In Denmark, the elegant churning trendy windmills dot the landscape of rolling hills and brilliant yellow canola weed fields.
Where through the summer time, the sun goes down late within the evening and the streaming shiny solar wakes you early within the morning. The sun shines and the wind blows and rain comes and goes with the passing clouds.
In Denmark, everybody beneath 40 speaks a number of languages that embrace their native tongue and English along with either German or Swedish based mostly on your geography.
In Denmark, bicycles roll along the streets of the town of Aarhus (pronounced R-hoos) in harmony with the automobiles and most buildings nonetheless don’t exceed the height of the tallest church steeple of St. Clemens cathedral.
In Denmark, you’re greeted by an trustworthy pleasant smile, with out the overt attempts to please the out-of-towner. Disputes or disagreements are settled over espresso. If you ask them why Denmark festivals at or close to the highest of the happiest nation on the planet on a yearly basis, they show their modesty they usually say, “We just don’t worry for the future”.
Even their retailers have a pleasant smile.
In Denmark, that open honesty translates into the philosophy at DALI. It’s very clear the culture of this nation translates into the business model at DALI. All the things comes together based mostly on a standard objective, widespread respect. This small nation of 5.5 million is heralded for his or her innovation and customary sense design and know-how, no extra, no less.
DALI, or Danish Audiophile Loudspeaker Industries, is concentrated on speakers as a “specialty” they usually make nothing else since started by Peter Lyngdorf in 1983. By 1986 they built their first constructing in this remote location of Norager, some 80 kilometers north of Aarhus where we have been staying. Denmark-practicality recommended that land this distant was extra economical and plentiful, but that the farming tradition the place they might draw staff was of a committed and wonderful work ethic.
Now the power has been reworked right into a small cluster of hooked up buildings where over 220,000 Sq. Ft. is used for design, R&#zero38;D, testing, assembling, sales and advertising, all reside beneath one skylit roof. And why? Management and high quality, the Danish means.
DALI also understands that China is strategically a serious middle for high quality and financial system, and so they have expanded to a DALI-led facility in Ningbo, China. Usually, the inexpensive strains are fabricated there and a number of the drivers.
DALI, to my surprise, is greater than a boutique speaker-maker, in 2018 they constructed and bought 250,000 models in 70 nations with over 110 million Euros in gross sales. They make use of 250 individuals in each Denmark and China, nevertheless, that number might change seasonally.
Though we have been invited to Denmark by Lenbrook the lately appointed US Distributor of DALI, we have been treated to a full day courtesy of DALI and their employees.
In the event you aren’t acquainted with the DALI line let me run it down for you. The Epicon is the flagship line with the most important Epicon 8 and slightly smaller mannequin 6. The monitor model is the Epicon 2 and the center channel Vokal.
The subsequent line down is the Rubicon with the most important being the Rubicon 8, then 6 and 5 flooring standers after which the Rubicon 2 monitor. There’s additionally an on-wall Rubicon LCR and the middle channel Vokal.
I had the pleasure of reviewing their latest wireless Callisto Collection. Two models, the ground standing 6C and the monitor 2C mate with a controller HUB that works with Bluesound and BluOS for streaming providers.
The very reasonably priced Opticon collection also has the floor standing model 8, 6, 5 and screens 2 and 1. And equally, the on-wall LCR and middle channel Vokal.
Oberon is their latest collection in affordability. With DALI’s SMC know-how, the collection provides a recent styling mixture of wood and materials. Included in the line is the Oberon 7 and 5 for flooring standing and three and 1 for monitor sizes and just like the opposite strains, on-wall and middle channel versions.
If small is what you need a DALI Minuet would match the invoice and if pure fashion is what you want, then take a look at their Fazon line. This is the place Scandinavian design is epitomized.
Our superb and personable hosts for a few days have been CEO Lars Worre and Sales Supervisor Thomas Knudsen. They both share a passion for music and sound quality that evokes what DALI is all about.
Lars took us by means of a tremendous dialogue about each facet of DALI’s design decisions and the way they set up objectives and the way they set out to achieve them, but all the time about sound high quality. Here Lars talks about DALI’s evaluation that leads them to a hybrid tweeter design.
The hybrid design combines a ribbon tweeter with a tender dome tweeter, better of each worlds for transparency and element with broad dispersion.
Makes complete sense that a company whose motto is “In Admiration of Music” that figuring out how a recording is produced, that it also displays on the way it sounds via their speakers. Lars tells an anecdote when asked by a banker just lately, what his biggest worry was, (the banker presumably expected the answer to be enterprise related), Lars responded poignantly, “Compression”.
Inez Søby Bukdahl, the Advertising Manager, presents how necessary sound quality within the recording is to DALI and their efforts to convey young and unknown musicians to mild by means of their CDs. DALI additionally introduced a new emblem, not only to maintain up with the occasions but in addition because it signifies a dedication to the quality of recordings at present.
DALI has produced music and there are a number of CDs out there at https://www.dali-speakers.com/music/the-dali-cds/ with their latest offering, Green Album 5, on vinyl.
Together with the recordings, DALI additionally publishes a magazine, (yes in print) referred to as “Be There” purely concerning the music, the artists and recordings with a minimal amount of details about their merchandise. DALI provides it away right here.
It’s a worthy learn and properly well worth the effort. In the event you prefer it, subscribe.
And so the tour begins….
Strolling by way of their manufacturing unit, the very first thing you’ll notice is the testing area, where they check audio system for longevity, principally by means of chambers that simulate moisture and lightweight abuse and another points they deem essential.
Immediately I observed the locker of legacy products, used as “reference” for every speaker made by DALI.
The manufacturing unit is properly organized, love the stacked milled and CNC’d chassis ready for assembly.
Despite the texture of hand-built production, using a robotic ensures exact meeting.
Back bins for in-wall models are properly braced and of strong development.
Employee’s consideration to element, a speaker should have an ideal luster and so it goes back in for sprucing to get that mirror finish. On this case, an Epicon flooring standing speaker gets yet one more buff, after receiving 10 coats of lacquer.
The veneer on these Epicon cupboards is beautiful and the cupboards themselves are ready for the drivers and crossovers. By casual vote, virtually everyone agreed that the high-gloss Ruby Macassar finish “stole the show” but I definitely beloved the high-gloss walnut too.
The entrance baffle could be very thick MDF, nicely over an inch!
Crossovers getting assembled.
Intrinsically essential to DALI is the know-how behind their patented SMC (Tender Magnetic Compound) in the magnet motor design. Relying on the extent of the speaker, DALI varies the amount used, it’s costly.
DALI is most involved about distortion within the third order as seen in the testing executed for every driver design.
Drivers are assembled each by machines for gluing and by hand from skilled and patient individuals.
Pinnacle Scandinavian design within the DALI Fazon F5 audio system, not new but seductively shaped and brightly colored, the enclosure is aluminum.
The truth is, you’re greeted in the foyer by customized painted versions.
There’s nothing extra “DALI-like” than their brown speaker cones. Wood-fiber cones are light-weight and stiff.
A showroom per se, DALI’s lobby is provided with their complete line for touching and viewing.
I actually like their on-wall design, it might not disappear but I can inform you from private experience, it’s not straightforward burying audio system in partitions and predicting the performance, this can be a nice various, especially in the event you lease or plan to vary the furnishings round.
DALI also has developed the Katch, moveable speaker. It might be the “me-too” of audio system but this one is gorgeously designed. A leather-based strap for carrying round on-the-go, the Katch receives Bluetooth and Apt-X connectivity. Stated to play as much as 24 hours on a single cost.
A full day of dialogue and touring ended splendidly with a listening session in their new demonstration rooms. Carved out of manufacturing unit area, the rooms comfortably let you sit, pay attention and luxuriate in. What caught my eye (and my ears) was the Bluesound Node 2i feeding a rare DALI Detal preamplifier, and the 200 lb. + Gravity Amplifier – 1800 watts of class A amplification.
Feeding Epicon eight speakers, the sound was rich, full and clear.
A time off left us to spend a while within the metropolis of Aarhus and the ARoS museum the place the roof-top rainbow walkway is mesmerizing.
The inside jogs my memory of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Guggenheim on 5th Ave, in Manhattan. A spiral ramp takes you both up or down from flooring to flooring to the exhibit rooms. In contrast to the NYC model the place the ramps themselves are the reveals, (Wright all the time envisioned you begin at the prime and work your approach down), in this case, the ramps are merely the connections between floors and dedicated rooms. This works higher for me frankly.
The Previous Town is a type of recreated open-air museum to wander around and get misplaced, a few of the houses are actually occupied they usually welcome visitors. Simulated outlets and eating places that allow you to taste the local fare. As a recreated space, which means most buildings have been dismantled and reconstructed on this website from different elements of Denmark, Previous City is intimate and price a visit should you’re in Aarhus, the second largest metropolis after Copenhagen.
With my profound because of Lenbrook for arranging the journey and for DALI to host us, I depart Denmark with a new respect for their society, tradition and all-encompassing way of living usually. I finally obtained to know DALI and the individuals behind this iconic Scandinavian firm.
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