After the tremendous success of the larger Pascal
XT many customers requested a smaller design. The Dirac
XT was developed in three versions (front/centre/rear). Despite a slight
increase in frequency response and different bass drivers the sound is relatively
similar to the Pascal. However, the Dirac features magnetically shielded drivers
suitable for home cinema.
If clean and tight bass, adherence to detail and three-dimensionality are
required the Dirac should certainly be on the shortlist as confirmed in a
review by Klang + Ton (4/2004).
Just a few bars of music are sufficient for us to learn what is hidden
in this unassuming cabinet: the low bass showing clarity and precision
surprised us. We didn't expect the "small wooden box" to behave like
a grown-up. The volume generated was sufficient to provide enough bass
for several floors in a block of flats. The brass section's performance
in George Michael's "Secret Love" was open and airy. Not even the faintest
touch of the hi-hat remained under cover. Absolutely fascinating was,
how effortless the tops came across. In "Songs Of The Last Century"
the vocals crystallised close at hand, lifelike but not to capacious
from the accompanying instruments, almost bringing to life the swing
of the last century. Afterwards Sade captivated us in "Lovers Live"
(from DVD) with her expressive and yet sensitive talent. The audience's
cheer, clapping hands, a beautifully played sax in "Smooth Operator";
we felt this tingling as if we were sitting in the concert hall, while
the excellent imaging further contributed to our enjoyment. Also available
by Iris Strassacker are the Dirac XT matching rear and centre speakers
equipped with the same magnetically shielded drivers, ensuring that
not even the most sensitive TV set is spoiling the thrill of audio-visual
Hint by Iris Strassacker:
If enough space is available all loudspeakers should be placed more than 60
cm away from the side walls to ensure correct imaging. Although the Dirac
was developed with reduced wall influence in mind, it cannot be eliminated
Description of the Dirax XT