The new French revolution comes in the form of the Devialet Silver Phantom speaker. This compact speaker (13.8 x 9.8 x 9.8 inches) offers 3000 watts of power with no saturation, no distortion and no background noise and can produce frequencies as low as 16Hz, but as impressive as that is, it’s not the full revolution. The clincher: it’s wireless.

This level of sound quality matched with portability is unheard of, and Devialet has worked hard to make it possible (88 patents protect the Phantom). The Phantom employs a hybrid analog/digital amp, gaining the sonic sophistication of analog amps (Class A) and the power and small size of digital amps (Class D). Devialet’s Heart Bass Implosion system allows extremely low, infrasonic frequencies to be emitted from the Phantom, and it’s the only system in the world to do so in such a small package. Devialet also uses Active Co-Spherical Engine Loudspeaker technology; using the model of acoustical engineer Dr. Harry Olsen as a starting point, Devialet designed the Phantom in the shape of a sphere to best reproduce sound and spread it in all directions.

The Devialet Phantom is a game-changer, not a gimmick. Despite the $2K+ price, what it offers is audiophile-level sound at a fraction of what audiophile systems typically cost and a small percentage of the normal mass. It is beautifully designed, sounds incredible and is one of the easiest ways to get hi-fi into the homes of audio lovers. devialet.com

$2,390


Watts: 3,000
Decibels: 105
Bandwidth: 16Hz to 25kHz ± 2dB at 82dB SPL
Processor: 800MHz dual-core ARM Cortex – A9 MPCore processor
Connectivity: Bluetooth, Dual-band Wi-Fi, Ethernet RJ-45, PIC Homeplug AV2, Toslink optical input
Supported OS: Windows 7+, MacOS 10.9+, iOS 7+, Android 4.4+

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