Now I know I can get a little over excited when we get a new product in here, emperors new cloths and all that, but ever since Devialet unveiled the Phantom just before Christmas I have been gagging to get my hands on one but due to Harrods exclusivity deal this wasn’t possible, although I nearly did venture into Harrods to buy one just so I could see if all the glowing reviews really were justified.
Well after a 6 month wait Devialet bought in a couple of Silver Phantoms for us to listen today, now like a lot of us I have read the reviews, but in all honesty they really did seem to good to be true so once both Phantom’s were hooked up I think it is fair to say that my expectations were pretty high and I was ready to be disappointed. Well the good news is that these awesome looking wireless speakers exceeded what I was expecting, I instantly had a big smile on my face as we tried some of my favourite tracks. The first thing that strikes you is the bass, it is immense, extremely solid and powerful, a couple of times I found it a bit much but you can set the Phantom to night mode which tones the bass down a little so it is good to have the choice, then we tried some vocal music, this is where Phantom really surprised me, voices come across as very natural and effortless with that excellent low Devialet noise floor where everything seems to project itself from an eery silence. So in two words, very impressed.
We used Devialet’s new Dialogue to get everything up and running, you don’t have to use a Dialogue but it certainly makes it all a lot easier to get Phantom up and running and to use the new Spark app with Tidal and other streaming services built in so definitely recommended as a partner for Phantom and around Christmas time the Dialogue will add UPNP streaming to the Expert range which really is excellent news.
We run 2 Phantoms in tandem but you can run up to 24, now that would be scary as just 2 had the room shaking with some of the demo tracks used, you just can’t state how powerful these things are, it really is quite astonishing technology.
HiFi Lounge has signed up to be a Devialet Premier dealer making us one of only 8 outlets in the UK where you can demo and buy Phantom, we have planned a Devialet open day for the end of August where you will be able to come along to experience Phantom and the Expert range and speak to representatives from Devialet, these guys really are bringing a different slant to highend music playback and we are really excited to be part on board for the journey.
We will have our Phantom stock around the beginning of July so not too much longer to wait, Devialet have done a slight re-design to add Bluetooth to Phantom which has held things up a little, but it is certainly well worth the wait.
Below are a few pictures and a couple of links to quick videos I shot as it really is worth seeing a Phantom in action :-)