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Anyone of you have experience with the Devialet Phantom? Is it really that good or just hype? Thanks.
post #2432 of 2442
Yes. At length.

'A new engineering that outperfoms all existing systems'

Incorrect.

'The best wireless speaker in the world.'

Possibly. That's not saying much.

It's Class D amplification and sounds it. Class D has come a long way, but this is brawn and sexy over subtlety and nuance. Not for me, I'm afraid.
post #2433 of 2442
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It's Class D amplification and sounds it.

Incorrect. It's not Class D. Devialet's stuff uses a hybrid of Class A and Class D.
post #2434 of 2442
Correct. An amalgam.

And sounds just like early Class D.
post #2435 of 2442
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Correct. An amalgam.

And sounds just like early Class D.

I haven't heard the Phantom, but I will say that The Devialet integrated amplifiers sound nothing like early Class D
post #2436 of 2442
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Originally Posted by audiophilia View Post

Yes. At length.

'A new engineering that outperfoms all existing systems'

Incorrect.

'The best wireless speaker in the world.'

Possibly. That's not saying much.

It's Class D amplification and sounds it. Class D has come a long way, but this is brawn and sexy over subtlety and nuance. Not for me, I'm afraid.

I really wanted to like the Devialet but the bass is quite boomy and the mids are just not smooth enough.
post #2437 of 2442
Alas, it was expected. Hopefully they will be successful enough to continue develop their system. Perhaps their bass drivers could be incorporated into traditional speakers down the line. Devialet claim that SPL of recording is matching 1:1 SPL of their speakers is pretty impressive and I assume measurable.
I have not heard them in person but in HD videos they do sound pretty balanced.
post #2438 of 2442
Scored a pair of Spendor SP2's today (the original version). Sound fantastic, 9.5/10 condition, one owner. Overpaid a little, but I'm very happy with them. So now I need to let a set of KEF 104s go to make room.







post #2439 of 2442
Nice pickup.

I am currently cross-shopping Integrated/DACs for my small listening room. If we don't get super snowed in this weekend I am going to try and demo the following: Hegel H80, NuPrime IDA8 or a IDA 16, Parasound Halo. The Hegel has incredible reviews.
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Nice pickup.

I am currently cross-shopping Integrated/DACs for my small listening room. If we don't get super snowed in this weekend I am going to try and demo the following: Hegel H80, NuPrime IDA8 or a IDA 16, Parasound Halo. The Hegel has incredible reviews.

I'm a creature of my generation, not to mention I like to look at a substantial stack of separate units.

Let us know what you like. An initial pass on that Hegel is interesting.

Going to wire up the Spendors this weekend to a Naim Nap 180/Nac 162 and demo them for a few weeks in my home office. With my Nait 3, they sound really nice, I'm impressed.
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I'm a creature of my generation, not to mention I like to look at a substantial stack of separate units.

Let us know what you like. An initial pass on that Hegel is interesting.

Going to wire up the Spendors this weekend to a Naim Nap 180/Nac 162 and demo them for a few weeks in my home office. With my Nait 3, they sound really nice, I'm impressed.

That's actually awesome. What are you driving those with (sorry if I missed it earlier in the thread).
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That's actually awesome. What are you driving those with (sorry if I missed it earlier in the thread).

Right now? A Naim Nait 3, fantastic little integrated amp. I made the mistake of selling mine about 8 years ago, regretted it immediately, and then spent 2 years sourcing another:





This weekend I'll wire the Spendors to a more traditional Naim amp and pre amp combination and give the Nait back to my Linn Keilidhs.

Still on the lookout for a pair of Harbeth.

If anyone local to DC wants a pair of KEF 104/2, send me a PM.
Edited by idfnl - 1/21/16 at 4:25am
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