DALI CALLISTO 2 C
The CALLISTO 2 C is the stand mount solution in our new wireless ecosystem that empowers you to easily access all your Hi-Res music directly from your smart device. Connect via Bluetooth (AAC/AptX HD) or the optional BluOS module (Wi-Fi). The CALLISTO 2 C is the perfect choice for smaller rooms without giving up performance. The combination of our 6½” low-loss wood fibre woofer, hybrid tweeter module and the perfectly balanced internal cabinet volume form the base of a highly accurate audio experience.
As part of our wireless CALLISTO eco system, the stand mount CALLISTO 2 C represents the virtues of traditional Hi-Fi merged with the convenience of wireless audio. Designed to deliver on DALI’s promise of producing the most natural and faithful reproduction possible.
The CALLISTO 2 C is perfect for smaller spaces or rooms where the speakers need to remain discreet, but where power and presence are still paramount. The combination of a 6½-inch low-loss wood fibre woofer, a hybrid tweeter module and the perfectly balanced internal cabinet volume results in a supremely accurate and powerful audio experience.
The CALLISTO 2 C connects wirelessly to the DALI Sound Hub through an extremely stable digital connection. With latency below 25 ms, sync between video and audio from a movie or TV source is obtained well within conventionally acceptable limits.
Everything from the drivers to the amplifier is developed in-house, which is why we can optimise every single component to match each other perfectly. This enables us to design the woofers to be more linear than would be possible in a similar traditional passive speaker system.
The unique 6½” CALLISTO 2 C woofer takes low loss and linearity to a whole new level. By controlling the entire signal path from source to driver, the DALI acoustics team were able to elevate audio performance beyond conventional speakers.
Every element of the CALLISTO woofer is optimised to work in perfect balance with the built-in amplifier, and because of this, the sound stage created is detail-rich, time-coherent and effortlessly immersive. The result is music reproduced exactly as the artist intended.
We used our experience from developing the OPTICON and RUBICON woofers – combined with a whole lot of listening hours – to optimise the magnet motor to deliver its ultimate. With that knowledge we were able obtain a very linear and perfectly symmetrical suspension within the working area of the voice coil and membrane, only taking control and slowing down the membrane movement at the outermost excursion points.
The extra linearity obtained both around the voice-coil and in the spider manifests itself in reduction in mechanical distortion and less strain on the amplifier, which leads to more detailing and a better defined sound stage.
The CALLISTO 2 C woofer benefit from the use of SMC in the pole piece. When used in a speaker magnet motor system, it results in a significant reduction of distortion from mechanical loss. SMC’s unique ability to deliver a high magnetic conductivity and a very low electrical conductivity delivers all the wanted qualities of a really good speaker magnet without the traditional downsides.
As a result of these optimisations and especially through use of SMC, the CALLISTO 2 C benefits from an extremely agile, well-behaved and ultra low loss woofer, that when working in conjunction with the amplifier is able to deliver a richly detailed, time coherent and very powerful audio signal.
Like its larger sibling, the CALLISTO 2 C features DALI’s innovative hybrid tweeter module, which was optimised specifically for the CALLISTO series. Combining a dome and ribbon tweeter for astonishing rendering of high frequencies, and a dispersion of high frequency audio that outperforms all other tweeter technologies.
The dome membrane is very soft and ultra-lightweight, and actually so thin that a coating has to be applied to hold the material together and be uniform in construction. We have optimised the magnet system to maximize flux saturation right at the voice coil area. This optimisation combined with the use of an ultra-thin magnetic fluid for cooling results in better control, power handling and greatly limits distortion.
The ribbon part of the hybrid module is a magneto-static type tweeter. Four bands of conductive material make up the active diaphragm that is controlled by a strong magnetic field formed around it. The ribbon tweeter is the master of wide dispersion, and combining it with the soft dome, we get a tweeter module that can be utilised as low as 2.0 KHz and continues to perform well above 30 KHz. This extreme bandwidth combined with the ultra wide dispersion is an important part of the DALI sonic definition.
Designing a ‘best in class’ active speaker system is the sum of many parts. One truly important part is the amplifier, or more correctly the amplifier module. Any quality amplifier module consists of three equally important parts that need to be designed to work together in perfect harmony: the amplifier itself, the PSU and the signal processing. The delivery from the signal processing and the PSU to the amplifier circuitry must adhere precisely to the amplifiers needs and demands. Only in this way can you achieve an undistorted, uncoloured and coherent amplification.
The CALLISTO 2 C Class D amplifier is based on patented state-of-the-art technology with a global feedback and self-oscillating design chosen for its very musical properties. Being able to deliver 250 Watts for up to 5 seconds, there is plenty of power to ensure more than enough sound pressure even in complex musical passages or massive explosions in movies.
At our large woodworking facility in Denmark, we precision-cut the CALLISTO 2 C MDF cabinets ourselves to maintain the high quality, followed by applying the vinyl.
The CALLISTO 2 C cabinet is constructed from 25mm solid MDF, which employ a very rigid construction with robust bracings across the inside of the cabinet for extra reinforcement. This contributes to a stiffness and density that practically eliminates resonance within the cabinet. At the same time great care is taken not to reduce the internal volume of the cabinet unnecessarily.
The mounting of the drivers and the final tests and approvals on each and every speaker is also handled directly at our own assembly lines in our Danish factory.
Through strict in-house control of every aspect of production, CALLISTO achieves a level of fit and finish typically found only in products well beyond its price point.
DALI CALLISTO 6 C SPECS
|Frequency Range (+/-3 dB) [Hz]||47 – 30,000|
|Maximum SPL [dB]||108|
|Crossover Frequency [Hz]||2,700|
|Crossover Principle||Hybrid Full Active 24 bit DSP and Passive All Analogue|
|Hybrid tweeter module, Super high freq. driver, Quantity||1 x 17 x 45 mm|
|Hybrid tweeter module, Super high freq. driver, Diaphragm type||Ribbon|
|Hybrid tweeter module, High frequency driver, Quantity||1 x 29 mm|
|Hybrid tweeter module, High frequency driver Diaphragm type||Soft Textile Dome|
|Low frequency driver, Quantity||1 X 6½”|
|Low frequency driver, Diaphragm type||Wood Fibre Cone|
|Enclosure type||Bass Reflex|
|Bass Reflex Tuning Frequency [Hz]||46.0|
|Max. Amplifier Power Output [RMS watt]||250|
|Amplifier Type||Discrete Class D (Closed Loop, Self Oscillating)|
|Onboard DAC||Burr Brown PCM1796 (Balanced output)|
|Input Impedance [ohms]||5,000|
|Connection Input||ADC-in (RCA)|
|Wireless Input(s)||Full 24 Bit / 96 kHz (No bit-loss attenuated)|
|Max. Digital Resolution [bits/KHz]||24 / 96|
|Recommended Placement||Shelf or stand|
|Recommended Distance From Wall [cm]||10 – 80|
|Max. Power Consumption [W]||325|
|Standby Power Consumption [W]||1.2|
|Dimensions With Base (HxWxD) [mm]||393 x 200 x 321|
|Input Sensitivity [mV]||1,700|
|Input Mains Voltage [Volts]||100 – 240 (Universal mains)|
DALI Sound Hub
The DALI Sound Hub is the brains behind your CALLISTO speaker system, streaming Hi-Res audio to your speakers and automatically switching between multiple sources. The Sound Hub brings true no-compromise convenience to music and movie lovers who demand more.
The DALI Sound Hub features an extended range of digital and analogue inputs combined with an auto source sensing system. The Sound Hub automatically activates the right input the moment you start playing music or turn on your TV – so you can just sit back and enjoy exquisite audio.
The front-facing volume knob embeds an LED display, which combines Hi-Fi tradition with convenience. The LED display shows the current audio source as well as the volume level, and you can even adjust the light intensity of the display. This is supported by a light display on top of the Sound Hub, which indicates the location of the CALLISTO speakers in the pairing process.
We have made the setup simple, so you only have to worry about adjusting the volume, which can be done via a multitude of options. E.g. on the Sound Hub, by using the included Bluetooth remote, directly via the touch panels built atop of each speaker or via your smart device (depends on the brand).
WIRELESS AUDIO TRANSFER
The wireless connection between the Sound Hub and the speakers is an extremely stable digital connection, made on either the 2.4 GHz or the 5.8 GHz band depending on location and quality of the connection. The proprietary 30 bit protocol transfers an uncompressed I2S audio signal in 24 bit 96 kHz, utilising the remaining bits to control volume, speaker ID and other control data. Because it works on a less trafficked band, and the protocol is specially designed for transporting an audio signal, the connection is highly stable introducing next to no packet loss.
The protocol uses forward error correction to remove the result of packet loss should they occur. The high bandwidth low latency protocol functions as a point to multipoint connection. This allows for multiple speakers to connect to the same stereo signal. With latency below 25 ms, sync between video and audio from a movie or TV source is obtained well within conventionally acceptable limits.
Bluetooth is built into the DALI Sound Hub as standard, offering the possibility to transfer sound to the CALLISTO system from almost any device – supporting AAC and Apt-X HD quality. AAC is an improved audio protocol that despite still being lossy, supports a larger amount of audio data to be transferred via the Bluetooth connection. It’s the highest quality of Bluetooth transfer for an Apple product. Apt-X HD is a well-known audio protocol, allowing for compression of up to 24 bit 48 kHz audio streams and a wider bandwidth transfer than Apt-X. This allows for high quality playback of not just traditional audio files, but also HD quality music over Bluetooth, along with full backward compatibility with Apt-X.
The Sound Hub features two optical inputs that are controlled differently – with a clear focus on TV and audio use. The TV input is activated by the carrier signal. This enables the Sound Hub to power up the CALLISTO speaker system the second the TV is turned on. The audio input is activated by an audio signal, and by analysing the audio signal, the Sound Hub can determine if audio is played back, and if not, will automatically power off the system, turning it back on again when a signal is detected.
The optical input accepts any data rate from 16 bit / 32 kHz to 24 bit / 192 kHz. The signal will be converted to work optimally with the 24 bit / 96 kHz wireless transfer audio protocol before being passed on to the connected speakers.
For direct digital connection between an audio device and the Sound Hub. Like the optical input, it will accept from 16 bit / 32 kHz to 24 bit / 192 kHz.
Analogue (RCA and mini/jack)
The high-quality ADC samples the analogue signal in 24 bit / 96 kHz using the system master clock for optimal wireless transfer to the CALLISTO speakers.
LFE type subwoofer output. When a subwoofer is connected, everything below 100 Hz is sent through this output to a connected subwoofer.
Line level RCA output. This output allows you to use the DALI Sound Hub as a pre-amplifier for your existing setup, making it possible to enjoy the benefits of the modular extensions and the auto source sensing capabilities. The Pre-out can also be used to connect to the CALLISTO speakers via a cable in cases where wireless transfer is not preferable.
The built-in USB A port delivers a 5V 1A output to power connected devices like a Google Chromecast Audio, or charge a mobile device whilst playing. It is also used to update the Sound Hub’s firmware. The built in USB port does not offer the ability to playback audio stored on a connected device.
One of the most innovative features of the DALI Sound Hub is actually hidden away from view. The two modular expansion ports on the back panel open up the hub to a world of possibilities. Via the DALI designed open standard connector, any type of audio module can integrate 100% with the Sound Hub system.
This enables a total seamless addition of extra hub functions – allowing for streaming, multi-room or even multi-channel expansions, but also future proofing the Sound Hub. This includes any connected speakers by separating the quickly evolving music delivery technologies from the more robust and time durable speaker technology.
Our first expansion module integrates Bluesound’s incredible BluOS hi-res multi-room platform. BluOS is devised by audiophiles for audiophiles to deliver the best digital sound quality imaginable throughout your house. And because BlueSound is compatible with speakers from a variety of audiophile manufacturers, it delivers flexibility, convenience and choice as well as unparalleled quality. Which makes it a natural extension to the CALLISTO wireless family.
DALI Sound Hub SPECS
|Connection Input||2 x Optical (TosLink)
RCA (Analouge Stereo)
3.5 mm Mini Jack
2 x Plug-In Module
|Connection Output||Stereo Line Level (RCA)
SUB Out (RCA)
USB Charge Output (5V/1A)
|Wireless Input(s)||Bluetooth 4.2 (AAC, Apt-X, Apt-X HD)|
|Wireless Output||Full 24 Bit / 96 kHz (No bit-loss attenuated)|
|Max. Digital Resolution [bits/KHz]||24 / 96|
|Max. Power Consumption [W]||4.5|
|Standby Power Consumption [W]||2.5|
|Dimensions (HxWxD) [mm]||76 x 300 x 213|
|Accessories Included||Quick Setup Guide|
|Input Impedance RCA [Ω]||10k|
|Input Sensitivity RCA [V]||2.3|
|Input Impedance 3.5mm Mini-jack [Ω]||10k|
|Input Sensitivity 3.5mm Mini-jack [V]||1.2|
|Input Impedance S/PDIF [Ω]||75|
|Output Voltage Max. Line Level [V]||1.9|
|Output Voltage Max. Sub-Out [V]||0.9|
|Input Mains Voltage [Volts]||Universal AC Mains Adapter (1.75 m wire length)|