Dali is known for unashamedly stylish speakers like the delectable Dali Fazon F5, but the Mentor Menuet sees the Danish company in a more restrained mood. These new speakers, which can be used for hi-fi or as part of a home cinema setup (front or surround), are the smallest ones ever to grace its Mentor series, but despite their compact size Dali reckons they’re still capable of delivering great power and musicality.
Dali Mentor Menuet Design
That’s not to say, however, that they’ve fallen from the ugly tree. Sure they’re not as glamorous as the Dali Fazon F5s, but there’s a quiet beauty and class about the Dali Mentor Menuet’s chiselled bodywork. They’re available in three real wood veneer finishes – Cherry, Black Satin and White Satin (we auditioned the Black version). The finish is smooth, shiny and pleasant to the touch, plus the slightly curved front and back edges lend a touch of elegance.
We’re also highly impressed by the Menuet’s build quality. Surprisingly heavy (4.2kg each) and as solid as they come, this burly build can only mean good things for performance. The compact cabinet stands 250mm tall and 230mm deep, which will make life easy when finding somewhere to install them.
The front grilles can be removed (which unusually plug into the cone surrounds, not into the main cabinet) to reveal the woofer and tweeter. The tweeter is framed by a light grey surround which complements the black satin finish nicely. A silver square etched with the Dali logo sits below them both.
Spin the speakers 360° and within the deep recess you’ll encounter a pair of remarkably large and sturdy binding posts, made from transparent plastic with huge grooves to grip them with. The front-facing holes take banana plugs.
The Menuets are designed to be placed on a shelf, mounted on the wall or placed on stands. For wall mounting, Dali sells optional two-piece wall brackets, which connect to two threaded inserts on the back of each speaker. They provide the adequate venting space between the speaker and wall using special bumpers that come with the mounting kit. If you opt for shelf placement, you’ll find a set of adhesive rubber bumpers to stick on the bottom and absorb vibration.