Devialet, the iconic French brand known for its wireless speakers, has just announced a major update for speakers in the Phantom Premier range. Available since November 4, 2019, this update concerns the Devialet Silver Phantom, Devialet Classic Phantom, Devialet Gold Phantom and Devialet Gold Phantom Opéra de Paris speakers. On the menu are major improvements to how the speakers are controlled, but there are also a few negative points. Consequently, we strongly recommend that you read this article before carrying out the update.
Devialet update: a single environment
The major change brought by this new Devialet update is the integration of the DOS 2 (Devialet Operating system 2) operating system, which is already present on the Devialet Phantom Reactor speakers. As a result, it will no longer be possible to pilot any of the Devialet Premier speakers via the Devialet app for iOS and Android to stream Hi-Res music from Qobuz and Tidal. From now on, streaming will therefore be limited to Bluetooth, AirPlay, Spotify Connect and Deezer. Tidal and Qobuz are accessible, but in CD quality at best. To listen to these streaming services in Hi-Res, you will have to use the UPNP protocol for HD streaming via compatible applications, such as Audirvana.
Devialet update: no more multi-room
The introduction of the DOS 2 operating system also makes the Devialet Dialog audio player obsolete. All Phantom Premier speakers will now be used in a similar way to the Reactor model: each speaker is connected to the network (wired or Wi-Fi) and you will no longer need the Devialet Dialog player to synchronize them. Carrying out stereo pairing between two Devialet speakers is therefore much simpler. However, this also means that it will no longer be possible to use the Devialet Dialog player to stream sound from a TV or any other wired source to the Devialet speakers after the update has been carried out. It is still possible to connect the TV to the optical or mini-jack input of a Devialet speaker and stream the sound wirelessly to a second Devialet speaker when they are used as a stereo pair.
The obsolescence of the Devialet Dialog player means that multiroom streaming between multiple Devialet speakers will not be possible after this update either. At the moment, the DOS 2 system is unable to stream the same music to two Devialet speakers. The French brand has announced that it will make solving this problem a priority, and will roll-out AirPlay 2 compatibility sometime in 2020. For now, it is vital not to carry out this Devialet update if you use several Devialet speakers in a multi-room setup.
Thankfully, this Devialet update doesn’t only come with inconveniences. The Devialet Phantom Classic speaker will see its amplification power rise from 1200 watts to 2000 watts. A considerable improvement that concerns all Phantom Classic speakers, even first gen models.
More good news: the Devialet Care warranty has been extended from 3 to 5 years. As a result, it will be possible to replace a speaker during this period at a rate ranging from €199 to €299 depending on the model. Lastly, the French brand has decided to retire the Devialet Phantom Silver, announcing that production will soon cease.