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A short film about the DALI Callisto 2C

  • What does a modern hi-fi system look like? If you’re Denmark’s DALI, a pair of active loudspeakers fed via a control hub fitted with a streaming module. No hi-fi rack full of amplifiers and DACs – they sit inside the loudspeaker – and no cable salad. In other words: unobtrusive.

    Plus! The engineering prowess of a DSP crossover and an amplifier tailored to each driver’s input that no similarly configured and similarly priced passive loudspeaker system could touch. (Think about it: one of the most costly components of an outboard amplifier is its chassis). That’s modern hi-fi squared.

    DALI’s Callisto 2C (€2799/pair) is a 2.5-way standmount that offers a single (single-ended) RCA input on the rear for connection to a DAC or preamplifier. However, unless you crave the flavour of a specific analogue feed, the easiest way to run the Callisto 2C is with the (pseudo-)optional Callisto Sound Hub (€649) that streams its digital and analogue inputs to each loudspeaker wirelessly using DALI’s own i2s-based protocol.

    With DALI’s streaming triangle in play, we can be up and running with music a mere ten minutes after unboxing. High-end sound quality that doesn’t throw convenience under the bus.

    Further juicing the Callisto Sound Hub’s functionality is the pseudo-optional BluOS NPM-1 module (€499) that slots PC-like into one of its two available upgrade bays to give us all the functionality of a Bluesound device via apps for Windows, MacOS, Android and iOS: internet radio; a range of streaming services including the all-important (for audiophiles) Tidal and Qobuz; plus Roon and Spotify Connect — this commentator’s twin favourites.

    Total system cost: €2799 + €649 + €499 = €3947.

    Here is our video review:

    Playlists: Spotify | Tidal | Qobuz

    Camera: Olaf von Voss | Editor: Jana Dagdagan

    Further information: DALI Loudspeakers

    Written by John Darko

    John currently lives in Berlin where he creates videos and podcasts and pens written pieces for Darko.Audio. He has previously contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

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