High end sound tech meets Death Star is probably the best way to describe this awesome piece of technology. Over the years Devialet has had a knack of turning ordinary technology into ornamental high tech equipment.
Devialet have created the Phantom in an attempt to reach a broader market by creating a device that is cheaper than its other audiophile amplifiers which start at £4,000. Having said this, at £1,390 it is probably still out of reach to most of us.
It may look like a single speaker however it is a self-contained sound system which delivers stereo high fidelity sound.
Play music from your smartphone or any connected device through the Phantom and the sound quality is excellent, which is an incredible achievement for such a small system.
The quality has been achieved through some smart engineering, squeezing in two large drivers, a medium range cone and a tweeter to deliver 750W of powerful sound. The spherical design of the Phantom means it emits sound in all directions with no distortion or vibration even when it’s at full volume.
The standout design feature of the Phantom are the two dome drivers on the sides of the Phantom which wobble to create enormous bass.
If you have the means, setting up two together creates proper stereo sound and if you are in the market for a new amp and speakers you should consider getting two of these instead.
The Phantom’s only drawback is its app, Spark which is a bit iffy but as it is new it’s bound to get better as more bugs are reported. One of the app features allows up to 100 people to feed into a playlist so you can collaborate in a community.
These are attention seeking white speakers so the design may divide opinion especially if you are someone who prefers your technology to fade into your furniture instead of an in your face look.
All in all, the Phantom is a very impressive system at a premium price let down only by a slightly buggy app that’s likely to improve over the coming months.