I first saw the various Dali speaker lines last January at the CES show in Las Vegas. While I didn't have time to do more then quickly look at the speakers themselves and listen rather briefly to the newest addition, the high-end Euphonia series, I decided I would enjoy the opportunity to evaluate their speakers for myself and my readers. Luckily, the opportunity to review the Evidence speaker series presented itself and I jumped on it. A few weeks later, several good-sized boxes arrived at my doorstep.
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Dali is a speaker company based in Denmark. It was started in 1983 by Peter Lyngdorf to produce what they felt would be the ultimate no-compromise loudspeaker. Today, some 20 years later, they are definitely well on their way to becoming one of the larger speaker manufacturers and now produce 60 different speaker models which retail in 40 countries worldwide. Although they have grown over the years, they remain committed to producing no-compromise loudspeakers, now in various levels of price, performance and design.
Unique Features - After opening the various boxes, I found myself staring at some very beautiful speakers. In fact, they are the first I have seen at their price to use real wood veneer instead of some synthetic version. This, coupled with the black gloss panels on the top of the speakers, creates a very classy-looking speaker that would fit in a great number of settings.
In addition to their outward appearance, these speakers contain some other rather impressive features. The speakers all have heavy 5-way binding posts to allow the connection of any standard speaker wire to them without a great deal of effort. In fact, they actually contain two of these posts, which allow all the speakers, not just the main floor standing ones, as is often times the case, to be either bi-wired or bi-amped.
Installation/Setup/Ease of Use - Setting up the Dali Evidence speakers takes almost no effort. They are very easy to put together, basically installing the carpet spikes and placing them in the right spot. Two things that need consideration are the choice to bi-wire or bi-amplify, which takes different speaker connections, and what type of mounting you will need for the surround speakers. Presently, Dali doesn't make speaker stands, so you will have to look elsewhere if you don't want to mount the speakers on the wall or put them on bookshelves or other A/V cabinetry.
Once the major placement is complete, about the only thing that might need done during the course of use is to toe them in slightly. Basically, to create a place in the room that sounds the best, you might decide that you wish to slightly turn the speakers towards your listening position to enhance your listening experience. However, only time and your own preference will tell if this is right for you and your environment.
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