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Devialet Unveils Gold Phantom 4500-watt Speaker

Devialet Rose Gold Phantom

Devialet today announced Gold Phantom, which claims to be the most extreme self contained speaker ever made. It boasts a maximum volume of 108db SPL — equivalent to a live rock concert — enabled by 4,500 Watts of peak power with a ultra-low THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) level of .0005%. On top of that, it is said to play sounds beyond the human range of hearing (14Hz – 27kHz), which is actually bat territory.

Devialet Gold Phantom Middle View

Gold Phantom now represents the highest-end of the Devialet Phantom line-up that follows the original Phantom (750 Watts, $1,990) and Silver Phantom (3,000 Watts, $2,390). The ultra luxurious, 22 kt Rose Gold-finished  stand-alone wireless loudspeaker is driven by a new core ADH (Analog Digital Hybrid amplification) and features a new titanium tweeter.

All Devialet Phantom speakers are exactly the same size and weight 25 lbs (11.4 kg) and stand less than a foot tall. All models include built-in wireless Bluetooth, but the Gold model adds AirPlay. The major difference among models is the amplification and the maximum volume. The original Phantom achieved 99 dB SPL at 1 meter, Silver bumps it up to 105 db, and Gold hits 108 dB — the equivalent to sticking your head next to a running chainsaw (please don’t try). Yet, because sound doubles in volume every 10 dB, one could argue the Gold could play music almost twice as loud as the original Phantom. I haven’t heard any model yet, so I can’t say what is perceived, other than report back the specs.

Devialet Gold Phantom Packaging

Price and Availability
The Devialet Gold Phantom will be available at a retail price of $2,990, with pre-orders starting today on www.devialet.com and shipping beginning (appropriately) on Bastille Day, the 14th of July 2016.

Specifications & Comparison

Phantom (original) Phantom Silver Phantom Gold
Sound Pressure Level 99 dB SPL at 1 meter 105 dB SPL at 1 meter 108 dB SPL at 1 meter
Amplification Power 750 W peak 3,000 W peak 4,500 W peak
Amplification Performances THD+N* : 0.001%
Saturation : 0
Background Noise 0.5 dB SPL at 3m
(*Total Haromic Distorsion + Noise)
THD+N* : 0.0005%
Saturation : 0
Background Noise 0 dB SPL at 50 cm
Acoustical Performances Bandwith: 16Hz to 25kHz (@-6dB)
Accuracy in frequency response : ± 2dB from 20Hz to 20kHz
Bandwith: 14Hz to 27kHz (@-6dB) Accuracy in frequency response : ± 2dB from 20Hz to 20kHz
Technologies ADH; SAM; HBI; EVO ADHV2; SAMV2; HBI; EVO
Loudspeakers Aluminum Tweeter driver Aluminum Medium driver Aluminum Bass drivers Titanium grade 1 Tweeter driver Aluminum Medium driver Aluminum Bass drivers
Digital to Analog Converter Texas Instruments PCM1798 24bits/192kHz
THD: -106dB
Devialet DAC embedded in ADHV2 intelligence 24bits/192kHz
THD: -112dB
Processor ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore 800MHz dual-core processeur, hard IP, and FPGA in a unique System-On-Chip (SoC) Cyclone V 512MB DDR3 memory
Materials Composite body
Internal skin: glass fiber filled polycabonate External skin: ABS
Aluminum central core
Colors and Finish Body: white RAL 9016 Polished stainless steel sides White RAL 9016 dome drivers Body: white RAL 9016 Sand-blasted stainless steel sides Silver dome drivers Body: white RAL 9016 22-carat pink-gold-plated sides White RAL 9016 dome drivers
Size Width: 253 mm | Height: 255 mm | Depth : 343 mm
Weight 11,4 kg
Power Supply IEC 90-240 V~50/60Hz
Synchronisation PHANTOM synchronisation via Wi-Fi, Ethernet or PLC
Up to 24 Phantom*, 12 Phantom playing simultaneously via Dialog (*Some configurations require a full ethernet installation)
Apps Spark (Windows 7+, Mac OSX 10.9+, iOS 7+, Android 4.4+),
Available Services via Wi-Fi using SPARK Deezer*, Spotify, Qobuz*, Tidal*, Web Radios (* requires a Dialog )
Connectivity  – Airplay
Bluetooth : A2D and AVRCP profiles, aptX, AAC, SBC audio codecs Spotify ConnectProprietary Network
Wi-Fi Dual-band (a/b/g/n 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz) Ethernet RJ-45 10/100/1000 Mbps (Gigabit) CPL Homeplug AV2Toslink optical input (TV, CD player, Blu-Ray, video games console,…)
Audio formats HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320 kbit/s), WMA (16 bit), MP3 (16 to 320 kbit/s), MP3 VBR, Apple Lossless, AIFF and WAV, FLAC, OGG, VORBIS
Box Contents 1 power cable 1 User guide
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