Dali is best known for its no-compromise, ludicrously stylish audiophile speakers (like the stunning Fazon F5s) but the Dali Fazon Mikro marks a rare venture into the compact market for the Danish brand. This 5.1 speaker package comprises four compact Fazon Mikro satellites, the Fazon Mikro Vokal centre and the E-9 F subwoofer, which is designed to complement this system.
Compact it may be, but with a price tag of over £1,000, it’s not exactly cheap for a sub/sat system. The price is explained by Dali’s high-end design ethos and hopefully by its superior sound quality – although we’ve auditioned some seriously good systems in this price class of late, so Dali could have its work cut out...
From afar, the 196mm-high Fazon Mikro front and rear satellites look fairly conventional, but up close their luxurious build quality shines through. The removable silky black cloth grille, which covers the entire front section and bends over the top, is framed by a gleaming aluminium trim. They’re solid and weighty, exactly the sort of quality you’d expect for over a grand.
Meanwhile the curvy back-end is clad in high-gloss black lacquer (also available in white), with a recess housing sturdy gold push button terminals and a square DALI badge. This is grooved around the edges, allowing you to slide the supplied clips in place – one of these props up the speaker on its side for centre channel use, while the other lets you wall-mount them.
The centre channel Fazon Mikro Vokal is basically a regular Mikro turned on its side, with an identical spec – the only difference is that the silver DALI badge has been repositioned.
The subwoofer meanwhile is a pleasingly compact cube, offered in a black, light ash or white vinyl finish. Its unobtrusive shape and size should make living room integration a breeze, and it’s lifted off the floor by cone-shaped rubber feet, allowing the downward-firing bass to escape.
A bunch of controls on the back allows you to optimise its sound (although these would have been more convenient on top). There are volume and crossover control dials and a phase inversion switch. Sockets include LFE and line input phonos.