This is our review of the Dali Oberon 5 Floorstanding Speaker
If you’re searching for the next upgrade to your home music system, you’ll most likely have stumbled upon the Dali Oberon 5.
It’s a speaker that’s been well received across the market for the sound quality it delivers and build quality… but at a premium price.
So does the Dali Oberon 5 stand up to the hype?
Priced at around $1500, the Dali Oberon 5 isn’t cheap. But for us the compact design, build quality, and most importantly sound quality lead us to believe it’s worth every penny!
Let’s check out the Dali Oberon 5. You’ll learn what to like and what not in this Dali Oberon 5 review to help make the decision of if it’s the speaker for you.
Dali Oberon 5 Review
About the Brand
You may not have heard of Dali before; DALI stands for Danish Audiophile Loudspeaker Industries – and was started in 1983 to meet the needs of Scandinavia’s leading audio retail chain customers who were asking for loudspeakers that other brands couldn’t offer. DALI claims to have met these needs by developing speakers with outstanding performance at competitive prices.
Since then, DALI have backed this claim by developing a number of award winning speakers – the Dali Oberon 5 being one.
In my opinion, the Dali Oberon 5 is a very stylish speaker – fitting with Scandinavian design. It’s slightly more compact than a number of other floorstanding speakers, sitting at 37 Inches (83cm) high.
To me this means that the speakers will look at home in most rooms, without dominating the space. There are four finish options to choose from dependant on your preference: black ash, white, dark walnut and light oak.
There are a pair of 13 cm mid/bass drivers and a 29mm soft dome tweeter; the drivers use the company’s favored wood fiber pulp cone which is claimed to deliver the perfect combination of high rigidity and low resonance.
The speakers are linked through a simple, single wire two way crossover; the result of this is a typical sensitivity of 88db/W/m and a nominal impedance of 6 ohms – typical figures which shouldn’t present any issues for any good amplifier.
True to brand, the Dali Oberon 5’s don’t have a fussy nature; when it comes to positioning, we think it’s best to place the Dali Oberon 5’s a little away from the back wall and pointing straight ahead. There isn’t any need to angle the speakers towards the listening position as the tweeters dispersion characteristics (designed specifically for the Oberon series) mean they can still produce a wonderfully focused and layered sound when positioned in this manner.
As for partnering amplifiers – we’ve found the sound to be great with any good budget Amp and partnering record player – for example the Sony PS-LX310BT.
A lot of music I listen to is electronic music; but to ensure we understood the full value of these speakers I branched out to listen to a bit of everything.
The Dali Oberon 5’s performed fantastically – they allow the listener to hear the full musical experience; revealing the subtle nuances of the music that a lot of other speakers often miss.
The balance between the bass, mids and treble seems to be perfectly balanced in terms of output, enabling the full delivery of the emotion within the music.
Overall, the speakers deliver sound to a level usually associated with larger systems – which is great!
It’s always important to note that there are alternative options to the Dali Oberon 5. The obvious alternative here is Q Acoustics 3050i.
This is a more affordable speaker option and still delivers good quality sound.
To conclude, the Dali Oberon 5 are some floorstanding speakers that are punching above their weight. They come at a premium price, but we think they are worth every penny.
The unique design and easy sound integration only add to the value of these speakers – helping to deliver a high quality sound with more aesthetically pleasing speaker placement.
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