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DALI PHANTOM S-280 Inwall Speaker


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Mark Craven has tested the Dali 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 Dali Phantom S-280, a pair of Dali Phantom S-80, the Dali Phantom S-180 as the centre channel and the Dali Subwoofer K-14 F.

See below for some of Mark’s review quotes



Dali Phantom S-280 Inwall Speaker

the Pinnacle in-wall speaker solution

First of all, Mark Craven takes a close look at the appearance of the S-Series “the Dali Phantom S-280 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 the Dali Phantom S-280 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 Dali Phantom S-280 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 Dali Phantom S-280 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    screen-shot-2017-06-19-at-10-46-24without 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

The Dali Phantom S-280 delivers a no compromise in-wall audio performance out of this world.

The two primary 8” woofers found in the Dali Phantom s-280 are optimised for both bass and mid-range performance, and to further enhance the bass performance, they have paired them with two 10” passive woofers. This results in a full frequency  response similar to that of a boxed floor standing speaker, which ensures that the Dali 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 Dali 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 Dali 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 Dali 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

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
Recommended Placement In-Wall
Centre / Soundbar
Dimensions (HxWxD) [mm] 1,527 x 527 x 110
Cut-Out Dimensions (HxWxD) [mm] 1,495 x 495 x 103
Weight [kg] 35.0
Accessories Included Manual
Cut-Out Template
3mm Allen Key



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