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CONCLUSION
All in all, the Dancer Mini-Two is a big loudspeaker with a big sound, yet it is basically very accurate and missing nothing, just as measurement suggests. There are no peaks to add unnatural sparkle, or push vocals forward, nor crossover dips to soften the midband.
    

By carefully balancing the overall package, Usher have managed to make this a big hearted loudspeaker with vocals, gloriously detailed in its treble regions and strong in the bass. It’s dramatic in an understated fashion, as hours of listening revealed to me. Usher’s diamond tweeter makes a special and unique contribution, making the Mini-Two a great loudspeaker at a relatively low price for what you get, compared to others in this price band. This is a loudspeaker to seriously consider – it has it all.



VERDICT
An evenly balanced floorstander with fantastic insight from its DMD diamond tweeter.

FOR
- easy but insightful
- detailed treble
- tonal neutrality
- low colouration

AGAINST
- no foam port bungs
- require long run in


USHER  DANCER
MINI-TWO     £3,500
HiAudio Distribution
 +44 (0)845 052 52 59
www.hiaudio.co.uk

 



 
Comments (4)
Mini Dancer II DMD performance
4Friday, 05 April 2013 02:42
Mike Pearson
Hi,

An interesting review and subsequent comments. I have the same speakers but I do not suffer the bass boom at all, just a good extended bass? Probably room size and acoustics make a difference?

I also have the Usher factory graphs for the Mini Dancer II DMD speakers and whilst not exactly the same as those shown in the review, they are fairly similar. Impedance and decay spectrum being slightly different
Foam Port Plugs Installed!
3Tuesday, 15 January 2013 16:19
MBRosenberg
As you suggested, I half filled the ports with rolled up acoustic foam and immediately heard the difference: tighter bass with no noticeable loss of low end response in my 24ft square listening room.

Sure did help; thanks from across the pond!

You're more than welcome. It's a gloriously simple way to fine tune any reflex loudspeaker. The only other (more expensive) trick is to fill the room with big, deep settees. Most cushions are foam filled and absorb bass energy, damping down room boom.You get a lovely comfortable lounge that sounds great too! NK
Mini Dancer 2
2Wednesday, 14 November 2012 11:36
Paul
I run my pair with a high quality medium powered tube amp with great results. I have owned mine for about a year now and they keep on improving. Though it took me some time to get used to the diamond tweeters as I have always used soft domes with the speakers that I have owned.

Hi Paul, that sounds interesting. You should tell us more about how you found them, especially the unique tweeter. It is intensely detailed, I find, and makes the speaker very 'fast' too. It takes no prisoners though.

There is a big issue in running in loudspeakers. B&W say 20 hours for their Kevlar cones but they actually need at least 120 hours before they start to sing. Usher get it right and state 180 hours; at 2 hours a night every night that is 3 months! The longest claimed run-in is for Tannoy Westminsters, a major dealer claiming they need 9 months for the woods to settle. It sounds like your Ushers are steadily getting better.
Foam Port Plugs?
1Monday, 12 November 2012 20:51
MBRosenberg
I am a USA owner of these loudpeakers, and note that the December issue of The Absolute Sound gives a similarly rave review...and also suggests the need to tighten the low bass.

Query, then: Exactly what did you do to plug the ports: material, dimensions, etc?


We half filled the port with acoustic foam. It was a 3cm slab of foam rolled up into a tube and put into the port. This narrows the port and provides some acoustic resistance. If that is insufficient then the port can be filled completely. You will hear the difference. You can get acoustic foam for the port from Studio Spares or similar operations in the USA.

If your room booms try and put in the largest volume of acoustic foam possible. Big foam-filled settees are good. Studio Spares sell foam bass traps but you need a lot of them in big volume to absorb bass energy. In the Feb issue we will be looking at room equalisation, which also helps suppress the sort of resonant modes that heavy bass form a big loudspeaker can excite.
I hope this helps.

best regards

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