Best High-End Audio Product of 2012-2013
Availability date: 01/01/2016
The absolute pinnacle of the EPICON series, the EPICON 8 delivers dramatically rich and detailed sound that will blow your mind and captivate your senses. The floor standing loudspeaker is the result of a passionate, tireless quest to reach perfection.
Prepare yourself for musical indulgence like never before – and for a beautifully statuesque design your guests will envy.
In the EPICON 8, two 8” woofers are complemented by a 6½“ mid-range driver to peel away the layers of a recording and delicately separate vocals and instruments. The groundbreaking Linear Drive Magnet System of the woofers is complemented by our hybrid ribbon/soft dome tweeter module. This all translates into the largest, most room-filling sound of the EPICON family. Effectively this is a ‘3 + ½-way’ construction.
World Premiere: Linear Drive Magnet System
The new innovative in-house developed Linear Drive Magnet System eliminates four distortion factors in the driver motor system. The individual parts of the magnet system close to the voice coil consist of advanced soft magnetic compound (SMC), which eliminates variation of flux strength in the magnet gap.
The SMC material features linear magnetic properties throughout the frequency range and eliminates phase variation in the force generated within the motor system. Aluminum rings around the pole piece reduce and stabilize voice coil inductance, independent of excursion. This allows optimum conversion of voltage generated by the amplifier to current flowing through the voice coil.
Each side of the floor standing EPICON 8 is constructed from 6 individual layers of MDF, all glued together. In the EPICON 8 these are anchored to a 63 mm multi-layer MDF backbone of the cabinet, which is 10 mm thicker than the backbone of the EPICON 2 and EPICON 6 to maintain control. CNC milling process is applied for making the recess and holes for the bass ports and terminals in the backbone.
With a thickness of 33 mm the duallayer front baffle ensures that energy from the drivers is radiated as acoustic energy, and not as vibrations in the cabinet. The curved shape of the front baffle is also a contributing factor in ensuring a stable acoustic platform.
Internally the cabinet for the EPICON 8 is divided in two identical sized chambers for the woofers and one extra chamber for the midrange. The woofer chambers are allowing tuning of the cabinet to be done identically yet completely independently for each of the two woofers. The midrange chamber allows the driver to reproduce the critical frequencies related to e.g. human voices without any interference from the rest of the system.
Thus you will find two bass ports on the back of the cabinet located as nearby the woofers as possible. Both ports are convex tapered in both ends to minimize port turbulence. At the very bottom of the cabinet, however, you will see that the hardwired crossover is mounted in its own enclosure as well - free from the dynamic variation of cabinet pressure inside the bass reflex enclosures.
These partitions as well as the internal bracing have been very carefully positioned within the floor standing EPICON 8. Following DALI’s philosophy of optimizing the timing in all aspects, a free airflow is crucial to the sound experience.
EISA AWARD - High-End Audio 2012-2013
The EPICON 8 loudspeakers are the culmination of three decades of experience, which resulted in an award at this years EISA Award. The EPICON 8 was chosen as the Best High-End Audio Product of 2012-2013.
EISA stands for the European Imaging and Sound Association and is the unique association of 50 special interest magazines from 19 European countries. Each year, in June, the editors-in-chief from all EISA member magazines meet to decide which of the products reviewed in their publications during the past year deserve the coveted EISA Award.
The competition for the award was fierce as EPICON 8 was up against some of the best loudspeakers in Europe. In winning an EISA award the EPICON 8s demonstrate what exceptional loudspeakers they are.