The Epicon 2 is a two-way speaker with newly designed drivers, namely a 6.5in wood fibre cone woofer and a hybrid tweeter module filtered down from DALI’s EUPHONIA and HELICON series.
This tweeter solution consists of a newly designed 29mm lightweight dome tweeter and a 10 x 55mm ribbon tweeter. They work together using the properties of both types to deliver crisp high frequencies – the ribbon’s optimal horizontal distribution of high frequencies and the dome’s low resonance, high power handling and ability to tackle frequencies from 2.5kHz upwards make them a great pairing.
As for the woofer, it benefits from DALI’s in-house driver production that started in 2009, which includes new cone impregnation and post-assembly coating processes. Behind it is a newly designed linear drive magnet system. Overall, their quoted frequency range is 47Hz to 30kHz, with a sensitivity of 87dB.
What this all adds up to is a fabulous sound, rich in detail and oozing warmth. With music, there’s passion and dynamism in spades, but everything is delivered with the level of poise and refinement you’d expect from speakers costing upwards of £3k.
They’re capable of a big, muscular sound, and when it comes to forceful parts of a song they really put their back into it. The roomy cabinets allow for excellent bass depth compared with regularly sized standmounts, so the sound feels like that of a larger floorstanding pair.
What we enjoyed the most about the Epicon 2 is its remarkably agile bass, tracking the funky live basslines on Incognito’s Surreal CD without any bloat or overhang. This results in a hugely entertaining performance when it comes to fast, uptempo material.
But with languid, mellifluous jazz albums or classical pieces, the sound is so natural, fluid and evocative that you simply can’t help but get completely lost in the music. Every last speck of delicate detail is delivered with wonderful transparency thanks to those hybrid tweeters, which results in a sonically open and insightful sound with plenty of sparkle, but not a hint of hardness – this is smooth as a baby’s bum.
The good news for movie fans is that these qualities translate beautifully to a powerful performance with Blu-ray soundtracks. Dialogue is remarkably clear, effects are ferocious but expertly controlled and they have no trouble reproducing the lower reaches of a big explosion or train crash. It’s spine-tingling stuff.
With a price tag like this you might expect nothing less, but even so there’s no denying that the Dali Epicon 2 deliver heavenly sound quality. Music playback is blessed with lucid detail, which brings an openness and insight missing from cheaper speakers, while their bass reproduction is some of the deepest and most agile we’ve heard from a pair of standmounts. Movies sound incredible too, which is great news for those hoping to expand to a full 5.1 system with some Epicon 6 or 8s at the front.