Lenbrook has announced the newest line from DALI, the OBERON C Series. The series includes the floorstanding $2,499 OBERON 7 C, the $1,499 stand- or shelf-mounted OBERON 1 C, the $899 OBERON On-Wall C, and the $449 SOUND HUB COMPACT preamplifier. All the speakers connect wirelessly via Bluetooth and feature a pair of 50-Watt Class D power amplifiers, digital signal processing, and 29mm soft dome tweeters. They're available in Matte White, Light Oak, Dark Walnut, and Black Ash. The preamp also has Bluetooth, supports AAC and Qualcomm aptX HD audio, and has a transmission rate of 96KHz/24bit. The entire DALI OBERON C Series will be available in November.
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Here's more from DALI about the new line:
Lenbrook Americas today launched the DALI OBERON C Series, 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.
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 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.
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.
"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."
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