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Test floor acoustics DALI Oberon 9

DALI Oberon 9

Test floor acoustics DALI Oberon 9

you need to succumb to the bass

The Oberon line debuted three years ago, and with it, DALI tried to embody the concept of hi-fi accessible to everyone. The prank was a success: the line turned out to be very popular all over the world.

It replaced the Zensor series and became another entry point into the world of high-quality sound in the DALI hierarchy, while offering some of the technologies from the older lines. One such technology is the SMC material used in the magnetic system.

During its existence, the Oberon line has grown, acquired active versions, and a year ago a new flagship was announced - the Oberon 9 model. The history of its appearance, as it seems at first glance, is quite simple: they took Oberon 7 , slightly inflated it in all directions, increased the dynamics, shuffled them on the front panel and added a woofer. Voila - DALI appeared for those who need "a lot of sound for little money."

DALI Oberon 9

Lars Möller, who at the time of the announcement of Oberon 9 was in charge of DALI marketing in our region, happily said that the acoustics turned out to be noticeably more bass than other Oberons - fueled interest. But in reality, everything turned out to be not so simple.

old new friend

By themselves, Oberon 9 does not fall into the category of compact floorstanding speakers with a height of 117 cm - and taking into account the fact that they are also wider and deeper than Oberon 7 by as much as 6 cm (and they weigh 2.5 times more) , we can safely say that the speakers came out big. But you can’t call them cabinets: the low-key Scandinavian design, which combines ash-effect vinyl and matte black film, is not replete with flashy details that draw attention to dimensions. There are no any additional plates, screws, slats, something that would distract - everything is extremely functional.

The included protective grill covers only the speakers, leaving the lower part of the front panel visible - and yes, it is mounted on pins, as in all Oberon series speakers. At the back, under the bass reflex, there is a small plate with the name of the model and a pair of terminals installed at an angle - no biwiring or biamping.

DALI Oberon 9

The index in the name indicates the diameter of the bass drivers - there are two 9-inch radiators. Midrange - 7-inch - moved higher, placed above the tweeter. As a result, honest three bands turned out, and the tweeter is not pulled up - it is approximately at the level of the ears, if you sit in a comfortable low chair.

The Oberon 9 has two phase inverters, on the back wall - one is closer to the bottom of the case, the second is just opposite the upper woofer. The entire body rests on a wide, slightly curved aluminum base.

We have talked about all the technological features of the Oberon line more than once - and Oberon 9 does not differ from its younger brothers in this. The cones of the midrange and woofers, according to the good tradition of Dalish, are made of branded cellulose mass with the addition of wood fibers and, because of this, have a warm chocolate shade with light streaks. They do not have phase equalizing or dustproof bullets - these are almost even cups.

DALI Oberon 9

The tweeter is large, 29 mm, inscribed in a silver ring with notches - both the dimensions themselves and this ring improve dispersion. He starts playing quite high - the crossover frequency is as much as 3.4 kHz.

The midrange, unlike similar speakers installed in Oberon 7, plays in a closed volume, and for this its parameters had to be slightly optimized, and it works with 780 Hz. But the most interesting thing is the bass players.

DALI did not have such speakers - they were developed specifically for Oberon 9. This is the largest speaker that DALI currently produces for acoustics (even Epicon has 8-inch drivers). Each of the two woofers works in its own volume - hence the two phase inverters. The internal volume is divided for two speakers by an inclined partition, which also increases the rigidity of the case.

DALI Oberon 9

Speakers with a proprietary soft magnetic compound - SMC - differ from series to series. If in older DALI it is used almost entirely in the magnetic system, then the Oberon series was awarded an insert under the voice coil, on the core. And from the point of view of physics, the effect is still there: eddy currents are weakened and the level of the third harmonic is reduced.

In general, in DALI, when developing Oberon 9, they not only inflated Oberon 7 in all directions, but approached the release of the flagship model of the initial series very carefully.

Elephant ballet

Those who are familiar with DALI know that even models from the Oberon range, despite having only one tweeter, are acoustics that pay maximum attention to the high-frequency range. This is a signature feature of the brand, which fits perfectly into the modern trend for a bright top (and maybe even forced it at one time).

DALI Oberon 9

Why do many people love the Oberon line? For the combination of signature farish elegance, already emerging character and technology with affordable cost and compatibility with a wide variety of gains. At one time, we tested everything that is included in this series, only a home theater, perhaps, was not tested (and for him, by the way, Oberon 9 should be a good fit for the fronts).

And the nines in terms of character fit perfectly into the Oberon line - in place and grace, and accessibility, and enough indifference to amplification, but they offer something else: variety.

These DALIs are slightly less DALI due to the more powerful bass, which neatly sets off the remaining bright and lively highs. There is no overdose of empty, artificially inflated lows - the massiveness in the same lower register of the piano is completely tangible, the double bass is powerful and tactile, but they do not prevent high notes from frolicking somewhere on their own layer, without closing it in any way.

DALI Oberon 9

The audition took place at Dr. Head, where almost the entire range of DALI equipment is presented. And large, massive Oberon 9s stood in a fairly cramped showroom, but they didn’t buzz, although they had all the conditions and reasons for this: there wasn’t much space on the sides, and they got literally half a meter of free space behind.

Yes, on Bohren und der Club of Gore and Fogh Depot, the sound tried to crawl away towards the rumble, but it caught on in time and did not fall into the abyss to the end, but quickly got out of it. Didn't lose control. The bass remained well controlled and at the same time envelopingly soft. With less demanding genres, there were no problems at all.

With Oberon 9, I remembered why I fell in love with psy-trance and drum and bass: for a dense rhythm that penetrates into the body and iridescent details that delight the soul at high frequencies. And to ensure that one does not outweigh the other, it is very difficult: either the bass envelops everything, or remains too soft against the background of a piercingly clean top. And in Oberon 9, we managed to keep the trademark far-off grace, texturing the high frequencies, but at the same time succumb to the masses.

DALI Oberon 9

True, if there is mass, then questions arise about the speed of its development. The acoustics do not keep up with very fast tracks, the rhythm becomes smoother, therefore, for example, it is difficult for them to play the same “BFG Division” from the “DOOM” soundtrack with the required discreteness. But tracks like "Disintegrate Slowly" by The Glitch Mob or "Heavyweight" by Infected Mushroom no longer cause problems.

I got a very interesting effect on Nine Inch Nails' "The Fragile": it's like Oberon 9 added a bit of vibrato to Trent Reznor's voice, which made it sound more voluminous. Most likely, the room with reflections also helped them in this, but such processing suited the composition well.

With voices, the story is typical for DALI: lively, sonorous, bright and clear, the vocals are in their place, played clearly, with the right amount of air. On the stage drawn by acoustics, they are on a par with the general mix, they are well woven into it, and remain textured. The stage itself - most likely because of the room - seemed more crowded and chamber than it should be. Large-scale orchestral compositions, which I would like to release into the wild, seemed to be playing in a small concert hall, losing grandiosity. Noisy neurofunk and industrial tracks turned into a massive wall of sound because of this, losing some details. These speakers clearly need more space.

Both ours and yours

Even in such conditions Oberon 9 seemed to me one of the most alive DALI. An excellent combination of the firm's neat, rather elegant and bright presentation with a harsh bass made the acoustics more balanced, and therefore more versatile. There is a lot of sound, and he can slam the diaphragm into the spine, but the family grace does not allow him to completely peddle. Well-recorded electronic music, jazz, replete with double basses and saxophones, something oppressively slow or, on the contrary, marchingly assertive - the range of genres in which Oberon 9 perform well is quite wide.

DALI Oberon 9

And it cannot be said that they are a serious burden for the amplifier: the Cambridge Audio CXA81 coped with them quite well. But the most important thing they need is a place. The acoustics still turned out to be great, nine-inch woofers actively drive air, so they should be given more space. Then the scene will become more textured, and the sound will acquire more volume.

Otherwise, DALI managed to create acoustics with a great sound that you can listen to for hours and not get tired - precisely because they managed to maintain balance in it.


Excellent balance of massiveness, scale and detail in sound, ease of gain selection, price


Large speakers need a lot of space, and rear-panel bass reflexes don't make things any easier.


Acoustic design fazoinvertornoe

Number of lanes 3

Frequency range 35-26000Hz (+/- 3dB)

tweeter 29mm fabric dome

midrange speaker 178 mm, paper cone, wood fiber reinforced

NC-dynamics 2 x 229mm wood fiber reinforced paper cone

Crossover Frequency 780 and 3,400 Hz

Sensitivity 90.5 dB

Impedance 6 ohm

Recommended Amplifier Power 50-400W

Dimensions 1,172 x 260 x 406 mm

Weight 37.1 kg

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