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Devialet Unveils Phantom Reactor

By | October 19th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

Devialet Unveils Phantom Reactor

The following is a press release issued by Devialet. PARIS | October 19, 2018 – Devialet, the pioneering French technology brand, today unveils Phantom REACTOR, an ultra-compact speaker that delivers unprecedented power, fidelity and volume and marks a new pinnacle in audio engineering. Like its predecessors, Phantom REACTOR embodies the brand’s progressive vision of making the emotional power of sound accessible to as many people as possible through ground-breaking technology. Phantom REACTOR, starting at $999, is the result of three years of research and development in acoustic and mechanical engineering.… Read the full article

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Meet Phantom Reactor, Devialet’s Latest Creation

By | October 11th, 2018|Categories: Sound + Vision|

Phantom Reactor is not a sci-fi experiment. Or is it? The Reactor is a follow-up to one of the most unusual speakers on the planet: The Phantom from France’s Devialet.
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Future-Fi Now (Redux): Devialet announce Phantom Reactor

By | October 9th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

The best Bluetooth speaker in the world? That could easily be the Devialet Phantom. And yet such a feature-limiting title sells the Phantom short. Configured with the Dialog router as a stereo pair, this Alien Egg of a streaming-service-equipped loudspeaker would take on – and take down – many similarly priced traditional hi-fi rigs. It’s the epitomé of Future-Fi. Anyone telling you otherwise is probably overly-invested in audiophile snobbery.

Devialet’s all-new Phantom Reactor (announced today) is a digitally active and streaming-capable Alien Egg but reduced in size and price to better suit smaller listening spaces and budgets.… Read the full article

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First look: Devialet Phantom Reactor is a bass rumbling speaker in a tiny package

By | October 9th, 2018|Categories: TechRadar|

Devialet's Phantom speaker line has always been a showstoppers, with its sci-fi good looks and wild side-firing bass reflex ports. But the speakers have also been big, heavy, and intimidatingly expensive, too.

The company is looking to make it a little easier to join its audiophile-grade party with the new Devialet Phantom Reactor line, two new speakers that offer comparable power to the flagship Phantom speakers in a package a quarter of the size, and at a more palatable price point.… Read the full article

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Vancouver Audio Festival 2018: Devialet energizes with Bowers & Wilkins

By | April 28th, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Big, bam, boom: Bowers D3.

Some think they’re beautiful, others feel they emulate what artificial intelligence will look like in the far future. I’m in the former camp, and have always admired what Bowers & Wilkins do design-wise because the are a form-follows-function company in my eyes. Every line of the 800 D3 loudspeaker on demo during HiFi-Centre’s Vancouver Audio Festival is there for a reason, this is not an abstraction or pursuit of superfluity, this is modern industrial design at its core: Here in the service of high fidelity, and a slave to the recorded event.… Read the full article

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To Core Infinity and beyond with Devialet, Seprolec

By | February 10th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Re-unification. UPnP, Apple AirPlay, Spotify Connect, Bluetooth and Roon – five key streaming connections Devialet intend to add to their Expert Pro range of ‘super-integrated’ amplifiers, bringing future software development in line with the Phantom range of digitally active loudspeakers.

This means new software. The forthcoming Devialet OS, “a Linux-based OS tailored for audio applications optimal performance” will see the French company ultimately develop only a single software stream.

For the Expert Pro, that means new hardware upon which the upgradeable Devialet OS will run.… Read the full article

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Devialet Gold Phantom: from Normandy factory to L’Opéra de Paris

By | December 12th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Paris, France. Can Devialet’s Gold Phantom, digitally active loudspeakers configured as a pair with the stereo-routing Dialog box (€5399 all in), trump a pair of passive Magico Q5 floorstanders (US$59,000) driven by outboard amplification: Devialet’s Expert 1000 Pro (€27,999)?

In short: no; but it’s a closer call than one might expect: for 20x the cash burn we net more air, greater clarity on spatial cues and a taller soundstage from the Q5/Expert combo.… Read the full article

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Devialet Diary

By | October 19th, 2017|Categories: Stereophile|

It’s day five of our planned month-long stay à Paris, late April through most of May. My wife is here for work—for me, it’s strictly for pleasure—and we’re enjoying Paris’s rich, sensual goodness: food, museums, architecture, coffee, people, food. And yet, earlier today, when we were out for a walk—we’ve been walking close to 10 miles each day, exploring the city—I realized that my life here has been missing something important.

As we approached one of Paris’s many bridges over the Seine, I heard music.… Read the full article

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Devialet’s two faces: Lost Recordings, Gold My Phantom

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

November 2016. High-end audio manufacturer Devialet announced their intention to enter the vinyl business. In collaboration with music Fondamenta, previously unheard live recordings would be pulled from the vaults, tidied up and pressed to 180gm vinyl in limited runs of 900 (at over €120 a pop).

For the ultra-wealthy, extremely limited edition lacquers offer up only a few plays before wearing out would sell for anything between five and eight grand. Examples of these lacquers have recently enjoyed dedicated playback events at the Royal Albert Hall and Melbourne’s Recital Hall.… Read the full article

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Devialet & The Lost Recordings: Ella Fitzgerald Live at the Concertgebouw – 1961

By | September 15th, 2017|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Ella is found.

Despite their penchant for all things digital, Devialet has a soft spot for vinyl. Witness their fifth LP release in just over a year with Ella Fitzgerald Live at the Concertgebouw – 1961. This follows Sarah Vaughan, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, and Dave Brubeck, and continues the series focus of “Lost Recordings.”

I’ve not heard the vinyl copies yet, but have been given the opportunity to download 24-bit samples to listen to, and the sonics of those cuts are impressive indeed.… Read the full article

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