The Dali Oberon 7 is one of the larger floor-standing speakers in this popular series, it has a modest price and is packed with solid sonic performance. The Oberon 7 may not be as praiseworthy as its smaller sibling the Dali Oberon 5, but it is still as talented. What the Dali Oberon 7 speakers need to sound their absolute best will be a matching amplifier to pair with them.
To find a matching amplifier, we will first need to have the knowledge of the Dali Oberon 7 floor-standing speakers’ sonic characteristics, strengths, and limitations. Once we have this information, we will be able to find the best amplifiers that are compatible and matching. A list of these recommended amplifiers will be shared later on so do continue to read further.
Sonic Characteristics and Limitations of Dali Oberon 7
The overall visual design including the speaker grille makes the Dali Oberon 7 look elegant and minimalistic. The speakers blend in nicely into the surroundings and will match aesthetically well with most amplifiers. When you take off the contemporary stylish speaker grille, you will immediately see two large 7″ (175mm) wood fibre structured cone woofers, and right above them a 29mm soft textile dome tweeter. A big rear-firing bass port can be found at the back of the speaker cabinet. The recommended distance from the wall is around 2.5ft (75cm) but you can bring the Dali Oberon 7 speakers closer if you want to reinforce the bass response.
With two large woofers, we weren’t surprised the Dali Oberon 7 could dig down to 36Hz, the frequency range of 36Hz-26kHz (+/-3dB) is impressive for a floor-standing speaker in this price range. We did expect more from the speaker sensitivity but at 88.5dB, it is still quite good. The nominal impedance is 6 Ohms and the recommended amplifier power starts from 30 Watts to 180 Watts. The Dali Oberon 7 is not difficult to drive, still, we should look at amplifiers that have around 90 Watts per channel power output and with their prices quite close to the Oberon 7 price point.
We love the spacious soundstage that the Dali Oberon 7 creates and how the speakers themselves vanish the moment the music starts playing. The stereo imaging of these floor-standing speakers is accurate and they could precisely position each musician on the wide soundstage. There are plenty of music details including subtleties in which the intricacies of the instruments further deliver an even more engaging music presentation and the minor reverberations of the venue where the musicians are playing, help to provide that realism. The Dali Oberon 7 certainly pulls you into the music.
The bass performance of the Dali Oberon 7 is amazing as well, providing us with that musical presence and punch. The low ends are tightly delivered and agile, without sounding loose, and do not overwhelm the rest of the higher frequencies. When it comes to very deep bass reproduction, you can tell it starts to roll off and lacks prominence. For a floor-standing speaker at this price point, we shouldn’t complain much, and mixing in a high-quality subwoofer would help resolve this issue. The Dali Oberon 7 has good tonality and is well-balanced, able to provide us with rich details, and never once sounding very harsh even when we really cranked up the volume. The soundstage and focus are stable without a hint of strain.
They are neutral-sounding floor-standers with a touch of brightness but do not go overly bright. The Dali Oberon 7 has that liveliness as well when delivering a music presentation. They would definitely do well in a home theater environment. We do feel that the Oberon 7 fared better when it comes to music performance. All in all, they are a talented pair of floor-standing speakers and now we have the details we need to start sharing with you a list of the best amplifiers which you can go for. To include a subwoofer into the mix is entirely optional and will depend heavily on your preference or usage.
Dali Oberon 7 Specifications
- Speaker Type: 2-Way (Rear-Firing Bass Port)
- Drive Units: 29mm Soft Textile Dome Tweeter, 2x 7″ (175mm) Wood Fibre Cone Woofers
- Frequency Range (+/-3 dB): 36Hz–26kHz
- Recommended Amplifier Power: 30-180 Watts
- Nominal Impedance: 6 Ohms
- Sensitivity (2.83v/1m): 88.5dB
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 1015mm x 200mm x 340mm | 40″ x 7.9″ x 13.4″
- Weight: 14.8kg (32.6lbs)
Best Amplifiers to match with Dali Oberon 7
The Marantz PM8006 is one of the best amplifiers to match with your Dali Oberon 7 floor-standers. The soundstage that the PM8006 integrated amplifier can project is large and spacious, fitting for the Oberon 7. The warm and smooth sound reproduction of the Marantz PM8006 helps to add a more pleasing and fuller sound quality to the music presentation. For turntable users, you will be delighted to know that the amplifier comes with a high-quality Marantz Musical Phono EQ stage. For warm amp sonic characteristics, the Marantz PM8006 amplifier will be a good match with the Dali Oberon 7.
For an integrated amplifier at this price point, the Peachtree Audio Nova150 is really powerful. It has a power output of 250 Watts per channel into 4 Ohms, more than enough to make the Dali Oberon 7 speakers sing. The Nova150 is also loaded with premium features to further provide more value to its users. The sonic character of the Peachtree Audio Nova150 is a suitable match for the Dali Oberon 7 too. It has a warm-sounding nature which helps to ease the edge a little and the rich midrange reproduction complements the speakers greatly. The high power output of the Nova150 enables the Dali Oberon 7 to pump out a more defined bass that is taut as well.
Sometimes an energetic and bold music presentation of your favorite tunes will be enough for you to enjoy your music but the Cambridge Audio CXA81 brings you a step further by introducing impeccable music timings that make listening to your favorite tunes even more engaging. The forward-sounding music delivery is also filled with musical details, providing you with a rich and involving experience. The 120 Watts per channel into 4 Ohms is muscular enough to drive the Dali Oberon 7 floor-standers and there’s even a dedicated subwoofer output where you can connect an active sub for even better bass performance.
The Rega Elicit-R is an incredible amplifier to pair up with your Dali Oberon 7 speakers, thanks to its amazing dynamics and immaculate timing, your music listening experience will be more engaging and involving. Furthermore, the lively performance is not without accuracy and does not compromise the sonic details. The Rega Elicit-R agility and pacing is just simply fantastic, it is also a revealing integrated amplifier that will dig out tons of musical details without sounding clinical but doesn’t show mercy to bad recordings though. It is a fast and bright amplifier, you might want to hear them out first to see if you like what you are hearing.
The Yamaha A-S801 is a modestly priced integrated amplifier and could easily fit your budget, plus the transparency and detailed music presentation is one of the best in their price range. The power output of 120 Watts per channel into 6 Ohms is powerful enough to drive the Dali Oberon 7 speakers. When you listen to the A-S801, you can hear musical refinement and accuracy with the subtle music nuances clearly audible which makes it an exemplary amplifier at this price point. The Yamaha A-S801 and Dali Oberon 7 may sound too bright together so if you are used to warm-sounding systems, you should listen to them first before making the decision.
The Parasound Hint 6 will be another powerful and matching integrated amplifier to check out, it has a power output of up to 270 Watts into 4 Ohms (both channels driven) and can easily unlock your Dali Oberon 7 speakers’ full potential with its high bias class A/AB operation. The sonic characteristics of the Parasound Hint 6 are a suitable match as well. If you prefer Class D amplifiers, you might want to take a look at the award-winning Wyred 4 Sound mINT amplifier. It is sanely priced and packed with a plethora of features. It is a musical-sounding integrated amp that doesn’t lose out to Class AB amplifiers when it comes to sonic performance and is definitely worth your time to have a listen.
As mentioned, adding an active subwoofer is optional but if you are using the Dali Oberon 7 speakers for home theater use, we will suggest adding a sub. The powered subwoofer you are adding must be at least capable of delivering down to 20Hz bass frequencies. The recommended amplifiers here are some of the best on the market and certainly deserve an audition with you. Shortlist a few of these amplifiers and hear them out, see which amp’s sound quality you like the most.