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Daedalus Dynamic Audio-One
3 Reviews
rating  5 of 5
MSRP  6400.00
Description: <ul> <li>Drivers; High Frequency (X2) 1" Silk soft Dome offset 10 deg</li> <li>Drivers; Mid-range (X1) 5" Dynamic Loudspeaker</li> <li>Sensitivity 96 db 1w/1m</li> <li>Continuous Power Rating 350 watts</li> <li>Nominal Impedance 6 ohms</li> <li>Tweeter Attenuation Switch three position</li> <li>Enclosure Type Tuned Port Aperiodic Vent (Rear)</li> <li>Dimensions (H"xW"xD") 45"x11"x16"</li> </ul>


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dodgealum a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 2, 2006

Bottom Line:   
After an exhaustive two year search to find an attractive and musical floorstanding loudspeaker I stumbled upon the Daedalus DA-1. I can say with confidence that based on my experience there is no better speaker for the money. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find something superior for under 15K.

Put simply, the DA-1's sound like live music itself. All the the complexity, tonal character, timing and spatial cues of live musicians playing in your room are faithfully recreated. Rather than repeat all the superlatives others have noted here and elsewhere, I would suggest you contact me directly for a copy of a much more extensive review I wrote that was posted on the Audiogon system. In it I describe my journey, listening preferences and what I find so fabulous about this speaker system.

The DA-1 is the most musically compelling loudspeaker I have had the pleasure to hear and I feel so grateful to be able to have them sitting in my living room. If you like music and want to get off the merry-go-round that lesser speakers often promote, I would urge you to contact Daedalus and speak with owner Lou Hinkley about how you can obtain an audition. I'm confident that your speaker search will end exactly where mine did--with a pair of beautiful DA-1's sitting in your listening room.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005

Purchased At:   Used Market



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by figcon a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2005

Bottom Line:   
After over 20 years of replacing speaker after speaker, I feel that I have found the perfect speaker for me. The Daedalus DA-1's are a beautifully finished, point souce, coherent, large speaker system capable of realistic dynamics in both the micro and macro sense with breathtaking transparency and just a beutiful tonal balance. Their high efficiency enables them to be used with many amps, although they love current. I drive them with both the Tom Tutay modified Altec 1570's, which are 150 triode watts a side monoblocks as well as the NAD C 272 amps, which are great big giant killers. Both sound excellent with the DA-1's.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Purchased At:   Daedalus Audio



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jccornelison a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Daedalus Audio owned by Lou Hinkley, has been well known in the pro-audio world for some years. The new Daedalus Dynamic Audio-One (DA-1) is Daedalus’s largest speaker, and it’s first movement into the Audiophile community. Because of Daedalus’s heritage as a pro-audio company and Lou Hinkley's background as a musician the Daedalus DA-1 embodies a somewhat different philosophy as compared to many audiophile speakers:

? Live Music is the point of comparison
? Dynamic Capability – The dynamic variance of live music can be extreme and the involved speakers must
be able to replicate the performance and few audiophile speakers can handle the required dynamic range.

The observable and impressive components, including the cutting-edge driver construction, the sophisticated real-wood cabinetry, the scrupulously accurate crossover networks as well as the ability to handle extreme dynamics are discussed in detail on the Daedalus website. No effort or expense seems to have been spared in the design and construction of the Daedalus DA-1. When you first open the boxes, you notice the fantastic cabinetry with old world dovetail construction (seldom seen today). The pictures on the Daedalus website, don’t do these speakers justice, with finishes available in oak, walnut or cherry. The beautiful cabinetry of the DA-1’s blends well with most period and modern furniture. The general quality of fit and finish is outstanding. Without spikes, the Daedalus is solidly stable as some other spiked speakers.

I asked Lou about the hard wood and he indicated that in pro-audio, MDF will not work because with the rough handling breakage is a problem. Furthermore, he indicated that a properly designed hard wood cabinet of roughly 100 lbs would be as stiff or stiffer than a 300 lb MDF cabinet. When you start to listen to these speakers you become a believer. These speakers are rock solid, without a trace of resonance.
The DA-1 is a four-way system with a complicated phase coherent crossover. On the DA-1’s front panel is a pair of 8" woofers, and the bottom of the two crosses over at a lower frequency than the other. Above the woofers is a 5” dynamic midrange with it’s own built-in enclosure. Each DA-1 has two tweeters, offset by 10% to provide a large sweet spot. There is a rear facing aperiodic port, which you can easily use to reinforce the bass with corner placement.

Listening
When I first fired up the DA-1’s, I quickly discovered that true to their pro-audio heritage, that they are the most dynamic speakers that I have every experienced. With 96 DB efficiency and the ability to take nearly all the power that you can throw (600 watts per side) at them, you can turn your home into a concert hall. When listening to the 1812 Overture, I wanted to duck under the cannon balls. Furthermore the DA-1 sounds like a single large driver, and I can’t find the crossover seams. These speakers have great coherence and solidity from lower bass through the upper treble. When about 3 feet from the corner, I found them to be essentially flat to about 30 Hz. Moved into the corner, the reinforcement brought the base down to 25 Hz, and down 3 Db at 20 Hz.

So how do they sound?

Lets start with the DA-1’s treble performance, which is so revealing and musical. I can follow the bloom and decay of cymbals, and hear the background noise of the recording process. I can hear air in recordings that I have seldom experienced in 40 years as an audiophile. The previous time that I heard this air was in auditioning Quad ESL-63’s and again when listening to an Apogee Mini Grand. The back half of the notes with the lengthy bloom and decay came through providing realistic in the concert hall sounds. Furthermore, the DA-1’s are as outstanding with intimate small-scale ensemble music as they are with a symphony orchestra.

But the DA-1’s exceptional performance, which extends through all frequencies, somehow seems to bring air and character throughout the midrange and the bass. When you listen to a cello solo on most speakers, the output is commonly recessed. Not so with DA-1 where the cello sounds to be right there, with dynamics and precision that are so realistic. And the midrange with voice and plucked string, and the ensuing harmonics and decay come through in such a lifelike fashion. Air and decay is traditionally thought to be a treble quality, but the fact is that it comes through in other frequency spectrums. I listened to the Indiansong, which is the fourth cut of Toolbox. In the nylon string guitar solo I could discern the movement of the hands on the instrument. This due to the subtleties of sound when one moves there hands on the strings In other cuts with a close miked piano, you can close your eyes and hear the movement of the pianist hands in the sound stage. I don’t think that you will hear that on any but the world’s best speakers, and that includes the DA-1.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Purchased At:   Daedalus Audio




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