We have already talked about the fact that DALI decided to release an active version of the acoustics of the most popular Oberon line – Oberon C.
Ideologically, the model is almost completely identical to its passive brother: it is a two-way floor speaker with two 7-inch midrange / woofers and a large 29-mm tweeter, slightly recessed into the proprietary waveguide. The tweeter has a soft fabric dome, and the midrange / woofers have traditionally received wood fiber cones.
Crossover – fully active 24-bit with DSP. The active model plays a little lower than the passive one – from 31 Hz against 36. The amplifier built into the speakers delivers 50 W each to the tweeter and to the midrange / bass link. The acoustics are ready to perceive the signal in quality up to 24 bit / 96 kHz. The speakers communicate with the hub using a proprietary wireless protocol that occupies a frequency above 5 GHz and does not overlap with loaded Wi-Fi bands.
The hub itself, which comes with the acoustics, is presented in the Compact version and is universal for all speakers of the series (and also suitable for other active DALI systems): it is equipped with two optical inputs, HDMI ARC and RCA. There is also a subwoofer output on board. Wireless functionality is limited to Bluetooth 5.0 (with support for AAC, aptX and aptX HD codecs) and Chromecast.
Each speaker is connected to an outlet using a universal power supply. Thanks to the built-in electronics, the Oberon 7 C is almost a kilogram heavier than the passive version: one speaker weighs 15.7 kg.
The DALI Oberon 7 C will cost approximately $1,850 (complete with a Sound Hub Compact wireless module), with sales scheduled to start in mid-November.