Dali Zensor 5 AX
FOR Rhythmic and well timed; convenient functionality AGAINST Needs careful partnering; remote too small
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