Dali Fazon F5 - Features, Performance and Verdict

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The Dali Fazon F5 have a 2.5-way, bass reflex design, which inherits technology from Dali’s MENTOR series, including a soft dome tweeter that’s a few millimetres wider than most (28mm compared with the typical 25mm), which is said to give the sound ‘more air’.

Dali Fazon F5

It sits above two 5in mid/bass drivers, with cones fashioned from Dali’s wood fibre mix – an ultra-light, stiff material that resists unwanted vibration. Overall frequency response is quoted at 49Hz – 23kHz, with 87.5dB sensitivity and a recommended amp power of between 40 and 180W.

The baffle (which holds the drivers in place at the front of the speaker) uses a dual-layer construction. Its two parts are sandwiched together with polymer sealant to ensure an acoustically inert structure. That, combined with the aluminium cabinet, gives the Fazon F5s a wonderfully tight and rigid feel from top to bottom.

Dali Fazon F5

This phenomenal build quality translates into exceptional sound, every bit as insightful and polished as you’d expect for the money. Unlike some style-focused speakers that look stunning but sound pants, this is a proper audiophile-pleasing performance – a wonderful example of how style and substance can exist in perfect harmony.

We played Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue on CD and the jazz masterpiece sounds smooth and silky, with the F5s easily digging out the crucial top-end detail on the lightly shuffling drums and breaths during sax and trumpet solos. They orchestrate the complex arrangements and instrumental interplay beautifully, giving each element room to breathe.

They also do justice to Paul Chambers’s dextrous double bass work, which sounds chunky yet nimble. The perfectly matched drivers and competent crossovers deliver a cohesive sound.

The F5s are at their best with hi-res music on SACD. They amount of musical minutiae they unearth is staggering, with a deftness and precision in the high frequencies that you simply don’t get from budget speakers.

But that doesn’t mean it’s all dry and clinical – it’s an exciting listen given the right material. With uptempo dance music, the sound is effortlessly entertaining, with a sense of rhythm and dynamic punch that gets you involved in the music. Kick drums and basslines have palpable depth and solidity.

Dali Fazon F5

The Dali Fazon F5 speakers also deliver clean and untainted vocals, demonstrating excellent midrange reproduction. They’re accomplished, versatile speakers, making everything from hi-res discs to MP3s burned onto CD sound utterly absorbing.Dali Fazon F5

Movies also sound great through the F5s, particularly those with a lot of busy background noise and subtle detail, which they eke out superbly. Loud action scenes are suitably fierce and even in this stereo setup it delivers a wide, spacious soundstage. If we’re being picky, the F5s didn’t sound one hundred percent comfortable when we turned up the volume loud, showing one or two very minor signs of strain. But other than that we can’t rate them highly enough.

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Overall the Dali Fazon F5s are a fabulous set of speakers, marrying jaw-dropping design with proper audiophile-grade sonics. They offer an abundance of detail, with agile bass handing and a lovely tone to vocals. Music’s their bread and butter but they can easily handle the rigours of an action movie. Such sonic and aesthetic luxury isn’t cheap though – with a £2,700 price tag you’ll need a big bank balance to make them yours.

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