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Sound Investments: Devialet Phantom vs. Bang & Olufsen A9

Getting maximum aural pleasure is not just about how much you pay or how good the HiFi system looks but also how intelligently the audio device has been built

With over 100 Patents and up to 4,500 Watts of Power, it’s almost criminal that our luxury audio segment is dominated by only the best marketed brands like Bang & Olufsen and Bowers & Wilkins – that is not to say that these brands are terrible (not by any stretch) but that a French audio maker like Devialet might just be producing designer HiFi systems which are sound investments both aurally and financially.

Recently launched in Singapore, 2 Devialet boutiques have an uphill battle of converting audiophiles and technophiles to an otherwise little known boutique audio system maker in this part of the region. Created in 2007, Devialet was the brainchild of three audio specialists –  pioneering engineer Pierre­ Emmanuel Calmel, entrepreneur Quentin Sannie and product designer Emmanuel Nardin. Together, the trio have founded Devialet to not just be your traditional luxury designer HiFi system provider but also to deliver sound quality which will redefine what the mass consumer market defines as an excellent sound and also preach a new testament for true audiophiles.

Sound Investments: “Class” warfare – Devialet Phantom vs. Bang & Olufsen A9

Before we begin, Luxuo has to qualify that this article is not meant to be a definitive, comparative piece on high quality HiFi systems, instead, it is meant to give a broad overview of what the Devialet Phantom has to offer, in comparison to its best matched competitor while touching on some of a few key points in the audio genre.

The audio challenger: Devialet Phantom

In writing this review, Luxuo travelled to the Devialet boutique at ION Orchard where we learnt that the foundation of the Devialet Phantom’s excellent sound quality can be credited to co-founder Pierre-Emmanuel Calmel in the form of a small, 1cm by 1 cm micro-chip dubbed ADH® (Analog Digital Hybrid) technology – a revolutionary tech which has transformed the process of sound amplification through a combination of analog and digital amplification techniques – the result is a audio amplifier which is comparatively smaller than other speakers on the market today yet delivers  unprecedented clarity and power.

The Devialet Phantom is the result of 12 years of R&D and a combined investment of US$35 million. Sim Weiying, the Marketing Manager for Devialet Singapore was on hand to take Luxuo through the paces for everything from the entry level Devialet White Phantom, delivering 750W of power and 99 dB, to the luxurious high fidelity Gold Phantom which packs a whopping 4500W with 108 dB while finished in an opulent, luxurious 22 carat Rose Gold plated finish.

Reigning audio brand awareness champion: Bang & Olufsen A9

If you’re familiar with the name Bang & Olufsen or even their products like the B&O A9, it’s likely because the brand has developed a reputation for fashionable, designer HiFi systems which often serve not just as great sound delivery systems in the homes of high net worth individuals but often, B&O sound systems can be standalone artworks by their own right by virtue of their amazing design.

Yet, over the years, B&O has done some fantastic ICEpower research and while audiophiles would likely not consider their products to be superlative representations of the best sound systems on the market, there’s no doubt that most consumers have the perception that the dynamic bass-laden depth of the Bang & Olufsen sound is representative of high quality sound. But, the truth is, it is Luxuo’s contention that B&O considerations for aesthetics and design trump Devialet’s consideration for sound first and then attractiveness.

The Phantom vs. A9: Sound off – By the numbers

First, a Devialet Phantom comes as a single speaker – you’re not going to get the sound-scape of left-right separation but the spherical architecture of the front speaker with air pushed through the sides handles sound delivery really well (it’s able to fill a living room and then some). Prices start from SG$2,990 for the basic Devialet Phantom, SG$3,490 for the Silver Phantom and SG$4,490 for the Gold Phantom.

The B&O A9 is interesting in that for SG$3600, you get dual tweeters and mids, a ported 8″ woofer, built-in amplification, and wireless connectivity. Specs-wise, the Bang & Olufsen A9 lists a frequency response of 33Hz to 25kHz and while is pretty large – surface-wise, larger than a Devialet Phantom, the A9 uses ICEpower class-D amps as opposed to the Phantom’s class-A amps. Which leads us to our second point.

Class A vs. Class D amplifiers- Does it matter?

As a general rule of thumb, Class A amplifiers tend to sound natural and detailed – in the words of Ms. Sim, “it sounds exactly as the artiste intended”. Though power hungry and power inefficient (almost 50% of all that power is transformed into heat), Class A amps excel even in instances of high distortion due to superior distribution of harmonics.

B&O A9’s Class D amplifiers are very efficient (only 10% of power lost to heat), while producing a perfectly competent sound and range which is sufficient for the general public.

Overall conclusions of the Devialet Phantom

Despite its “vacuum cleaner” fairly diminutive aesthetic, the Devialet Phantom produces sonics better than larger speakers in its class. Everything has been designed by the trio to maximise sound but the real miracle is that the all classes of Phantom from basic to Gold are single point devices with excellent treble, midrange and bass drivers. Speakers of the Phantom’s size tend to use the common class-D amplifiers but this just isn’t the case for Devialet – the French designer hifi maker uses a proprietary and patented design from AHD microchip to the high pressure manufacture of the pressurised spherical architecture designed to maximise acoustic resonance.

Though built of mere plastic and metal, the Devialet Phantom is built under exacting specifications and conditions to hold 1.2 tons of pressure for the sole purpose of generating air displacement on the level of larger speakers; what results is sub bass at 16hz to ultra sharp sound at 25kHz with no background noise, no saturation, no distortion, all that up to 3000 Watts and 105 Decibels of power, and that’s just the Silver Phantom.

As Weiying took me through the paces of the sound tested, I came to a singular realisation – As a single speaker, Devialet Phantoms are good, but once you start to pair two together they become exceptional thus, if you had money to spare on a single Gold Phantom (over-kill in my opinion), you might be better off with two basic Phantoms. The Phantom is the most exhilarating, widest reproduction of the audio spectrum from the deepest bass ever emitted (14 Hz) all the way up to the crystal­ clear high frequencies (27kHz), reaching higher and lower than the human ear.

Furthermore, “ease of use” ranked high on things I noticed as music can be played from any source with its Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities, with simple connectivity through its own native Devialet app which currently works natively with Tidal though one can stream Spotify and even YouTube with little difficulty.

While the Bang & Olufsen A9 and entry-level Phantom are pretty much targeting the same consumer, it’s pretty clear that audiophiles would lean towards the Phantom as the better audio device.

Clips that were used during the sound test at Devialet Boutique at ION Orchard

Reminiscent of Russian-born composer Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky’s work, Bear McCreary’s seminal scoring and arrangement on  Prelude to War  for the contemporary remake of Battlestar Galactica is nothing short of amazing. If you are not familiar with this orchestral wet dream, prepare to be amazed when time-stamp 2:54. This is where Devialet Phantom truly excels.

According to  Ben Burtt, Sound Designer of Star Wars, the power of the lightsaber had to be conveyed in decisively through the acoustics , else it would simply look like a mere light torch with non of the potency behind it. What we get from is that signature buzz  of a lightsaber’s ignition but when backed by the powerful reverb of a Phantom, the effect is panty-dropping.

If you’re a child of the 80s, you’re bloody going to remember watching the introduction to Top Gun at most all audio visual stores throughout Singapore ad infinitum. Why? Nothing tests the dynamic range of speakers and amplifiers than the mindblowing afterburner thrust of an F14 Tomcat or the high pitch whine of jet propulsion engines firing up. Backed by the emotive music of Harold Faltermeyer and you have a recipe for an orgasm-worthy sound test the minute it leads into Kenny Login’s Danger Zone .

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Devialet Phantom II 98 dB Opéra de Paris Speaker test : Nearly artifact-free

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Test summary

The Devialet Phantom II 98 dB Opéra de Paris speaker has a name that speaks of grand ambitions, and the brand isn’t shy about boasting that it will live up tothe standards of the Opéra Garnier, one of the most beautiful and storied opera houses in the world. The stylish, egg-shaped speaker even comes with real gold leaf on the sides as an homage to the gilded interior of the Paris landmark. Not surprisingly, it has a price tag to match.

The Phantom II is the smaller of the two devices in the French manufacturer’s just-revamped all-in-one speaker line — the Phantom I is more powerful and more expensive. Here’s what Devialet has to say about this compact wireless speaker, which it describes as “insanely powerful.” “From 18Hz to 21kHz, feel every note with phenomenal purity, precision and richness. 0 distortion, 0 saturation and 0 background noise ensure you get nothing but audiophile-grade playback, even at 900W.”

With all that in mind, our engineers were eager to put the Devialet Phantom II 98 dB Opéra de Paris through our rigorous DXOMARK Wireless Speaker test suite. In this review, we will break down how it fared at audio playback in a variety of tests and several common use cases.

Key specifications include:

  • Bluetooth, AirPlay2, 3.5mm analog jack, optical, Spotify connect
  • Width: 157mm (6.2 in), height: 168mm (6.6 in), depth: 219mm (8.6 in)
  • 4.3 kg (9.4 pounds)

Test conditions:

  • Tested with: iPhone for music, Apple TV for movies
  • Communication protocol used: AirPlay2 for music, jack for movies
  • Firmware version: 2.10.0

About DXOMARK Wireless Speaker tests : For scoring and analysis in our wireless speaker reviews, DXOMARK engineers perform a variety of objective tests and undertake more than 20 hours of perceptual evaluation under controlled lab conditions. This article highlights the most important results of our testing. Note that we evaluate playback using only the device’s built-in hardware. (For more details about our Speaker protocol, click here.) The Devialet Phantom II 98 dB Opéra de Paris falls into the Premium category  of devices in the DXOMARK Speaker rankings.

  • Good performance at loud volumes
  • Excellent artifacts performance
  • Good tonal balance in quiet environments
  • Uneven tonal balance
  • Below-average spatial performance
  • Dynamics affected by aggressive limiting

With a global score of 133, the Devialet Phantom II 98 dB Opéra de Paris Speaker lands in the upper echelons of the advanced and premier speakers we’ve tested, but a bit down the line from the top score of 160 achieved by the Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge, and a few notches down from the Cabasse The Pearl Akoya and the Naim Mu-so 2nd Generation Speaker, with scores of 144 and 137, respectively.

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The Devialet Phantom II 98 dB Opéra de Paris Speaker does indeed perform well at loud volumes, as promised, with a very high score in our artifacts attribute (there were no spectral artifacts noted in our perceptual tests, though some modest issues in our objective testing). And the maximum volume is good, if not quite in line with some similarly-priced devices we’ve tested. The device scored well in our party use-case scenario. In quiet environments, tonal balance is correct: high-mids and treble are more noticeable. While there was an audio/video latency problem when using Bluetooth, the audio latency could be adjusted using the Devialet app for the optical/jack input.

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Some of the limitations of the Devialet device are related to its design: it’s by nature a mono device, and it has a narrow, front-firing directivity, especially when it comes to treble. Tonal balance is uneven in most use cases, with an intense low-midrange focus and a significant lack of clarity. The dynamics performance of the Phantom II Opéra de Paris is seriously affected by an aggressive limiter, especially at loud volumes. The device lost some points for volume consistency because the last four volume steps all have the same loudness.

Sub-scores explained

The DXOMARK Speaker overall score of 133 for the Devialet Phantom II 98 dB Opéra de Paris Speaker is derived from a range of sub-scores. In this section, we will take a closer look at these audio quality sub-scores and explain what they mean for the user, and we will show some comparison data from two of the device’s principal competitors, the Naim Mu-so 2nd Generation Speaker and The Pearl Akoya by Cabasse.

Devialet Phantom II 98 dB Opéra De Paris

DXOMARK timbre tests measure how well a speaker reproduces sound across the audible tonal range and takes into account bass, midrange, treble, tonal balance, and volume dependency.

The Devialet Phantom II 98 dB Opéra de Paris speaker had a good overall timbre performance, though at this price point, our engineers were hoping for more. Tonal balance was uneven in most use cases. With an intense low-midrange focus, the device sounds muddy and boxy. The lack of high midrange and treble, as well as a lack of low-end extension/sub-frequencies add to the mid-forward tonal balance.

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In a quiet environment the tonal balance is better — the high mid and treble are more noticeable. The Devialet device also performs better at loud volumes, with a more precise treble response, and overall timbre that is less low-mid focused.

Our dynamics tests measure how well a device reproduces the energy level of a sound source, taking into account attack, bass precision, and punch.

The Devialet Phantom II 98 dB Opéra de Paris Speaker had an above-average overall score for dynamics, but in many ways it was a mixed bag. The performance was seriously affected by aggressive limiting, especially at loud volumes. In most use cases, attack was not very precise and feels rounded (in that regard, the lack of high mid and top end doesn’t help).

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Bass precision is also impaired by compression issues and a lack of low-end extension. Moreover, as the limiter is slow, loud bass hits sometimes lead to overshooting. Punch lacks energy overall, mainly due to intrusive limiting. The lack of low end also affects the performance because bass rendering is quite weak and doesn’t bring the needed power to punchy genres (hip-hop, electronic, etc.). In the quieter use cases it performs more effectively (it does very well in the bathroom, for example), but it is still too compressed.

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Our spatial tests measure a speaker’s ability to reproduce stereo sound in all directions, taking into account localizability, balance, wideness, distance, and directivity. Please note that wideness is 0 on mono speakers and on speakers that cannot deliver a significant stereo effect.

The Devialet device fell short of average in the spatial attribute, in part because it’s a mono device, so the score for wideness was zero, but also because of its narrow, front-firing directivity. The tweeter is particularly directive, and the treble response is significantly decreased as soon as the listener moves from being perfectly in front of the speaker. Localizability is impaired by a lack of high-mid and top-end precision.

This lack of treble and high midrange does not help with distance perception. In most use cases, voices are obscured by a muddy/low-mid-focused sound, impairing distance performance.

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Our volume tests measure both the maximum loudness a speaker is able to produce and how smoothly volume increases and decreases based on user input.

The volume performance of the Devialet Phantom II 98dB Opéra de Paris was good overall, but it lost some points for volume consistency because the last four volume steps are the same because of a limiting issue. Maximum volume is decent, but our engineers noted that some other tested devices at this (high) price point were louder.

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Here are a few sound pressure levels (SPL) we measured when playing our sample recordings of hip-hop and classical music at maximum volume:

Our artifacts tests measure how much source audio is distorted when played back, along with such other sound artifacts as noise, pumping effects, and clipping. Distortion and other artifacts can occur both because of sound processing and because of the quality of the speakers.

The  Devialet Phantom II 98dB Opéra de Paris had an exceptional score in the artifacts attribute, with very few artifacts overall. Some distortion was recorded in objective measurements, but in perceptual testing no spectral artifact was noticed, even at loud volumes. Some temporal artifacts were noticed on content with a strong low-end presence, mainly because of the intrusive limiting.

Audio/video latency when using AirPlay 2 was not bothersome, but with Bluetooth it was annoying, so we do not recommend using it for that purpose. The latency when using the optical/jack input can be modified using the AV Sync menu in the Devialet app.

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The Devialet Phantom II 98dB Opéra de Paris has some strong points (including an exceptionally good score in the artifacts attribute) and an overall performance that puts it among the better devices we’ve tested, though a notch down from the very best ones.

Where the Phantom II 98 dB Opéra de Paris falls short is the spatial attribute, in part due to its design and nature as a mono device. It’s very directional, especially for treble, meaning that you don’t get that surround-sound feeling. This also affected localizability and distance scores. The tonal balance is uneven in most use cases, with an intense low-midrange focus and a significant lack of clarity. The dynamics performance is held back by aggressive limiting, especially at loud volume.

That all said, as promised in the marketing material, the Devialet device performs well at loud volumes, and it does have a good maximum volume. The tonal balance is good in quiet environments, and the makers were thoughtful in making it relatively easy to adjust the Phantom II to minimize audio/visual latency so it can suitably carry the sound while you’re watching a movie or TV show.

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Review: Devialet Phantom I 103 dB

An extreme speaker - in every way.

The sensational lifestyle speaker Phantom has become even better. The Devial Phantom I 103 dB is simply unique.

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Devialet Phantom I 103 dB

I almost fell off the chair when I first heard the Devialet Silver Phantom back in 2015. A speaker for style-conscious people who want comfort but also hefty sound. Incredibly loud sound.

How was it possible that a speaker with a cabinet of only 6 liters could move such large amounts of air? The bass was monstrous, went deeper than many subwoofers, on the whole it was absolutely wild.

The Silver Phantom was simply a technological marvel, with few weaknesses. One of them being that the woofers were held back when playing loud, to protect them. The stroke length must be enormous to force such deep bass out of the small cabinets, and even then it must stop at some point.

Devialet Phantom I black angle

Ease of use could be better

The usability of the Silver Phantom (and its big sister Gold Phantom) was good, but some solutions could have been improved.

First, if you bought two speakers to connect as a stereo pair, one was dependent on a box next to it (Dialog). This had to be connected to the home network with cable, and communicated wirelessly with the speakers.

The music had to be played through Devialet’s own app, Spark. I myself liked it when it came out, but the development of streaming services continues all the time, and many people will probably prefer to play the music from the original app, belonging to the service they are used to.

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Inspiration from the smaller models

Recently, Devialet has further developed the speaker technology, and in 2018 they had managed to squeeze much of the same impressive sound, into even smaller cabinets, with the Phantom Reactor. With these, they also cut out the Spark app, instead they were directed to use either Airplay or Bluetooth when playing the music. The Dialog box was no longer needed either, as the speakers could be connected both in stereo and in several rooms, on their own.

With the knowledge gained in the construction of the even smaller speakers, it has been in the cards that Devialet wants to show what the better technology has to offer, when you put it into the larger cabinets of the big brothers.

Now the result is here, with the Phantom I. This series replaces the largest Phantom speakers (while the smaller Reactor speakers are renamed the Phantom II).

Devialet Phantom I woofer

Away with the app

Phantom I also does not need the Spark app. Instead, the speakers have Airplay 2 for iPhone users, and Spotify Connect and Bluetooth for everyone else.

In addition, all newer Phantom speakers have recently been updated with Roon Ready certification. This is good news for Roon users, because now Roon on PC and Mac can find the speakers automatically on the network, without going through Airplay. This means that you can send high-definition sound up to 96 kHz losslessly to the speakers. This also applies to MQA on Tidal, which is then decoded to PCM format in the software itself, before the music is sent on to the speakers.

The speakers also have optical digital input, for loud sound from the TV. If you want to connect the turntable, you need the external box, Arch as well.


Improved content

In terms of sound, the Phantom I has been upgraded with better digital processing and a more sophisticated amplifier compared to its predecessors. In addition, the new speakers have a better distribution of heat, and they are now four times more energy efficient.

Like other Phantom speakers – and also Devialet’s amplifiers – Phantom I uses Devialet’s patented ADH (Analog Digital Hybrid) amplification. This is an ingenious way to let analog Class A and “digital” Class D amplification complement each other and thus increase efficiency without compromising sound quality. Do not ask me, I’m not an engineer. But that Devialet’s amplifiers are good is an understatement.

SAM is in control

To prevent the drivers from traveling longer than their stroke length, Devialet uses a technology they call SAM (Speaker Active Matching). The system knows exactly how far the woofers can safely move, and stops when they reach this point. This is what allows the speakers to play so loud.

Furthermore, the speakers are designed to disperse sound waves from the spherical cabinet evenly in all directions.

Three quality levels

There are three different Phantom I models: 103 dB, 108 dB and 108 dB Opéra de Paris. The latter being a more refined version of 108 dB, and thus also the most expensive.

I wanted to test the most sensible of the three, namely the 103 dB version. Each speaker costs around £1000 less than 108 dB, and since I think you should of course have two in stereo, it will be much to save. Also, if you play something higher than the maximum level of this, the bass flattens out and the party factor will limit itself anyway.

Devialet Phantom I light chrome angle

Phantom I 103 dB – black or white

The 103 dB version is available in two finishes: matte white with silver side panels, or matte black with black panels.

The test samples I got for reveiew was the black variant, and I must say it is gorgeous. It blends anonymously into the environment, but the round curves are still something very special. Unfortunately, the distributor only had stands in white and wood color available, which in appearance is a bad match with the black speakers, but I at least got to test how the speakers sound on the original stands. And the stands have some clever solutions for hiding cables that can make them worth considering, even if they cost a lot.

Connecting the speakers is very easy. Download the Devialet app, make sure your mobile is connected to your home network, and you press “Yes” when the app says it has found two speakers that it wants to connect to the network. A sound comes from the first speaker, and you are asked to put your hand on the “forehead” of the speaker. Do this and the speaker confirms with a “plop”. Repeat on the other speaker, and confirm in the app that the speakers are a stereo pair. That was it!

Devialet Phantom I coax driver

Sound quality

Where the smaller Reactor 900 and 600 speakers are impressively capable with their cabinets of only 3 liters, it is natural that there is even more substance when you double the size. And that’s good, because even though I’m impressed, the little brothers are not without compromises.

The smaller speakers must be closer to each other than I am used to in a cohesive stereo image. About 2 meters is optimal, and I had to pull the sofa a little closer to the speakers than I usually do.

With Phantom I, the situation is different. They fill the test room in a completely different way, with the greatest obviousness. The speakers can be placed where I want them: with a good distance to the back and side walls, about three meters apart and partially angled towards the listening position.

Can there be only one?

For the record: You can of course buy and use only one speaker. But I think that is quite a waste. Sure, the Phantom I will impress, but if you only want one speaker, it makes a lot more sense to buy a Sonos Play:Five or Denon Home 350. Or, somewhat more expensive, buy B&O Beosound Balance, it plays 360 degrees and works much better solo than what Phantom I does.


I was going to start with the thundering, abysmal bass. But instead I want to focus on the overall sound quality. It is exceptionally good.

The sound is experienced as very linear, with great transparency and a resolution that is few and far between. Springsteen’s voice is fragile and open on the ballad One Minute You’re Here, it is large and yet weightless, where it hangs in front of me in the room between the speakers. The strings from the guitar are well separated, while the harmonies in the chords are unassailable. When such a careful percussion with bass drum (or is it timpani?) Fills in the bottom, and strings spread outwards, the goosebumps appear.

“Ambience and airiness is a reality, and dynamics a fact.”

The godfather excels

The legendary main theme of The Godfather from 1972 is a small revelation. Phantom I brings the trumpet forward into the room, before the piano in the left channel creates an unpleasant dissonance, whereupon the cello enters and re-introduces harmony. Pizzicato strings appear, before the solo clarinet makes its arrival and introduces the trumpet again. The whole thing is a wonderful dance of instruments, tightly directed by Phantom I.

Ambience and airiness i a reality, and dynamics a fact.

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Sound pressure and bass

Then we come to what many will be most impressed with: namely the bass. Phantom I is exceptionally lively, all the way down to the deepest octave. It feels like there’s a subwoofer somewhere. And 103 dB is more than loud enough to invite to a party.

I still notice that pop rhythms that should feel like a hit to the cling to the stomach can sound a little soft. On some songs, the bass comes a bit like waves to the beach, rather than the Bruce Lee kick one hopes for. The more bass energy that is in the recording, the more prominent this tendency becomes.

In order to get so much bass out of the small cabinets, the diaphragms have to go very far. And even with plenty of amplifier power, it will take a little longer than if larger bass elements are to travel very short. Therefore, the bass may sound a little soft at times.

Furthermore, Phantom I also fails to break the laws of nature, and the bass becomes flatter than its predecessors when you play very loud. But I feel it sounds less sterile this time.

Tip: if you think the bass takes over, or you are going to play music or movies in the evening while others want to sleep, then there is a Night mode feature in the Devialet app. This rolls off effectively in the bass. But then it also becomes quite flat and tame, so this function should not be on normally.

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The Phantom I 103 dB is in many ways a unique speaker, but it is not without competitors. The aforementioned B&O Beosound Balance is one to notice, and I would buy it if I were to have only one. But Balance does not have exactly the same dynamics and bass quality, so I probably would not buy it for stereo use.

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Duo is a much scarier competitor to Devialet. Without having tried the two side by side, I’m pretty clear that the Formation speakers sound warmer and even more inviting and cohesive, especially in the mid-bass range. And with an even more silky treble reproduction. Personally, I could have quickly chosen Formation Duo over Phantom I 103 dB, if it were not for one important detail: they do not have optical digital input, and can not be connected to the TV without a separate network player (Formation Audio). For one reason, the Phantom I 103 dB will be a better choice for many.

If you want to save money, you can alternatively choose KEF LS50 Wireless II. They can play even louder than the Phantoms, but then with a less overwhelming bass reproduction. In addition, they have several connectivity options, including HDMI with eARC, and they have a higher resolution DAC that also supports the MQA music format directly.

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If you are looking for a high-tech lifestyle speaker that sounds much bigger than it looks, then the Devialet Phantom I should be high on your list. Devialet have really surpassed themselves with the Phantom I 103 dB. From a speaker cabinet of only 6 liters, it squeezes out deep bass that almost no one else can, and it can play loud – and pure!

The sound is even more refined than before, and now you no longer need a separate box to connect two in stereo. Which we believe despite double price gives even more and better sound for the money than just one speaker.

The usability is excellent, although some may think there is little with AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect and Bluetooth. And Roon, then, for the hi-fi insiders.

No matter how you twist and turn it, the Phantom I 103 dB is a fabulous speaker you should run to hear right away!



  • Type: Active, wireless, compact
  • Network: Wi-Fi, Ethernet
  • Wireless: Spotify Connect, AirPlay 2, UPnP, Bluetooth (5.0)
  • Frequency range: 16 Hz – 25 kHz (+/- 1dB)
  • DAC: 24-bit/96kHz
  • Elements: 2 x 7″ woofers, 5″ + 1″ coaxial driver
  • Sound pressure: 103 dB (1 m)
  • Amplifier power: 500 watts RMS
  • Cabinet volume: 6 liters
  • Weight: 11.4 kg
  • Color: Matt black or Matt white w/ silver colored side covers
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Devialet Phantom Review

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Even though they’re a relatively new technology in the grand scheme of things, Bluetooth speakers have reached a point where they’re all pretty much, well, the same. Sure you’ll find different features and designs, but at their core, different products are all using the same speaker technology as an old transistor radio.

At least, that’s mostly the case. The Devialet Phantom is another thing entirely. While it may look slightly similar to other speakers you’ve seen, on the inside, a whole lot is different. If you aren’t aware of this out of the gate, you’ll certainly be aware of it once you take a look at the price tag. We’re reviewing the cheaper model, and it’s still approaching $2,000.

What’s In The Box?

The packaging fits with the minimalist style. Open up the box and you’ll only find two things: the carefully packed speaker itself, and a (very) small manual.

Build & Design


While some would call the look of the Devialet Phantom futuristic — and it is — our main takeaway is that it’s just, well, weird looking. We’re looking at the 750 Watt white version, but a 3000 Watt silver version is also available. Either way, they look more like a strange piece of alien technology than a piece of consumer electronics.

Don’t expect to be hauling the Phantom around with you. Not only does the company place a sticker on the speaker urging you to handle it with care, but it’s simply tough to move. First there is the weight: 28 pounds. Second, something about the shape and the way the weight is distributed makes it awkward to move around.

Devialet claims that the Phantom “replaces all existing systems,” but considering the price and weight, you’re probably not going to use this to replace your portable speaker of choice.


It was immediately apparent when testing of the Devialet Phantom began that it was anything but plug and play. To even start using it, you’ll need to connect to its Wi-Fi to give it access to your Wi-Fi. Once this was complete, the Phantom began to update its firmware. This self-updating feature is actually a plus, but it was a frustrating 30 or more minutes before we were able to begin using the speaker.


Another thing that was immediately apparent is that Devialet expects most users to also have purchased its Dialog link box, but one wasn’t included with our review unit. The Dialog is necessary for stereo pairing, but it also enables Bluetooth functionality. Without it, you’re limited to Wi-Fi playback and the few streaming services that the Phantom supports out of the box.

To play your own music files, you’ll need Devialet’s free Spark software, which is available for iOS and Android as well as Windows and OS X. The software itself is fine, but this could be frustrating if you were expecting the Phantom to play nicely with the music playback software of your choice.

Sound Quality

Hype can be both good and bad for a new product, and here it ended up being a bit of both. We were very excited to get the Devialet Phantom in for review, but because our expectations were set so high, it would have been tough to live up to them, no matter how good the speaker in question was.

Devialet boasts about the numerous patents that have been awarded to the company and throws a lot of terms around — Implosive Sound, ADH HBI — but what it comes down to is that this is a very loud speaker with an impressive frequency range of 16 Hz to 25 kHz. It’s definitely impressive to behold, but there are issues.


One area where we weren’t let down is the bass. No matter where you put the Phantom, it’s going to generate enough bass that you’ll be able to feel it through the floor. Crank the volume up, and it gets even better, but it doesn’t overpower the other frequencies.

The mids fire loud and clear, with plenty of space around the instruments. Vocals are treated especially nicely, with the subtleties and nuances of the singer translating nicely, even while instruments blare around them.

Considering the sheer amount of volume this speaker can push, Devialet had to be careful that the highs didn’t come across as harsh, and the company seems to have met its mark. Highs are crisp and clean, with no apparent distortion.


One of the main selling points of the Phantom is that it can get loud, and even though we’re reviewing the less powerful model, it certainly does what it says on the tin. The only problem — and it is a problem, albeit one that may not matter to some — is that all that volume is pushed into one mono channel.

If you want stereo, you’ll need to purchase another Phantom as well as the Dialog link. Even looking at the cheaper of the two speakers, you’re looking at spending near $4000 at that point. You’ll end up with an impressive, somewhat minimalist sound system, but it might not sound like $4000.

The Devialet Phantom doesn’t feel so much like a product that a lot of people are going to buy now as it does a demo or a first glimpse of a future product that will be really cool. The tech is certainly cool, but we can’t help but think of how much you could buy for the same amount — think a multi-room Sonos setup or four Wren V5US units.

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There’s another thing worth keeping in mind if you’re comparing our take on the Phantom to the rave reviews making their way across the internet. We reviewed the (somewhat) cheaper 750 Watt version, while most of the positive reviews are of the 3000 Watt version. If you’re looking at buying this, it seems like you might just want to spend the extra money on a top of the line model. Even then, we probably wouldn’t recommend it.

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Devialet Phantom Review: The Most Striking Audiophile-Grade Wireless Speaker, Upgraded and More Affordable Than Ever Before

The upgraded Devialet Phantom speaker sounds more like its $3,000 brother, yet costs even less than the original Phantom speaker from three years ago.

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“Devialet’s Phantom is the finest all-in-one wireless speaker money can buy.”
  • Pure and lyrical upper register
  • Best-in-class bass response
  • Thrilling dynamic expression
  • Powerful, distortion free sound
  • Clear and wonderfully present detail
  • Volume control not granular enough
  • Heavy as a rock

French audio maker Devialet recently released the latest in its luxurious line of wireless speakers, the new Phantom Gold. Thanks in part to its near $3,000 asking price, the speaker received no shortage of attention. But the Gold is essentially just a supercharged version of prior Phantom models, which now come in three flavors: Gold ($2,990), Silver ($2,390), and the original Phantom ($2,000).

Devialet, which made a name for itself with a line of award-winning audiophile amplifiers, has spared no expense and left no hyperbolic phrase unturned to market what it calls “a new category of audio products.” Phrases like “1,000 times superior to current systems” and a replacement for “all existing systems” leave no doubt that Devialet has laid it all on the line.

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With all the spectacle, we couldn’t help but wonder, can the Phantom actually be this good? After all, how could it be, really? We set out to find out.

Out of the box

The Phantom makes a dramatic first impression thanks to its other-worldly design, carved from plastic and aluminum into a sonic spheroid unlike anything else on the market. Perhaps even more remarkable than its futuristic look, however, is its absolutely titanic weight. Once you’ve lugged the box inside, pulling the gleaming white orb from its bed of thick foam feels more like lifting a miniature jet turbine than a wireless speaker, amounting to 26 pounds of dense, hard-shelled technology.

There’s really not much else in the box, besides everyone’s least favorite feature, the thick yellow power cable. The curry-colored eyesore is a puzzling addition to the package, marring what is otherwise the slickest looking French import since the Dassault Rafale fighter jet.

The most notable thing about the Phantom’s setup is the way the piston drivers on the sides expand and compress when you fire the system up. It makes it seem as though the speaker were about to take flight back to the mother ship. Connecting the system to Wi-Fi is standard fare, requiring you to simply download the Spark app and follow the same instructions as virtually every wireless speaker, setting aside Sonos’ utterly simple single-button initiation.

Features and design

Heavy as a block of lead, and shaped like a cross between a stormtrooper helmet and an alien spacecraft, there’s no doubt the Phantom is a signature design piece. But intriguing as it is on the outside, the Phantom hides its best features inside its eggshell exterior. Under the hood live a myriad of technologies, as well as a laundry list of patents, inventions, and proprietary design features — each seeming to tow its own stack of marketing hyperbole. It’s like the iPhone of speakers.

The Phantom can practically blow the doors off any room.

While the Silver and Gold versions push the wattage to nuclear levels (at 3,000 and 4,500 watts of peak power respectively) the original Phantom’s 750 watt power plant is astronomical in its own right. The system’s sound pressure level (SPL) tops out at 99dB at one meter, placing it somewhere between a motorcycle engine and a jet takeoff from the runway. The Phantom’s 26 pound weight makes it portable in only the loosest sense, but the speaker’s 10-inch width and height and 13-inch depth take up very little space on the mantle.

Nuzzled into its laser-cannon front face are custom aluminum drivers, including a small tweeter and a midrange driver, while dual aluminum woofers push those piston-like shells at the speaker’s sides. The Phantom’s claimed frequency response — a dazzling 16Hz-25khz — will no doubt cause audioholics to perk up in disbelief and collectively ask, “How is that much bass even possible from such a small speaker?”

It all starts with the Phantom’s pressurized aluminum core, which is hermetically sealed with a claimed 1.2 tons of pressure. Those piston-like “hermetic woofers” at the sides push in and out with over 66 pounds of force to create what Devialet calls Heart Bass Implosion (HBI), designed to produce a “unique ultra-dense sound with physical impact.” While the human ear can only hear down to 20Hz, sounds below that are thought to create perceivable variations in air pressure. In other words, audible or not, this thing can practically blow the doors off any room.

HBI is just one of the many acronyms on the Phantom’s resume. There’s also Active Cospherical Engine (ACE) technology, a fancy way of describing the Phantom’s spherical shape. Devialet says it’s intended to mimic the “thrusting sphere of Olson” (Harry Olson was a pioneer of acoustics design), which the company calls the “perfect acoustical shape.”

The system also uses an Analog Digital Hybrid (ADH) amplifier, meant to mix “the sophistication” of Class A analog amplifiers with the minute size of Class D digital amps, as well as Speaker Active Matching (SAM). Brought along from Devialet’s amplifier line, SAM is the company’s proprietary DSP technology designed to precisely adapt the sound laid down in the studio to match each of the Phantom’s drivers in real time.

The system offers both Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections, as well as an optical input for plugging in directly. Spotify, Deezer, and Tidal are all supported, and you can also play tracks wirelessly from your phone, computer, or storage drive. Through Devialet’s proprietary Spark app ( Android | iOS ), you can even go multiroom with the Phantom — provided you can lay out the dough for several of these speakers. While the Phantom is designed for omnidirectional sound, it can also be stereo paired with a twin, though the required Dialog Hub will ramp up the starting price to $4,309 total.

Other features include a Texas Instruments DAC supporting 24-bit/192kHz files in virtually all varieties, an 800MHz ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore dual-core processor


With 750 watts of power, a hermetically sealed interior, and military grade construction, we were fully prepared for the Phantom to annihilate our listening room with shockwaves of skull rattling sound. And indeed, the system is capable of brain-melting sonic assaults of distortion-free audio, fit to rattle your windows and shake the door off its hinges.

What we weren’t prepared for, however, is the unparalleled sonic intimacy the Phantom provides, ushering forth rich and weighty detail, pinpoint-accurate transients, expansive dynamic expression, and glistening recreations of each guitar tone, vocal line, or snare snap. From the thick tape hiss you can make out in Brian Wilson’s classic Wouldn’t It Be Nice to the spun gold of Chris Thile’s nimble mandolin tightropes, the Phantom’s unbridled clarity translates into a listening experience more akin to a pair of audiophile headphones than a wireless speaker.

That means you don’t just hear the acoustic guitarist’s string stop, you actually hear the palm of his hand release from the body of the guitar as he pulls it away. It means sparkling vocals so clear you’ll hear lyrics you’ve missed in 100 listens. In fact, the speaker does so many things so well, it’s hard to choose a favorite moment. Is it the woody rattle of the bass strings from Nickel Creek’s Out of the Woods ? Is it the tactile rainbow of latin percussion in Snarky Puppy’s Go , or the fiery crunch of the electric guitar that leaps forth in Muse’s Drones ? All are contenders.

That said, it’s not all gravy atop this $2,000 biscuit. While the speaker does render sound in all directions, its mono soundstage can occasionally get claustrophobic, putting a snag in your audiophile reverie. The Phantom’s lack of stereo imaging can feel even more pronounced than other wireless speakers, partly because it’s so capable in other sound spectrums. In some songs, instruments sound a little cluttered and pressed together, as if each track is swimming against the current, competing for its own spotlight at the front of the soundstage.

The Phantom’s brain-melting sonic assault is fit to rattle your windows and shake the door off its hinges.

Another point of contention is the lack of granular control via the Spark app. With a machine so sensitive and potent, we expect total dominion over the volume. Instead, the speaker can get caught between being too soft or too loud. The lack of EQ control is also disappointing — especially at this price.

Still, the Phantom’s talents elsewhere tend to make up for its shortcomings — especially when you crank up the volume and set off this atom bomb. In short, no other personal wireless speaker we’ve heard comes even close to the thunderous power unleashed by the Phantom at full force. While not as robust as, say, a traditional 12-inch subwoofer, this speaker can give your favorite Too Short joint the full 60Hz treatment, thumping with dance-club authority, while the upper register punches through with stark clarity. That goes for your most raucous rock anthems or your most boisterous orchestral plumes, as well. As loud as you can push it, the Phantom simply doesn’t distort. And though its side pistons may buzz and gyrate, the Phantom holds steady as a rock, creating virtually zero surface rumble.

By now you’re probably saying, “could the Phantom really be ‘1,000 times better’ than other wireless speakers?” The short answer? No freaking way. The latest Sonos Play 5 ($500)   and Bowers & Wilkins’ Zeppelin Air ($550)  both put up enough grit to discount Devialet’s wild marketing hyperbole — a good reason to dispatch with such bragging.

Yet the Phantom still emerges as the clear winner without breaking a sweat. The Zeppelin Air does a fine job delivering some of the bright and pointed detail the Phantom can produce, especially in the midrange. But the Phantom’s fluid and lyrical upper register far outshines it in most examples. And when it comes to heavy bass, it’s not even a contest. The Zeppelin drops out long before the Phantom, abandoning a grand canyon of peaks and valleys below.

Conversely, the Sonos does a decent job carving out the bass the Zeppelin ignores. It doesn’t reach as low as the Phantom, and the resonance of the bass itself is far less refined, but it gives you plenty of boom for your buck. The Sonos comes up short in music’s finer subtleties, however, unable to compete with many of the Phantom’s best sonic qualities. Then again, if you’ve never heard the magnification of each sonic moment the Phantom can render, will you miss it? For $1,500, the answer for most listeners is no.

In other words, if you can’t afford to buy one, you shouldn’t even listen to the Phantom. When it comes to quality wireless sound on a budget, ignorance truly is bliss.

Warranty and updates

The speaker also includes Devialet’s EVO system, which supports automatic upgrades to help future-proof the speaker.  In addition to the EVO updating system, the Phantom also comes with a two-year warranty .

As promised, Devialet’s Phantom sets a new milestone in wireless multiroom audio. Whether it’s rendering earth-shaking bass or putting a soft touch on the finest of details, the speaker is an industry leader in almost every category — including price.

There are better ways to blow $2,000, inside and outside the world of audio. But if you can afford to drop that kind of cash without feeling the sting, the Phantom is the finest all-in-one wireless speaker money can buy.

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It’s difficult to bring something to the speaker market that hasn’t been seen before. From novel design approaches, to new connectivity possibilities, to an extra driver, the speaker industry is almost as saturated as the razor market (Gillette: stop adding blades, five is enough).

Parisian luxury audio brand Devialet doesn’t do things by halves when it comes to going a little left-field. Since its founding in 2004, it has seemingly dedicated itself to providing elegant, sophisticated, technically supreme – and particularly pricy – speakers.

Its latest product is the phantom I, an evolution of the previous phantom generation, promising elevated sound, an upgraded design, and a new talking point for any prospective owner.

Devialet certainly talks the talk when it comes to its products. After closing our double-glazed windows and turning up the volume, we’ve looked into whether it produces.

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Buy now £2,790,

Rating: 8/10

  • Weight: 11.4kg
  • Size: W 252mm x H 255mm x D 342mm
  • Output: 1100W
  • Connectivity: Wifi, Bluetooth, ethernet, AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, Roon Ready

It feels like there’s a generally-accepted aesthetic when it comes to the futuristic room set-ups you see in films like Blade Runner 2049 or Oldboy : lots of marble, too much space between single pieces of furniture, and one table at the end of a long corridor. Not the cosiest, but looks great on video. The Devialet phantom I fits this perfectly.

It’s a hefty bit of kit at 11.4kg – probably best to scout out a spot in your living room first – but this weight is put to good use with myriad technical improvements on previous Devialet speakers (more on this later). The weight also serves to add an extra premium element: solidity is luxury, after all.

The general design is perhaps a little Marmite, as it divided opinion while testing. It’s certainly one of the most striking speakers we’ve ever seen, an immediately recognisable product. Devialet’s preference for out-there design continues here, with a hint of the extraterrestrial about the phantom retained from last generation’s aesthetic. The palm-sized control that comes with the speaker perpetuates the “luxury science” vibe – a sleek, circular remote with pleasing movements for various commands.

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The phantom is primarily a wireless speaker, although there is an Arch audio stage available to buy for connecting wired sources. Besides this, wifi and Bluetooth are available, and we had no connectivity issues with either. The phantom supports most streaming services, including Spotify Connect and AirPlay 2, giving users plenty of options.

There are some beautiful finishing touches, such as the 22-carat rose gold-plated side plating that covered the drivers on our test units. It feels like a product from a future era, a proper statement piece in any home that’s worthy of your full attention.

The phantom I can produce sound that goes well above anything acceptable in civil society. It’s massive. The version we tested could reach 108 decibels – just short of a jet engine – which would make even a lullaby sound like a Hans Zimmer soundtrack. This doesn’t mean, however, that the audio drops in quality. We played tracks from a variety of genres at the highest level we found socially-comfortable – and then a little louder – and found no distortion in sound as we waited for the wrath of our neighbours to come crashing down.

At both high and low volumes, the phantom manages to produce some impressive audio intricacy. The speaker’s analogue digital hybrid technology, a Devialet-patented system, promises to provide the best of analogue and digital listening, and manages to do so with aplomb, bringing as close to analogue sophistication as you can get without plugging the speaker in.

While this delicacy is appreciated, it’s the phantom’s bass that is the real showstopper. When a company names an aspect of its tech the “heart bass implosion”, the tech better deliver. Luckily (well, by design), the phantom’s bass is among the heaviest we’ve heard, and without a doubt the deepest from a wireless speaker. The phantom’s hermetically-sealed casing combines two lateral woofers that generate sound you’d expect in a cinema, down to a claimed 14Hz: the sort of frequency that could trigger fight or flight mode in your ancestors, or at least annoy anyone nearby.

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The fancy-sounding patented tech doesn’t stop there. Devialet’s active cospherical engine – almost definitely named that to create its fun ACE acronym – ensures that sound spreads evenly from the speaker, something that we found worked perfectly when positioning the phantom both in the middle of the room and next to a wall.

There’s a lot of new technology in the phantom. Sometimes, it feels like acronyms are thrown about to make a product sound more impressive and to add an extra £100 on the price point. The research and development here isn’t just for show – the sound you can get out of the phantom I borders on ludicrous.

The verdict: Devialet phantom I

The phantom I is a unique wireless speaker that would remain a talking point in anyone’s home until the world runs out of juice. The side panels are striking, especially in 22-carat rose gold, the speaker’s shape is unlike anything on the market, and the remote is intuitive, sleek and suitably “luxury” for the machine it controls.

The phantom’s sound is among the best you can get in a wireless speaker, with an earth-shattering bass and impressive intricacy. The price point is one to potentially balk at, especially if you make the £900 jump from the 103db (£2,790, ) to 108db (£1,890, ) version. However, this is a truly unique speaker design, something that demands comment and appreciation, with an incredibly capable sound. If you have the money, the phantom I makes a strong case for its own purchase. It’s a sophisticated, high-tech speaker.

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Review: Devialet Phantom I & II Wireless Speakers

Devialet upgrades their phantom series.

After years of success with their Phantom Premier and Phantom Reactor speakers, Devialet has unveiled their Phantom I and Phantom II series speakers and we're here to take the confusion out of the new line-up and break down what you need to know about the changes.

Barely a day goes by that someone doesn't ask us about the Devialet speakers on demo in our showrooms . "What's that?!"... "Whoa, are these speakers?"... "They look so cool, but how do they sound?" Devialet makes some of the most head-turning, conversation-starting, cool-looking speakers out there. Their Phantom wireless speakers are iconic and unmistakable in design and, unlike some other brands out there that may look really cool but sound like crap (sorry), we can confidently say Devialet's speakers really do sound as good as they look. The Phantoms emit ultra-dense sound with physical impact and have been revolutionizing the speaker game since their release as references for acoustical excellence.

So, with the new 2021 line-up Devialet has kept their signature space-age styling but have delivered a refreshed look and made some much-needed technology upgrades to offer better connectivity and enhanced audio.

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Devialet Phantom I vs. Phantom II:

First off, Devialet changed the naming conventions of their Phantom line-up. The Phantom Premier will be know as Phantom I (103dB or 108dB) and the Phantom Reactor will be known as the Phantom II (95dB and 98dB). Both units have matching stands with options for the treepod (aka tripod stand) or the tree (a single unit speaker stand). Aside from the name changes, the big story are the upgrades to the Phantom I wireless speaker. Devialet introduced new colorways, an improved next-gen processor, and AirPlay2 and Roon Ready support.

Phantom I upgrades at a glance:

  • Brand new user experience with intuitive app interface, including Devialet Remote for precision handling.
  • Enhanced connectivity with Airplay 2, Hi-res on several sources, IP control, etc.
  • Increased power efficiency with lower energy consumption = high-end, ultra-dense sound with more power, clarity, and precision from infrabass to the most extreme treble.
  • New, modern colorways available in an exclusive white or black matte finish, with new sets of side panel options.
  • New side panels: Light Chrome, Matte black, Gold, Dark Chrome
  • New logo: Devialet tear redesigned and modernized
  • Next-gen chip: Devialet Intelligence Processor gathering SAM, AHD, Magic Wire, Class A, DAC in a single chip

The Phantom I has new colorways, finishes and packaging, and will also now be packaged with an included sleek, round-shaped remote to control playback. The new speaker comes in two power levels: the 103dB model with a a frequency range of 16Hz to 25kHz is available in light chrome or matte black. The 108dB with a with a frequency range of 14Hz to 27kHz is available with dark chrome or gold side panels. Both the Phantom I and Phantom II have colorway options in Opera De Paris, with luxe gold leaf side panels. The special edition Opera De Paris models were created in partnership with the Paris Opera and inspired by the iconic gilded interiors of the space.

The Phantom I's brand new next-gen processor means thermal dissipation will be "up to 4 times more efficient" which will result in less wear and tear on components and better power consumption overall. This, along with Devialet's Analogue Digital Hybrid (ADH) amp, a proprietary technology the company says can deliver the quality of an analogue amp in a digital-sized package, should allow the Phantom I to provide "best-in-market performance in terms of compactness to power fidelity ratio". Remember what we said above about these little speakers sounding as good as they look? Devialet's entire philosophy is about achieving "high-end ultra-dense sound with power, clarity and precision like nothing you've ever encountered".

And, not to be outdone by it's little brother, the Phantom II, the Phantom I's connectivity was improved with the new Devialet app that allows multi-room configuration between all Phantom models, and support for AirPlay 2 so you can bypass the Devialet app if you choose and stream music directly from your iPhone. Roon Ready support also now allows for Hi-Res Audio streaming. Phantom's open architecture lets you get straight to the music you love: AirPlay 2®. Spotify Connect, Roon Ready, UPnP.

The Phantom II feature set remains largely the same as its predecessor, the Reactor, but will be also now be available in a matte black option, as well as iconic white, and gold leaf.

Like the Phantom I, the Phantom II speaker comes in two power levels: the 95dB model with a frequency range of 18Hz to 21kHz is available in iconic white chrome or matte black. The 98dB with a with a frequency range of 18Hz to 21kHz is available with dark chrome or gold side panels.

To clarify any confusion around the different max volume power levels of the Phantom speaker models, basically, the main difference between Phantom II 95 dB and Phantom II 98 dB, for example, is just that: their power. Phantom II 98 dB can achieve twice the power of Phantom II 95 dB. It all comes down to personal preference... and your budget, of course.

New Devialet Multiroom for Phantom

Both the Phantom I and Phantom II now offer multiroom capabilities. Using the new Devialet app, you have the option for three different playback modes. Multi -zone play lets you play the same music to multiple speakers in different rooms of your home. Single-zone play lets you play to multiple Phantom speakers in the same room. Individual play lets you listen to whatever you want in oh Phantom speakers in different room in your home. Listen to jazz in the kitchen while someone else enjoys a podcast on the couch. Control your volume and manage zones directly in your own Devialet apps.

Stereo Pairing: Two Phantoms is Better Than One

When it comes to stereo pairing with Devialet Phantom speakers, 1 + 1 = 3. Create a stereo pair and gain up to three extra decibels. A pair of Phantom speakers in stereo is a compact hi-fi system that packs a serious punch. With left and right channel synch, it delivers an incredible soundstage in a sleek package.

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Founded in 2007, Devialet is a French acoustical engineering company operating at the intersection of luxury and cutting edge technology and a Devialet encounter in our showrooms is one to remember. The space-age design, atop a tabletop or perched on one of the matching modern stands, is, as we said above, a head-turner. One might even call it a polarizing design: you either love it, or you hate it. But, when you listen to these wireless speakers, the spherical shape and purist design becomes so clear and purposeful and the haters usually become fans. The unique design, consisting of 981 parts protected by even more patents, is engineered with a focus on function to deliver sound and even physical impact that is unrivaled from such a compact profile. Devialet stands confidently behind their promise that "0 distortion, 0 saturation and 0 background noise ensure you get nothing but audiophile-grade playback, even at 900W".

The new Phantom upgrades prove that Devialet is still relentless in their pursuit to continue to improve on and deliver an emotional musical experience in a truly unique fusion of engineering and design that impacts your auditory, visual, and even tactile senses.

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Devialet Phantom review: this is my end-game speaker

The best speaker you've never heard of., our verdict.

The Devialet Phantom is the most potent audio speaker available.

  • Unbelievable bass
  • Goes extremely loud
  • Maintains composure at any volume
  • Many ways to connect
  • Processing lag when not using optical
  • No analog inputs
  • No Dolby Digital or DTS decoding (yet)
  • 2 Phantoms required for stereo

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Bulging eyes, gaping mouths, peers turning for double-takes, and sometimes even looks of confusion: That was our observation of facial reactions when testing Devialet’s Silver Phantoms in the office . Describing audio performance is difficult. Should I wax poetic about how something sounds? Words such as air, stage, warm, smooth, rich—they don’t really mean anything. So perhaps a good descriptor would instead be how people react when they hear it.

The Phantom is a speaker designed by French audio outlet Devialet. Haven’t heard of it? That’s OK, I hadn’t either. Unless you’re inside specific circles of the audiophile community, Devialet is a name few will recognize, but it’s revered for designing amplifiers for loudspeakers that go against conventional design principles.

About the size of two toasters, the Phantom looks anything but conventional— maybe more like an alien probe. But Devialet is adamant that despite its size, the Phantom can replace a hi-fi system costing $20,000 or more. And if you asked anyone who’s listened to the Phantoms, you might start believing so, too.

There are three main technologies in the Phantom: speaker active matching (SAM), analog-digital hybrid (ADH), and heart bass implosion (HBI).

Let’s start with SAM. Devialet measures movements of a speaker driver with lasers, then uses the information to mathematically map the driver. The result is speaker movement that’s precisely controlled, no matter what the volume is set to or what the audio content is. For Phantom, Devialet says it’s able to play at maximum volume without distortion and without loss of fidelity. In other words, the Phantom sounds awesome at all levels.

The onboard SAM controller monitors both the input waveform and compares that to the movement of the drivers at all times. In this way, the Phantom ensures that the drivers are doing exactly what's expected of them, nothing more, nothing less. SAM prevents the drivers from over excursion, while at the same time allowing them perform at their physical limits. Devialet says that the Phantom exhibits no perceivable distortion even at maximum levels and during my listening tests, I couldn't discern any distortion, even with heavy bass. SAM works.

ADH is how the Phantom Silver delivers 3,000 watts of power. Using a combination of Class A and Class D amplifiers, the Phantom Silver can dish out 105 dB of sound pressure—enough to rock an entire nightclub. High-end speaker amps often employ Class A designs because the fidelity is high. The drawback is that Class A amps run hot due to inefficiency. This is where Class D amps come in—they’re highly efficient and powerful, but they lack fidelity. With ADH, Devialet combines both technologies to produce powerful—extremely loud—and clean audio.

Then we come to the final, and arguably most impressive technology: the HBI system. It’s the two fisheye drivers on either side of the Phantom, which are responsible for bass. And what glorious bass the Phantoms produce. Frequency response drills down to a mind-boggling 16Hz. In case you’re wondering, this is low—lower than most home theater subwoofers could ever dream of going. Humans can hear down to 20Hz, but the Phantom’s bass extension drills down to subsonic levels. Yes, you can feel the Phantoms.

“I’ve got a massive subwoofer with a 16-inch driver that can do that,” you say?

Great! Except, the Phantom is only 6 liters in volume—compare that with your monster 100-liter subwoofer. In case that didn't compute, the Phantom is small ! If you’ve got a smaller sub or large floor-standing speakers, the Phantom will punch a hole through the floor and bury them.

This is where we get to the head-scratching reactions of listeners. Everyone, and we mean everyone, gawks in awe as the Phantom plays. They ask questions such as, “How is that thing making that kind of sound?” Or simply, “What the *@#$?!”

The Phantoms simply defy conventional speaker design principles. To deliver really low frequency extension at good volumes, a speaker cabinet needs to contain volume because lots of air mass needs to be moved. This is precisely why subwoofers that have very low frequency responses need to be designed large. Forget the subwoofer that came with your PC desktop; those aren’t what I’d consider real subwoofers.

Yet the unthinkable happens. Despite its small size, the Phantom can compete with subwoofers that consume many times its volume.

There are 4 main drivers on a Phantom: a front facing high frequency driver, a mid-range ring driver (that surrounds the high frequency driver), and two bass drivers on the side. All 4 drivers are independently isolated from each other. 

Setup is different depending on whether you have one more more Phantoms. If you just have one, the process is easy: plug the power cable in, connect to the Phantom via Bluetooth, and run Devialet's Spark app. From there, you can connect online services such as Spotify, Tidal, and other radio services.  You can use your PC to play music to the Phantom without a direct connection, but you'll need to install Spark. If you want to connect a Phantom directly up to something without going through Spark, you'll have to do so via optical Toslink.

With two or more Phantoms, you have to buy Devialet's Dialog, which is a wireless hub that controls up to 24 Phantoms, and allow you to setup different spaces and speaker configurations. The Dialog also has an optical Toslink for direct input. Unfortunately, neither the Phantom or the Dialog has analog ins.

Once everything is plugged in, the setup process is fairly straightforward and is one of the most intimate events I have ever come across. Yes, I said intimate.

Once Spark opens, the Phantoms are detected and you're instructed to place your hands on them to confirm connection. As you touch the Phantoms, the side woofers slowly pulse and you hear an audible click, letting you know the unit you just embraced is now connected. Spark then allows you to set up a pair of Phantoms in stereo (if you have 2), or setup different Phantoms in different rooms.

As an option, you can buy a physical remote from Devialet to control volume instead of using an app on your phone or PC. The remote pairs with the Phantoms in a similar fashion: walk up to any Phantom, and place the remote on its surface. A click is heard and the remote is paired. Smooth.

There are several ways to connect to the Phantoms: optical, Bluetooth, 1Gbit Ethernet, WiFi (2.4GHz and 5GHz), and power-line networking. Yes, the Phantoms can connect to a Dialog via power-line networking in case you're out of range of a wireless signal. It seems the engineers at Devialet thought things through.

The Phantoms sound good with all genres of music, as well as movies. The real test is playing tracks with deep bass. More often than not, when speakers are cranked up, the bass will wreak havoc on the rest of the audio spectrum. Mids become unclear and highs are drowned out. Not so with the Phantoms. Here, SAM works so well that we perceived no dips in frequency response. Without using expletives—and believe me, I want to—the Phantoms are simply jaw-dropping. Bass is supremely powerful, tight, controlled, and deliberate. I simply have never heard of bass this caliber from a speaker system so small.

Here's the thing: I have a SVSound 20-35 subwoofer. Those who know SVSound, know that the company makes monstrous subwoofers for home theater and music. The Phantom competes with my SVS. Easily. In fact, my home water-heater sized subwoofer can only respond down to 20 Hz (18 Hz if tuned). The Phantom can go lower than that.

At this point, you might be calling BS, and I wouldn't blame you—I did too in the beginning. All I can say now is Devialet has some serious technology at work here—innovative technology.

I played back various tracks and movies, including the beginning scene of 007: Spectre, which if you've seen, know it packs some serious dynamic range. At no point in time did the Phantoms low frequencies overshadowed mids or highs. Every detail remained clear. In music listening, I did notice that the Phantoms weren't as strong in the upper-bass to lower mid frequencies (between 135 Hz to 220 Hz) but it wasn't detrimental to the overall experience.

What about stereo imaging? The problem is, you need two Phantoms to produce stereo. You can buy one Phantom, which still sounds phenomenal and has no issues lling large rooms, but it’ll only operate in summed-mono mode. To get true stereo, you’ll also need to purchase Devialet’s Dialog and the extra Phantom.

Thankfully, I have two.

Initially, I thought just one Phantom was incredible. But two is on another level. Stereo separation with two Phantoms is very well handled, and imaging was as good as you can hope for. Sounds and voices that are supposed to be in the center, sound like they're coming from the center. The Phantoms are exceptional at convincing you there are multiple speakers in front of you, clearly placing instruments, effects, and voices where there are no speakers.

For a true surround setup, Devialet doesn't yet support Dolby or DTS  decoding. The company tells me that it's working on the feature, but did not give an estimated date. You could technically setup front, rears and center, but the process would be complicated and involve optical splitters and using an HDMI audio extractor. 

So the Phantoms no doubt sound great with movies and music, but what about games?

Due to all the processing going on inside the Phantom, a slight lag is introduced. Initially, the Phantoms had quite a bit of lag but the company has reduced it down to a more manageable levels and for the most part is not apparent if you're directly connected via optical Toslink.

Games sound incredible. Explosions, gunshots, buildings collapsing, and other special effects sound true to life and room filling. Sometimes the sensation is just too much to take and I have to tone the volume down. Details remain clear, and imaging is excellent. If you want an end-game speaker system, the Phantoms are it.

There are two models: the vanilla Phantom, which is white, with 750 watts producing 99 dB, and the Silver Phantom. The Silver dishes out 3,000 watts at 105dB. Lest there be any doubt, 105dB is the legal limit for a club.

We’ve demoed the Phantoms to over 30 people now. All their reactions have been the same: mind-blown. The cost of this experience? $2,390 for one Silver Phantom, and double that for two, with an added $329 for the Dialog. Expensive? It depends on how you look at it. The audio performance from the Phantoms is right up there with fully decked out entertainment systems.

An instinctive reaction to Devialet's claims may be dismissive. But the company has garnered more than 50 awards in the last several years for its products. The technology in the Phantoms alone are covered by over 80 patents. Put it simply, there are no desktop speakers, monitors, or floor standing units that can touch the Phantoms given their size and performance ratio. Depending on how much you've invested in home theater equipment, the Phantoms can even be considered a bargain.

So, at just over $5,100, can the Phantoms replace our multi-thousand-dollar home theater system? For multi-channel movies? Not yet. But for everything else, nothing comes close.   

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Devialet Phantom Reactor 600 review

Innovative wireless speaker with impressive bass tested at £990 / $1090.

Devialet Phantom Reactor 600 review

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Stunning and bold in its design, the Phantom Reactor 600 unfortunately makes much less of an aural impact

Exceptional build

Impressive bass

Intuitive app

Timing is an issue

Lacks dynamic expression

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Until recently, many people might have considered Devialet’s Phantom range of premium wireless speakers too rich for their blood. The entry-level Classic Phantom, for example, boasts 1200 watts of power and comes with a £1590 price tag. 

Now Devialet has introduced two smaller, slightly more affordable models, the Phantom Reactor 600 (£990) and Phantom Reactor 900 (£1290). The Reactors look like scaled-down versions of the existing Phantom models and still pack in a full dose of the range's innovative technologies for that decent saving in cost.

On review here is the Phantom Reactor 600, so-called because of its impressive 600W power amplification. It is similar to its siblings in that it’s completely dissimilar to any wireless speaker you’ve ever seen before.

So, how to describe this sixth member of the Phantom family? Alien bug? Storm Trooper’s lunchbox? Something out of a Bjork music video? That’s as close as we can get. 

It is almost kitten-like in terms of size and personality – just waiting to be scooped up into your hands. Anthropomorphic tendencies abound here; the Reactor 600’s two side-mounted cones pulse outwards, both on alerting you to its readiness and when delivering music. It’s stroke-ably stylish, but still solid.

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But for all this cuteness, it is a lion when it comes to output. The Phantom Reactor 600 is amplified by 600W of power and good for a claimed maximum 95dB sound pressure level (SPL), which is similar to the noise produced by a chainsaw or motorbike at close range. It’s loud, and also surprisingly heavy, weighing in at 4.3kg.

Set-up is a breeze through Devialet’s app, whether you’re using one Reactor 600 or stereo pairing two of the things. The in-app playback options include Bluetooth, Spotify, AirPlay and UPnP, and for physical inputs, there’s a 3.5mm analogue and optical audio at the back. 

You could always use your phone or tablet to access music from streaming services, but unlike some of its competitors, Devialet doesn’t offer Tidal or Deezer as embedded options here. The Devialet app itself is intuitive, simple to use and features a volume dial, but otherwise there are no EQ functions.

Devialet offers ‘legs’ for the Reactor; three stems screwed into a base that then attaches to the underneath of the unit. A downside is that they’re not adjustable, leaving your Reactor at about hip-height.

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We load up some tunes via Spotify, and our initial impressions are of a crisp, clear, forward and attacking sound. The heeled footsteps on concrete during the prologue of Coheed And Cambria’s In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3 advance towards the ringing telephone with a piercing clarity. There’s plenty of detail here, even down to Claudio Sanchez’s initial intake of breath before he delivers his opening lines.

It’s a scale of delivery that we wouldn't expect from a speaker of the Phantom Reactor’s compact proportions. The sound is precise, uncluttered and easily fills our room. The bass in particular is even more impressive. 

D’Angelo’s Devil’s Pie is typified by one of the grimiest, funkiest bass-lines in neo soul. Few speakers with these proportions can deliver it, but the Phantom Reactor 600 reaches depths with a responsive rumble that's about as technically flawless as one could hope for in a speaker of this size.

Frequency response 18Hz – 21kHz

Bluetooth Yes

AirPlay Yes

Spotify Yes

Optical/analogue ports Yes

Alexa/Google Assistant enabled No

But while D’Angelo’s bassline is competently represented in terms of register, the head-nodding swing is not. With the bass so exposed, lack of timing is an issue to the point that it’s actually quite an unmusical sound – the artist’s trademark lethargic, lilting interplay between drums and vocals isn’t obvious enough.

We play Beyonce’s Partition and, while her vocals are crisp and forward, there’s little in the way of texture or dynamic variety, making Queen B’s vocal feel louder than it is in the mix. As she commands the crowd to greet her with “Hey, Ms Carter” we hear her clear, bell-like timbre, but the Phantom Reactor 600 cannot quite convey the expressive depth of her voice, nor the playfulness.

Switching to psychobilly, we stream King Kurt’s frantic, fiesty Gather Your Limbs . Amongst the cacophony of sound, both the comedic timing and the warmth in lead singer Smeg’s outbursts are lacking. This is a band that demands audience interaction, but the rhythmic goading of the crowd and counterplay between guitars doesn’t quite come across.

The four-star Naim Mu-So Qb now comes in at just over half the price of the Phantom Reactor 600, and while it can’t compete in terms of bass, it delivers a notably more cohesive, musically pleasing sound.

We listen to two 600s configured as a stereo pair, too, and the sound does open up, filling our room with impressive volume and weighty bass that is well-distributed. For many, that meaty delivery coupled with a futuristic look might be ideal, but our issues with a slight dischord in terms of musicality persist. 

To clarify the potential investment, two Phantom Reactor 600s would set you back more or less £2,000 – money that, if it’s excellent wireless standmounts that you’re after, would be better spent on the KEF LS50 speakers. 

The Phantom Reactor 600 looks nothing short of other-worldly. It handles bass admirably and scores high marks for both user-friendliness and connectivity. For many, that will be enough. However, listening to music should be enjoyable, and it does border on academic here.

If a futuristic aesthetic and an impressive volume level are paramount, the Phantom Reactor 600 could be the speaker for you. But the sound feels computerised, and there are more melodic options available for your money.

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Devialet’s $3,000 Speaker Destroys Worlds With 4,500 Watts of Loud


I get to audition a panoply of speakers on this job, and one of the most striking---both visually and aurally---is Devialet's Phantom . The French company's speaker is designed to look like some ovular starseed space egg, with cylindrical drivers firing outwards from both sides as you crank the jams, extending and receding in a blur of sound and motion. It's also goddamn loud. The base model Phantom puts out 750 watts, and the bigger Silver Phantom is rated at 3,000. I've tested both versions, and the Phantom is dramatic, impressively loud, and easily generates enough of a racket to get you evicted.

But apparently, even more brawn is required if one is to blanket every deck of one's superyacht in Bach concertos. To satisfy the sound gluttons, Devialet is releasing an even-higher-end speaker. The Phantom Gold boasts 4,500 watts of power and can achieve peak volumes of 108 decibels. That's about as loud as a motorcycle, a power saw, or an Opeth concert.


The frequency range of the speaker exceeds that of the human ear, extending to an ultrasonic 27kHz on the high end, and reaching all the way down to 14Hz in the basement. You won't be able to hear such low-frequency rumbles, but you'll feel them---in your molars, your bowels, and in the soles of your feet.

But the real selling point here? It's the rose gold coating on the exterior. That's actual 22-carat gold, too---Devialet, a luxury brand, is known not to skimp on its bling. You'll pay for all that rare earth, too. When the Phantom Gold ships in mid-July, a cool $2,990 will earn you the privilege of listening to your Blue Oyster Cult MP3s on a gorgeous, reflective orb of zany.

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Devialet Gold Phantom Review

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Devialet Gold Phantom is the third wireless speaker from a highly praised line of Phantom speakers by Devialet. The first two speakers, white and silver Phantom, got many positive reviews and many compliments. The main difference between the three speakers is the power rating. The first one had the peak output power of 1200W and max SPL of 101dB, while the silver Phantom had an amazing 3,000W of peak output power and 105dB max SPL. Silver Phantom was (and still is) an impressive speaker, but Devialet went one step further and released the third upgraded version called Devialet Gold Phantom. This one has the peak output power of 4,500W and max SPL of 108dB. It’s hard to believe these numbers, but they are true.

Devialet is a very young company ( founded in 2007 ), but they have already managed to make a huge impact. In only 11 years, they have developed and registered more than 150 patents. Some audiophiles are maybe familiar with the first hybrid amplifier in the world called ADH (Analog Digital Hybrid). It was patented by one of the founders of Devialet, Pierre-Emmanuel Calmel. This amplifier combines the advantages of analog and digital amplifiers into one device. This amp is one of the essential parts of each Phantom speaker.

The first Phantom speaker was introduced in 2015, 8 years after the company was founded. They didn’t want to rush the process. They spent a lot of time on research and development. Each Phantom speaker features dozens of unique software and hardware solutions patented by Devialet.

Devialet Phantom Gold is the latest Phantom speaker and it’s arguably the finest wireless speaker money can buy. Devialet took the concept of wireless speaker, transformed it, and launch it to the unimaginable heights. Phantom Gold is a truly special wireless speaker in every possible way. Devialet worked hard on the design and the result is unusual, unique, and very sophisticated look. There are only a few luxurious speakers on the market that could be compared to this one. And it’s not all about the looks. This speaker’s sonic performance simply surpasses any wireless speaker of this size. In fact, thanks to all kinds of high-end components, this speaker can compete with much larger and more expensive speakers . We didn’t really expect that kind of performance from such a compact speaker. It is, without a doubt, one of the best sounding speakers on the market. The speaker features Bluetooth , Wi-fi connection, Ethernet port, and digital optical input. It supports Airplay, Spotify Connect, and other streaming services. The speaker also features high-end hardware components like ARM Cortex A9 Dual-core processor, built-in DAC, and of course, Devialet’s proprietary ADH amplifiers .

Devialet Gold Phantom also comes with the Spark app which is pretty good but needs some small improvements (basically, it just needs to be more stable). You should also know that there are all kinds of accessories (remote, dialog (used for connecting and syncing two or more Gold Phantom speakers), speaker stands, etc.) and they are sold separately.  

The only real drawback is the price. This is a very expensive piece of equipment, especially when you know that you need at least two speakers and one Devialet dialog device (we will explain why in the Sound quality section) to get the best possible performance. So, if you decide to buy two, you will have to pay approx. $6,000. It’s like buying a car.

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  • Unique and very sophisticated design
  • Remarkable sound quality


  • Very expensive
  • Additional equipment is not included (you have to pay extra for every single accessory)


If you have that kind of money and you are willing to spend it on a speaker, you don’t have to think twice. This is a brilliant piece of audio equipment and you will not be disappointed. You will be amazed by the sound quality. This speaker is, in a way, all in one wireless speaker. It can be used alone, in pair with another Gold Phantom speaker, you can connect and sync up to 24 speakers together and make an amazing (and crazy expensive) multiroom system. They can also be used as home theater speakers (you would have to buy 5).

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Devialet Gold Phantom comes in a nice-looking illustrated box.  It doesn’t look too premium, but the way the speaker is packed inside is quite interesting. The box is like a cocoon. There is a hole inside the box that perfectly corresponds with the dimensions of the speaker. The speaker is inside this cavity and you are supposed split two halves of the box and pull the speaker out of this cocoon.

Along with the speaker, you will get a 6.5ft-long power cable and user manuals in 4 languages.

The speaker also comes with a 2-year warranty on parts and labor. For an additional $300, you will get an extended 3-year warranty .

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Devialet designing team did an excellent job. Gold Phantom (and other Phantom speakers) is like nothing you have seen before. It looks like a UFO from some sci-fi movie. Or like a very beautiful Fabergé egg, only bigger. It’s really hard to find the best comparison. The speaker is shaped like a capsule. The bottom is flat and provides stability. The speaker is quite compact and it doesn’t look big, but it’s quite heavy (more than 25 pounds).

Speaker dimensions

Speaker dimensions

On the front side, there are 1-inch titanium dome tweeter and 5-inch midrange woofer. They are positioned in a coaxial arrangement.  On the left and right sides, you will see two symmetrical 6.5-inch woofers.

Driver arrangement

Driver arrangement

Those woofers are one of the most interesting parts of this speaker – they have a huge excursion (up to 1in), and they move outwards when the music is played. It looks like the speaker is breathing. It’s an incredible and hypnotizing visual experience.

The speakers are white, but the side panels, located behind the woofers are plated in 22K gold. The Phantom logo is engraved in the gold-plated panels.

On the rear panel, there’s a large heat sink radiator. In the middle of the heat sink radiator, there’s the input panel. You will see a simple power/reset button, Ethernet port, digital optical input, and AC input.

Rear panel – power button and inputs

Rear panel – power button and inputs

There’s a lot of special things about this speaker and it’s almost impossible to mention every piece of hardware and software built inside, but we are going to list the most important ones.

All the Phantom speakers use Devialet’s proprietary ADH amplifier technology . These amplifiers combine all the benefits of class-A and class-D amplifiers. They deliver sweet and musical sound of class-A amplifiers with the dynamics and efficiency of digital amplifiers. There are three amps inside Devialet Gold Phantom – one for the tweeter, one for midrange woofers, and one for woofers.

Another patent built inside the speaker is HBI (Heart Bass Implosion) . You have probably heard people saying that there’s no big sound without big drivers, but this patent is supposed to defy the laws of physics. With 2 6.5-inch woofers, this speaker manages to go down to 14Hz which is incredibly low for the speaker of this size.

SAM (Speaker Active Matching) is responsible for accurate reproduction of the audio. This is Devialet’s version of DSP (Digital Signal Processing) chip.

Evolutive Platform EVO is the technology responsible for upgrades and updates.

We can go on and on with all the patents built inside, but we are not going to. You can visit Devialet web page and read about all the patents used to make this beautiful speaker.

Devialet Gold Phantom can receive only digital signals. The supported types of connection are Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, digital optical, and Ethernet (wired or over the powerline PLC).

Thanks to all the installed high-end software and hardware, the speaker can reproduce high-res audio files up to 24-bit/192kHz.

Devialet Gold Phantom also supports some streaming services (Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, SoundCloud, web radio) but not all the popular ones. Luckily, every new update brings a few more interesting things and a few more supported streaming apps. It also supports Airplay and Spotify connect.

Devialet can also be part of a multiroom system. You can wirelessly connect up to 24 speakers together.

Connect up to 24 Gold Phantoms together for an amazing multiroom system

Connect up to 24 Gold Phantoms together for an amazing multiroom system

But, in order to do that, you need to buy a Dialog . Dialog looks like a mini wi-fi router. In fact, that’s exactly what it is. This device is supposed to make a dedicated wi-fi network for Phantom speakers.

You have to buy the Dialog even if you want to connect two speakers together and play them in stereo.

Another accessory you can buy is the remote . This is actually just a volume control. It’s nice-looking but it’s not really necessary since you can control the volume through your phone.

If you want, you can also buy some speaker stand or wall mount. The manufacturer offers three different types – Treepod ($330), Tree ($375), and Gecko wall mount ($200). They are all quite expensive, but they are not absolutely necessary.

Devialet Treepod, Tree, and Gecko wall mount

Devialet Treepod, Tree, and Gecko wall mount

The speaker comes with the Spark app. You can use this app to set up the speaker, create your playlist, control the playback, and integrate your streaming apps and other audio sources with the speaker.

Download Stark app from AppStore or Google Play

Download Stark app from AppStore or Google Play

Stark app can also be installed on your Windows PC or MacBook .

Devialet Gold Phantom delivers a very good performance but there are some minor issues we would like to talk about.

First of all (this one is pretty obvious), even though it’s considered wireless, this is not an outdoor speaker . Gold Phantom is way too delicate and it wasn’t designed for outdoor use .

Installation of one Gold Phantom speaker is quite simple, but it’s not just plug-and-play. Establishing a Bluetooth connection is the easiest thing to do. Bluetooth streaming works fine within the standard 30ft range. Bluetooth module features support for aptX codec. This means that you can watch YouTube videos (or any other video content) and stream audio to the speaker without a noticeable sound delay.

Plug & Play start with 1 PHANTOM using Bluetooth

As you probably know, the audio quality is way better if you stream the audio via wi-fi. Connecting one speaker to your home wi-fi network is simple and fast. You just need to follow the instructions given by the Stark app.

How to set up 1 PHANTOM in Wi-Fi

The most amazing thing is that woofers’ breathing movement when the speaker is ready to play. It looks like the speaker is coming to life.

If you decide to buy the remote, you would have to pair it with the speaker. Pairing is also simple and easy. You just need to turn them on and tap the speaker with the remote.

How to pair REMOTE with PHANTOM

If you want to connect 2 or more Devialet Phantom speakers together, you have to buy the Dialog. Pairing two or multiple (up to 24) Phantoms with Dialog can be tricky and it requires a bit more effort on your end, but once you register all the speakers, you don’t have to repeat the process again. If you are pairing two speakers together, the app allows you to select stereo mode or mix mode. The setup procedure is quite intuitive and most of the time, you just have to tap/click on the next/continue tab.

How to set up one or several PHANTOM with DIALOG

The Stark app is very user-friendly but has its flaws. It’s not completely reliable and it can crash occasionally. We haven’t experienced any issues with the latest update. The Devialet support is pretty good and updates are quite frequent. Devialet is really trying to make the speaker better.

The app features three sections – left, central, and right.

The left section is used for adding audio sources and navigating between different sources. The Spark app allows you to integrate some of the most popular streaming apps (Tidal, Deezer) with it and stream the music directly from the app.

The left section of the Spark app

The left section of the Spark app

The central section is used for organizing the playlists (add/delete songs, change the order of the songs, etc.).

The central section of the Spark app

The central section of the Spark app

The right section is used for controlling/activating Phantom speakers in different rooms and changing the speaker arrangement. You can also use it to activate the night mode and control the volume.

The right section of the Spark app

The right section of the Spark app

Another thing we’ve noticed is that speaker is not supposed to be turned off. It’s always on and after a certain period of inactivity, it will go to standby. In a way, that’s convenient since you don’t have to wait for the speaker to boot up. The problem is that the speaker never gets time to rest and cool off. You are going to notice that Gold Phantom gets really hot, especially the rear end of the speaker, but according to Devialet, that’s perfectly normal. The same thing applies to Devialet’s Dialog.

If you want to connect one Gold Phantom to your TV or any other audio source, you can also use the digital optical input located on the rear panel. If you want to connect two speakers to your TV, you can connect your TV to the Dialog (there’s a digital optical input on the rear panel of Dialog) and it will stream the audio to the left and right speaker. If you have an Apple TV (4 th Gen or higher) you can wirelessly link two Gold Phantoms with the TV via Airplay. You can even connect 5 Gold Phantoms into a 5.5 home theater system . The setup can be tricky but Devialet’s engineers will guide you through the process.

This is the point where Devialet Gold Phantom truly amazed us. This speaker is not all about the flashy looks and versatile connectivity. In fact, all these things are only secondary. Prodigious sound and immersive listening experience are Devialet’s primary goals. Gold Phantom is, without a doubt, one of the best-sounding wireless speakers we have ever reviewed. It surpasses any other speaker of its size in terms of sound clarity and fidelity, dynamic range, bass response, and loudness. It’s better than most of the speakers under $3,000. The only downside is that you need two to get that immersive listening experience. The speaker doesn’t really deliver omnidirectional sound. It’s very unidirectional actually, and because of that, one speaker doesn’t really deliver wide soundstage. It gets so much better with two speakers in stereo mode.

The best sound in the World

Even though it has two relatively small 6.5” woofers, Gold Phantom delivers mind-blowing bass. It’s powerful and full-bodied, but still accurate and controlled. It doesn’t overshadow low midrange frequencies. Devialet used Heart Bass Implosion technology (HBI) that enabled this speaker to go lower than any wireless speaker of this size. Looking at those high-excursion woofers while some bass-heavy song is being played brings your listening experience to a completely new level. It’s absolutely mesmerizing.

Coaxially arranged midrange woofer and tweeter are responsible for mids and treble reproduction. They work in perfect unison. The crossover frequencies are perfectly calculated and everything sounds smooth and very natural. The vocals are clear and lifelike. The mids are dynamic and detailed. Treble reproduction is extended, it’s never lifeless or bright. It could hardly be any crispier.  

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  At low volumes, Gold Phantom may sound a bit unimpressive, but once you set it free (crank the volume up to 50%), it shows its full potential. It can get extremely loud, much louder than you would assume. One speaker is more than enough to fill a large room with sound. The best thing is that the sound never gets distorted. Even at full volume, the sound remains perfectly clear, without any noticeable distortion. That kind of distortion-fee performance is achieved by the use of high-quality DSP chips that limit the signal strength and prevent the drivers from distorting the audio. It’s something you can’t expect from an analog speaker.

So, to conclude we were perfectly happy with the audio performance. There is literally nothing we would like to be different. The only problem is unidirectional sound and narrow soundstage, but you can solve this issue ‘’easily’’ if you buy two and play them in stereo mode.

The Competition

It’s really hard to compare Devialet Gold Phantom to some other speaker or speaker system since Gold Phantom doesn’t have only one purpose. This a wi-fi/Bluetooth speaker that can be used for critical listening, it can be a part of your multiroom system or a part of your home theater system . It can also be a party speaker . The number of available alternatives depends on your needs.

We have made a list of three luxurious options that could be a nice alternative to Gold Phantom if you are looking for a flashy design and powerful sound.

Silver Phantom is the predecessor of the Gold Phantom. They have the same size, shape, weight, and design with just a few cosmetic changes (silver-plated panels instead of gold-plated). Silver Phantom is more affordable but still quite expensive ($2,400 compared to $3,000).

Both speakers offer the same amount of versatility when it comes to connection. They both feature Bluetooth , wi-fi, Ethernet connection, and Toslink digital audio inputs. Most of the installed hardware components are the same.

Some components are upgraded on Gold Phantom (more powerful ADH amps) and that resulted in much greater peak power output (4,500W compared to 3,000W) and greater loudness (108dB compared to 105dB).

When it comes to sound quality, Gold Phantom is a winner. It delivers slightly cleaner and crispier sound with punchier bass and the difference in loudness is really noticeable. They both deliver pretty amazing sound with no distortion. If you have a medium or a small room, buying Gold Phantom is maybe too much, but one or two Silver Phantoms or even much weaker White Phantoms ($1,700) would be a great alternative.

B&O Beosound 2 is a cheaper ($2,250 compared to $3,000) but also unique and luxurious alternative. It doesn’t look as unusual as Gold Phantom but it’s still eye-catching.

B&O Beosound 2 supports Bluetooth and wi-fi connection. It has an Ethernet port and it has to be plugged in all the time, just like Gold Phantom. Beosound 2 features analog 3.5mm connection while Gold Phantom features optical digital input (no analog connections).

Both speakers come with apps that you can use to control the playback and set up the speakers. There’s the Bang & Olufsen app for Beosound 2 and Spark app for Gold Phantom.

Beosound 2 has a nice-looking and very responsive touch-sensitive control panel on top, while there are no control buttons on the Gold Phantom and you have to use the Spark app to control everything.

Beosound 2 supports both Chromecast and Airplay while Gold Phantom supports only Airplay.

Beosound 2 is designed as a multiroom speaker while Gold Phantom can be so much more than just a multiroom speaker.

Beosound 2 is a great-sounding wireless speaker. It delivers great clarity, punchy bass, and detailed highs, but Devialet Gold Phantom delivers much stronger and punchier sound, clearer bass, and more detailed mids. It’s also much louder than Beosound 2. On the other hand, Beosound 2 delivers 360-sound while Devialet Gold Phantom delivers more unidirectional sound.

Swan speaker MS-2 is another very luxurious alternative made by the Chinese manufacturer called HiVi Acoustics. This one is even more expensive than Gold Phantom ($4,600 compared to $3,000) and it looks much more unusual. We don’t really know how to describe it. It’s like some kind of chair or chaise with speakers . It’s really unique.

Swan speaker – MS-2 is much larger and heavier than the Gold Phantom (99.2lb compared to 25.13 pounds). It is almost entirely made of aluminum and looks very durable (more durable and sturdier than Gold Phantom). It features 2 0.8-inch tweeters, 2 5-inch midrange woofers, and one 10-inch subwoofer.

This speaker also supports wi-fi and Bluetooth and it has a standard 3.5mm AUX input, HDMI input, and digital optical input. It’s not battery-operated and it has to be plugged in all the time.

The speaker comes with the HiVi app that you can use to connect the speaker to your wi-fi and control the playback.

MS-2 delivers full and rich sound and it’s incredibly loud, just like Gold Phantom. MS-2 is very good when it comes to distortion (barely noticeable at full volume), but it’s not as good as Gold Phantom. MS- delivers slightly wider soundstage than Gold Phantom, but if you want better results, you will need two Swan MS-2 speakers.

Devialet Gold Phantom is an amazing high-end wireless speaker. It features unique and dazzling design and delivers superb sonic performance. The only issue is narrow soundstage. In order to eliminate/fix this issue, you will have to buy two Gold Phantoms. If you have that kind of money, and you are willing to spend it on a high-end speaker, Gold Phantom is a perfect choice.

Depending on what kind of speaker you need, there are all kinds of options and alternatives. If you need something luxurious but different from Gold Phantom, you can read the Competition section of this article. If you need some cheaper wireless/multiroom speakers, you should check out SONOS speakers and speaker bundles, Bose SoundTouch speakers,   Denon HEOS , etc. There are all kinds of smart and wireless speakers with a built-in Chromecast and/or Airplay on the market, but only a few offer the sound quality and overall performance comparable to Gold Phantom.

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I’m a writer and editor at AudioReputation. I disassembled my first portable AM/FM radio when I was only 8. At the age of 11, I burned the circuit board on my old boombox cassette player. I’m not going to explain how but it was reckless and stupid.

Since then, I have become much more careful around radios, boomboxes, and other audio devices (at least, I like to think so) but I have never lost the passion for audio equipment. Throughout 20 years of my professional career, I’ve been working for various audio equipment manufacturers and even started building speakers on my own in my little workshop.

I love the work we do here at AudioReputation. Testing, comparing, and evaluating all kinds of audio devices (speakers, soundbars, headphones, home theater systems, etc.) is something I truly enjoy. I try to be unbiased and give you my honest opinion on every piece of equipment I test. Still, you should take my reviews with a pinch of salt and always be just a little bit skeptical. The fact that I liked some speaker or soundbar doesn’t mean that you are going to love it. If you have the opportunity, you should test it/hear it before buying it.

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are there any other speakers out there that provide a better sound stage than Devialet Phantom Gold if you can’t afford 2?

Hi, Nicholas

There are many great speakers in this price range (approx. $6000 per pair). If you’re looking for something equally elegant and eye-catching, you could try Bang & Olufsen Beoplay A9. There are even more choices (and better-sounding choices) if you’re looking for something more traditional like a pair of floorstanding speakers or a pair of high-end bookshelf speakers. Here are some options: Q Acoustics Concept 500, Klipsch Cornwall IV, Klipsch Forte III Heritage Series, Focal Chora 826, Dali Oberon Floorstanding Speakers, Paradigm speakers, Sonus Faber speakers, etc.

Hope this helps

Your AudioReputation Team

Can I connect this speakers to my TV?

How does the sound quality compare to other speakers from Sony or JBL?

Yeah, you can connect it to your TV – you can use either Bluetooth, Airplay, or TOSLINK optical connection.

OMG,$3.000….are you serious? 🙂

Yup. It’s crazy expensive.

It’s mostly because of all the original patents (150+) built inside this speaker and because of 8 years of research and development the manufacturer spent on making the first Phantom.

Luckily, you can always find something cheaper. If you are looking for something luxurious but slightly cheaper, you could go for some smaller Devialet speaker or for B&O Beosound 2. If you are looking for a multiroom system and you don’t care that much about the luxurious design, you can find something even cheaper (like SONOS or BOSE), and if you are looking for a wireless surround sound system, you should check out our article on Best Wireless Surround Sound Systems .

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Devialet Mania vs Phantom II Speaker: Which One is Better?

Samiul Haque

January 8, 2023

Updated On : January 16, 2023

Devialet Mania vs Phantom II Speaker

Can the Devialet Mania be considered equal to the Phantom II but with a shrunken downsize? With the release of the Mania from Devialet, many people are coming to the conclusion that the Devialet Mania is basically a Phantom II but just toned down while costing a lot less.

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Devialet is a name that falls strictly under the upper-class category of audio accessories. With the Devialet Phantom 2 costing no less than a fortune, experiencing true Devialet sound has been out of a lot of people’s reach until now. Introducing the Devialet Mania, which costs significantly less than other Devialet models and makes the Devialet experience a little more affordable. With that in mind, let’s check out why the Mania is the talk of the town and how Devialet plans to help more people come under their banner.

Comparison Between Devialet Mania and Phantom II?

With the announcement of its next top-of-the-line speaker titled “Mania”, Devialet has brought, among other things, a portable smart speaker with 360-degree surround sound. The French company is famous for providing speakers that excel at performance while weighing heavy on your wallet since they possess a team of expert engineers that work tirelessly to come up with designs that are both intelligent and come bearing the signature technology you’ll only get from Devialet.


Now, seeing these two speakers side by side, we can see how the Mania maintains the distinct Devialet aesthetic with a spherical shape that can be compared to a luxurious kettlebell while feeling like one, too, since it weighs a massive 2.3 kilograms. The spherical shape also helps to provide a 360-degree sound, as you can place the speaker in the middle of the room, and it’ll automatically adjust the soundstage with equal weighting in the front, back and sides. 

While we do appreciate how the Phantom 2 looks with its modernist sculpture-inspired build that’s delicately crafted out of an aluminum central core and glass-fiber composite body, it does look a lot bulkier in comparison to the Mania, while holding specs that are fine on its own, but inferior when compared to the mania.

Devialet Mania

A shining example of it could be the Devialet Phantom II, which practically gives a new meaning to the phrase “Performance Art”. When it comes to the design of Phantom 2, you’ll notice how all of the Devialet models have the same distinct art style with minor but impactful altercations to make them stand out. Instead of trodding down the beaten path like the other manufacturers, the French High-End Hi-Fi brand manages to stand tall from the crowd thanks to their signature ADH amplifiers that originated over a decade ago! 

On the flip side, the Mania, while costing a lot less, by the way, comes with 360-degree surround sound , four 25w Full-range drivers, two separate 38w woofers as an extra addition, and Alexa Smarts built in!

The Phantom 2 is NOT a portable device. In order to yield the maximum benefit, you need to consider your environment, location, power output, and other things with care, since the Phantom 2 costs a lot more than your average speaker set, and you really wouldn’t want to damage it. 

On the flip side, with the Devialet Mania, you’re essentially getting a Devialet-labeled speaker, which is portable, comes integrated with voice assistant as the manufacturer’s first smart product, AND has an IPX4 rating with ten hours of battery life.

Phantom II

Our Takeaway

“In Short – Compared to Devialet Mania, the Phantom 2, however, is a bit expensive, that too without being portable. With that, we can say the Devialet Mania can in fact, act like a shrunken-down version of the phantom 2 that boasts the same devialet audio quality but at a much lower price point. It enables more people to experience what Devialet has to offer in terms of audio performance. “

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Submission:  July 31, 2014 Registration: July 31, 2014 Language:  English or Russian Location:  Moscow, Russia Prizes:  2 Prizes of (RUB 3.500.000) ($102.000) each.  and a total of RUB 3.890.000 ($114.000) spread in ten prizes for the finalists. Type:  Open competition for architects.

We are happy to announce the launch of online registration for those wishing to take part in the Architectural and Design Competition for Moscow Metro Stations Solntsevo and Novoperedelkino. The aim of the Competition is to create an inimitable, one of a kind profile for the two Moscow Metropolitan underground railway stations of Solntsevo and Novoperedelkino. The prize fund for the Competition stands at 3,890,000 rubles (including VAT) and is to be divided between the 10 Participants who pass through to the second stage of the Competition. Each of the two winners will be invited to settle a contract for the implementation of their architectural and design concept to a sum no larger than 3 500 000 rubles. Should you be able to make any news article or feature on this, thereby giving foreign architects the opportunity to participate in the Competition, we would be very grateful and willing to provide any assistance necessary.

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The two-stage international competition , initiated by Moscow Metro development program operator Mosinzhproekt JSC, had previously narrowed down the field of design submissions to five finalists per station. The jury, chaired by Andrey Bochkarev, Deputy Mayor of Moscow in the Moscow Government for Urban Planning Policy and Construction, then determined the two winning projects for implementation.

Klenoviy Bulvar 2 by Zaha Hadid Architects (London, UK) in collaboration with A-project, Krost (Moscow, Russia); Arup Lighting (London, UK); Systematica s.l.r (Milan, Italy)

"Zaha Hadid Architects offers a next-gen look for the Klenovy Bulvar 2 station, with special design methods that impact the passengers’ perception of the station in unprecedented ways," explains the project description. "Elegant, weightless, transparent, full of light, and clean lines – the station will provide comfort and reduce the stress associated with living in a metropolis. Lighting is one of the project’s essential elements: the dynamic system of regulating the light’s tint will help announce an incoming train. A bright space with tall ceilings and smooth pillars, designed to look like arrow heads and blending into trails of light to reflect three-dimensional motion, allow for the station to be kept well-lit and visually indicates the platform edge."

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    In Moscow, the search for architectural teams to design two new metro stations has concluded with the selection of the final competition winners: a consortium led by Zaha Hadid Architects was chosen to take on the ...