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  • Devialet Announces Availability of its High-End Phantom Speakers at Select Apple Stores

    Devialet, the high-end French audio firm, recently announced immediate availability for its highly acclaimed Phantom Implosive Sound Center at select US Apple Stores with wide availability to follow in 2016. At a respective $1,990 and $2,390, Devialetís 750-watt Phantom and 3,000-watt Silver Phantom speakers are the second and third most expensive speakers in the Apple Storeís current lineup. They come behind Bang & Olufsenís BeoPlay A9 floor-standing unit. That being said, the biomorphic white pods appear to be worth every penny as they are well spoken about from industry heavyweights including The Absolute Sound, Sound Stage! and Rolling Stone, as well as from various tech publications such as Wired.

    Quentin Sanniť, the CEO of Devialet, had the following to say regarding the matter:

    Working with Apple has been a long-held dream of Devialet since the company's inception. Like Apple, our products share the same level of category re-invention, premium quality and the acclaim of consumers worldwide, all fueled by a high degree of investment: $25M and 10 years of R&D just for Phantom.
    The Phantom is packed with cutting edge technology that is borrowed from the brandís high-end amplifier lineup. One of the platforms, dubbed Analog/Digital Hybrid (ADH) Intelligence, combines Class A (analog) and Class D (digital) amplification to reproduce undistorted sound at high volumes. The other enhancements include Speaker Active Matching (SAM) technology that helps to optimize driver response in real time and a unique spherical architecture for even sound dispersal.

    Supposedly a single Phantom is sufficient for room-filling omnidirectional sound but users are always given the option to pair them up for stereo output using Devialetís separate Dialog audio router. As of right now, up to 24 Phantomís can be chained together.

    When it comes to internal specs, inside the ABS shell is a Kevlar second skin, aluminum core and advanced circuitry such as a 24-ibt Texas Instruments PCM1798 DAC that feeds two high-excursion coaxial drivers and a single tweeter. Apple, iPhone and Mac owners can connect via WiFi with Devialetís Spark app, a physical TOSLINK optical input or via Bluetooth. A2DP and AVRCP profiles are supported alongside aptX, AAC and SBC audio codecs. The device touts support for the following audio formats as well: HE AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320 kbit/s), WMA, WMA lossless (16 bit only), MP3 (16 to 320 kbit/s), MP3 VBR, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV, FLAC, OGG, VORBIS.

    Just in time for the holiday season, the Phantom is set to be made available at 13 brick-and-mortar Apple Stores across the US. The outlets that will carry it include New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

    Are any of you in the market for one of the new Phantom speakers?

    Source: Devialet (Phantom) via AppleInsider
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