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Dali S-180 Compact In Wall Speaker (Single)


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Ex VAT: £1,415.83

Sitting above the S-80, the S-180 In-Wall speaker has an 8” wood fibre driver with a 10” passive carbon fibre radiator and a rotatable hybrid tweeter module for clear and well-defined audio.

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Warranty length 5 Years
Brand Dali Speakers

Tech Specs

- Hybrid Tweeter: 17mm x 45mm Ribbon
- HF: 1 x 28mm Soft Textile Dome
- LF: 1 x 8" Wood Fibre Cone
- LF Passive: 10" Carbon fibre cone
- Type: Closed box w/ Passive Radiator
- Connection Input: Single Wire
- Placement: In-Wall Centre/Soundbar


- Freq Range (+/-3dB): 49 - 25k Hz
- Sensitivity (2,83 V/1m): 89.0dB
- Nominal Impedance: 6 Ohms
- Maximum SPL: 109 dB
- Recommended Amp: 40 - 200W
- Crossover Frequency: 2800/15k Hz


- Dimensions (HWD): 898 x 453 x 110mm
- Cut-Out Size (HWD): 865 x 420 x 103mm
- Weight: 18.5 kg

Product Description

Dali Phantom S-180 is a full-size in-wall loudspeaker combining an 8” wood fibre driver with a 10” passive carbon fibre radiator and a rotatable hybrid tweeter module to deliver coherent, clean and detailed room filling sound.

It delivers a no-compromise in-wall audio performance using proven speaker technologies including characteristic wood fibre cones, low-loss rubber surround, solid MDF front baffle and superior innovative magnet design including a SMC pole piece, all this squeezed into a slim cabinet that fits into almost any standard wall.

Cabinet Design

The compact design of the Phantom S-180 fits into most standard walls. Dali excelled at constructing a shallow back cabinet, only 103 mm deep, with such a small footprint still capable of achieving the perfect inner volume for the woofer.

The cabinet is constructed from a solid MDF that holds the easy-to-use dogleg mounting system and the terminals. The front of the PHANTOM S-180 integrates elegantly with the wall via the surrounding extruded aluminium frame, and the magnet mounted front grille forms the visual presence of the PHANTOM S series. We also turned the hybrid tweeter module on its head to keep the dome tweeter close to the midrange woofer. This ensures an optimum handover from the woofer to the part of the tweeter that handles the lowest frequencies. The physical distance between these drivers are optimised for the best summation of the woofer and tweeter output.

Mid/Bass Woofer

The specially developed 8” woofer was designed and optimized for both bass and midrange performance. Dali chose to base the core of the woofer on the SMC magnet system developed for the Epicon range. SMC was chosen for its unique ability of dramatically lowering the level of distortion. Offering 70% more surface area, the 8” woofer is able to move more air and deliver a higher sound pressure at very low frequencies compared to a traditional 6½” woofer. All this whilst still delivering detailed information, rich midrange sound and a full frequency response as of a traditional floorstanding speaker.

To ensure the best possible bass performance in the S-180, Dali integrated a 10" passive bass reflex woofer based on the passive radiator used in their high-end SUB P-10 DSS subwoofer. By also using the same aluminium chassis, soft surround and very well behaving carbon fibre cone, the passive radiator lets the Phantom S-180 reach deep down into the true lower frequencies to deliver a believable large boxed speaker sound from a very slim cabinet.

Hybrid Tweeter

The rotatable hybrid tweeter module in the Phantom S-180 is the perfect high frequency solution, as it combines a soft dome tweeter with a ribbon tweeter. This ensures an amazing rendering and dispersion of the high frequencies that outperforms other tweeter technologies. Both the soft dome and the ribbon tweeter are free of artefacts within their working range. The hybrid tweeter module features an extremely smooth and wide horizontal dispersion - one of Dali's sound design trademarks.

Even the detailing of the faceplate for the tweeter module is designed for optimal horizontal dispersion. The characteristics of the soft dome tweeter are low resonance frequency, high power handling, extreme excursions, and exceptional headroom for high sound pressure levels. The magneto-static ribbon tweeter trademark is a true master in horizontal distribution of high frequencies and a superb partner for the soft dome tweeter’s unique ability to reproduce frequencies from 2kHz upwards.

Wide Dispersion

Using drivers for wide dispersion, Dali loudspeakers are easy to integrate into any room, delivering a smooth and well integrated sound for a wider listening position. This technology is perfect for the Phantom S-180, since it is always mounted flush against a wall. Working with the off-axis optimisation ensures that the listener will have a large sweet spot where the soundstage is perfect, but also ensures high quality sound away from the central sweet spot.

By optimising the audio signal for off-axis distribution, both the direct signal and the reflected signal will have the same high quality. This means a consistent high quality of sound, across a much wider listening area. The uniform dispersion over a wide range of listening angles ensure a smooth, uniform energy distribution within the listening room, which is another crucial factor for a coherent and well balanced tonality.

SMC Technology

Advanced Soft Magnetic Compound (SMC) is used to eliminate variation of flux strength in the magnet gap. It reduces distortion to a minimum compared to conventional drivers. SMC has the unique ability to deliver very high magnetic conductivity and very low electrical conductivity dramatically lowering the level of distortion while delivering all the wanted qualities of a good magnet system. By surrounding the SMC pole piece with aluminium rings and a 1.5” four-layer voice coil, Dali achieved optimal control, low distortion and high power handling.

The low loss surround and the cone structure is optimised for midrange performance, and likewise the dust cap. The smaller than usual dust cap has been arched outward as part of the woofer depth optimisation. All this combined delivers a high bandwidth reproduction with amazing detailing and the ability to deliver well-controlled bass and midrange reproduction.


When installing the Phantom speaker in your wall, the ribbon tweeter should be placed at ear height. To enable this, Dali decided to turn the speaker 'upside down' and switch around the hybrid tweeter module and woofer to obtain a more traditional mounting height in line with the TV. Mounted like this, they experienced that both the integration with the room - mainly with the floor - and the bass performance improved.

When mounting the Phantom S-180 horizontally as a centre channel, make sure to place the ribbon tweeter as close to ear height as possible. This is due to the dispersion qualities of the ribbon. Being a master of high frequency dispersion on the linear plane, it is less able to spread the high frequencies on the vertical plane. This is where the dome tweeter excels and why the dome should be placed lower than the ribbon in this scenario. The discreet, simple, but modern design is non-intrusive and at the same time pleasing to the eye.

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