Posted on Wed, 06 Jun, 2018
Posted by Bob

Dali Callisto wireless speaker system fuses Bluesound’s wireless connectivity and know-how to Dali’s high-end, true audiophile loudspeaker designs.

Dali: manufacturers of some of the world’s greatest Hi-Fi loudspeakers have teamed up with Bluesound to create a unique proposition in the arena of wireless loudspeakers; true, audiophile style Hi-Fi loudspeakers, coupled with the convenience of Bluesound’s BlueOS software. It’s a collaboration which has set tongues wagging…

So, is this collaboration a match made in heaven, or hell? Let’s dig in and see what’s what…

Dali Callisto 2C System

Dali Callisto

The Dali Calisto wireless speaker system is a new approach for wireless loudspeaker systems. Dali describes it as “re-imagining Hi-Fi for the 21st Century”, a statement which has a degree of validity! With Dali Callisto, there’s no need for complicated electronics or messy setups.

So, what is it that makes the Dali Callisto such a paradigm shift in Hi-Fi? Traditional Hi-Fi setups have usually focussed around a stack of Hi-Fi component sources and amplifiers, coupled with large Hi-Fi speakers. A great route to audio fidelity, but a route which is time and space intensive.

On the other hand, wireless solutions have existed, which usually comprise compact loudspeaker systems and “all-in-one” solutions. Whilst some of the high-end options offer sound quality which can rival traditional Hi-Fi setups, there’ no doubt that a stack of Hi-Fi components and big-box speakers still take some beating.

The genius of the Dali Callisto system is that it combines the convenience of traditional wireless systems, with the sound and performance of traditional Hi-Fi systems. This has only been possible due to the unique architecture of the Dali Callisto range.

Dali Sound Hub

The heart and brains of the Dali Callisto range is the Dali Sound Hub; the control centre for all your inputs, the Dali Sound Hub streams your sources directly to the powered Dali Callisto loudspeakers.

Featuring a wide range of digital and analogue inputs, the Dali Sound Hub features a clever auto source sensing system. The Sound Hub will automatically select the correct input the moment you start playing music or turn on your TV. Smart!

Using a format and layout instantly familiar to anyone who’s used traditional Hi-Fi, the Dali Sound Hub features a front-facing volume knob with an embedded LED display. The LED display shows the current audio source as well as the volume level.

Dali Sound Hub

The Dali Sound Hub supports a list of different sources: Bluetooth (AAC & Apt-X HD), Analogue (RCA & Mini Jack), Coaxial RCA, 2 x Optical (Audio & TV), USB output (Google Chromecast Audio) and 2 x modular expansion ports.

The Sound Hub ships with Bluesound’s excellent BlueOS module for outstanding multi-room music streaming. Couple the Dali Callisto system with Bluesound wireless equipment, whilst enjoying MQA compatibility for the highest possible streaming quality.

Dali Callisto Loudspeakers

Naturally, with Dali’s expertise in the field of loudspeakers, the two Callisto compatible loudspeakers (Callisto 2C and Callisto 6C) offer the same Dali fidelity and quality we’ve come to expect, but in a wireless compatible format.

Both loudspeakers feature Dali’s SMC pole pieces and wood fibre speaker cones for low-distortion and high linearity. Both loudspeakers also benefit from high output, high efficiency, integrated Class-D amplification offering plenty of power for complex musical passages.

Dali Callisto hub & Speakers

The Callisto 2C is a stand-mount design utilising the signature Dali hybrid tweeter and a 6.5″ woofer. The Callisto 6C is a floor-standing version which features an additional 6.5″ woofer for enhanced low-frequency performance.

Whichever of the Dali Callisto loudspeakers you choose, you’ll be assured that when partnered with the Dali Sound Hub you’ll enjoy the benefits of high-end Hi-Fi with the convenience of wireless streaming. The Dali Callisto wireless system could change the way we look at Hi-Fi.