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Dali Helicon 800 speakers

I recently purchased a pair of the Dali Helicon 800 speakers. I am extremely pleased with their musicality, the neutrality and full range capabilities of these wonderful speakers. As a side bonus the cabinetry is really great. I purchased a pair of the light cherry cabinets.

Prior to purchasing the 800's, I auditioned the Kef 205's, Vandersteen's (not sure of models), and B&W 803Ds", and numerous other manufacturers. I realize that everyone has different listening taste and I am not knocking any of these other outstanding speaker models. However, when I heard the 800's, "for me", there was something more magical when I heard them. My primary musical genres are jazz, opera, symphony and musicals.

For a large floor speaker they sound excellent at both low and higher volumes.

My question is this. Can anyone provide insight on whether or not you've read any reviews on these speakers? Also, if any of you have a set of your own and your feelings about them.

I can't understand why these speakers haven't been reviewed in more publications.

Thank you.

Gary Kaminske

What I find so wonderful about these speakers,

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Re: Dali Helicon 800 speakers

Hi there, I just saw your post.

I live in Athens, Greece, and I am the happy owner of another pair of these fabulous speakers.

You can find a review of the Helicon 800s here:

Apparently, its a five star review.
The Helicon 400s scored highly as well at Hi FI Choice's 2006 annual awards.

I fell in love with those speakers when I heard them for the first time at a hi fi show. My previous speakers (a pair of Magnepan 2.7s) felt flat, grainy, opaque and with a lack of dynamics in comparison.

Unfortunately, I live in a small flat (the Helicons need plenty of space) and as a result the lower region suffers from resonances around the area of 100 Hz. However, I plan to move soon to a new, bigger house and this might solve the problem. Another workaround could be the covering of one of the portholes - I plan to experiment on this soon.

I drive them with a Denon 3910 as the main source, connected digitally via i-link with the all digital (class D) SONY TA DA 9000 ES.

On the downside, during the break up period, I noticed a crackling, hiss like sound originating from the left dome tweeter. The sound dissapeared after a few days, but I felt
like contacting DALI in Denmark for advice.

I send them an e-mail which was never replied..

I would love to hear about your own experiences with those babies..


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Re: Dali Helicon 800 speakers

I have read everything I can find on Dali speakers esp the Helicon 800 and as far as I can tell, they walk on water.
I own Kef ref 203 mains and Kef surrounds driven by a Denon avr-5800. The Kefs have two hi-freq tweeters per speaker and are very shrill.
As soon as I can find a buyer for the Kefs I will purchase a pair of Dali helicon 800s
At this point I'm very envious of all Dali owners. lol

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