DALI PHANTOM S-280 Inwall Speaker
Mark Craven has tested the PHANTOM S-Series in September 2017’s edition of Home Cinema Choice. He looks at the PHANTOM S 5.1 system which included a pair of PHANTOM S-280, a pair of PHANTOM S-80, the PHANTOM S-180 as the centre channel and the DALI SUB K-14 F.
See below for some of Mark’s review quotes
First of all, Mark Craven takes a close look at the appearance of the S-Series “the Phantoms exhibit a premium finish and premium craftsmanship”.
Whilst testing film Impossible he mentions “The sound is spacious and ever-so crisp. Cracking branches snap with real bite from DALI’s bespoke tweeter array, and placement of effects is impressive, with a sense of vertical expansion as well as width.” Moving on to test movie Sicario he highlights “it’s a dynamic listen, too, with plenty of room between the quietest details and the loudest moments.”
Whilst testing the PHANTOM S-280s in a 2.1 setup with music, he describes them as a “hoot” to listen to.
He concludes the review by praising the S-Series: “The Phantoms are a remarkable innovation from DALI – in-wall enclosures that manage to sound as large, as dynamic and as well-defined in imaging terms as traditional models.”
The PHANTOM S-280 is a no compromise in-wall power-house of a loudspeaker with two 8” bass/mid-range drivers, two 10” passive radiators and a rotatable hybrid tweeter module. It delivers clean, coherent, detailed, powerful and room filling sound. And still it features a slim cabinet that fits into almost any standard wall.
The DALI PHANTOM S-280 offers the ultimate performance when it comes to custom install loudspeakers without sacrificing valuable living room space. With the use of proven speaker technologies, such as our
characteristic wood fibre cones, low-loss rubber surround, solid MDF front baffle, and superior magnet design
combined with our latest innovation including a SMC pole piece and our signature hybrid tweeter module
it delivers a no compromise in-wall audio performance out of this world.
The two primary 8” woofers are optimised for both bass and mid-range performance, and to further enhance
the bass performance, we have paired them with two 10” passive woofers. This results in a full frequency
response similar to that of a boxed floorstanding speaker, which ensures that the PHANTOM S-280 really
stands out from the crowd.
The ultra slim cabinet design fits into almost any standard wall. All models are built around a rotatable
hybrid tweeter module making them easy to install for any audio use – be it stereo, centre channel or surround.
The PHANTOM S-280 features a slim cabinet that fits into almost any standard wall. Constructing a shallow back cabinet was a challenge in several ways. With a depth of only 103 mm (4 inches), getting the perfect inner volume for the woofers had to be found both in the height and width of the speaker, but also internally.
The front of the PHANTOM S-280 integrates elegantly with the wall via the surrounding extruded aluminium frame. The picture frame design helps to ensure a large termination point between speaker and wall without a visually dominating footprint.
The magnet mounted front grille forms the visual presence of the PHANTOM S-280. The discreet, simple, but modern design is non-intrusive and at the same time pleasing to the eye.
The cabinet is constructed from a solid MDF that holds the easy-to-use dogleg mounting system and the terminals. The rear MDF chamber is entirely wrapped in a high quality black vinyl to complete the look from the painted front baffle. The entire cabinet is designed with a thickness solid enough to avoid resonance.
DALI PHANTOM S-280 SPECS
|Product series||PHANTOM INSTALL SPEAKERS|
|Frequency Range (+/-3 dB) [Hz]||48 – 25,000|
|Sensitivity (2,83 V/1 m) [dB]||89.0|
|Nominal Impedance [ohms]||8|
|Maximum SPL [dB]||112|
|Recommended Amplifier Power [W]||40 – 400|
|Crossover Frequency [Hz]||3,000 / 15,000|
|Hybrid tweeter module, High frequency driver, Quantity||1 x 17 x 45 mm|
|Hybrid tweeter module, High frequency driver Diaphragm type||Ribbon|
|High frequency driver, Quantity||1 x 29 mm|
|High frequency driver, Diaphragm type||Soft Textile Dome|
|Low frequency driver, Quantity||2 x 8″|
|Low frequency driver, Diaphragm type||Wood Fibre Cone|
|Low frequency passive driver, Quantity||2 x 10″|
|Low frequency passive driver, Diaphragm type||Carbon fibre cone|
|Enclosure type||Closed Box With Dual Passive Radiators|
|Connection Input||Single Wire|
Centre / Soundbar
|Dimensions (HxWxD) [mm]||1,527 x 527 x 110|
|Cut-Out Dimensions (HxWxD) [mm]||1,495 x 495 x 103|
3mm Allen Key