The Danish manufacturer of premium audio is returning to the ultra-high-end loudspeaker segment with its new flagship loudspeaker. The Kore is a masterpiece of stunning visual design and ground-breaking technology, representing the pinnacle of DALI's loudspeaker traditions and decades of research. Although the DALI Kore is a 'clean slate' design, it stays true to the sound principles and draws on a rich bloodline of high-end loudspeakers that have been pushing the boundaries of loudspeaker design and technology since 1983, including the MegaLine, DaCapo, Skyline, 40 SE and Euphonia.
The Kore introduces the brand-new DALI patented Balanced Drive SMC technology, a new driver topology utilized on the woofers and the midrange. This is a world first and combines dual voice-coil differential drive technology with SMC technology. The Balanced Drive SMC technology creates a perfectly linear and symmetrical loudspeaker motor system, free from the inherent magnetic losses and thereby drastically lowering harmonic distortion and compression, and significantly enhancing the dynamic capabilities.
The Kore features the new high sensitivity EVO-K Hybrid Tweeter, an evolution of the acknowledged DALI Hybrid Tweeter module. The unique combination of a large in-house designed and manufactured 35 mm dome, and a new high sensitivity version of the ribbon element, creates an ideal tweeter element. The ultra-broad frequency response, ultra-low distortion, high sensitivity, high-power handling, and wide dispersion, allow the Kore to reproduce the finest and most natural musical details.
The Kore's midrange driver is DALI's first dedicated midrange that has been built from the ground up. This large, high sensitivity, 7-inch driver features a range of technological innovations and brings natural warmth and musical coherence to the all-important midrange frequencies. The midrange includes a new powerful Balanced Drive SMC motor with a neodymium magnet. This is a redesigned version of DALI's signature wood fibre cone, for a more controlled breakup behaviour, as well as a narrow, low-mass surround design to minimise the unwanted in-band contribution from the surround.
Creating the crossover for the DALI Kore, with its five drivers and individually filtered woofers, required imagination, intuition, and experience. The DALI Kore has been equipped with the finest crossover components available. It incorporates the World Premiere of the new SMC-Kore inductors, which applies the SMC technology for the core material in the cross-over inductors. The SMC-Kore inductors lower the current distortion by up to 12 dB, compared to the commonly used iron powder core inductors. They also offer lower DC resistance, shorter signal path and less vulnerability to crosstalk, compared to air-core inductors.
Each material used in the DALI Kore enclosure has been chosen with form and function in mind. The curved wood laminate, gloss-lacquered Ammara Ebony veneer, and contrasting textured finish, has been taken directly from the world of luxury furniture design. The die-cast aluminium and structural composite materials offer more design freedom and a highly rigid platform for the drivers. The 34 kg cement-based resin composite plinth provides a solid foundation for the speaker's substantial 160 kg overall weight. The DALI Kore is a true 'made in Denmark' product. From the assembly of the drivers, tweeters and crossovers, to the cabinet construction and lacquering, the DALI Kore is manufactured exclusively at DALI's production facilities in Nørager and is supported by local specialist manufacturers in central Denmark. The DALI Kore is a clear demonstration that DALI, along with Danish design, engineering, and manufacturing, stands among the best that the world has to offer. Info and photos by DALI.