It’s the size of a batch-loaf but this Bluetooth speaker packs a mesmerising volume
Devialet Phantom Reactor
I’m at that point in life when listening to music at deafening volume no longer seems like an essential part of daily existence. But I still feel a strange yearning for gadgets with ludicrous levels of amplification, even if I know my wife will never, ever let me turn them all the way up.
The first hint of the power under the bonnet is the thrumming bass drivers on each side of the spacecraft-like speaker
Devialet’s Phantom Reactor is a Bluetooth speaker about the size of a batch loaf. But at anything above half volume it feels like it could level a cul-de-sac.
The first hint of the power under the bonnet is the thrumming bass drivers on each side of the spacecraft-like speaker, with panels that pump in and out in a mesmerising way until someone yells at you, ‘I can’t hear the television here, turn it down!’
There’s a hefty 600 watts of amplification on board (and this is actually Devialet’s politest speaker – the bigger ones offer waves of bass that make you feel like you have serious indigestion). It sounds majestic, with solid, crystal-clear bass, even at volumes my wife will permit. But you wonder who this thing is for.
There’s no Alexa on board, the wi-fi options are limited, and the better-sounding AptX Bluetooth is curiously absent
For a speaker costing a grand, it’s mysteriously short on features, and it’s also only mono. There’s no Alexa on board, the wi-fi options are limited, and the better-sounding AptX Bluetooth is curiously absent.
It does at least make guests gawp and ask, ‘What on earth is that?’ as you pummel their eardrums. Whether that’s worth a grand is up to you.