Dali Speaker A/S is expanding the Dali OBERON C Series with a solution that is completely in line with the new Dali EQUI Wireless and serves to set up a completely wireless 5.1 or even 7.1 channel surround system. The Dali OBERON VOKAL C is a wirelessly controlled centre speaker.
The new Dali OBERON VOKAL C is not only the latest addition to the Dali OBERON C Series, it is also the first wirelessly controlled centre speaker from the Danish speaker specialist Dali Speaker A/S.
This is the first time that Dali Speaker A/S has provided an essential component for setting up a wireless surround sound system, which can be seen as flanking the Dali HDMI module for the central Dali Sound Hub, which is also newly presented.
Dali Sound Hub as the central control unit of the Dali EQUI Wireless Platform
Dali Speaker A/S has just introduced the so-called Dali EQUI Wireless Streaming Platform, although this is not yet a new product, but rather a restructuring of existing products.
The Dali EQUI Wireless Platform is intended to unite all active loudspeaker systems with wireless control under one brand, thus clearly expressing that these are not just separate product lines, but mutually compatible solutions that can be flexibly combined with each other.
The Dali EQUI Wireless Platform thus comprises the Dali CALLISTO C Series, Dali RUBICON C Series and Dali OBERON C Series lines and all associated current and future products.
In addition to the deliberately simple Dali Sound Hub Compact, the Dali Sound Hub represents the central interface, and this can now be used as an optional extension, not only for stereo, but also surround, with the new Dali HDMI module.
And this is exactly where the new Dali OBERON VOKAL C comes into play.
Dali OBERON VOKAL C as new wireless centre speaker
The Dali OBERON C Series is designed to be an affordable active loudspeaker family to enter the world of “wireless” audio solutions from Dali Speaker A/S. In this context, “wireless” means that the active loudspeaker systems are radio-controlled solutions, using 24-bit, 96 kHz signal transmission with the lowest latency of only 15 ms.
This means that the speakers only need a power connection, but signal cables no longer have to be laid across the room, which is particularly exciting in connection with surround.
The new Dali OBERON VOKAL C is designed as an active loudspeaker system that relies on a Class D amplifier and thus develops an output of two times 50 watts. This is used to drive two 130 mm bass-midrange drivers with wood-fibre cone typical for Dali Speaker A/S as well as a 29 mm fabric dome tweeter and, in combination with a bass reflex system acting towards the front, to reproduce a frequency range between 47 Hz and 26 kHz. The manufacturer specifies a crossover frequency of 2.45 kHz.
The new Dali OBERON VOKAL C is tuned in such a way that it produces a homogeneous sound image in combination with the other solutions of the Dali OBERON C Series.
For a centre speaker, it is not insignificant that the new Dali OBERON VOKAL C is designed as a very compact solution and can therefore be placed under the TV on or in an AV cabinet without any problems. The Dali OBERON C VOKAL measures 441 mm in width, 162 mm in height and only 295 mm in depth and thus weighs 7.5 kg. This allows conclusions to be drawn about the usual solid design of the cabinet, which Dali Speaker A/S regards as a given for a reproduction free of sound-damaging resonances and vibrations.
The new Dali OBERON VOKAL C is of course available in all the finishes of the other products of the Dali OBERON C Series, i.e. Black Ash, Light Oak, Dark Walnut and White. The scope of delivery includes a loudspeaker grill, which, depending on the version, comes with a covering in anthracite or grey mottled acoustic fabric.
Dali Sound Hub with Dali HDMI Module as the basis
As already mentioned, the Dali Sound Hub forms the basis for actually using the new Dali OBERON VOKAL C as a centre speaker in a “wireless” controlled surround system. This must also be equipped with the new Dali HDMI module, which on the one hand establishes the connection to a TV set via ARC or eARC, and on the other hand takes care of the signal processing of Surround in Dolby Digital or DTS.
Surround in combination with the Dali OBERON C Series
The fact that the Dali OBERON C Series was designed from the outset not only for stereo, but also for surround, is demonstrated by its broad positioning.
Not only the floorstanding speaker system Dali OBERON 7 C and the bookshelf speaker system Dali OBERON 1 C are available, but also the wall speaker Dali OBERON ON-WALL C. So while the floor-standing speaker system is perfect for the front left and right channels, with the new centre speaker Dali OBERON VOKAL C in the centre, the surround channels can be realised with either the Dali OBERON 1 C or the Dali OBERON ON-Wall C.
The only thing missing is a subwoofer for the perfect 5.1 or even 7.1 channel surround system, and of course Dali Speaker A/S also has the right one in its range with the new Dali Wireless Subwoofer Receiver WSR, this should be mentioned at this point.
The new Dali OBERON VOKAL C should be available in specialist shops by the end of 2021, with a recommended retail price of € 699.
Getting to the point
The new Dali OBERON VOKAL C is an essential component for the realisation of a completely “wireless” surround sound system based on the Dali OBERON C Series from Dali Speaker A/S, namely the centre speaker. This is to be seen in combination with the new extension module for the Dali Sound Hub, the Dali HDMI Module for said Dali Sound Hub. This provides the basis for 5.1 or even 7.1 channel surround, which can be built up in the most elegant and simple way with the Dali OBERON C Series around the new Dali OBERON VOKAL C.
|PRODUCT||DALI OBERON VOKAL C|
|Manufacturer||DALI SPEAKER A/S|
|Distribution Austria||smart audio GmbH|
|Distribution Germany||Dali GmbH|
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