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DALI Mentor 1 Bookshelf Loudspeaker Review

by April 16, 2007
  • Product Name: Mentor 1 Bookshelf Speaker System
  • Manufacturer: DALI
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: April 16, 2007 18:04
  • MSRP: $ 1,800/pr
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Frequency range +/- 3 dB
Sensitivity (2.83V/1m)   
Nominal impedance
Maximum SPL
Recommended amp. power 
Crossover frequencies
Hybrid tweeter module 

Low frequency driver(s)
Enclosure type 
Bass reflex tuning frequency
Connection input(s) 
Recommended placement
Dimensions (H x W x D)
Dimensions (H x W x D)
Weight 
Finish                                                  
    
 
45Hz – 34 kHz
86.0 dB
6 ohms
106 dB
40 – 120 watts
3.4 kHz /12 kHz
1 x 28 mm soft dome
1 x 17 x 45 mm ribbon
1 x 5"
Bass reflex
47 Hz
Single Wire 
Stand, shelf, on wall (via wall mount kit)
31.8 x 16.2 x 24.1 [cm]
12.5 x 6.4 x 9.5 [inches]
5.2 / 11.5 [kg/lb] 
Cherry

Pros

  • Exceptional clarity and detail
  • Small form factor
  • Nice aesthetics

Cons

  • Elevated tweeter response tends to sound bright
  • Expensive

Introduction

The DALI Mentor 1 is a fine sounding speaker system in a neat little package. They are best suited for small to medium sized rooms and highly recommended to be utilized with a dedicated subwoofer. The tweeter array in the Mentor 1’s is exceptionally good, never sounding compressed or strained. If what you are after is a compact, attractive, well-built speaker system that will reveal all of the subtleties of your recordings, then the DALI Mentor 1’s should be added to your auditioning shortlist. They score big in the WAF department, play nicely with virtually any decent amplifier or receiver on the market, and will likely impress any audiophile with their excellent imaging and 3D spatiality. So do your best to pair them with good electronics, an acoustically neutral listening room, and quality source material and be prepared to be rewarded with a level of detail and transparency not typically found in many competitor speaker systems.

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