From the Devialet press release: Paris, 2nd February 2021 – Devialet today introduces Phantom I: an evolution of the game-changing Phantom all-in-one speaker, and the next step in Devialet’s mission to redefine the place of sound in people’s lives.
DEVIALET’S BEST JUST GOT BETTER
Devialet’s flagship compact speaker, Phantom, embodies Devialet’s vision: to elevate sound to its rightful place in our lives, providing audiences around the world with a uniquely intricate and moving listening experience.
Since its release, Phantom has revolutionised speaker technology and become a point of reference for acoustic excellence. By combining a series of radical proprietary technologies, Phantom consistently shatters expectations at every step of the sound reproduction chain, with zero distortion, zero saturation and zero background noise.
Now, Phantom is being taken to the next level with the introduction of a new iteration of the state-of-the-art speaker.
Ken McAlpine, Devialet’s CTO, says:
“The Phantom speaker has become a symbol of everything Devialet represents, embodying our dedication to audio excellence and unique design. Phantom I, with its refreshed design and high-resolution listening experience, brings us even closer to perfection.
It’s another step towards our mission to deliver meaningful audio experiences to all.”
THE LATEST HARDWARE FOR AN IMPLOSIVE SOUND
Phantom embeds Devialet’s ADH® (Analog Digital Hybrid) signature patented amplification technology. Working in parallel, the analog amplifier reproduces an unspoilt signal and sends it to the digital amplifiers, which are then able to translate it digitally. In other words, ADH® combines the sophistication of analog with the power and compactness of digital.
As well as ADH®, Phantom features several of Devialet’s other world-class patented technologies, including: Speaker Active Matching (SAM®) to ensure perfect control of the speakers and high acoustic fidelity; Heart Bass Implosion (HBI®), the acoustic process that emits bass sounds with extreme depth and physical impact; and Active Cospherical Engine (ACE®), the speakers spherical design which is carefully crafted to reproduce sound and diffuse its energy linearly in all directions.
With these technologies at work, the Phantom continues to provide best-in-market performance in terms of compactness to power fidelity ratio.
Phantom I now features Devialet’s unique next generation audio processing chip, embedding signal processing and amplification performance in a unique System on a Chip (SoC) for high-power, high-performance audio whenever you need it.
These critical enhancements offer better acoustic along with improved thermal dissipation, making Phantom I up to 4 times more energy efficient than the previous Phantom generation.
A MODERN YET TIMELESS DESIGN, NOW IN MATTE, BLACK AND WHITE
Since founding, Devialet remains on a mission to achieve simplicity in engineering but also in design.
Phantom’s iconic design remains one-of-a-kind, carefully crafted to reflect both the purity of the sound you hear and the extreme power it holds within.
Phantom I embodies the best of Devialet’s design ethos and the next generation of Devialet products. Phantom’s iconic spherical design has been updated with a modern matte finish, now available in black and white to either let it stand out or fit in, with new signature side panels, accessories and packaging.
As for accessories, which have a direct impact on listening experience, Devialet introduces Arch to connect analog sources to Phantom I.
Emmanuel Nardin, Product & Design Director, and co-founder at Devialet, says:
“Ambitious design and acoustic excellence are at the heart of all Devialet products. To us, Phantom I is the marriage of these two visions, a perfect balance of artistry and technology.
Embracing Devialet’s core design ethos with more precise, carefully considered details,
Phantom I feels even more modern, sophisticated and timeless than ever before. It’s a huge achievement for us and we are excited to see the Phantom family raise the bar once again.”
NEW PHANTOM I RANGE
Phantom I is available at two power levels, each in two colourways.
Phantom I 103 dB comes with light chrome or matte black side panels ; it delivers a maximum volume of 103 dB SPL,, with infra-bass of 16Hz and diamond sharp treble of 25kHz.
Phantom I 108 dB comes with dark chrome and gold side panels and offers up to 108dB SPL and even more extreme bandwidth of 14Hz to 27kHz.
A RICHER USER EXPERIENCE
Devialet’s team of engineers have worked hard to avoid compromises: incredible sound, wrapped in a beautiful package and topped with practical new features and usability.
- New Devialet OS to bring more ways to play with Phantom and stream Hi-Res files through Roon Ready
- A straightforward Devialet app to allow multi-room configuration between all Phantom models.
- AirPlay2 to give users further ability to configure multiroom set up by streaming audio directly from the control device (iPhone) to multiple AirPlay speakers without the use of the Devialet app.
- Enhanced UPnP (universal plug-and-play) capabilities up to 24 bits for compatibility with apps such as BubbleUPnP and mconnect Player.
- A more intuitive interface including new LED signals at the rear of the Phantom for status checking, and a new stand-by mode.
- A newly designed remote control included with every Phantom I for a crisp user experience wherever you are seated.
A NEW ERA FOR DEVIALET
A new breed of speaker, Phantom I pushes the boundaries of audio engineering one step further. At the same time, Devialet’s Phantom Reactor, still immense but even more compact, is being renamed as Phantom II, to bring greater continuity to the Devialet Phantom brand and family.
Phantom I retails from £1,890 and is available at the likes of John Lewis, Selfridges and Harrods as well as through Devialet’s website and own stores.
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