Dali Zensor 1 Bookshelf Speakers
Designed to Last By introducing the brand new ZENSOR series, DALI launches a genuine hi-fi loudspeaker range applied with refined in-house technology. Heritage from DALI high-end speakers is evident, while performance and appearance join forces to create a most satisfying best-in-class audio-visual experience. Consisting of four models, the entry-level ZENSOR family covers all needs from a compact stereo to an ambitious multi-channel set up. The Dali Zensor 1 Making sense! That’s what ZENSOR 1 is up to, packing as much legacy and music as possible into a slim and compact bookshelf speaker cabinet that you can carry home under your arm. The versatile ZENSOR 1 is ideal as all-round stereo loudspeaker preferably in small to medium sized rooms. It even works excellently as front speaker in a 2.1 surround set-up or as back speaker in 5.1 systems including subwoofer, as the distinguished and discreet sound resource it is. Distinguished by it well-known DALI signatures such as the light and yet stiff wood fibre cones delivering a highly dynamic, detailed, and undisturbed sound reproduction, while ultra-low mass dome tweeter material ensures a widely extended frequency range. Discreet by its dimensions (H: 27.4 x W: 16.2 x D: 22 cm), 6-litre cabinet, and its design dressed in a high-gloss lacquer front baffle that blends perfectly into a modern day interior. The soundproof design ideas of DALI provide the background for ZENSOR 1, created in respect and admiration of music. From the overall and basic properties to any detail such as the integrated wall bracket, rounded edges, and rear-mounted bass reflex port. ZENSOR 1 simply succeeds in converting amplifier power into pure acoustical energy without loss or limitations, and it will give pleasure to your ears and eyes over and over with focused, coherent sound and a stylish, visual identity. Stereophile Review of the Dali Zensor 1 bookshelf Speakers
"In the Zensor 1, DALI has produced an astoundingly realistic loudspeaker for its size and price. The Zensor 1's flaws are minimal, and its strengths compete with bookshelf speakers costing twice as much, or more. I'm astounded at how so minuscule a speaker can create such a big sound over such a broad range of music." What HiFi Review of the Dali Zensor 1 "You know a company’s on to a winner when the biggest criticism we can level at its speakers is that the grilles could be a bit easier to put on and take off…"
Ratings & Reviews
First it is a small unobtrusive speaker. However, a small speakers shouldn't sound this good. I've played every type of music and it does well. The finish is average, but at least it has a walnut vinyl finish that looks very good. So many companies think white or black meets everyone's needs, but not mine. The drivers are the best you may buy for the money. If you want large, then go elsewhere. It you want quality, then go no further.
by Mark A.
It took over 20 years for me to lay my trusty (and still amazing) Celestion 3 to rest and finally made the decision to make room for the equally amazing Dali Zensor 1. Of course, the market is filled with sub-$1k bookshelf speakers, and the Celestion 3 was considered a classic in its day. And the Dali undoubtedly continued that tradition of the "tiny little gem" and was clearly a wise, and ridiculously economical choice to replace my 3s. First off, aesthetically, the Zensor 1 is just flawless in both design and construction. That gleaming fascia is nagging to be touched! As for the litmus test of performance, the 1s excel more so than distract you from it's limitational flaws. True, deep, thundering mid- or low-bass response is nearly non-existent. But in terms of overall near-perfect balance of low-, mid- and high-end, its lack of pretense and coloration, the Zensor 1 rocks! And incidentally, it's overall dimensions is a tad bit smaller than the Celestion 3s. Yet it terms of sound, it's by and large miles ahead of the 3, hands down.
These speakers astonish me. The sound seems remarkable to be coming from such a compact unit. I had owned a pair of Sound Dynamics speakers that were three times the size and on any measure the Dali 1's are superior. The definition of where instruments are in the recording, the hall or studio ambiance and the depth of the space all come forth clearly when one listens. I have also found that solo piano recordings offer a sense of the instrument that seems remarkably lifelike because the complexity in the string sound is accurately presented. orchestral, small ensemble, jazz, and vocal music all benefit. There are also times that when instruments enter and begin to play-- there is the eerie sense of them being present in a palpable way.
by Barry R.
I purchased these in November after reading some excellent reviews on-line. They are hooked up to my vintage Pioneer SX-950 receiver and dual Definitive Technology ProSub 800's. I have owned many good speakers in my time and all I can say is WOW! The Dali Zensor 1's are hands down my favorites. They are very clean and articulate with all of the music I play thru them-from Dave Grusin, Clannad, Deep Purple, Blackmore's Night, Pink Floyd, Desert Rose Band or a Strauss Waltz-you name name it. Highly recommended! Thank's to The Needle Doctor for carrying these great speakers.
These are great speakers! Read the review in Sterophile etc. They are spot on in their assessment. They sound warm and rich and 2x/3x their size. They have nice detail but are not clinical (no metal dome tweeter sound here.) Partner them with some good stands, good sources/amplification and audio happiness will ensue.
So you want some tiny little adorable speakers for not that much cash. Relatively speaking. Well that's a wholly reasonable request, darn it! There are several (trillion) options at this price point. Here’s why these are rad: Aesthetics: They’re gorgeous. By any standards. Refined, nicely finished… And not just in the Obvious spots. Dali is nothing if not meticulous. Size/Performance: They’re small and sound medium. There’s a lot of that out there. However, these are more comprehensive in their reproduction abilities. That’s their thing. Sonics: These little guys want to give you ALL the midrange as cleanly and comprehensively as they possibly can. 900HZ to 5KHz is expressive and wiiiiiiide open. The high end is controlled and pleasant. Not harsh, not hissy… pleasant. Some people may feel like they drop off on accurancy. Neh. They’re just not pushing it in your face. HOWEVER, if you’re older and have experienced some entirely natural hearing degradation in the higher frequencies, these might not be as fullfilling as some. The low end is…. ok. Speakers of this size and design aren’t purchased with throbbing 808 style low love in mind, after all. Rounded and reasonable for physics. If you have these in a small to medium room and are listening to rock mixed before 1990, some forms of jazz, certain genres of classical or pop mixed before 1987 you will be utterly and completely thrilled with these. If you want to be punched in the mouth by a Sonic Maximizer, get a sub. I did. As a 2.1 system these are just amazing. Anyway, bang for buck is fantastic, and they’re very nice to look at. (Just in case you were wondering where the hell I get off, I’ve been a recording engineer for 20 years, I teach post production audio and I write for Post Magazine. And I have a pair of Zensor's chillin' up in my living room.)