Important Specs Overview
|Model||Spektor 1||Spektor 1|
|Speaker Type||passive, 2-way, back ported||(<--same)|
|Continuous Power Handling||100 W||(<--same)|
|Max SPL||103 dB||105 dB|
|Response Range ( +/- 3dB)||59 - 26k Hz||54 - 26k Hz|
|Woofer Size||4.5 in||5.25 in|
|Unit Dimensions (w x d x h)||5.5 x 7.5 x 9.5 in||7 x 9.5 x 11.5 in|
|Unit Weight||6 lbs||9 lbs|
Review And Discussion
DALI is a Danish audio company that produces several series of full home theater lineups, including a variety of powered, portable, and other off-shoot audio products. The Spektor series is their entry level home theater lineup, and it contains two different sized bookshelf speakers, quite simply named the 1 and 2, which we’re reviewing herein.
The Spektor 2 is slightly louder and has a larger cabinet and drivers than the Spektor 1. The baskets and baffle that house the larger drivers on the Spektor 2 are also slightly different. But other than that these speakers have the same overall build an design, so we’re giving them a joint review.
The cabinet looks like fairly standard MDF panels, with a mock wood finish that comes in classic walnut, black, or white. The baffle is a separate piece that’s fastened to the bezel which houses once again separate baskets for the tweeter and the woofer. The tweeter is housed in a very slight waveguide with some contouring that we suppose helps with dispersion.
The wood colored cones and chrome baskets look nice in tandem with the walnut color, but kind of jarring in white or black. They’re decent looking speakers overall, and they do also come with protruding cloth grills if you wish to cover them.
The driver materials are nice. The woofer is their proprietary blend of some kind of treated wood fiber, which is essentially a very fancy paper cone, potentially very stiff and light. The tweeter is a nice looking textile soft dome which they claim is around half the weight of an average soft dome tweeter.
All in all this translates into range specs that are quite good for a smaller entry level bookshelf speaker. The 26k Hz ceiling is higher than most soft dome tweeters get, which means they’ll stay smooth as they get lower to the crossover point. The larger Spektor 2 interestingly has a higher crossover than the Spektor 1, despite the former having a larger tweeter. Not so obvious why they’d choose to do that, but likely because the larger woofer does a better job of covering that middle range.
Dali claims these speakers are amplifier friendly, but the specs would seem to indicate otherwise. A lower 6 ohm impedance will require the amp to drive more power, and these speakers have some of the lowest efficiency ratings that we’ve seen. That isn’t necessarily bad, it just means they’ll need considerably more power to achieve the same SPL then, say, an ultra efficient Klipsch bookshelf speaker would. So you’ll need a better than average amp/receiver we think, something to be aware of.
Size and weight wise these run pretty middle of the road and shouldn’t be too hard to place. They will need, we’d say, at least a half a foot or so of room for the port to breathe in the back.
One issue with DALI as a company is that they don’t supply their own warranty*, which is honestly something that we’ve never seen save for cheap off-brand stuff. This is probably due to their international status. What they instead do is have their authorized dealers negotiate their own warranties which they say could range anywhere from 1-3 years. This definitely falls short compared to other big names like Klipsch, Polk, et al, most of whom unilaterally guarantee 5 years of coverage on passive speakers directly from the manufacturer.
Our Overall Take, As Compared To The Competition
Because Dali is a more obscure international company, a lot will depend on where and how you’d acquire their speakers. Prices tend to be all over the place in these situations. If you have access to an authorized dealer, and verify that the warranty is decent enough, and the price is comparable to more popular brands, then the Spektor bookshelf speakers are definitely a solid option. But truth be told, these will probably be harder to get for most people, and an alternative with an established US presence will generally be a better choice.