In this year’s Best of the Best, we continue to honour the brands and people who have continued to create covetable products, even in the midst of a global pandemic. Here we have the new Devialet Phantom I win ‘best speakers’ in the design category
The original Devialet Phantom challenged conventional wisdom – and some say physics – with a speaker that measured no longer than a submarine sandwich, and yet flummoxed your ears with other-worldly levels of clarity and a thunderously chest-thumping bass. But after the revolution, surely comes evolution. The new Phantom I features timely hardware updates for 2021 with an improved audio processing chipset that is also energy efficient. More importantly, it’s now blessed with a myriad of connectivity options ranging from wireless connections like Bluetooth and Roon, to physical, digital connections like Toslink and Ethernet, to pure analogue throwbacks like traditional turntables via an optional Arch accessory. The ultimate indulgence? Wirelessly link another Phantom in stereo or set up a multiroom connection for spiritual audio bliss.