The OBERON 1C and SOUND HUB COMPACT are perfectly configured for contemporary home media installations where Bluetooth devices and smart TVs are the primary audio sources. Our world is increasingly one in which wireless technology is the norm. We’re familiar with the idea and appreciate the convenience of consumer electronic hardware that no longer requires a physical connection; printers, headphones, desktop speakers, telephones, and even room thermostats for example. Hi-Fi speakers are similarly undergoing a wireless revolution and DALI has played a pioneering role with the RUBICON C and CALLISTO C series.
The OBERON 1 C is the compact speaker of the series. Sporting a 29mm ultra-lightweight soft dome tweeter and a 5.25” wood fibre cone SMC bass/midrange driver, its rear reflex loaded cabinet offers an optimal balance between internal volume for bass performance and compact dimensions for small rooms.
The SOUND HUB COMPACT plays a central role in your active wireless Hi-Fi system. It transmits your audio sources to the wireless DALI eco system, which includes OBERON C, CALLISTO C and RUBICON C speakers. The SOUND HUB COMPACT was designed with compact dimensions and is slim enough to fit behind a wall-mounted TV.
The SOUND HUB COMPACT is almost entirely digital in its internal signal path and processing, however it incorporates a high quality analogue input designed for legacy audiophile sources such as CD players, preamplifiers and turntables. The analogue to digital conversion stage following the input generates a high resolution, better than CD, 24 bit/ 96kHz data stream.
Inputs & Connections
With five discrete audio inputs available, the SOUND HUB COMPACT can connect to almost any audio device. For example, there are no less than four ways to connect a TV and transmit its audio to OBERON C speakers, but there are also ample possibilities to connect music streaming or conventional audio devices.
The SOUND HUB COMPACT HDMI ARC is designed to play TV audio. It additionally supports CEC to enable the use of the TV remote control to adjust volume and mute functions, as well as to switch the SOUND HUB COMPACT on and off in sync with the TV.
Bass / Mid Driver
OBERON C bass/mid drivers feature our proprietary paper pulp and wood fibre composite diaphragm materials, advanced copper-coated aluminium voice-coil wire and, in particular, our unique SMC (Soft Magnet Compound) magnet technology. By introducing electrically non-conductive elements to the magnet structure, SMC significantly reduces the effect of a variety of distortion-producing mechanisms inherent to moving-coil driver architecture.
OBERON C cabinets are constructed from CNC-machined high strength MDF panels and finished with a variety of wood-effect or matt white laminates. The cabinets are engineered for optimum rigidity to minimise panel resonance, with corner fillets and, in the case of the larger OBERON 7 C, strategic internal cross-bracing. Corner fillets have become increasingly unusual in contemporary speaker cabinet construction but at DALI we believe they play an important role in ensuring rigidity.
The OBERON C power amplification comprises two 50 Watt peak, closed loop Class-D power amplifiers chosen specifically for their sound quality and dynamic ability. One amplifier powers the high frequency driver, one powers the bass/mid driver (or twin drivers in the case of the OBERON 7 C). The 100dB signal-to-noise ratio of the power amplifiers ensures that even the smallest detail in a quiet musical passage is reproduced with clarity and accuracy.
The iron pole piece of the OBERON C woofer magnet is crowned by the DALI patented SMC disk - minimizing the negative effects of the iron. The use of the SMC disk greatly reduces mechanical distortion, which lowers third order distortion. This allows for a longer listening pleasure, a relaxed midrange and a surprising amount of detail for its price class.