DALI OPTICON MK2 Series – DALI OPTICON 8 MK2
DALI OPTICON 8 MK2
The large-scale, floor-standing OPTICON 8 MK2 is the powerhouse of the new OPTICON MK2 family – the only three-way system in the series. The speaker combines immense low-frequency bandwidth, volume potential, and dynamic accuracy with the extraordinary detail and clarity from the dedicated midrange driver. The OPTICON 8 MK2 offers an extended low-frequency profile that suits installation in large listening spaces with more distant room boundaries.
The SMC used in OPTICON MK2’s magnet motor system has very high magnetic permeability and very low electrical conductivity. It works primarily by minimizing eddy currents in the magnet system pole piece. This improves flux linearity, reducing the magnetic hysteresis. Resulting in a significant reduction of electro-acoustic distortion.
The new OPTICON MK2 hybrid tweeter marries the CALLISTO-derived 29 mm soft dome with a custom 17 x 45 mm ribbon – mounted on a cast aluminum faceplate that incorporates dispersion control detailing. This combination offers the clarity, speed, and dynamics of a dome tweeter, with the very high-frequency detail and smooth finesse of a ribbon tweeter.
The newly introduced OPTICON MK2 Dual Flare technique brings port design into the realm of aerodynamics – with exit and entry flares carefully designed to minimise turbulence. Dual Flare enables OPTICON MK2 reflex ports to remain laminar and work effectively to reinforce low-frequency performance to a significantly higher volume level than would otherwise be possible.
The OPTICON 8 MK2 combines two 8” bass drivers with a 6½” midrange driver – all build around DALI’s patented SMC magnet motor system. Every component of the drivers is carefully designed for its positive contribution towards ideal performance. The diaphragms are made from a mix of paper and wood fiber that ensures minimal break-up resonance and gives the diaphragms their distinctive DALI trademark color. They are terminated by rubber surrounds chosen for their soft and very flexible mechanical properties that enable free movement with minimal low-frequency damping.
The enclosure of the OPTICON 8 MK2 is designed to optimize rigidity and minimize panel resonance. The 25mm thick front baffle provides massively rigid foundations for the drivers. The floor-standing speaker employs extra internal bracing further to ensure rigidity and practically eliminate panel resonance.
The OPTICON 8 MK2 is supplied with cast aluminum foot components that can be fitted with either black chrome-plated floor spikes or when installed on sensitive floor surfaces, vibration damping pads. Tools for attaching the foot castings and spikes are included.
The manufacturing of the OPTICON MK2 series has been retained firmly at the DALI factory in Denmark. Our in-house woodworking facility handles everything from cutting and routing the MDF panels to the driver and crossover installation. The final test and quality approval on each and every speaker is also handled on our own assembly lines.
Assembled In Pairs
Speakers used and enjoyed in pairs should also be built as pairs! Our manufacturing process is designed to ensure that stereo pairs of speakers are built and tested sequentially by a single manufacturing technician, using components taken in the same order from the same batch. It’s a process that helps ensure ultimate visual and acoustic pair matching.