Dali Zen­sor 5 AX

FOR Rhyth­mic and well timed; con­ve­nient func­tion­al­ity AGAINST Needs care­ful part­ner­ing; re­mote too small

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As pow­ered floor­standers, the Dali Zen­sor 5 AXS should be up and run­ning with min­i­mum fuss. But take care with set-up and these speak­ers will shine.

They look just like their pas­sive sib­lings save for a small LED on the left mas­ter speaker that in­forms you of the in­put se­lected. This mas­ter speaker holds the brains of the set-up, in­clud­ing the 50W-per-chan­nel Class D am­pli­fier, a choice of phys­i­cal in­puts and the wire­less com­po­nents for Blue­tooth.

There isn’t a huge choice of in­puts – 3.5mm aux­il­iary, dig­i­tal op­ti­cal and apt-x Blue­tooth – but enough to hook up por­ta­ble de­vices or a lap­top via the mini jack, and a CD player or even your TV.

Fast, de­tailed and en­thu­si­as­tic, they are un­mis­tak­ably Dali, of­fer­ing a bet­ter sound than any one-box so­lu­tion at this price. It’s a clean, thor­oughly ar­tic­u­late per­for­mance, with voices sound­ing warm, nat­u­ral and filled with ex­pres­sion.

Al­though they aren’t the big­gest sound­ing floor­standers we’ve heard, they’re still spa­cious and han­dle scale and dy­nam­ics with verve.

A slightly toned-down tre­ble hasn’t taken away their abil­ity to en­ter­tain ei­ther, with a fun and lively tone and a strong sense of tim­ing, even with com­plex rhyth­mic pat­terns. Im­proved bass helps de­liver a much fuller bod­ied and au­thor­i­ta­tive pre­sen­ta­tion across the board.

We lis­ten over Blue­tooth and no­tice some ex­pected com­pro­mises – it’s a smaller sound with some loss of

“The 5 AXS are un­mis­tak­ably Dali”

de­tail – but still a hugely en­joy­able lis­ten that holds true to the 5 AXS’ co­he­sive and en­gag­ing mu­si­cal char­ac­ter.

The Zen­sor 5 AXS are a real suc­cess, de­liv­er­ing all the con­ve­nience of a one-box so­lu­tion in some­thing al­to­gether more hi-fi. Spend some time get­ting them just right, and the best of both worlds is well within reach.

The Dalis of­fer bet­ter sound than a one-box so­lu­tion

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