Had them for about 2 months now.Great speakers for all music styles and also as a part of home theater. Nice stereo image.The only thing these speakers can´t do is shake your entrails with bass,and if you are expecting that from a box this size you should check your laws of physics.(btw they responds down to 1 hz tested with a signal generator)Other than that,the low end is of good quality and pleasant but not sufficient for my needs,thats what subwoofers are for when you buy small bookshelfs.
Small speaker with a open and clear sound, sometimes there isn't enough bass, sometimes theres enough bass, with a mini system like the Denon ceol n8 or Marantz m cr603 theres lots of power if you want to play loud music and you have to use a very expensive system befor the speaker is the weakest link.
Great value for the money
I got a pair of this in Manila for around £170. The 5-star rating is justified. I cannot really find fault to these speakers when it comes to quality. I already have an HT setup, and these were intended as an upgrade to my Bose Companion2 PC speakers.
My setup is as follows - PC with Sound FX IV for DAC, Dayton DTA-100a T-amp, and Dali Zensor1 for my speakers. I also tested these speakers on a NuForce Icon Amp.
I've been eyeing these speakers initially as rear speakers for my HT setup as the once I was using were almost 7 years old, and I recently upgraded my Front and Center speakers. Then I came across T-amps, which was quite new to me until a few days ago, and got interested because of the small form factor, low power consumption, capability to drive decent speakers, and feedbacks from audiophiles that it can rival tube amps in terms of sound quality.
Hence I decided to purchase the Dayton DTA-100a which sells for around £100 here in Manila (Philippines). When I was about to purchase the Zensor1, I asked for feedbacks from the store personnel on how it would possibly perform using T-amps. I almost got discourage with the comments as they mentioned that the T-amp I purchased would likely not be able to drive the speaker to the desired level as it would be lacking in power. I asked if they have a similar T-amp or a similar low power amp to test the Zensor1 just to make sure if that would really be the case - luckily they have a NuForce Icon Amp (sells for around £130) to test with. After just hearing the first part of an audiophile CD, I decided to purchase the speakers. The store personnels were also quite impressed on how the speakers performed on that small amp, and the volume was just at around 10 o'clock.
You won't go wrong with these speakers. With me pairing it with Dayton DTA-100a T-amp and connecting it to my PC, my PC is now converted to a sophisticated Hi-Fi equipment.
Ouch! These sell for the equivalent of £300 in the U.S. as opposed to £180 in Great Britain. I know products originating from Europe have higher pricing in the U.S. but this is a little excessive in my opinion. I guess Dali's not very keen on expanding in the U.S. market.
Given their price and compact dimensions, these little Dali Zensor 1s would be all too easy to overlook. They are solidly built and smart enough, but their appearance doesn't give much away - they look like many other small speakers. A single set of terminals on the back is usual for Dali, who don't go in for bi-wiring, and the signature red/brown mid/bass cone is present and correct.
Placed approximately 20-25cm from the rear wall on solid stands the Zensor 1s have a fluid and engaging presentation, not all that different to the Lektor 1 and 2 models, though with a touch more openess. Vocals have real presence and the emotion of the singer is projected beautifully. Soundstaging is wide and secure, and the soundstage depth is impressive. As musical textures get busier, the Dalis maintain a good grip on the overall sound with individual strands being easy to follow. It is only when you expect concert levels that things start to fall apart a little, but this isn't what the Zensor 1s are made for. Bass is tuneful and surprisingly deep for cabinets and drive units of this size, but if you listen to bass heavy music and like to shake the windows you would be best advised to look elsewhere.
The real highlight of the Zensor 1 is in the way it gathers together so many of the traditional qualities of high performance mini monitors at a price tag that is wholly achievable. It is a musical communicator and, certainly when partnered with an amp like the NAD C326BEE, it engages you with the music rather than leaving you wondering what is missing. Pretty much a perfect balance for a budget speaker and well worth auditioning for those with small to medium sized rooms.
I picked up a set ex demo £150 with stands . For the price the sound is impressive Im running them on a Decco2 at present . They offer Impressive clarity & deep defined base usually found in another price bracket .Im well pleased with this purchase based on review above.
I bought the full 5.1 Zensor set with the e12 subwoofer. I own the Audiovector S3 signature for stereo, the Zensor is smaller and not as good but for the price I could live with them in stereo too, absolute bargain!
I also bought the Pioneer vx 920 AVR
Dali Zensor 1 in the back, Dali Ikon 2 in the front !!!!!!!!!!!! Just perfect
I've hooked these up to a Sonos ZP120 in the kitchen, and the sound is amazing. I had MA BR1s before which were great too, but these sound far more detailed and especially the highs are clearer and more pronounced. Bass extension is decent for the size, although at low volumes it's, understandably, a bit on the soft side. Crank them up though and they're really fun and fast speakers.
For the price an absolute bargain...
Has anyone listened to these ones? How they differ from Tannoy mercury V1?
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