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6. Carts and Stands - The appliance should be used only with a cart or stand if recommended by the manufacturer.
7. Wall or Ceiling Mounting - The appliance should be mounted to a wall or ceiling only as recommended by the manufacturer.
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9. Heat - The appliance should be situated away from heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other
appliances that produce heat.
10. Power Sources - The appliance should be connected to a power supply only of the type described in the operating instructions
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16. Servicing - The user should not attempt to service the appliance beyond that described in the operating instructions.
All other servicing should be referred to qualified service personnel.
Safety precautions
DALI is renowned among music lovers throughout the world for its
unique speakers and cables, all constructed and build for uncompromising design and sound requirements. Our ultra-modern factory
in Denmark is fully equipped with facilities for development and
production of quality speakers.
Dali's principal competence is development and optimisation of
known and new technology in the field of audio and acoustics.
The result is continuous development and optimisation of new and
existing models.
We always keep our goal firmly in view for each and every DALI
speaker: To recreate sound experiences in your home that will carry
you away, making you forget time and place...
It is important to us that your new DALI speakers be set up and connected optimally. This manual contains our recommendations for
setup, connection and maintenance.
The DALI Suite series is absolutely ideal for surround sound 7.1 systems
Congratulations on the purchase of your new DALI Suite speakers! In this
manual, you can read about set-up, adjustment and maintenance of the
Suite series speakers: the floor-standing Suite 1.7 and 2.8, center speakers
C 0.7 and C 0.8, rear speakers R 0.7 and R 0.8, and the active subwoofer
S 1.2
Standard accessories
Floor-standing DALI Suite speakers and subwoofer come with 4 spikes for
fitting beneath the speaker. It is extremely important that these spikes are
fitted correctly to ensure speaker stability. Remember to tighten the lock
nut well once you have adjusted the height of the four spikes.
Suite C 0.7 and 0.8 are supplied with self-adhesive rubber feet to ensure
a stable and vibration-free set-up, when positioning the speakers above a
TV, for example. Suite R 0.7 and 0.8 are also supplied with rubber buffers
to ensure stable and vibration-free support against the wall on which the
speakers are mounted.
Clean the cabinets with a soft, dry cloth. If the cabinets are dirty, wipe with
a soft cloth dipped in all-purpose cleaner and then well wrung out. Be
very careful when wiping the speaker membranes, as they are very fragile.
Fabric frameworks can be vacuumed and wiped with a well-wrung, lintfree cloth and mild all-purpose cleaner
Suite wall-mounted rear speakers
DALI recommends that the fittings for mounting Suite R 0.7/0.8 on the
wall should be suitable for the wall material - for example, use dedicated
expansion inserts for plasterboard walls.
Always switch off your amplifier before adjusting any of the cables!
Like any other mechanical system, a speaker needs to be "run in", so you
can look forward to a gradual improvement in sound quality over the initial period. Unlike other mechanical systems, a DALI speaker does not wear
out - in fact, regular use will extend its lifetime.
The connection to your amplifier is extremely important for your sound
Always turn off your amplifier before connecting any cables or altering
any connections.
Always use cables of the same type and length for left and right speakers.
We recommend using special speaker cables from DALI, available from
your dealer.
For the perfect sound experience, the right speaker must be connected to
the output terminal marked "R" or "Right" on your amplifier and the left
speaker to the terminal marked "L" or "Left".
A detail that is often overlooked is connection in the correct phase, i.e. the
red terminal (+) on the amplifier should be connected to the red terminal
(+) on the speaker, and the black terminal
(-) on the amplifier should be connected
to the black terminal (-) on the speaker.
(Fig. 1) If just one speaker in a stereo or
surround sound system is not connected in
phase, the bass will be weak and the overall sound will be diffuse.
Fig. 1. Stereo connection
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The same guidelines apply irrespective of the number of speakers in your
sound system: speakers positioned to the right must be connected to the
amplifier output terminal marked "R" or "Right", and any to the left must
be connected to "L" or "Left".
You must ensure that the cable ends are
firmly pushed into the terminals, and
that there are no loose wires, which
could cause a short circuit and damage
the amplifier. (Fig. 2)
Fig. 2. Terminal connection
DALI Suite 1.7, 2.8, C 0.7 and C 0.8 have terminals
for bi-wiring / bi-amping (read more about this on
page 7). If you do not connect your speakers using
bi-wiring or bi-amping, you should use the enclosed
DALI Cordial cables to connect between the two red
and the two black terminals respectively.
For DALI Suite R 0.7/0.8 we recommend the "DALI
White Wave" speaker cable, which, in addition to
its excellent electrical characteristics, has the advantage of being flat. This means that the cable will not
push the speaker away from the wall.
Using inferior cables for your new DALI speakers is just the same as putting
cheap tyres on a thoroughbred racing car. Using cables from DALI, which
have been specially designed, will ensure a perfect sound experience every
Bi-wiring/Bi-amping improves sound quality.
Bi-wiring og Bi-amping
Bi-wiring or bi-amping improves the sound quality significantly and is
highly recommended. Bi-wiring provides greater openness in the sound
image and reduces distortion. Bi-amping provides even greater openness
in the sound image and adds to increased dynamism.
The top terminal pair are connected to the high
frequency section of the crossover network, and
the bottom terminal pair are connected to the
bass section of the crossover network. When
employing bi-wiring or bi-amping, the metal links
between the terminals should be removed.
In the case of bi-wiring, the speaker cable is connected via a terminal pair on each speaker to the
respective output terminals on the amplifier - and
then the cable from the speaker's other terminal
pair is connected to the same output terminals on
the amplifier (Fig. 3).
Fig. 3. Bi-wiring
We recommend using identical stereo amplifiers. One amplifier supplies the speakers with
the signal for the high frequency section of the
crossover network, and the other amplifier supplies the bass section. The left speaker's bass terminals (the bottom ones) should be connected to
the left channel on one of the amplifiers, and the
right speaker's bass terminals to the right channel
on the same amplifier. The same principle should
be followed for connecting the high frequency
terminals of the speakers (Fig. 4).
Fig. 4. Bi-amping
Positioning a subwoofer in a corner increases the bass level significantly.
Connecting Suite S 1.2
When you complement your stereo or surround sound system with the
Suite series subwoofer, Suite S 1.2, with active crossover network and
amplifier, you have two different connection options: connection to a surround amplifier subwoofer output terminal, or to a stereo amplifier line
output terminal.
Connection to surround amplifier with
separate subwoofer output terminal (Fig. 5)
If you want to use Suite S 1.2 for reproduction of the special subwoofer
signal from a surround amplifier with separate subwoofer output terminal, connect this to the LFE input terminal on Suite S 1.2.
If the LFE input terminal is selected, the crossover network in Suite S 1.2 is
not active. The LFE input terminal should therefore only be used together
with a special subwoofer output terminal in which the signal has already
been filtered, so the subwoofer only receives the lowest frequencies.
Fig. 5
Visit your authorised DALI dealer for more info about connecting S 1.2
Connection to a stereo pre-amplifier (Fig. 6)
If you want to use Suite S 1.2 to supplement the bass reproduction of a
stereo system, connect the subwoofer "Line in, Left/Right" to a stereo
signal on the pre-amplifier with full frequency content. The built-in crossover network in Suite S 1.2 then ensures that the subwoofer only reproduces
the lowest frequencies (see section on adjustments on page 10).
Fig. 6
In most cases you will achieve excellent results with one Suite S 1.2. It is
possible as a no-compromise stereo solution, or for reproduction of very
powerful sound pressure in a surround set-up in large rooms, to use two
Suite S 1.2. This solution is connected in the same way, but for stereo you
should only connect the left-hand channel to one input terminal on the
left-hand Suite S 1.2 and the right-hand channel to one input terminal on
the right-hand Suite S 1.2. For a surround set-up, parallel the LFE-inputs of
the two Suite S 1.2. In all other respects, follow the instructions above - but
use separate channels. You may wish to consult your dealer.
Note: When using two Suite S 1.2, the best results are normally achieved
by positioning the two subwoofers relatively close to each other (1 - 2
DALI White Wave cables - the perfect choice for Suite R 0.7/0.8
Tuning of Suite S 1.2
Once you have chosen the set-up and connection you are going to use, and
have positioned the subwoofer in the desired spot, you can begin the task
of tuning the system. Please note that the actual location of the subwoofer
greatly affects its contribution to the total acoustic image. For example, if
you put Suite S 1.2 in a corner, the bass will be considerably stronger than
if it had been placed midway between two corners.
You can use the procedure below to achieve excellent results. Use a piece
of music you know well, preferably containing rhythmic bass tones such as
bass drum, electric bass or similar.
Begin by setting "Volume" and "Crossover" to the middle position ("12
o’clock"). Place the "Phase" switch in the 180° position, and set both
"Auto" and "Power" to the "ON" position.
5 2
Mains lead
Power, on/off switch
On/off indicator
Auto Stand-by
Volume, volume control
Phase, 0˚ og 180˚ phase switch
Crossover frequency
Heat sink, DO NOT COVER!
LFE input
Stereo Line level, Line signal
Even small changes in the listening room can affect the sound.
Setting level
Adjust the volume on your Suite S 1.2 so the bass sound matches the level
from the front speakers. Adjust it so that you can hear the sound contribution
from Suite S 1.2 - but without the bass being too dominant. The bass should
be firm and precise, so that the subwoofer provides the bass that is present in
the music/sound track - neither more nor less. When connecting to a surround
sound system it may be an advantage to select a fixed setting for Suite S 1.2
and only adjust the level via the surround amplifier’s separate adjustment of
the subwoofer output level. If you over-modulate the subwoofer, your total
sound experience may be disturbed by distortion. Remember that the location of Suite S 1.2 has a major effect on the sound pressure you experience.
Choice of crossover frequency (only with connection via
"Line In, Left/Right")
Once the volume level is set you can tackle the equally important adjustment
of the crossover between the front speakers and Suite S 1.2. You do this by
adjusting "Crossover" up and down until you can hear the bass is smooth and
without "holes". You may need to readjust the volume slightly for this adjustment.
Phase setting
Use the trial-and-error method for both settings - and you may also want to
try readjusting volume and crossover frequency. In all cases it is a good idea
to listen to the system for a couple of days and then readjust as required. The
same setting will not always be ideal for both surround and 2-channel stereo.
It is therefore always useful to make a note of your preferred settings for each
The "Auto" function sets Suite S 1.2 to stand-by mode after approximately
15 minutes with no signal to the input terminal. When Suite S 1.2 receives a
signal again, the system will switch on automatically.
The "Power" button is the main switch for the system. It is best to switch the
system off completely when it is not going to be in use for long periods. When
making or changing connections, always shut the system down completely.
C 0.7/0.8 is shielded to prevent magnetic radiation interfering with your TV.
If Suite S 1.2 is intensely overloaded, the built-in safety circuit may completely disconnect the subwoofer. If this happens, turn down the volume.
Suite S 1.2 will reconnect after a short time.
Once you have connected your new Suite speakers, you need to begin the
process of searching for the perfect location for the speakers in relation to
your listening position - and adjusting the surround amplifier, if applicable. It is worth spending a little time experimenting, as the correct set-up
and tuning will provide a significantly better sound experience. Here are
some useful pieces of advice:
Avoid placing objects between the speakers and your listening position, as
obstructions can cause incorrect tonal balance.
Try to ensure that the distance between the left and right speakers is equal
to the distance from your listening position to the speakers (Fig. 7). If you
have surround sound, the distance between all the speakers should be symmetrically identical (see more on page 16).
Fig. 7. Stereo positioning
DALI Suite has been designed using the Linear
Directivity principle, which means that the tonal
balance will be perfect, even if your listening
position is not quite central. It is not necessary
to angle the front speakers towards your listening position, unless the front speakers are very
far apart.
Remember to fit the logo on Suite R 0.7/0.8
The Suite C 0.7/0.8 central speaker has been specially designed to be
positioned close to the large surface of the TV screen - and can be placed
either above or below the screen, as required. Whether you position the
central speaker above or below your TV, we recommend having the front
of the speaker in line with the front of the TV. We recommend fitting the
enclosed rubber feet to ensure a stable, vibration-free set-up
The Suite R 0.7/0.8 rear speaker has been designed to be vertically mounted
1.2 to 2 metres off the floor, ideally on a side wall slightly behind the listening position (bracket A). The speaker units should "radiate" sound in
towards your listening position, as shown in fig. 8.
The three mounting brackets for Suite R 0.7/0.8 make it
possible, however, to angle the speaker perfectly, independent of positioning height. For very high positions
as rear channel or side speaker in 7.1 surround sound
systems, the speaker can be angled down towards the
listener (bracket B). For very low positions, the speaker
can be angled up towards the listener (bracket C). Once
you have chosen how R 0.7/0.8 is to be mounted in your
surround set-up, you can fit the enclosed logo on the
fabric framework to match your other DALI speakers
- at bottom centre of the fabric framework.
For the best surround sound experience, you need to be in a central listening position, but, of course, you can still enjoy surround sound, even if you
are not sitting in the exact ideal position (Fig. 8).
Fig. 8. Surround positioning
Remember that the tone controller is only intended for minor adjustments.
The listening room
Every room has its own distinctive acoustics, which influence the way we
experience the sound from a speaker. In actual fact, it's a matter of how
the room accommodates the sound and then dampens it. You can influence the acoustics of your listening room in various ways.
Some of the sound you hear comes not from the actual speakers but from
reflections from floor, ceiling and walls. These reflections are dampened
by objects such as furniture, plants and carpets. If the sound is bright, soft
items such as curtains and carpets can help. If the room has large window
panes, drawing the curtains will prevent reflections from the glass surfaces.
Both the amount and quality of the deep bass depend on the size and
shape of the room, and the position of the speakers. If positioned near
a side or back wall, this will accentuate the bass. A corner location will
accentuate it even more, but will also increase the reflections. The decision
is yours, so experiment with different positions to find which provides the
ideal sound for you.
As a general guide, avoid large, hard reflective surfaces immediately
around the speakers, as these will act as a "ghost speaker" and ruin the
spatial perspective of the sound image. Try placing a wall hanging behind
the speakers, laying a rug in front or placing a large plant at the side - it's
surprising how much this can affect the precision of the sound image.
Once you are happy with the positioning of your speakers, it is important
to ensure that they are completely stable. For floor models it is essential
that you use the accompanying spikes.
Do not cover the heat sink on Suite S 1.2 subwoofer.
Power and acoustic pressure
How loud a speaker is able to play and still sound good is completely
dependent on the signal it has to reproduce. So, in practice, you cannot
define an unequivocal level for use in comparing different speakers.
Obviously, lots of pure, undistorted output
from a large amplifier is better than a distorted signal from a small amplifier stretched
beyond its capacity. The signal from a distorting (clipping) amplifier contains much
more high-frequency information than an
undistorted signal, and therefore puts a
heavy strain on the treble unit. Consequently,
speakers are most often damaged by small
amplifiers having to work too hard - and very
rarely by large amplifiers, which are practically
running idle.
It is worth noting that when the tone controls
are turned above the neutral setting this significantly burdens both speakers and amplifier.
On a good sound system tone controls should
only be used to compensate for poor recordings and not to permanently compensate for
weaknesses elsewhere in the system. So, DALI
recommends that the tone controls generally
be set to the neutral position, and you achieve
your desired sound image through correct
positioning of the speakers.
Ensuring that you keep the volume low enough so the sound remains clear
and undistorted will minimise the strain on both speakers and amplifier.
Always use the supplied spikes for floor standing speakers.
Surround set-ups
5.1 surround set-up with Suite
R 0.7/0.8 mounted on rear wall
5.1 surround set-up with Suite
R 0.7/0.8 mounted on side wall
7.1 surround set-up with Suite
R 0.7/0.8 mounted on rear and
side walls
Side wall mounting
High mounting
Low mounting
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DALI - more than meets the eye
Your DALI speakers have been designed on the basis of a long succession
of technical solutions based on many years' intensive development work.
Most of this is not seen - but it can be heard and experienced, including:
An even frequency response ensures that your DALI speakers reproduce
all tones and kinds of music faithfully and without emphasis.
Sound distribution and correct timing are among DALI's specialities, as
all DALI speakers are designed for optimum performance in a real home
environment and not just in a specially-constructed listening room. The
perfect timing in the sound reproduction ensures that a light beat on a
snare drum, for example, is reproduced as the light, sharp tap that it really
is - without the drums filling and muddying the sound image.
Extremely low loss in movable parts and linear impedance means that the
speakers can reproduce very fine details, even at low sound levels, and
that DALI speakers will load your amplifier very evenly, and the sound will
therefore not be "strained".
Internal cables and crossover networks are an important but frequentlyoverlooked point. The internal cables in your DALI speakers are our own
Cordial cables, and the crossover networks, as with the rest of the speaker,
have been assembled by hand using top-quality components.
The loudspeaker units in your DALI speakers have been developed based
on our ultimate sound requirements. This ensures that the most delicate
details, such as a harp string or a puff of air, will be reproduced just as
convincingly as the powerful sound of a car door slamming etc.
At DALI the cabinet is both a piece of furniture and the speaker's sound
base, and is therefore constructed from acoustically-correct materials.
As with all the other components, the cabinets undergo a rigorous final
inspection, guaranteeing that only perfect speakers leave the DALI factory.
Enjoy the DALI Suite range.
There are countless methods for evaluating speakers. However, none of
them actually represent how a speaker really sounds. It is up to the individual to decide whether one speaker sounds better than another. So we
only give you the specifications that are of real value to you. The DALI
Suite range has been designed to reproduce music as honestly as possible
- and we know we have succeeded. Enjoy your new speakers!
Suite 1.7
Suite 2.8
Suite C 0.7
Suite C 0.8
Suite R 0.7
Suite R 0.8
Suite S 1.2
DALI cables for DALI speakers.
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