If you’re not familiar with Devialet, the French audio engineering company is best known for designing high-end speakers with a stylish sci-fi look. Take the flagship Phantom; its unmissable ovoid shape is perfectly calibrated for ideal sound diffusion and performance, combining both aesthetics and acoustics to exceptional effect.
Headquartered in Paris, Devialet is on a mission to elevate sonic experiences in people’s lives. The brand achieves this through a series of patented innovations developed from over 15 years of R&D. Foremost is ADH® (Analog Digital Hybrid), the founding invention that combines the sophistication of Class A analog with the power and compactness of Class D digital technology for the best of both worlds. Then there’s SAM® (Speaker Active Matching), which fine-tunes frequencies to deliver dynamic and robust sounds. ACE™ (Active Cospherical Engine) refers to the Phantom’s signature architecture, which is inspired by Olson’s pulsating sphere as the ideal form for broadcasting sound waves, while HBI® (Heart Bass Implosion) provides the deepest bass in a speaker of its size.
The suite of state-of-the-art proprietary technologies is housed in sleek and modern designs to create the ultimate multi-sensory audio experience. In addition to their visual appeal, sound waves can also be perceived from the physical thrumming of the woofers and felt viscerally thanks to the unique frequency responses. Over the years, Devialet has continued to expand its portfolio of award-winning devices, from the Expert Pro amplifiers for audiophiles, to the revolutionary Phantom I and II speakers, Devialet Gemini earbuds, Devialet Dione sound bar and Devialet Mania portable smart speaker.
The Devialet Mania, in particular, is presented as the first and only take-anywhere speaker that offers both stereo rendering and real-time acoustic mapping for a superior listening experience on the go. It utilizes Active Stereo Calibration to adapt the audio profile to its physical surroundings, which means placing it in the middle of the room activates its 360º stereo mode, while pushing it up against the wall launches the rear speakers into action to bolster those in the front for a powerful directional soundstage.
Devialet’s best-in-class products are further exalted through various luxury collaborations. The ongoing partnership with the mythic Opéra Garnier sees exclusive models gilded in gold, while the Louis Vuitton DJ Trunk and Berluti Cocoon projects crafted designer travel cases for the Phantom. Together with Krug, Devialet explored new sensory encounters by pairing sound with champagne tasting. There are also exclusive color editions, such as the Phantom II in Sage Green (2021) and Deep Blue (2022).