OK, maybe not THAT realistic. Image copyright Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Essentially, Devialet has done this by combining the all-round performance of a Class A amplifier with the best of a Class D (like efficiency with low-power input). And they’ve integrated it into a sleek, low-vibration package with a sub-woofer, mid-range driver and tweeter. But what does that mean? To find out, we tilted a critical ear towards it with select scenes from The Last Jedi and Mother - from Blu-Ray-quality sources, of course. (Note: you can cable Phantoms with optical connections or set them up with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, but bear in mind that Bluetooth’s bitrate is too low for high-quality audio such as Blu-Ray - it will be compressed to a lower quality.)
With one Phantom: More than we expected.
Even with only the centre channel, the sound is surprisingly full and the bass travels remarkably well - if you’re watching something with sound towards the low end of human hearing be prepared for it to give you the jitters. And the power shifts without distortion - a big moment, sudden explosion, punchy part in the score? Reproduced here incredibly well and with brilliant clarity. Remember it’s a mono setup, which limits it a bit spatially. But if fidelity with a good amount of power is your aim you won’t be disappointed.
With two Phantoms: Satisfying and full.
All of the above plus of course it feels fuller with the physical separation of the speakers. Reverb is produced really well from the source - it’s starting to feel cinematic. (Side note: you’ll need a controller to manage input to output channels if you have more than one Phantom.) We listened to some music through this setup as well, and bass, mid and high all sounded excellent, especially for strongly vocal music (European speakers are known for this).