DALI Spektor 2 speaker review: small package, hifi experience


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.

dali spektor 2 front and rear James Barber / IDG

The DALI Spektor 2 speakers we tested came with a walnut finish.

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.

if the spectrum tweeter James Barber / IDG

DALI Spektor 2 loudspeakers have 25mm soft dome tweeters made from ultra-light fabric.

Technical details

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.


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