Danish manufacturer Dali has announced the possibility of using its connected speakers from the Dali Rubicon C and Dali Oberon C range to create a wireless home theater system with up to 7.1 channels. It relies on the power of the Dali Sound Hub wireless transmitter plus a new eARC HDMI module. A practical and completely wireless concept that the brand calls EQUI.
Dali Sound Hub: the central element of the wireless home theater system
To create a wireless home theater system, Danish manufacturer Dali takes advantage of the WiFi transmission technology of the Dali Sound Hub preamplifier. Essential to the proper functioning of the brand’s connected speakers, it is capable of grouping all sources to wirelessly stream them in 24-bit/96kHz and I2S signals. Until now, this preamp was only capable of handling a pair of speakers and processing stereo streams. A problem that the Danish manufacturer overcomes with its new HDMI module, which is simply inserted into one of the Dali Sound Hub’s two bays. It then becomes possible to connect a television in HDMI ARC or eARC in order to transmit the soundtrack of the program being viewed. Dolby and DTS streams are supported up to 7.1 channels.
Dali wireless home theater system: two compatible speaker ranges
The Dali Sound Hub preamplifier can transmit the soundtracks of movies, TV shows and video games to any wireless speaker of the Dali Rubicon C and Dali Oberon C ranges, i.e. the Dali Oberon 7 C and Dali Rubicon 6 C floorstanding speakers, the Dali Oberon 1 C and Dali Rubicon 2 C bookshelf speakers, as well as the Dali Oberon On Wall C speakers. These different speakers can be used as front or surround speakers.
For the reproduction of dialogue, the Danish manufacturer relies on its new connected central speaker: the Dali Oberon Vokal C. The latter has two 5″ drivers made of cellulose pulp, coupled to a 1″ dome tweeter. They are powered by two Class D modules capable of developing up to 50 watts respectively. The use of technologies identical to other Dali connected speakers ensures that this center speaker provides optimal tonal consistency, for great sound immersion.
A wireless transmitter for subwoofers
The Dali Rubicon C and Dali Oberon C smart speaker ranges currently do not feature a wireless subwoofer. Once again, the Danish manufacturer manages to get around this problem with the new Dali WSR adapter. The latter is a small receiver that you simply need to pair with the Dali Sound Hub and connect to any subwoofer. For this purpose, it has a subwoofer output and a USB port for power. The Dali Sound Hub then transmits the bass track (the .1 of Dolby and DTS tracks) of any content viewed on the TV.
A multi-room system
In addition to allowing the creation of a home theater system with up to 7.1 channels, the various Dali Rubicon C and Dali Oberon C connected speakers can be associated with multi-room speaker groups. To do this, it is necessary to add the new Dali NPM-2i BluOS module to the Dali Sound Hub. The latter provides it with audio streaming from major online music services such as Spotify, Deezer, Qobuz and Tidal, as well as Apple AirPlay 2 and BluOS multi-room compatibility. It is then possible to enjoy music on the Dali system, in addition to all other compatible speakers in the house.
With the new HDMI module, the Danish manufacturer offers a simple solution to create a wireless home theater on demand. Fully modular, the Dali Sound Hub can efficiently manage a stereo, 3.1, 5.1 or even 7.1 system. The use of Dali connected speakers initially designed for hi-fi ensures a very high musical quality, as well as strong dynamics to best reproduce movie soundtracks, action scenes and dialogues.