Devialet tends to do issues slightly otherwise than most audio corporations. The French agency first made waves within the audio scene with its futuristic-looking Phantom audio system, which packed an absurd quantity of bass right into a small quantity of area. Then it packed an absurd quantity of bass into a fair smaller area with the Phantom Reactor.
After dabbling with high-end earbuds, now Devialet needs to ship an absurd quantity of bass beneath your TV with the launch of the Devialet Dione. The corporate guarantees the Dione, its first Dolby Atmos soundbar, can attain so low that it obviates the necessity for an exterior subwoofer.
It additionally prices $2,400. But when the corporate can ship comparable technical excellence to its earlier audio system — the Phantom Reactor demonstrated a few of the greatest goal efficiency I’ve seen on my check bench — it’d simply be capable to justify the value.
The Devialet Dione isn’t fairly as esoteric in its look as many of the firm’s earlier merchandise, but it surely’s nonetheless fairly on the market so far as soundbars go. The corporate makes use of a bunch of cryptic acronyms to explain its varied applied sciences, however listed below are the important thing issues that you must know:
- The speaker helps 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos through the use of spatialization algorithms and a method to focus soundwaves referred to as beamforming. These strategies aren’t often as convincing as actual encompass, however they’re typically higher than plain previous stereo.
- The speaker combines 17 drivers — 8 woofers and 9 full-range drivers — with DSP so as to steer sound and maximize the floor space and tour to push air quantity.
- These drivers and ample amplification enable the Dione to supposedly attain a quantity of 101 dB at 1 m and frequencies as little as 24 Hz. That’s mighty spectacular for a slim soundbar, even when it’s unlikely to hit these frequencies at its most SPL.
- A repositionable ‘ORB’ handles the middle channel and permits the soundbar to put flat in opposition to a console or vertically in opposition to a wall.
- The Dione helps room calibration by way of its app to regulate its sound to the acoustic traits of your atmosphere.
- The speaker helps ARC, eARC, and CES for interfacing along with your TV. It additionally helps playback by way of Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, Spotify Join, UPnP, and Toslink optical.
There’s a whole lot of cool know-how right here, however the proof might be within the acoustic pudding. Beamforming, encompass spatialization, and room calibration are all nice concepts I’ve principally seen carried out poorly (with some exceptions, just like the humongous Sennheiser Ambeo).
I’m additionally slightly cautious concerning the software program expertise, as that was really my greatest downside with earlier Devialet audio system. Alternatively, it’s been just a few years since I examined these audio system, so hopefully the corporate has sorted out the app issues I handled.
That each one may sound like a whole lot of caveats, however I’m cautious as a result of I’ve pretty excessive expectations for the Dione. I’ve but to see one other speaker firm match Devialet’s potential to pack clear bass right into a small quantity — right here’s hoping that streak continues with the Dione.