The compact DALI Spektor 2 speakers deliver a powerful punch for their size and price ($ 399 per pair). Many listeners will find them a perfect listening option for a small space, although they can be loud enough to disturb neighbors.
There’s a notable low end for a speaker of this size and while they offer exceptional detail at low volumes, they can shake the beams without distorting when the volume is turned up.
Designed and manufactured in Denmark, the loudspeakers are part of the Spektor series from Danish Audiophile Loudspeaker Industries. The company suggests them as rear speakers in a surround sound setup anchored by its Spektor 6 floorstanding speakers ($ 849 / pair) and Spektor Vokal center channel speaker ($ 249). The company also offers the smallest Spektor 1 compact speakers ($ 279 / pair).
DALI says the Spektor 2’s powerful volume capabilities come from the increased surface areas of the 5.25-inch woofer and 25mm soft-dome tweeter, as the size increases overall sound pressure levels. They also demonstrate remarkably wide sound dispersion for speakers of this size. Put them on a stand and you get a performance very similar to that of many much larger floorstanding speakers.
The speakers measure 11.50 x 6.69 x 9.37 inches (HxWxD) and weigh 9.26 lbs. They are available with cabinets in walnut veneer or black ash.
They feature a frequency range of 54 Hz to 26 kHz, sensitivity of 84.5 dB, nominal impedance of 6 ohms, maximum SPL of 105 dB, and crossover frequency of 2,600 Hz. The recommended amplifier power is 25 to 100 watts.
Woofers feature wood fiber cones made from a mixture of fine-grained paper and wood pulp, producing a ridged surface that helps minimize surface resonances. The tweeters are made from an ultra-light fabric and DALI claims they weigh half as much as their competition’s soft dome tweeters – 0.056 mg per mm2.
The magnetic motor system features a 20-layer 25mm voice coil. The speakers are made in China and their construction is solid.
I tested these speakers with a system that includes a Technics SL-1200 turntable with an Ortofon OM 10 cartridge and stylus, a NAD C545BEE CD player, a NAD PP-1 phono preamplifier via a NAD S100 stereo preamplifier and a stereo amplifier. the NAD 2400 monitor series.
AC / DC’s 2003 George Marino Remastered CD Back in the dark it is both revered and reviled for its direct understanding. It’s one of the few titles from the “volume wars” era that can handle the added compression, and Spektor 2 maximizes that aggressive vibe at its best while maintaining all the musical details.
Another controversial recording is the 1964 Decca Phase 4 stereo LP of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Leopold Stokowski. Both the engineers and the teacher were more interested in tinkering with studio technology than recreating the experience of listening in a concert hall, so the recording takes full advantage of the stereo imaging capabilities of the Phase 4 approach. Spektor 2 speakers have no problem with sometimes extreme stereo imaging, and this recording definitely shows off their wide dispersion effects.
The 1958 Miles Davis soundtrack to the Louis Malle film Elevator for scaffolding It was recorded in a party atmosphere at the Poste Parisien studio. When listening to the mono recording through a Verve 2007 CD reissue, the speakers effectively reproduce the loose vibe of the session and sound especially good at low volumes.
Alternative rock legends The Dream Syndicate are still at the peak of their powers on the 2019 LP This times, and the hum of the keyboard, the feedback wave of the guitar and the motorik beat of “Put Some Miles On” spend much of the track fighting for space in the same sonic range. Specktor 2 speakers never lose the understated detail of each instrument.
In addition to listening to Specktor 2 speakers on stands, I put them on a shelf and hooked them up to an SMSL SA-50 amplifier. I plugged in an old Philips AZ7901 portable CD player and they still sounded great in a tight space. Stereo imaging and wide sound dispersion remained excellent despite the setup.
DALI Spektor 2 loudspeakers offer an extraordinary listening experience at an attractive price. They are a great investment for anyone looking to take their first steps in hi-fi audio and are perfect for anyone with discerning ears who needs secondary speakers in an office or bedroom.