Devialet Gold Phantom
My God! These are so sweet. It’s like eating the best apple pie in the world with a side of the greatest vanilla ice cream in the world as well. But this is no plain vanilla ice cream were talking about. Far from it. We are talking about a new flavor of ice cream. It’s called The Devialet Gold Phantom. These were designed and manufactured in France, that explains the shape of this speaker. The shape can be described as an alien egg.
This is an engineering masterpiece. It sounds like a masterpiece. It is a masterpiece. Such powerful low end bass with two side drivers with awesome separation between the mid range tones and the high end vocals. But my words cant really explain how these speakers look and feel. You’ll have to look up YouTube videos, which there are many to even get a glimpse of the awesomeness of this speaker.
This amazing speaker claims to produce 4500 peak watts for a high power performance you will not soon forget. This speaker is loud and in charge. By the look of this speaker you would think that this is a directional speaker but it’s being marketed as a surround speaker which I will find out as soon as this quarantine is over.
I just cant get over the small size of this speaker but it does have a pretty substantial weight of 28lbs. That weight allows a vacuum to develop to create the massive bass sounds that emanate from this speaker. You can pair them up to produce a stereo soundstage and you can do a multi room set up as well. This also has a smartphone app that promises easy pairing.
There are several models available. This one The Gold Phantom is the most expensive at about $3,000. There are smaller models (Reactor) available and they all sound incredible. You can see the Reactor models here with a starting price of $1090.00.
One big huge concern for me are the customer service nightmares that I have read. This is the only sub 4-star reviewed product I have ever showcased.
Bang & Olufsen Beosound Balance
A brand new Bluetooth speaker was released and I love this brand with a passion. The Bang & Olufsen Beosound Balance available in two finishes, Natural Oak and Black. These are made to be directional so you place against a wall for the best sound and in return you will get the best rich bass, the best clear mid-range and the best sparkling highs giving you a sophisticated listening experience. I’ll have mine with a glass of Cabernet and brie served at room temperature, please.
But that’s not all, you can also have the sound come from the front, left and right sides of the speaker to be paired with another Beosound Balance for an awesome soundstage for a stereo experience you will not soon forget. These also have multi-room functionality. As always, there is a smartphone app to customize your music to your liking and with the benefit of Bluetooth 5.0 giving you a range of 200′-800′, depending on obstructions.
Premium materials are used in the construction of this speaker. Using a solid oak base with premium-crafted aluminum. The top of this speaker has an aluminum tactile top where you can adjust the volume just by a touch on the rim. Clockwise turns up the volume and counter clockwise will turn the volume down and touch forward to up the track and touch back for a previous track. Proximity sensors will sense you walking up to it, lighting up the LED control paneland dim when you walk away.
The design is Scandinavian minimalist. Beautiful in form and function and beautiful with sound presence. Premium craftsmanship partnered with premium sound performance equals an ultra premium quality product of unfathomable dimensions…”A dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity…” (slap!) My apologies to Rod Sterling.
Anyways as I was saying, This is the cheese in a Quarter Pounder. The supreme in a Burrito Supreme…and finally this put the shake in a milkshake. Get it? For a price of $2,250 it better do that…Maybe the next version will make you your favorite flavor of latte…You never know.
KEF LSX Wireless Music System
The KEF LSX is their newest wireless speaker that connects through WiFi and Bluetooth. FYI-They still need a powered connection to an electrical source. Everything on this page does.
KEF is a brand from the U.K. known specifically for their well built and good looking ultra HiFi equipment. This looks like a traditional pair of speakers but that’s where the similarity ends.The KEF LSX is a very detailed high resolution compact HiFi digital music system that will churn your ears in to a creamy peanut butter. Smooth and creamy. Almost like using silk Q-tips in and around your ears. Remember, never use a cotton swab to put directly into your ear canal. That was my PSA (Public Service Announcement) for today.
A digital Signal processing algorithm allows acoustic optimization of specific characteristics for any room. Using their patented Uni-Q Drive unit which places the tweeter at the center of the mid range and bass cone improves stereo imaging so much it lets you believe as if the musicians are right in front of you.
Mids and highs are crisp and tight as vocals and snare drums sound exceptionally remarkable and bass is punchy and unobtrusive. The internal amp pushes the low frequencies at 70W while the high frequencies take 30W for a total of a 100W amp. Each speaker has the dimensions of 9.5 x 6.1 x 7.1in. Meant for a more traditional stereo speaker with a left and right set up than the Devialet and Bang & Olufsen systems…Hold on now. Did I just say that the bass was punchy and unobtrusive? I believe I did say that…
That is why I also recommend the addition of The KEF 8b subwoofer. As you can see I have showcased it below. Now, don’t get me wrong. The KEF LSX sounds great on their own but for that extra oomph I would recommend the subwoofer. For details read below.
Use the KEF Smart connect smartphone app which automatically detects a subwoofer and adjusts the sound levels accordingly. The KEF LSX comes in five colors and it comes with a price of $1,250. Much less expensive than the previous two systems I showcased.
The KEF KUBE Subwoofer Series
Deep, tight and powerful bass. What else is their to say. Closed sealed cabinets with a 300Watt amp that pushes a front firing sub…awesome! The KEF KUBE series come in three models. The KUBE 8b with a 8″ subwoofer, the KUBE 10b with a 10″ subwoofer and the KUBE 12b with, of course a 12″ subwoofer. For purposes of size I decided to key in on the 8″ subwoofer. You may want a bigger sub and if you are a basshead and I completely understand.
These subwoofers are not wireless but if I was buying this for myself I wouldn’t mind one extra cable to hide, well actually two including the power connection. You connect the subwoofer by connecting it to the master LSX speaker also known as the right speaker in a dedicated sub connection. KEF Smart Connect will automatically detect and adjust your subs volume accordingly. All that’s left for you is to set your volume and phase selection and choose your DSP (Digital Signal Processing) settings. Settings like in front of a wall, in the corner and standalone placement.
And there you have it. You know have the KEL KUBE 8b Subwoofer connected to your KEL LSX Wireless Music System. Connect your smartphone to your system and be instantly transported to a new dimension of immersive sound.
FYI – The KEL LSX system costs $1,750.00. That’s $500 less than the Bang & Olufsen and $1,250.00 less than the Devialet. Just some food for thought if you are in the market to purchase any of these systems.
If you got this far,thanks for reading.
You’ve heard of Beauty and the Beast, right? This is the Beauty with the Beast! For the price this may be the loudest Bluetooth speaker available on the planet. This is one finely tuned handsome monster. Check out reviews on YouTube
This bad boi has a total of 6 speakers. That’s right 6. They are broken down in to Dual 1″ Silk Soft Dome Neodymium Ferrofluid Cooled tweeters, Dual 5″ Woven Glass Fiber Composite Drivers with Butyl Rubber Surround Mid-ranges and Dual 8″ Polymer Treated High Excursion Butyl Rubber Surround woofers powered by a amp that produces 280 continuous watts. This well engineered speaker creates a beautiful sound at an affordable price.
The speaker itself weighs 81lbs. The included stand makes this weigh in at around 100lbs. Not a typical portable Bluetooth speaker but this blows just about every Bluetooth speaker out of the water into outer space. Look at the ratings. 4.6 out of 5 stars! This biggie is a statement piece, a handsome, well built and powerful statement piece at that. And at the price of $599.99 this is much more affordable than most speaker systems. The only thing you need is space to park this beast on. The dimensions without the stand is 23.2″H x 29.5″W x 11″D with the stand it’s 36″H x 29.5″W x 11″D.
Mom! I know what I want for Christmas! Ma! What do you mean I have to carry this on my own!…Ma?
Listening to music is subjective. The sound that emanates from any of these headphones, earbuds, speakers and the like, will be different for each individual. So please be aware, what may sound good to me doesn’t mean it will sound good to you. Please read or watch reviews on any product that I showcase. Or listen to a friends’. Or, go to a retail store and try it out there. A little knowledge can go a long way…then you can buy from me. (Wink, wink)