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RE: Dali Zensor 3

Could any of you kind people please comment on your preference between the Zensor 3 or 5? I haven't listened to either of them. Since I live in a rather remote spot, that would necessarily entail mail-ordering one of them.

Since I am furnishing the room in question I guess I could position both (the room is roughly 3,5 x 3,5 metres) and the price different is not that significant either. I listen to classical music only but I would also like to use them as part of a 5.1 setup with Zensor 1s in the back and a Zensor Vokal Centre Speaker. I could also buy a sub, that would not be a problem.

Your input would be greatly appreciated!

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Yes, him Biggrin

 

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Henry Winter wrote:

Yes, him Biggrin

(Kidding - any thoughts on the topic?)

I actually prefer the Zensor 1s to the 3s, faster and more articulate, which suits me.

Zensor 5 uses the same size bass drivers so I would give them a go.

 

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I preffered the Zensor 3 to the Zensor 1, the 1 just didn't have enough scale and bass for me, it was just lacking that bit of depth. The 3 was much richer and fuller bodied sounding to me.

I have not heard the 5 but IME the smaller box will offer more precision and tighter control, where as the floor stander will offer a bit more reinforcement to the lower frequencies. It is hard to say without actually hearing them though as the 5 uses the smaller driver.

The review for the Zensor 3 is in the new issue WHF and gets 5 stars, however the 5 gets 4 stars and one comment in the review that sticks out for me if you are a classical fan is " layered recordings slightly harder to follow than they should be". I know you can't rely entirely on reviews but if you can't hear the speakers yourself then you have to put a certain amount of faith in them.

I have the 3 and I think they are fantastic and highly recommend them!

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Agree with Garett.

The 1s and 5s are very good speakers, but each has certain quirks and limitations*. Dali have hit a sweet-spot with the 3.

This often happens within speaker ranges- take the B&W 685 for example; it won Product of the Year in the mag, while its little brothers, the 686s, did not go down so well.

I have not yet read the full WHF? review, but I saw snippets of it yesterday on the Dali Facebook page. Good to see that WHF? think exactly the same about them as I do!

I do think also, that if they had made it to review a bit quicker, Q Acoustics would have had a real fight on for the PotY award.... (IMHO!)

 

*- I have not heard the 5s, this statement is based purely on reviews...

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I've owned the 1s and the 3s, and I've heard the 5s and the 7s.  I agree entirely with Doug that the 3s are the sweet spot in the range. 

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Anyone tried them with the Marantz  CR603? Seriously thinking about treating myself to a pair of these. I liked the Zensor 1's a lot, it wasn't a big enough sound for my likeing, not enough bass and a bit lacking what WHF call "Authority and Scale" (I think!)

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Kind people, thank you for your replies. Now three of you advise to go for the Zensor 3, whereas one is a fervant supporter  of the 5. I would be very happy to get more thoughts from all of you! Thanks very much!

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In theory the two smaller drivers are of a larger area than the single larger one so, in theory, will move more air together with the larger cabinet.

In theory, all other things being equal, transient response or the cones reaction to a signal should be faster on the smaller ones as there is less weight/area to move.

In theory, the one (larger) cone and tweeter arrangement is closer to a point source than the wider spaced two mid/bass drivers/tweeter.

In theory, the larger cabinet, if equally brazed, will be more susceptible to coloration/vibration than the smaller one.

... Theory is nice but it doesn't always work like that Smile

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And, pray tell, have you - or anyone else - have heard both in practice? 

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Henry Winter wrote:

And, pray tell, have you - or anyone else - have heard both in practice? 

 

Dont be silly. This is a hifi forum. You didn't think we actually listen to stuff or did you?

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I just got them after Black Friday at a little discount. I began looking at them after I heard the Zensor 5 in a showroom and I was wow.

The only other ones I was considering were the MA BX2 but the difference between them is huge. I guess it also depends on what kind of music you listen to.

I'm still wearing them down, they sounded too flat for the first few days but now I think they get better and better.

Don't think you can go wrong with these (unless you want them for dubstep).

 

(I run them on Yamaha A-S500 and Music Fidelity V90-DAC) 

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I tend to favour more potent amplifiers than most on here and found that to bring more scale to the Zensor 1s than might be expected without compromising the speed and agility of the bass.

The extra warmth and body from the Zensor 3 sounded false to me, maybe if I had a very dry, tight room........... :?

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davedotco wrote:

I tend to favour more potent amplifiers than most on here and found that to bring more scale to the Zensor 1s than might be expected without compromising the speed and agility of the bass.

The extra warmth and body from the Zensor 3 sounded false to me, maybe if I had a very dry, tight room........... :?

But if one had the funds for more potent amplifiers you wouldn't be looking at el-cheapos like the Zensor 1 anyway. Assuming space was still an issue then I would look at the Neat Iotas and such like.

With superior amplification you cannot restrict yourself to only attributes of speed and agility - I demand scale as well.

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