From its size to its sound, everything about the DALI's KUBIK ONE soundbar is huge. But is it really worth the price tag? Let's find out, shall we?


Let's start with how it looks and feels

It's bloody huge, isn't it? Big, long and when placed horizontally, it kinda resembles a post box (depending on what colour you opt for - ours being red, obviously). It's heavy too - but the kind of heavy you'd expect from something like this. Reassuringly heavy, if you will. Aesthetically, we're totally on board with the minimal look - which extends to the controls (power, volume etc) and the minimal lights. At the end of the day, it's a soundbar - there's no need to complicate things here.

To give you a general overview of what you can expect, physically as well as sonically, here are the important facts:

  • Frequency Range [+/-3 dB] [Hz]: 48-22.000
  • Maximum SPL [dB]: 2 x 103
  • Crossover Frequency [Hz]: 3000
  • Crossover Principle: DSP based digital IIR, 2. order
  • High Frequency Driver: 2x25mm soft textile dome
  • Low Frequency: 2×5,25" wood fibre cone
  • Enclosure Type: Closed box
  • Recommend Placement: Shelf, Keyhole Mounting, Below TV
  • Connection Input(s): USB (Micro), Optical (Toslink), RCA (Chinc), 3,5mm mini jack
  • Wireless Input(s): Bluetooth™ 3.0 Apt-X
  • Connection Output(s): SUB Out
  • Amplifier Type: Fully digital Class D, open loop type
  • Analogue Input Sensitivity [mV]: 200-900 (adjustable)
  • Analogue Input Impedance [Ohms]: 25k
  • Digital Resolution: Max 24bit / 96kHz
  • Continuous IEC Power Output [RMS Watts]: 4 x 25
  • Magnetic Shielding: No
  • Input Mains Voltage [Volts]: 100-240
  • Max Power Consumption [Watts]: 150
  • Standby Power Consumption [Watts]: <0,5
  • Dimensions (H x W x D) [mm]: 62 x 980 x 102
  • Dimensions (H x W x D) [inches]: 6 x 38 x 4
  • Weight [kg]: 9.6

The slightly jarring aspect of the KUBIK ONE in terms of design is the remote control, which certainly doesn't feel like it contributes to the £800 price tag at all. How that got approved is beyond us. Other than that, we're off to a great start.


The Sound? The All Important Sound

This is the section whereby the hefty price tag suddenly makes sense. It features "soft dome tweeters, wood fibre cones, low-loss rubber surrounds, glass reinforced polymer basket and a fully digital 4-channel stereo Class D amplifier" - which provides a pretty impressive stereo sound.

Being a music-focused website, we decided to test the speaker with a selection of some of 2015's greatest albums, before moving on to the tv/film side of things. From Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly, all the way through to Carly Rae Jepsen's latest pop masterpiece - by way of Neon Indian's disco party - we were left pretty impressed by the speaker's ability to pick out the finer details. It would be easy to go big with something like this - which it does (save for a slightly weak low end) - but they've not done that at the expense of clarity, an important point given that they're selling this product on two fronts. The second of which we're about to touch on.

If you're looking for something that can bring your movie-watching experience to whole new level, the KUBIK ONE has you covered - and is probably the thing that most excites us about this speaker. In a world looking to ditch wires at every available turn, the humble soundbar is here to replace your cumbersome 5.1 surround sound setup. Sure, the KUBIK ONE might not be as immersive, but the sound is so beautiful that you won't care. Every punch, kiss, groan and scream is accounted for. About the only thing that it doesn't do is pop your corn for you.


So, is it worth the money?

An ugly remote, no HDMI ports (yes, honestly), and a low end that pinches rather than punches, yet we're still giving this the thumbs up. That should give you an answer to our opening question.

Update: Here's a look at the remote that we weren't too keen on: