As its name suggests, Dali is a company with serious artistic intentions, as famous in hi-fi circles for its boundary-pushing designs as its refined sound quality. So whether the Dali Fazon F5 are used for home cinema or music, its speakers are like ly to delight your eyes as well as your ears.
The Fazon F5 are a fine example of what the Danish company is all about. These floorstanding speakers look unlike anything else, with a design so exuberant and luxurious that you might feel self-conscious in their mere presence.
But with a price tag of £2,700 these are not the sort of speakers you throw in the trolley at Tesco. They’re aimed at buyers whose love for sophisticated sound quality runs as deep as their pockets, which may rule out many of our readers. But with such an irresistible convention-defying design, we couldn’t help but give them a whirl.
The Fazon F5s aren’t being considered as part of a 5.1 system, nor is there a matching subwoofer to create a 2.1 system. As such they’re primarily designed for music playback, but obviously they’ll still add sparkle to movies or TV programmes in their stereo configuration.
Carefully lifting the hefty units from their boxes, their pedigree is instantly apparent. The sculpted aluminium cabinets stand 919mm tall and are styled in a stunning high-gloss Ferrari red finish, which is smooth and lustrous to the touch. The sides and rear are alluringly curved – a feature that not only looks great but also helps eliminate standing waves – while a black magnetic grill snaps onto the front to cover the drivers.
The whole thing stands on a sturdy circular aluminium base, which features a clever cable tidy mechanism. On the back of the stem is a little panel that can be unclipped and pulled out, attached to which are spring-loaded terminals that take raw wire or banana plugs. You can feed the cables up through a hole in the bottom and into the terminals, then clip the panel back in for a clean, cable-free appearance. This method is ideal if you want to run the cables in the floor, as they come straight up into the speaker unseen.
The Fazon F5s are quite possibly the most gorgeous loudspeakers we’ve ever seen – elegant, modern and distinctive, guaranteed to cause a stir in any room. Most of their appeal lies in the sexy red finish, but if that’s a little full on for you then they also come in black or white high gloss lacquer.