Dali Callisto - Hi-Fi for the digital age. The new Callisto 2 C is the Standmount speaker from Dali's Callisto range. Utilising purpose built amplifiers, these speakers are capable of producing stunning sound. With technology trickled down fom the award winning Rubicon range, including a hybrid ribbon tweeter, and capable of uncompressed wireless signal transfer, the Callisto is a serious package for someone looking for a minimal system.
|Frequency Range (+/-3 dB) [Hz]
||47 - 30,000
|Maximum SPL [dB]
|Crossover Frequency [Hz]
||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
|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
|Bass Reflex Tuning Frequency [Hz]
|Max. Amplifier Power Output [RMS watt]
||Discrete Class D (Closed Loop, Self Oscillating)
||Burr Brown PCM1796 (Balanced output)
|Input Impedance [ohms]
||Full 24 Bit / 96 kHz (No bit-loss attenuated)
|Max. Digital Resolution [bits/KHz]
||24 / 96
||Shelf or stand
|Recommended Distance From Wall [cm]
||10 - 80
|Max. Power Consumption [W]
|Standby Power Consumption [W]
|Dimensions With Base (HxWxD) [mm]
||393 x 200 x 321
|Input Sensitivity [mV]
|Input Mains Voltage [Volts]
||100 - 240 (Universal mains)
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.