DALI Rubicon 8: REVIEW | Stereophile


Stereophile's John Atkinson listens to the DALI Rubicon 8

Sitting at the top of the Rubicon range, the DALI Rubicon 8 is a speaker of grand scale for modest living rooms. At 44" tall, it produces an immense sound that has amazing dispersion. Featuring DALI's proprietary SMC magnet technology, wood fibre cones and hybrid ribbon tweeter, be prepared for a taut, muscular performance with amazing clarity, detail and naturalness. After all, DALI's motto is "In Admiration of Music". Find a Retailer to experience DALI.

 DALI Rubicon 8

DALI Rubicon 8

Excerpts from the review:

All five of the Rubicon 8's drive-units are made by DALI. The tweeter and supertweeter are constructed on one chassis: a reworked version of the hybrid tweeter module that first appeared in DALI's flagship Epicon series. The ribbon tweeter operates above 14kHz, and is intended to widen the horizontal radiation pattern in the top octaves, to give a wider range of seating positions at which listeners can hear a full high-frequency balance.

I was impressed by how clean the low-frequency tones sounded—this DALI woofer is indeed a low-distortion design. With the half-step–spaced toneburst track on Editor's Choice, the tones were reproduced cleanly from the midbass through the mid-treble, with less of the aliasing-like ghost tones audible than I usually hear.

When Eberhard Weber drops down to the bottom register on the E and A strings of his double bass on his Endless Days (CD, ECM 1748), the modest-sized DALI Rubicon 8 reproduced his instrument with excellent body to the sound but also superb definition.

That combination of dome and ribbon tweeters is not backward about coming forward, but when I played a naturally balanced classical recording, such as the Takács Quartet's performance of the two Brahms string quintets... the high frequencies sounded in the correct balance, with the midrange and the violas and cello uncolored.

With all recordings I played, the Rubicon 8s threw a solid, well-defined, impressively stable soundstage, with precise layering of image depth. I again reached for Editor's Choice and selected the dual-mono pink-noise track. My seat places my ears level with the Rubicon 8s' dome tweeters, and from this position the pink noise sounded smooth, with no emphasis of any particular frequencies. If I sat upright, so that my ears were level with the ribbon unit, the top octave sounded a tad separated from the mid-treble. The Rubicon 8s produced a very narrow central image with pink noise, without any "splashing" of that image to the sides at some frequencies. Moving my head from side to side, I could hear some slight comb filtering—something Gordon Holt used to call "vertical venetian blinding"—but the treble balance changed very little. This is a wide-dispersion speaker.

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