Lenbrook Americas Launches DALI OBERON C Wireless Hi-Fi Made Easy and Affordable

By: HiFiAudio.Guru
October 6th, 2020

Oberon C wireless active speakers and SOUND HUB COMPACT audio preamplifier couple simplicity of installation and operation with audiophile sound quality 

PICKERING, ONTARIO, CANADA, OCTOBER 6, 2020 – Lenbrook Americas today launched the DALI OBERON CSeries, DALI’s most affordable smart speaker system, bringing wireless active Hi-Fi within the reach of many more music lovers and audiophiles. 

The OBERON C Series features the floorstanding 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) and will be available for sale in November 2020.

(Left to Right) OBERON C Models 7 C,  1 C, ON-WALL C and SOUND HUB COMPACT
(Left to Right) OBERON C Models 7 C,  1 C, ON-WALL C and SOUND HUB COMPACT

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.

Rear Panel of the OBERON 7C
Rear Panel of the OBERON 7C

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.

DALI On-Wall C - A slim, discreet and remarkably powerful on-wall speaker system
DALI On-Wall C – A slim, discreet and remarkably powerful on-wall speaker system

At the heart of the system, the DALI SOUND HUB COMPACT brings true no-compromise convenience to music and movie lovers. It transmits Hi-Res audio in true HD quality (24bit/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 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.

 Rear of DALI SOUND HUB COMPACT
 Rear of DALI SOUND HUB COMPACT

For optimum system flexibility and integration, the OBERON C Series speakers are also compatible with the DALI 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. Made up of an operating system and a control application for smartphones, tablets, and PC desktops, BluOS is the ultimate choice for the modern audiophile.

Rear of DALI SOUND HUB
Rear of DALI SOUND HUB

“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,” commented 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.“

OBERON 7 C in Black
OBERON 7 C in Black

DALI OBERON C SERIES KEY FEATURES:

  • SMC Technology the OBERON C bass/mid drivers 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.
  • Driver Technology 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
  • Class D Amplifier – the OBERON C Class D amplifier is based on patented state-of-the-art technology with a global feedback and self-oscillating design. Chosen for its very musical properties there’s plenty of power even in complex musical passages or massive movie explosions.
  • SOUND HUB COMPACT is a wireless audio preamplifier that is compatible and interchangeable with  DALI’s CALLISTO, RUBICON C and OBERON C systems.
  • Cabinet Finishes choice of four quality laminate finishes in Matt White, Light Oak, Dark Walnut and Black Ash                                               

About DALI

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, DALI holds unwavering dedication to sound that has advanced the state of the art, inspiring music and cinema lovers and challenging the competition to catch up. DALI is 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. For more information, visit DALI-SPEAKERS.com.

About Lenbrook

The Lenbrook Group of Companies is a privately held Canadian corporation who are the owners of NAD Electronics, PSB Speakers and Bluesound. Formed in 1978, Lenbrook initially was a national distributor of electronics and communications products in Canada and has grown to become a leading global supplier to over 80 countries around the world.

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.

DALI Website: http://www.dali-speakers.com

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