After likening its first Phantom speaker to a bomb, Devialet has saved the explosion theme for its newest wi-fi music product — the Phantom Reactor. Like its bigger brethren, the Reactor is a extremely pressurized capsule mentioned to ship stunningly deep bass.
Devialet representatives informed me the shrunk-down Reactor was designed to convey the sound of the unique Phantom to a extra affordably priced speaker. Whereas the Basic Phantom begins at $1,690, the brand new Reactor is on the market from $999.
The Reactor is 1 / 4 the dimensions of its predecessor, measuring eight.6 inches lengthy by 6.2 inches extensive by 6.6 inches deep, or 219mm by 157mm by 168mm.
There are two variations of the Reactor. This is what you’ll be able to anticipate:
Phantom Reactor 600, 95 dB, 600W $999/£999 Phantom Reactor 900, 98 dB, 900W $1,299/£1,290 18Hz – 21KHz frequency response Class D amplifiers Bluetooth, Spotify Join, AirPlay, UPnP or via an analog or optical jack connection
We heard a short demo of the Reactor and it had the massive, clear sound we have heard from earlier variations. Nonetheless, whereas it additionally goes down fairly deep it did not appear to have the bass management of the bigger model.
We listened to Daft Punk’s Get Fortunate and the bass guitar half wasn’t as tight as we have heard earlier than, sounding a bit flabby. Although the Reactor we noticed wasn’t a closing manufacturing mannequin, the representatives mentioned there wasn’t a approach to management the EQ to cut back the quantity of bass.
So far as competitors goes, there are many hi-fi manufacturers providing audio system in roughly that worth vary, such because the Naim Mu-So Qb ($799 at Amazon Market), the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wi-fi ($700 at Amazon) and the McIntosh RS100. Devialet’s foremost benefit on this crowded area is that it owns a collection of shops and “immersive rooms” in distinguished locations (like Grand Central station in NYC) that enable individuals to listen to the merchandise straight.
The speaker might be accessible within the US and UK this month whereas Australian pricing and availability are but to be confirmed. Anticipate it to value round AU$2,000, although.