Dali Opticon MK2 speakers are thorough overhauls of the originals

Dali Opticon MK2
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Just over five years after introducing its Opticon speakers, Dali has updated the mid-range series with both new technologies and a refreshed aesthetic. 

The new Opticon MK2 range, which sits above the Danish firm's Spektor, Zensor and Oberon lines, comprises the Opticon 1 MK2 (£599 per pair) and Opticon 2 MK2 standmounts (£899 per pair); the Opticon 6 MK2 (£1499 per pair) and Opticon 8 MK2 (£2599 per pair) floorstanders; the Opticon VOKAL MK2 centre speaker (£599 each); and the Opticon LCR MK2 on-wall speaker (£599 each).

Dali Opticon MK2

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Each of the six models debut a new 29mm soft dome tweeter surrounded by a new die-cast aluminium faceplate derived from Dali's higher-ranging, active Callisto series. Save for the Opticon 1 and 2 models, they marry that soft dome tweeter with a 17mm x 45mm ribbon tweeter, their hybrid system design configured so that the ribbon element begins to contribute from 10kHz upwards (where the response of the soft dome element is beginning to fall away and become more directional) and extend the response towards 30kHz.

The range's mid/bass drivers, meanwhile, feature technology from the company's flagship Epicon series. Their newly developed diaphragms are made from a mix of paper and wood fibre, promising minimal break-up resonance (and, of course, contributing to their distinctive colour), while the use of Dali's trademark SMC (Soft Magnet Compound) magnet system is onboard to reduce distortion.

Dali Opticon MK2

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On the two standmounts and two floorstanders are new Dual Flare reflex ports, too, with carefully specified entry and exit flares designed to minimise turbulence at the airflow rate expected from the port diameter and tuning frequency, and thus ensure a smooth airflow through the speaker.

Lastly, with new drivers and ports comes a redesigned crossover with supposedly higher-quality components.

The Dali Opticon MK2 range is available now in three new finishes: Satin White, Satin Black and Tobacco Oak (although the white finish isn't an option for the Opticon 8 MK2). Australian pricing and release date to be announced.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.