Two years ago, the prestigious UK hi-fi magazine 'WHAT HI-FI?' graced the DALI ZENSOR 1’s with an award. Since then, a lot of bookshelf speakers have appeared on the scene. Therefore 'WHAT HI-FI?' decided to re-visit the ZENSOR 1's to find out, if the bookshelf speakers still have it in them?
In the recent review, the expectations of the ZENSOR 1’s are still high, and the speakers fully meet the magazine's demands. The reviewers are “[…] greeted with a satisfying blend of weighty bass, clear, centrally placed vocals and a room-filling sound”. 'WHAT HI-FI?'s previous experience of the ZENSOR 1’s performance being a "well-oiled machine" is re-confirmed: “[…] the Dalis pride themselves on a spectacularly detailed, clear, well-balanced sound, the openness of which will suit most living room sizes.”
With “The Dark Knight Rises”, the ZENSOR 1’s provide a gracious sound of the instrumentals before conquering one with punch and power. Eminem’s “25 To Life” lets the speakers convey a great deal of vocal transparency, and especially with “Fields Of Gold” by Eva Cassidy, the ZENSOR 1’s “[…] wear their heart firmly on their sleeve, beautifully exposing the varying textures […]” of this ballad.
According to 'WHAT HI-FI?', the ZENSOR 1’s are by anyone’s standards magnificent performers and still remain one of the best and highest-fliers in the very top of the budget speaker superstar list.
The full review is available in the newest edition of WHAT HI-FI?.