Dali Euphonia TOP Flagship MS5 Full Range Handsome Floor-standing Speakers "as new" in their most desirable wood Alpi (see pictures):
Local Pick up preferred.
If boxing to ship: We will add $800 for Custom Boxes to be made + all shipping costs. Truly a Best buy and likely the best Pair to be found, one owner purchased New when Weinhart Design and my old company was the USA's top Dali Dealer.
Features a Ribbon and great Soft Dome tweeter along with a wonderful sounding Wood Pulp compound for the woofer's Cones and sounds very musical, rich and has first class sound from the highest note to the rich bass.
Highly Recommended by me and those in the know for their top full rich sound and superb imaging (not to mention their IMPRESSIVE looks).
These are available to be auditioned or picked up in Ventura, CA and are sounding so great that we HIGHLY RECOMMEND you hear them in the System in my clients home "if your a buyer looking in this price range you will likely find it impossible to find a more impressive and or better sounding speaker". http://www.dali-speakers.com/discontinued/euphonia/dali-euphonia-ms5/
EUPHONIA MS5 (MS for Main Speaker) is the flagship of the EUPHONIA
Series. At 124 cm tall and a dead weight of 69 kg, this is an
armor-crushing giant of a loudspeaker.
Essentially, the EUPHONIA
MS5 is a three-way bass reflex speaker with 2 x 8" bass woofers, 1x 6.5”
midrange driver and DALI´s proprietary ribbon/soft dome hybrid tweeter
module. In fact, it is more a three-and-a half-way design, as the dome
and the ribbon do not cover the same frequency range. The Hybrid Tweeter
Module and the paper/woodfiber cone drivers are core DALI technologies
and the heart of the EUPHONIA Series. Same core technologies are emplyed
throughout the DALI speaker range.
Nothing but seeing and hearing the EUPHONIA MS5 can describe it !
Stereophile magazine says:
the first time, the moderate volume level that seems, for me, congruent
for image size and distance on the recording can clearly be heard."
"Superb value for dollar, rich and full sound at lower volume levels,
engaging detail and musicality,"
Udo Pipper from Stereo magazine (Germany)
to the ingenious tweeter conception the EUPHONIA´s (MS5) resounded with
ardent clarity and transparency." "Indeed a terrific
loudspeaker...somewhat more "joyful" than its little brother (MS4), yet
unmistakably superior" "In terms of measured performance an almost
Hi-Fi & Musik Magazine (Sweden)
is definitely a loudspeaker we can unconditionally recommend." "DALI
EUPHONIA MS5 is such a multi-facetted loudspeaker that no listener will
come away disappointed." "...the upper frequencies - It is without a
rival and is perhaps the finest upper range we have heard in this test
series. Offhand, we cannot name any speaker that does it better"
The EUPHONIA Series is developed, designed, hand-built, assembled and individually tested at the DALI factory in Denmark.
Product Series EUPHONIA
Speaker Type Front Firing
Frequency Range (+/-3 dB) [Hz] 31 - 28,000
Sensitivity (2,83 V/1 m) [dB] 89.0
Nominal Impedance [Ω] 4
Maximum SPL [dB] 115
Recommended Amplifier Power [W] 50 - 500
Crossover Frequency [Hz] 685 / 3,300 / (15,000)
High Frequency Drivers 1 x 10 x 55 mm Ribbon
1 x 29 mm Soft Textile Dome
Midrange Driver 1 x 6½" Wood Fibre Cone
Low Frequency Driver 2 x 8" Wood Fibre Cone
Enclosure Type Bass Reflex
Bass Reflex Tuning Frequency [Hz] 24.0
Recommended Placement Floor
Recommended Distance From Wall [cm] > 25
Dimensions With Base (HxWxD) [mm] 1245 x 280 x 550
Weight [kg] 69.0
Accessories Included Manual
Finish Alpi Veneer
Translation of review of Dali Euphonia MS 5 400 published inHiFi & Musik Magazine, Sweden, no. 4, 2004:
Growing Pleasure: Loudspeakers
in this price range ought to do well in most performance parameters.
With The Euphonia MS 5 Dali has applied all their skills. The question
is: How far does that take us?
There are well-crafted loudspeakers,
then there are very well-crafted loudspeakers, then there is Dali! If
there is one thing that these Danish speaker builders have always
excelled at, it is making loudspeakers with stunning cosmetic finish.
Obviously, Euphonia MS 5 is no exception. It is a creation that inspires
love at first sight. This is a massive loudspeaker whose size indicates
the kind of space it requires in order to breathe freely. This was
confirmed every time the MS 5ís depth charge bass rolled through our
The Dali story began a little over 20 years ago and
the man behind it all was no less than Peter Lyngdorf, who has since
become famous for his TacT Audio products. In 1983, he decided to build
no-compromise loudspeakers under the name Danish Audiophile Loudspeaker
Industry, Dali for short. Today, Dali employs more than 60 people and
the range consists of nearly 60 models. It is definitely a global brand
with distribution in more than 40 countries.
Euphonia Series was introduced in 2003 to celebrate Daliís 20th
anniversary and reaffirm their reputation as a name to reckon with. MS 5
(MS for Main Speaker) is the flagship of the series with design and
finish truly worthy of the term flagship. The detailed finish can be
studied under a magnifying glass and the construction exudes the joy of
workmanship and solid traditional handcraftsmanship. At 124 centimeters
tall and a deadweight of 69 kg, this is an armor-crushing giant of a
It is a three-way bass reflex design with dual 8î
woofers, a 6.5î midrange unit and Daliís proprietary ribbon/soft dome
high frequency module. In fact, it is more a three-and-a-half- way
design, since the dome and the ribbon do not cover exactly the same
frequency range. The high frequency module can be said to be the heart
of the series, as it is employed throughout the Euphonia range.
might well ask: why two different types of high frequency drivers? It is
a well known fact that at rising frequencies dispersion narrows to a
tight beam. Because this is undesirable behavior, loudspeaker designers
have constantly sought ways to work around the problem. Conventional
dome tweeters have good horizontal and vertical dispersion, while ribbon
drivers have fine horizontal dispersion, but poor vertical dispersion.
Dali claims that by combining these two sets of performance
characteristics, they achieve enhanced high frequency dispersion.
important, however, are the outstanding sonic benefits that a ribbon
tweeter offers. In many cases, a ribbon tweeter can deliver more linear
frequency response and faster transient response than a conventional
dome. In addition, it is easier to minimize distortion. Presumably, all
of these qualities were desirable, but in order to ensure proper
dispersion, a dome was also used. The dome extends to 15 kHz, while the
ribbon continues all the way to 28 kHz.
The tweeter module is placed
at ear-height between the midrange and bass units. This position also
ensures best possible integration between the high and mid frequencies
and allows listening positions closer to the speakers without sonic
Fibers and dispersion
The dual 8î and single 6.5î
units are specially developed for the series. The goal was a fast, yet
rigid cone without resonant tendencies. To achieve this, a special type
of paper pulp cone was chosen containing unusually long wood fibers in
carefully calculated proportions. The fibers are credited with resonance
control and make possible a cone with low mass and high rigidity.
further reduce resonance, the cone is coated with a synthetic material.
Another key design goal was minimal loss in the transition from
electrical to mechanical energy. Great emphasis has been placed on
designing drivers that convert as much as possible of the signalís
electrical energy into cone motion, instead of turning it into heat due
to mechanical resistance. An additional objective was smooth, even,
room-independent dispersion. It would seem that this goal has been
achieved. One can move about freely between the loudspeakers without
radical changes in sound. Listening distance is also not a particularly
crucial parameter. The MS 5 has a large ìsweet spot.î
crossover filter is not left to chance in such a serious loudspeaker
design. To eliminate interference from air motion inside the enclosure
and from panel vibration, the crossover is isolated in a chamber at the
base. All components are mounted to minimize interaction, which is
especially important with inductors and their magnetic fields.
components are hard-wired, i.e. soldered directly to each other with no
printed circuit board. The loudspeakers are fitted with three pairs of
terminals for optional tri-wiring. The crossover is optimized for
tri-wiring or, even better, tri-amping. At the very least, bi-wiring or
bi-amping is recommended, in which case the lower two terminal pairs
(bass and midrange) are connected together, while the high frequency
input is connected separately. We used this configuration during our
The terminals are of high quality and accept all
types of connections. For banana plugs, the opening can be tightened for
increased contact pressure.
For enhanced structural integrity, the
enclosure is made from MDF with numerous vertical grooves to make it
easier to bend. The front baffle is a sandwich construction with 16 mm
MDF on top of a 22 mm panel. The stone base, weighing in at 20 kg, is
made from crushed granite.
It has always been
my experience that recordings that impress the first time around tend to
die after a few listens. The best records I have heard have most often
only seemed okay after the first listen, barely hinting at their
potential. But the more you listen, the better they become. I do not
know if this line of reasoning can also be applied to audio, but if so,
the MS 5 is a damn fine loudspeaker.
The first impression was not
that this is an extraordinary loudspeaker, but the more we listened, the
more we were impressed. This is a loudspeaker that takes a brief while
to grow on you. It is difficult to say why this should be the case.
Perhaps it stimulates so many of our auditory ìtaste budsî all at once
that initially there is simply too much information to deal with.
is definitely a loudspeaker that we can unconditionally recommend even
to people whose sonic preferences we know nothing about. Dali Euphonia
MS 5 is such a multi-facetted loudspeaker that no listener will come
away disappointed. It doesnít matter what sonic parameter you focus on,
MS 5 masters it. It has no aberrant characteristics that some listeners
might take issue with.
A Perfect Balancing Act
With speakers in
this price range, a subwoofer should not have to be your next
investment. We can eliminate any risk of such an investment straight
away. If there is any frequency range that the MS 5 masters, it is the
bass. In this range, it can compete with the best speakers we have
auditioned in this series of articles. It goes way down deep, yet
remains highly articulate and dry. It has a pistonic force that reminds
us of the Revel Performa F50 with its peerless depth charge feel.
playing music with substantial bass content, filled with synthesizer
bass lines or electric bass in the bottom octaves, they offer rich
contrast and impressive control. There is a sense of freedom and ease
that imparts a very natural flow to bass information.
with Maxwellís ìEmbryaî know the ludicrous synthesizer bass on the first
track. Put it on and turn up the volume and the sound goes straight
through your bodyís organs in a manner that I have rarely heard before.
The bass becomes hellishly physical. A kidney belt is recommended to
keep your inner organs in place! Still, the bass breathes and pulsates
effortlessly! Naturally, this monumental performance demands an
amplifier with excellent power reserves.
With far less expensive
loudspeakers, potent bass tends to overshadow everything else, making
the system sound less coherent. But that is not a problem here. The
midrange and high frequencies integrate ideally with the powerful bass.
Amazing consistency is one of the characteristics of the MS 5 that
impresses us most of all. In spite of its powerful bass, it is perfectly
Moving up the frequency spectrum, we encounter an open,
articulate midrange that unearths a wealth of micro-details and nuances.
Voices are rendered with highly realistic body and warmth. All chest
tones are present and vocals flow free and clear. Brass instruments have
a natural timbre and realistic presence. Their tonal colors are amazing
and their full dynamic capabilities are revealed.
While the midrange
is perhaps not quite as focused or distinctly dynamic or as detailed as
B&W Nautilus 802, Von Schweikert VR-4 GEN III or Martin Logan
Odyssey, the difference is minimal.
But there is one area in which MS
5 far and away exceeds its fantastic bass and overall coherence ñ the
upper frequencies. It is without rival and is perhaps the finest upper
range we have heard in this test series. Offhand, we cannot name any
speaker that does it better. The highs are extended and airy with
incredible sparkle, dynamics and tonal color.
It is pristine and
seems completely liberated from any kind of distortion. The usually
difficult S-sounds found on many of our demo discs are handled
brilliantly. We have seldom heard such gentleness combined with such a
distinct and fully mature reproduction of the upper frequency range. It
is amazingly well-integrated with the midrange and extends upwards with
stunning naturalness. Undeniably first class performance. We tip
our hats and bow in the presence of some of the finest high frequencies we have ever heard.
Luxury for All
should be clear by now, this is an impressive loudspeaker in so many
respects. It is impressive that Dali could bring together all the parts
to create such a powerful whole. When you sit and listen, your attention
is not focused on individual aspects, instead you can revel in a
loudspeaker that plays music of all kinds and changes moods to match the
music. It approaches its task with consummate ease and never once
stumbles. It keeps a sharp eye on the musical event and has impeccable
timing. It is also insanely great fun to crank them up loud.
tough to come up with any reasonable or justified criticism, but if I
had to guess, there might be those would feel that the lower octaves
could be just the tiniest bit faster, although I personally have no
objections on this point.
MS 5 has a warm sound that never comes
close to being overblown, but when paired with electronics with
exaggerated warmth, it might be a bit much for some listeners. The
stereo image could be just a bit more focused. There are better
alternatives at this price point. It does not appear to be an especially
difficult amplifier load, but we can imagine how great it could sound
tri-amped with three heavyweight power amplifiers connected directly to
the respective filter sections. Do not underestimate the importance of a
powerful amplifier, especially if you want to take full advantage of
their bass potential!
This is a High End loudspeaker in the true
sense of the word with such an appealing sound that the vast majority
should love it. If you were to assemble a list of the qualities that you
would expect from a speaker at this price, Dali Euphonia MS 5 fits the
bill. If you have the money and are looking for loudspeakers, you must
give them a listen. But remember to check your home ownerís insurance.
It may not cover building damage caused by bass rhythms.
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