The MS5 are a rear ported speaker. Your room is too small. Find a nice used pair of MS4's .
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I have the smaller Dali Mentor 6 and the speakers do some magic on the soundstage. There is a right and left to the speakers and you can get this amazing WIDE soundstage that creates a wall of sound. The Mentor 6 has two rear ports and they do like to be at least a couple of feet from the wall.
Jebsmith73: The MS-4's are also rear ported.
I have the MS4's in a 17d 20w room with 14' ceilings. Realistically though, the speakers are at the end of the long wall (the 20' wall, see my system for more info) and are about 6 feet apart and 1.5' off of bookcases that are 15" deep. I sit about 8 feet away (the setup is because they are in a living room that I, sigh, share with my wife). Bass is NOT a problem. I've heard the MS4's in a larger dedicated room and found them lovely at all levels, with especially pleasant LF extension. I think the MS5's would be too much speaker for your room. If you have a dedicated room than you're in good shape to be able to tune in when you find a speaker you like, but I wouldn't assume that just because you're using two 6.5" drivers now that another speaker with this setup will sound the same.
I am planning on putting a pair of MS5s in a 17.6' wide by 14' deep loft with 10' ceilings. The speakers will go on the long wall so they won't be in corners but I will have to sit between 8 and 10 feet away. The loft is open behind the sitting area so there is no reflection from the back wall. I have had Helicon 400s and 800s without any issues. Am I going to big?
Definitely not going too big from a sound standpoint if you want to put out the bucks. I have MS5's in a room like yours. Its not a loft but it is similar size and has 10-12 foot high ceiling. I sit 10 feet away and everything sounds great. Pay attention to how Dali says to position them in their manual. That is, firing straight ahead and away from walls a min of 10 inches, preferably more. Good luck!