DALI SPEKTOR 2 Review (Superb Bookshelf Speakers)

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DALI SPEKTOR 2 Review (Superb Bookshelf Speakers)

In this DALI SPEKTOR 2 review, I wanted to highlight a speaker that I believe truly punches above its weight in a way that I haven’t seen in a really long time.

In fact the very reason for this review was to share my thoughts on it because of that.

So let’s take a closer look and see why this is a speaker that’s certainly worth your time.

DALI SPEKTOR 2 Bookshelf Speakers Review

The DALI SPEKTOR 2s are fantastic passive speakers that combine an almost retro look, with spectacular audio and a premium feel. Their auditory precision, tonal balance, and expressive sound signature gives them the proficiency to deliver a quite memorable home theater experience. Provided you have the ability to power them given their low sensitivity, they’re strong performers.


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One of the many things I really like about the DALI 2’s appearance is its authentically vintage feel.

While the speaker comes in 3 colors, walnut, black, and white; the overall look of the speaker itself just screams old-school which is awesome.

Made of wood veneer, the design language of the speaker is simplistic yet refined, harkening back to a prior era.

But despite it’s more classic design, it still looks and feels very premium.

There’s a removable speaker grille attached to the front with only the company’s insignia being visible.

While on the back there’s 5 way binding posts for a plethora of connection options, along with a port for mitigating audio distortion.

There’s also the ability to wall mount it too which is helpful.

When the speaker grille is removed, you’re greeted with a faceplate that completely changes the way the speaker looks.

Starting at the top, you’ll notice the soft dome tweeter surrounded by a circular component expertly engineered for better sound dispersion.

The company’s full name, Danish Audiophile Loudspeaker Industries is placed atop.

It’s a distinct looking design that really adds to the speaker’s individuality.

But what really adds to the unique aesthetic of the SPEKTOR 2 is its woofer.

Made of a mix of fine grain paper and wood fibre pulp, the woofer’s cone actually has visible flecks of of these fibers dotted all around it.

Besides just looking cool, it actually has real world utility that we’ll go over in a sec.

In terms of size, this is actually a relatively compact speaker at 11.5 x 6.69 x 9.37 inches so while not tiny by any means, it’s not necessarily gargantuan either.

That means finding space for this speaker shouldn’t be difficult if you’re in an average sized room.

The one thing I kind of do wish was that the driver color matched the speaker in the black and white variants but that’s a minor nitpick honestly.

As a whole, the SPEKTOR 2 is a very aesthetically pleasing looking speaker that looks even better in person.


Improved Audio Output

Improved from the Spektor 1 line, the Spektor 2 boasts a larger inner volume that allows it to output greater sound quality without drastically increasing its size

Wide Sound Dispersion

Using purpose designed driver materials and shape, the sound from the Spektor 2 is dispersed more widely, providing better cohesion and audio quality even off axis

Soft Dome Tweeter For Highly Accurate Sound

Made from a light weight woven fabric, this soft dome tweeter is nearly half of the weight of similar tweeters which allows it to reproduce every part of the frequency range for highly accurate sound quality

5 1/4 inch Woofer For Increased Sound Pressure Levels

A 5 1/4 inch woofer increases sound pressure levels allowing it to get louder at a smaller size

Unique Fibre Cone Woofer Enhances Sound Quality

A unique fine-grain paper and wood fibre pulp woofer allows it to be light weight and rigid, while minimizing unwanted resonances for better quality sound

Low Signal Loss

By using custom built drivers, signal loss is kept minimal for a cleaner resulting audio

Can Be Wall Mounted

Besides being able to place it on a stand, the SPEKTOR 2 can also be wall mounted for even further placement options


How To Set Up The DALI SPEKTOR 2

Being that the DALI SPEKTOR 2 is a passive speaker, this means you’ll have to connect it to an AV receiver since it doesn’t have WI-FI or Bluetooth.

Luckily this process is pretty easy.

You will need separate speaker wire though since it doesn’t come with it.

This is the one I use.

But basically, what you’d do is measure the length of speaker wire you’d need, cut it, strip the wire, attach it to the back of the speaker, then attach the other end to the appropriate terminal on the receiver.

While that’s oversimplifying it, that’s basically the entire process in a nutshell.

Here’s how to fully set up a speaker if you’re curious about the entire process.



Also with regards to their placement, given that they’re rear ported speakers, I found that they sounded best spaced a little bit away from the wall.

Speaking of sound…


The Sound Quality Of The DALI SPEKTOR 2 Speakers

Initial First Impressions

But how do the DALI SPEKTOR bookshelf speakers sound?

Well you’ll be happy to know that their audio quality is really amazing.

Having previously heard the Spektor 1 some time ago, these feel like a sensible step up from the prior line in every way.

While those were decent, this second generation offering feels like a massive improvement comparatively.

Gone is the slightly brighter nature of the first line, and is instead evolved into something much more mature and refined.

It’s now more tonally balanced speaker, with substantive bass and delicate treble blended together beautifully.

The sound signature definitely leans on the warmer side of the spectrum, but make no mistake, it’s still able to capture even the most subtle details in the sound stage amazingly.

I think that’s partially due to its stiffer drivers that allow it to produce those really difficult high frequencies with precision.

It’s pretty impressive honestly.


Their Performance With Music Playback

During music playback, what was immediately noticeable was just how seamlessly its punchy bass and crisp highs came together.

Everything just sounded right.

What was also suprising was just how much sound these things were able to belt out given their smaller stature.

Of course they aren’t exactly small by any means, but the quality of the sound and the volume & degree at which they played would really make you think it’s coming from something much bigger than this.

I think that’s a testament to a quality speaker, and this one proudly carries that moniker.

This would also make them a good fit for most room sizes since they’re small enough to fit in more size constrained environments, but have the necessary power to excel even in larger rooms.

Plus their musical capabilities even makes them suitable as stereo speakers if that’s your focus.


How They Perform Off Axis

What was also particularly impressive was just how well they performed off axis.

Typically when you sit off to the side, the audio experience diminishes quite a bit,

However due to the Spektor’s wide dispersion design, there wasn’t nearly as much fall off in quality which was surprising.

Dialogue was still discernable, and it didn’t feel much like a compromise if at all which was nice.

That means you have more versatility with seating in the room with this speaker.


Quick Note About Powering Them

Something to note is that they do have a lower sensitivity at around 84dB/W/m and an impedance of 6.

That means it’ll take more power to get them really loud since they have a lot in the tank so to speak.

I’d say partnering them with a proper amp/receiver that can sufficiently drive them is is likely preferable, but not exactly necessary either.

They’ll perform great either way, just something to note if output in a larger room is a concern.


Their Performance With Movies

These speakers also excell when it comes to movies, with action on screen being represented with lifelike accuracy.

In busier scenes, sound effects of the lower end had an almost weighty feel to them.

While in the quieter scenes, subtle details were articulated with convincing precision.

Their dynamic nature allowed them to switch from delicate to powerful on the fly without skipping a beat.

I found that this also allowed them to be proficient as surround sound speakers too.

When using them as part of a surround setup, I was surprised by how much ambience they added to a scene with their attention to detail.



Interestingly, that characteristic is what also makes them great for gaming since gaming typically involves instant changes in volume.

To put it simply, games sounded incredible on these.

So for the gamers out there, this is a solid choice to go with.


DALI SPEKTOR 2 VS Elac Debut B6.2

A common comparison and question I’ve been asked is how they compare with the Elac Debut B6.2 speakers.

Well one difference is the Elac B6.2 is bigger at 10.6 x 7.7 x 14.8 inches so if you don’t have much room space, that’s something to keep in mind.

Also the DALI SPEKTOR 2 can be wall mounted so there’s that.

In terms of their tone, I would say that the Elac Debut B6.2 had a slightly warmer sound signature than the SPEKTOR 2, at least to my ears.

But sound quality wise, both sound amazing so whether you prefer one or the other will really boil down to preference.


Overall Sentiments On Them

So long story short, with an almost retro look that combines spectacular audio with a premium feel, the DALI SPEKTOR 2 is an easy choice if you’re in the market for a pair of new speakers.

They’re really performant and are suitable as front, surround or even stereo speakers.

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  • Incredible Sound Quality
  • Dynamic yet balanced
  • Great bass response
  • Premium Build Quality
  • Great for music, movies & gaming



  • Low Sensitivity


Final Thoughts

Overall, the DALI SPEKTOR 2 are a fantastic set of speakers — with the auditory precision, tonal balance, and expressive sound signature to offer a truly memorable home theater experience.

They’re also a beautiful looking speaker too, with a meticulous build quality that tells you a lot of care was put into them.

It’s an outstanding performer and is a speaker I wholeheartedly recommend.

Definitely a big thumbs up!

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But that’s all for now.

Until next time, make it easy, keep it simple!



The specifications of the Dali Spektor 2 bookshelf speakers are as follows:

Frequency Range (+/-3 dB) [Hz] – 54 – 26,000 Hz

Sensitivity (2,83 V/1 m) [dB] – 84.5 dB

Nominal Impedance [ohms] – 6 ohms

Maximum SPL [dB] 105 dB

Recommended Amplifier Power [W] 25 – 100 Watt

Crossover Frequency [Hz] – 2,600 Hz

Crossover Principle – 2-way

High frequency driver, Quantity 1 x 25 mm

High frequency driver, Diaphragm type Soft Textile Dome

Low frequency driver, Quantity 1 x 5,25″

Low frequency driver, Diaphragm type Wood Fibre Cone

Enclosure type – Bass Reflex

Bass Reflex Tuning Frequency [Hz] – 51.5 Hz

Connection Input – Single Wire

Recommended Placement – Shelf or Stand


Recommended Distance From Wall [cm] 1 – 80 cm

Dimensions (HxWxD) – 11.5 x 6.69 x 9.37 inches [292 x 170 x 238 mm]

Accessories Included

Rubber Feet


Wall Bracket

Weight – 9.259 pounds (4.2 kg)


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