Dali introduces Oberon speaker range from £350

Dali Oberon 5

Dali describes its new Oberon range, unveiled at IFA 2018, as "affordable audiophile speakers".

Baby of the range is the Oberon 1 standmount design at £350, a compact bookshelf speaker with a 29mm lightweight, soft-dome tweeter and a 13cm wood fibre woofer to handle the bass and lower midrange frequencies.

Next up comes the slightly larger Oberon 3 standmounter with an 18cm woofer and the same 29mm tweeter. The wood fibre mid/bass cone is a blend of fine grain paper pulp reinforced with wood fibres to give what Dali describes as a "stiff, lightweight and well behaved structure".

Dali Oberon 3

Dali Oberon 3

If you're in the market for a floorstanding speaker, Dali has two options here: the Oberon 5 (£700) and Oberon 7 (price tbc).

They both use the same 29mm tweeter as the standmount models, but in the Oberon 5 you get a pair of 13cm wood fibre woofers, and in the Oberon 7 they go up to 18cm each.

Should you want to put together a complete Oberon surround sound package, you can add the Oberan Vokal centre speaker which has a matching pair of 13cm mid/bass drivers and the same tweeter as the rest of the range.

And for those who want something less intrusive, there's the option of the Oberon On-Wall model with an ultra-slim cabinet.

All models are available in white, black ash, dark walnut and light oak. We are currently testing the Oberon 1 and 5 models so will bring you our verdict as soon as we can.

Dali Oberon 7 with Vokal centre speaker

Dali Oberon 7 with Vokal centre speaker


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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.