DALI (Danish Audiophile Loudspeaker Industries), was established in 1983, and grew out of Scandinavia’s leading audio retail chain. Now distributed in 65 countries, and with more than 35 years of experience and global recognition, the brand continues to advance the state of the art, driven by raw passion for music and an honest reproduction in the domestic environment. Continuous development and refinement of new technologies remains core to DALI’s quest to create the best loudspeakers in the world.
When a series of products like the DALI OBERON C series, that includes Models 7C floor-standing speakers, 1C bookshelf, and On-Wall C speakers, plus the latest DALI Sound Hub Compact, reaches the market, it totally redefines the notion of hi-fidelity at its price range - particularly for Scandinavian-designed products. And that is why Lenbrook Americas, which expanded recently its distribution responsibility to include DALI both in Canada and the United States, is now highlighting its availability.
DALI OBERON C is the active counterpart to the brand’s popular OBERON Series, sharing the same drivers and cabinet construction, while providing a new Sound Hub Compact wireless transmission preamplifier perfectly configured for contemporary home media installations where Bluetooth devices and smart TVs are the primary audio source.
All three two-way OBERON C speakers incorporate a wireless streaming interface, digital signal processing (DSP) and a pair of 50-Watt Class D power amplifiers – one for bass/midrange driver(s) and one for the high frequency driver - in a module located on their rear panels.
To fit into a wide range of décor, the speaker models are available in choice of four high quality laminate cabinet finishes and supplied with a contrasting gray fabric: Matt White, Light Oak, Dark Walnut and Black Ash. Use of the grille is optional.
Complementing the acclaimed DALI Rubicon C and Callisto Series active loudspeakers, OBERON C provides a more cost-effective, plug, pair and play wireless Hi-Fi solution. To maximize enjoyment, priority was given to ease of setup and simplicity of operation.
At the heart of the system, the DALI Sound Hub Compact brings no-compromise convenience to music and movie lovers. It transmits Hi-Res audio in true HD quality (24-bit/96KHz) to the OBERON C speakers while the user takes control of the hub via its supplied infrared remote control or user’s audio source. The DALI Sound Hub Compact will automatically switch to whichever source is connected and can be hidden out of sight, if so desired, as the remote control connects via Bluetooth.
The DALI Sound Hub Compact Bluetooth input features AAC and Qualcomm aptX HD audio high performance codecs and enables smartphones, tablets, laptop or desktop computers, or any other Bluetooth audio source to easily and quickly play either locally stored or streamed music. Even Bluetooth-equipped TVs can be connected via HDMI to create a completely wireless TV audio solution.
For optimum system flexibility and integration, the OBERON C Series speakers are also compatible with the Sound Hub wireless audio preamplifier originally introduced in the Callisto and Rubicon C Series. In addition to providing Bluetooth and a variety of wired audio inputs, the Sound Hub is equipped with facilities for future expansion and upgrade. For example, with its optional NPM-1 BluOS module installed, the Sound Hub can provide all the benefits of BluOS, the original hi-res multi-room audio ecosystem that manages stored and cloud music sources and playback, with support for audio streams up to 24/192.
Integrations with many popular streaming music services like Tidal, Qobuz, and Spotify as well as featuring support for FLAC, WAV, MQA, and other high-resolution formats and codecs, BluOS offers virtually unlimited access to music of all genres for any occasion.
"The OBERON C and Sound Hub Compact enhance DALI’s traditional speaker technology that the brand has made famous with an entirely new perspective on how to make great-sounding speakers for the modern lifestyle," comments Jeff Earl, DALI Product Manager for Lenbrook Americas. "In addition to OBERON C’s simple setup, ease of operation and superb sound, the Sound Hub Compact offers a more affordable wireless Hi-Fi option. For the best performance and experience, pairing OBERON C to the compatible DALI Sound Hub and NPM-1 BluOS Module turns it into a high-res (24-bit/192kHz), streaming, multi-room audio system."
The DALI OBERON C Series speakers feature bass/mid drivers that benefit from patented Soft Magnetic Compound (SMC) in the pole piece. The result is an extremely agile, linear woofer with a significant reduction of distortion from mechanical loss. The low-mass DALI Bass/Mid-Bass wood fiber cones are optimized to work in perfect balance with the built-in amplifier. High frequencies are handled by an ultra-lightweight 29mm soft dome tweeter.
The OBERON C Series features the floor-standing OBERON 7 C ($2,499/pr US MSRP), compact, stand or shelf-mount OBERON 1 C ($1,499/pr US MSRP), the compact, low profile wall-mount OBERON On-Wall C ($899/ea US MSRP) and the Sound Hub Compact ($449 US MSRP). All will be available for sale in November 2020. Cabinet finishes choices include four quality laminates in Matt White, Light Oak, Dark Walnut and Black Ash.
Lenbrook International is the owner of high fidelity audio brands NAD Electronics, PSB Speakers, Bluesound consumer and PRO, and the BluOS distributed audio and music management platform. Lenbrook Americas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lenbrook International, is responsible for the sales and marketing of NAD Electronics, PSB Speakers, Bluesound and DALI in both the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, it also distributes Tivoli Audio and Master & Dynamic in Canada.