Dali Opticon 2 Bookshelf Speakers
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Ratings & Reviews
by Bob J.
It was a very tough decision to sell off my Peachtree D5 speakers. I had owned them for almost three years and they gave me excellent performance and value. But, they had their limitations and it was when I got a pair of the Dali Zensor 1 speakers that I had first noticed those limitations. To me, the tweeter on the Peachtree, though revealing, could be a bit harsh and limiting in that the "sweet spot" a tad narrow. When I had the Dali speakers, I noticed that I could sit about anywhere and still get a broader sweet spot plus the highs were just so much more engaging. Well, the Zensor 1 speakers, for as good as they are, were not going to do it for me either. Enter the Opticon 2 speakers! Wow! I have owned mine now for about three months and I do not miss the D5 speakers at all. The Opticon 2 speakers give me a nice tight bass, a wonderful midrange and the SMC tweeter is the best of all. I can listen for hours and never get fatigued. I hear things so much more clearly now (I know, it sounds like a cliche`). The soundstage is wide and deep, performers seem to be more "focused" and everything is just more "there". Not very scientific I know. Set up was easy and the Opticon 2 speakers are not fussy about placement. I am driving mine with tubed monoblock amps and the Opticons seem to like tubes though in fairness, I have not heard or tried these with solid state amps. FIt and finish is very good and though I miss the great wood veneer finish that I had on the D5 speakers, the vinyl application on the Opticons is well executed. The nice glossy black front baffle adds a nice classy look to the black vinyl finish as well. For the money the performance and value cannot be beat. I highly recommend that one give these a listen and/or have them on their short list of speakers to try if one is in the market for an excellent monitor speaker.