The Good Life

Devialet Wireless Hi-Fi Speaker

By Gregory Mottola | From Matthew McConaughey, July/August 2018
Devialet Wireless Hi-Fi Speaker
Photo/Jeff Harris

There’s no ignoring the futuristic curves and curiously ornate front grill of the Devialet Gold Phantom wireless speaker. It does, after all, look suspiciously like something that’s fallen off a NASA space station and gone adrift. But once you hear its dense, powerful bass, its precise midrange and its clean sonic purity, you’ll realize that you’re in the company of perhaps the finest-sounding wireless speaker to ever land in the realm of audio gadgetry.

As otherworldly as it may seem to be, the Devialet Gold Phantom ($2,990) came not from outer space, but from France. It was there, after 10 years of research, that Devialet’s engineering team devised an analog-digital hybrid speaker. Its Class A analog amplifier is what achieves that coveted natural, analog sound. Several assisting Class D digital amplifiers provide extra power, which lets the analog amp focus on what it’s supposed to be doing—giving you the most detailed, distortion-free music possible. 

Devialet calls its system ADH (analog digital hybrid), and the Phantom is equipped with many more fancy-sounding acronyms. Take, for example, its HBI technology. That stands for Heart Bass Implosion and refers to its feisty, side-loaded subwoofers designed to deliver seismic bass as they visibly pump in and out of the unit, throbbing like a mechanical heart. 

As for the rounded, space-pod shape, it has its own acronym too. The ACE, or Active Cospherical Engine, operates on the premise that music fills a room in concentric acoustic ripples, so the sphere shapes the sound. 

There are, of course, more technical acronyms, but here are some specs instead: Encased in an ABS plastic shell, the 4,500-watt Gold Phantom stands about 10 inches high and weighs 25 pounds. It contains two aluminum subwoofers, one aluminum midrange and a titanium tweeter, all of which combine for a frequency response of 14 Hz to 27 kHz. Set-up is easy, requiring only one app to download and a power cord to plug in. 

It probably goes without saying that connectivity isn’t an issue. The Gold Phantom supports most music streaming services and easily plays music from your phone, tablet or computer—even directly from your CD player, assuming you want to go retro. And if one speaker isn’t enough, you can add another for vibrant stereo imaging almost guaranteed to put your senses into a state of future shock.

Visit devialet.com.

Electronics

More in The Good Life

See all
Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce in all its glory.

Oct 24, 2019
Baseball At 150: Five Problems

Baseball At 150: Five Problems

Major league baseball turned 150 years old this year. But the game is far from perfect.

Oct 15, 2019
Smoke The Cigar of the Year for a Good Cause

Smoke The Cigar of the Year for a Good Cause

Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, the maker of Cigar Aficionado’s Cigar of the Year, will be in New York City …

Sep 24, 2019
Babe Ruth Sets Yet Another Record With $5.6 Million Jersey Sale

Babe Ruth Sets Yet Another Record With $5.6 Million Jersey Sale

Babe Ruth's New York Yankees road jersey, dated between 1928 and 1930, sold at auction for $5.64 …

Aug 22, 2019
Car-Themed Watch Auction For Monterey Car Week

Car-Themed Watch Auction For Monterey Car Week

Bidding for Watches Online: The Driver’s Collection will open on August 14 and run through August 20.

Aug 14, 2019
End-of-Summer Mixing With Vodka

End-of-Summer Mixing With Vodka

Mixing it up with vodka.

Jul 2, 2019