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Are the DALI Alteco C-1 Speakers Worth the Hype?

Are the DALI Alteco C-1 Speakers Worth the Hype? Here's Our Honest Review.

, by Haim Deutsch, 3 min reading time

The Danish loudspeaker manufacturers, renowned for their critical acclaim, have created a speaker specifically designed to deliver the most intricate and refined Atmos sounds.

When individuals speak of possessing a home cinema or surround sound system, they typically refer to a 5.1 system.

Though there may be a few outliers who have a 7.1 or 7.2 system, more often than not it is the traditional 5.1 system that has stood the test of time.

In recent years, however, we have been introduced to Atmos from Dolby, and subsequently DTS:X from DTS, which have elevated the concept of "surround sound" to new heights.

Related Article: What is Dolby Atmos? Everything You Need To Know - Joe Audio

Both of these formats incorporate a ceiling-mounted speaker that adds an additional layer of height to the surround sound experience.

The sound emanating from above immerses the viewer in what they are watching and provides a much more cinematic atmosphere than the beloved 5.1 system we have grown accustomed to.

Ideally, one would have ceiling speakers directly above their seating position, but what happens when this is not an option?

Dali has got you covered with the Alteco C1.

Now, let's look at the details!

Expanding upon their illustrious Danish lineage, it is evident that a significant amount of deliberation has been devoted to the conception of the C-1.

In terms of its aesthetic appeal, the speaker possesses a charmingly vintage appearance coupled with a contemporary angled structure that effectively directs sound toward the listener's seating position.

With dimensions measuring 265 x 160 x 200mm, they exude the aura of a standalone bookshelf speaker, rather than merely functioning as a component of a home theatre system.

Impeccably crafted, the C-1s emanate an air of durability and longevity.

DALI Alteco C-1

Certainly! In terms of auditory performance, the C-1s undoubtedly deliver a rich and robust sound quality.

The carefully calibrated components work in harmony to produce a well-balanced audio output that is both nuanced and immersive.

With impressive clarity across the entire frequency range, the speakers are capable of conveying even the most intricate musical details with utmost fidelity.

In short, the C-1s are an exceptional choice for any audiophile seeking a premium listening experience.

DALI Alteco C-1 - A Speaker for Stereo Enthusiasts

The remarkable focus on stereo reproduction of the DALI Alteco C-1 speakers offers a great advantage, enabling them to be used discreetly on your living room wall while providing an exceptional stereo listening experience when paired with a subwoofer.

The unique design allows them to be placed seamlessly in a corner, seamlessly blending in with your interior décor, especially now that they are also available in white.

Personally, we have tested these speakers as an up-firing speakers for 3D audio.

We positioned them on rubber feet atop the Spektor 6 floor standers, also from DALI, to produce the height channels in our Dolby Atmos setup.

The NAD T758 v3 ensured accurate settings through the use of the DIRAC software.


With the Alteco C-1, DALI has introduced yet another exquisite product to the market, one that cannot be ignored due to its excellent quality, very reasonable price, and wide range of uses.

Not if you're looking for a speaker that can be placed high up, and not if you're looking for a small, covert stereo speaker.

They only set you back £319. When you consider the whole picture, that is really affordable.

These are definitely worth a listen if you're looking to upgrade the speakers in your new home theatre. Visit Joe Audio today to hear them for yourself.

To learn more about the Dali Alteco C1, click here.

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