Dali Rubicon 2 review | What Hi-Fi?

Speed, agility, balance - this trio of bodily facets doesn’t just practice to the sporting international, but the speaker global too. Dali’s Rubicon 2s tick a lot of these packing containers, and then some…

The new Rubicon range sits just below the corporate’s high-end Epicon line of loudspeakers.

The 2s, the second rung at the Rubicon ladder, use the same 29mm soft-dome tweeter found in the Epicon and in addition function Dali’s trademark SMC (Soft Magnetic Compound) magnet device designed to reduce distortion.


Dali doesn’t seem to know the way to make an unsightly speaker. The corporate’s price range offerings at all times look and feel fantastically made, and at this worth the Rubicons cross to another level.

They’re available in 4 finishes: high-gloss black, high-gloss white, Rosso and Walnut. Each cabinet boasts a subtle curve each front and back, which provides to their chic look.

The rear is punctuated by a bass port and chunky speaker terminals. Round the front you'll be able to see the soft-dome tweeter above a 16.5cm wood-fibre driver.

Positioning the Dalis requires a little care. You’re no longer going to wish the Rubicon 2s hugging a rear wall – the location of the ports approach bass does get boomy, particularly at excessive volumes, but as long as they’re given around 30cm or extra breathing area you’ll be fine.

As with all Dali audio system, the Rubicons had been designed with huge dispersion of sound in mind.

There’s no wish to toe them in, because the dispersion comes with superb stereo imaging as part of the bundle.


Play Nina Simone’s I Put A Spell On You and each part hangs fantastically, the piano and double bass excellent of centre with percussion floating just above.

Simone’s expressive and emotive vocal blends warmly and then the sax kicks in, punctuating the relative calm with its natural rawness of tone.

The Rubicons actually paint a shiny, involving image. The speakers are as glad floating alongside to Nina as they are rampaging along to the observe Mombasa, taken from the Inception soundtrack.

Here the Dali’s hit with pressure. There’s a number of bass weight – offering you're taking care with positioning relative to the rear wall.

The trick is to keep the ones taut, exact edges. We realize the Rubicons flex more muscle and sound more powerful when you crank up the quantity, even if they’re infrequently limp or lacklustre at low levels.

But it’s the tempo and dexterity of the Dalis that actually makes you sit up and take understand. There’s actual agility and nimbleness to the sound that makes long-standing favourites, such as the £1200 ATC SCM 11s, sound a tad ponderous and wallowing.

The Dalis never pass over a beat to Lady Gaga’s Starstruck and so they inject such a lot tempo and stress into Why Do We Fall? from The Dark Knight Rises OST you’re moved to the threshold of your seat regardless of the truth you'll be able to’t see the film. There are dynamics, scale and authority in abundance.


The Dali Rubicon 2s are somewhat the standmounter. They’re an expressive and enthusiastic listen with little to fault. If you hadn’t guessed, we’re large lovers.

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