Hot: Some fine high- and mid-end loudspeakers have emerged from this Memphis, USA-based company, but the Dianne is its first “entry-level” model, although that term should be taken in the right context. Still, this is a reasonably priced speaker and offers much for the money, including fine cabinet craftwork and finish. Sonically, very pleasant and forgiving, with an easy yet sure-footed presentation. The stage is spacious and detailed, even if the balance is not the most neutral at the price. They’re well-rounded, expansive and smooth sounding, with the higher octaves tilted towards sweetness. Female vocals stand out well, and the speakers generally stay out of the way.
Cold: Bass depth limitations. Tweeter is unprotected (there’s no grille to keep away prying fingers). Not for those demanding the last word in neutrality or seeking finer detail located very much under the surface.
Encore: If you’re looking for a very musical pair of boxes that aren’t too fussy about what comes before them in the system chain, take a listen here. The Diannes are an excellent “one-time” buy in that they provide so much joy (to all but the most fastidious audiophile), you can live with them forever (well, as long as it is biologically possible). Plus, you get a pair of lovingly crafted cabinets to boot, not some mass-market contraptions.
Specs: Two-way reflex floorstander with a single 1-inch offset dome tweeter and 6-inch midrange driver each / Response: 51 Hz-24kHz / Sensitivity: 88dB / Impedance: 8 Ohms nominal, 6 Ohms minimum / 1 pair of terminals / Dimensions: 225 x 300 x 1000mm (w/d/h), 25kg / Finish: Black, charcoal grey