up quite a bit. In fact, I had to take my first pair back after a few days because they developed a fault. When I got home with the replacements I thought they weren't as good as the first pair pre-fault, but they soon ran in and all was well again!! I'm not really a believer in running in with electronics but I have noticed is with quite a few different pairs of speakers.
Rega RP3/White Belt/Elys2 - Denon DCD720AE - Pioneer A-30 - Dali Zensor 3.
I had the Dali Zensor 1 speakers for over a year and they are excellent speakers. When I bought the q acoustics 2020i speakers I couldn't believe the improvement. They sounded better in every way. Really, really good speakers.
I agree. I also had the Zensor 1 at home for a few days and found them good but certainly not as clean sounding as the 2020i.
But please q acoustics.............next time speaker terminals on the back !!! Please
That is why i bought the Concept 20. Speaker terminals on the back and even better sounding than the 2020i.
So I've spent the evening with the Zensor 3s now. I've done INXS, Roisin Murphy, Rogue Element, Olive, Alanis Morrisette and DJ Format, with a little Metallica on the side.
The initial trapped-wind has dissipated and I now have proper bass. The top end is opening out nicely and everything in between is fairly impressive. I've managed to sit and listen to my kit for about four hours, which is something I haven't done in a while, and they haven't really missed a beat. The sound is very unfatiguing so entire albums end up being played, rather than just select tracks. I think I shall be doing more of this...
I had actually decided on Boston A26s when I left home this morning. Bath Richer Sounds had none in stock, and it would take a while to get a pair in. My backup plans were the Q 2020i and the Zensor 3. I saw both of them on the shelf, looked at the relevant price tags, saw the lovely shiny Dalis winking at me, muttered to myself and thought "oh what the hey" (or words to that effect) and spent £310 on the Dalis- the £10 extra being the taxi home with them.
The only downside is they are single wire only, so I can't biamp them. No major worry as either the RA02 or the RB03 are very capable on their own- I'm using both in pre-power config now. May sell both and upgrade to RA10 or whatnot...
Very chuffed with them already, it's only been 10 hours... This calls for a veritable plethora of emoticons:
Arcam CD72, Marantz PM6004, Dali Zensor 3, via Chord Crimson and QED Revelation. Virgin HD Tivo, Sony BDP370, LG 42" FHD telly.
PC- EvilEdna2: Pimped, overclocked hi-spec i5 2500K, . Audio Alchemy DDEv1, Rotel RA935BX, Mission 761I on housebricks with QED Revelation, which cost more than the dac, amp and speakers put together...
Glad you are enjoying them! For me, the text I've highlighted in bold sums it up. It has been a long time since I've been able to truly settle down and listen to my music without fidgeting, and since I bought the Zensor 3s I've been doing it every time I've put a record on. That makes them a real success in my book.
I know Erwin but the 2020i are good enough for me. I'm going to keep these
Not a bad choice. I don't know which speakers have the best value for money: the 2020i or the Concept 20.
Just wondered what fault they developed, so I can keep an eye out for it when I get my pair.
I've managed to sit and listen to my kit for about four hours, which is something I haven't done in a while, and they haven't really missed a beat. The sound is very unfatiguing so entire albums end up being played, rather than just select tracks. I think I shall be doing more of this...
Yes very true, its also incredible to me that the percussion has so much depth and complexity.
Marantz M-CR510 Melody Stream Network Receiver, Dali Zensor 3 speakers, Yamaha YSTFSW050BL subwoofer
They developed a distorted sound in one speaker, which I first noticed on some solo piano music. It was a little like the 'swishing' sound that used to accompany piano music on the first, cheap CD player I had years ago - a Saishio CDX200.
The guy in the shop suggested it might be that the spider hadn't been glued properly.
Anyway, the replacement pair is fine and I love them. Superb speakers. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I'm enjoying mine!
I also auditoned some of these at the weekend after initailly going in to try out the Zensor 1s. After trying Wharfdale 121's and MA BX2's also, when I finally got round to listening to the Zensor 3's they were a revelation. They sounded stunning, and offer a rich bass that I felt the 1's were missing. Now I just need to justify to myself why I should spend £300 on some new speakers!
Marantz CD6004 > Chord Crimson+ > Rotel RA-02 > QED Silver Anniversary > Dali Zensor 3. Denon TU-260L, Marantz TT42.
If it helps, I've found that having the Zensor 3s has re-invigorated my interest in the further reaches of my music collection. Still love them after nearly 2 months.
Just been through Grid's Evolver album with me new PM6004. Total stonker of a performance, but I think my Rotels have the edge still, better bass and a bit more lucid in the treble.
Still debating getting another RB03 and going bridged monobloc, but they're rare as three-legged snakes at the moment. Not sure my gamble has paid off on this occasion...
Thanks Matthew, I really was sold on the speakers and I can see myself purchasing a pair before the year is out.
Dougal how do you find the Zensor 3s match up wit the Rotel? I run an RA-02 but on its own and although the speakers sounded great on demo, they were being run by £3ks worth of Roskan lovelyness.
BTW- You have the same amp, interconnects and blu-ray player as me, as well as the speakers I covet. Good choice!
Ultimately we are talking about 3 excellent affordable speaker designs here and each will suit different environments.
Very true. My Lektor 2s are well suited to my room corners because they're maybe a little bass light. But, with the bigger bass from the Roksan Kandy K2 amp, they sound fantastic.
The Zensor 3s look promising and I would consider an upgrade although they're the same price as the Lektor 2s but I think I'd end up with too much bass. I'd really like to try a pair of Dali Ikon 1 Mk2s as a step up from the Lektors.
Roksan Kandy K2 amp / Roksan Kandy K2 Cd player / Dali Lektor 2 / Chord Chrimson Plus / Chord Carnival Silverscreen / Atacama Nexus 6 / Target Hifi stand / Advanced Acoustics 3ft bass traps.
They are exceptional with the Rotel amps. I have tried the RA02 on its own, it is a great match for the speakers, giving a wide soundstage and a very nice overall balance, with a particularly good midrange and treble. Bass is impressive too- not overstated but fairly tight, and satisfyingly deep.
The RB03 just- and I mean just- shades it, with a little more control and heft in the bass, although the top end isn't quite as 'airy' as the '02. I used to biamp with the 02 doing treble, and the 03 on bass- and they seriously rocked.
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