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On 6/27/2017 at 6:42 PM, opusk2k9 said:

 

 

Wow! I'd love to hear more of your thoughts on it. It's hard to imagine something so small being so powerful. What would you compare its sound to?

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Well, I played with them a bit more on Wednesday, I had the day off and the family was out of the house, so I could play them loud.

I have some hearing loss issues and play my gear much less than I should, given all the gear I have.  

However, some of the comments on this thread caused me to want to revisit the Phantoms.

 

First off, I have a pair.  I recommend a pair for the full effect. 

I first heard the Phantom at AXPONA, they had a single in one of the hotel listening suites, not the proper set up to show them off. 

I played all the music off my iPhone bluetooth connected to the speakers (you connect to one and they speaker to each other).

I used my iTune library, Amazon prime music, youtube, and some movie trailers.

Their bass extension is awesome, I played Green Day - Know Your Enemy.  The drums are fast, accurate, and punchy.

Some of the songs I listened to I heard new bass parts of the songs I don't remember ever hearing before.  I normally don't listen to music with a sub on.

The bass can be overbearing at times, the app doesn't have an EQ, if the bass is too much, but they do have an interesting night time mode, that softens the bass.

 

I played a few movie trailers, IMO, one of the best way to test out what a speaker system is capable of, since they throw everything they can in about 3min.

My standard was Life of Pi with the ship scene rattling the rafters with the Velodyne F-1500.  The Phantom do extremely well.  Jack Reacher trailers is also a great test.

I am not a bass fanatic.  I would be happy in my home theater without a sub.

 

The speakers do sound excellent.  They may be a bit more fatiguing (than the La Scala for example) to the ear at higher levels than I normally listen to them.  

For a reality check, I played my reference song Lake Street Dive - What are you doing here (link below).  I compared the Phantoms and the La Scala.

The mids on the La Scala are hard to beat and they edged out the Phantoms (I'm not surprised).  

However, the Phantom sounded great, but the big horn on the La Scala is a favorite of mine.

 

I have never heard the Phantom golds, the reviews say they are a bit more laid back in the bass and that the midrange and tweeters are good upgrade.

I am very happy with my purchase, they are the most money I have ever spent on a pair of speakers.  However, IMO they live up to most of the hype and superlative marketing.

 

 

 

 

Lastly, here is a professional reviewer's (that likely doesn't have my hearing issues) take on a pair of Phantom Golds.  

He reviewed the silvers and then got his hands on a pair of gold.

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2016/12/01/hifi-the-devialet-phantom-gold-speakers-full-stereo-pair-review/

 

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Hey Opusk2K9, 

 

Thanks to the intro to Lake Street Dive. I had never heard that band before.

 

Wow! She can sing. Amazing voice. Hard to find these days. 

 

Thanks again. 

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3 hours ago, Derrick said:

Hey Opusk2K9, 

 

Thanks to the intro to Lake Street Dive. I had never heard that band before.

 

Wow! She can sing. Amazing voice. Hard to find these days. 

 

Thanks again. 

I love the rich tone of her voice.

 

I prefer the youtube video to the album release version, a little more emotion in her voice.

The did release the that song on vinyl too.

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17 hours ago, opusk2k9 said:

Well, I played with them a bit more on Wednesday, I had the day off and the family was out of the house, so I could play them loud.

I have some hearing loss issues and play my gear much less than I should, given all the gear I have.  

However, some of the comments on this thread caused me to want to revisit the Phantoms.

 

First off, I have a pair.  I recommend a pair for the full effect. 

I first heard the Phantom at AXPONA, they had a single in one of the hotel listening suites, not the proper set up to show them off. 

I played all the music off my iPhone bluetooth connected to the speakers (you connect to one and they speaker to each other).

I used my iTune library, Amazon prime music, youtube, and some movie trailers.

Their bass extension is awesome, I played Green Day - Know Your Enemy.  The drums are fast, accurate, and punchy.

Some of the songs I listened to I heard new bass parts of the songs I don't remember ever hearing before.  I normally don't listen to music with a sub on.

The bass can be overbearing at times, the app doesn't have an EQ, if the bass is too much, but they do have an interesting night time mode, that softens the bass.

 

I played a few movie trailers, IMO, one of the best way to test out what a speaker system is capable of, since they throw everything they can in about 3min.

My standard was Life of Pi with the ship scene rattling the rafters with the Velodyne F-1500.  The Phantom do extremely well.  Jack Reacher trailers is also a great test.

I am not a bass fanatic.  I would be happy in my home theater without a sub.

 

The speakers do sound excellent.  They may be a bit more fatiguing (than the La Scala for example) to the ear at higher levels than I normally listen to them.  

For a reality check, I played my reference song Lake Street Dive - What are you doing here (link below).  I compared the Phantoms and the La Scala.

The mids on the La Scala are hard to beat and they edged out the Phantoms (I'm not surprised).  

However, the Phantom sounded great, but the big horn on the La Scala is a favorite of mine.

 

I have never heard the Phantom golds, the reviews say they are a bit more laid back in the bass and that the midrange and tweeters are good upgrade.

I am very happy with my purchase, they are the most money I have ever spent on a pair of speakers.  However, IMO they live up to most of the hype and superlative marketing.

 

 

 

 

Lastly, here is a professional reviewer's (that likely doesn't have my hearing issues) take on a pair of Phantom Golds.  

He reviewed the silvers and then got his hands on a pair of gold.

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2016/12/01/hifi-the-devialet-phantom-gold-speakers-full-stereo-pair-review/

 

I'm really intrigued with these. I nearly ordered a pair just to hear them, luckily I looked them up and they have a store here in NYC. I'm going to stop by when I have time and have a listen. 

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5 hours ago, W27 said:

I'm really intrigued with these. I nearly ordered a pair just to hear them, luckily I looked them up and they have a store here in NYC. I'm going to stop by when I have time and have a listen. 

Please share your opinions when you do.

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On 7/1/2017 at 5:54 AM, W27 said:

I'm really intrigued with these. I nearly ordered a pair just to hear them, luckily I looked them up and they have a store here in NYC. I'm going to stop by when I have time and have a listen. 

Any update?  Thanks. 

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On 6/30/2017 at 12:13 PM, opusk2k9 said:

Well, I played with them a bit more on Wednesday, I had the day off and the family was out of the house, so I could play them loud.

I have some hearing loss issues and play my gear much less than I should, given all the gear I have.  

However, some of the comments on this thread caused me to want to revisit the Phantoms.

 

First off, I have a pair.  I recommend a pair for the full effect. 

I first heard the Phantom at AXPONA, they had a single in one of the hotel listening suites, not the proper set up to show them off. 

I played all the music off my iPhone bluetooth connected to the speakers (you connect to one and they speaker to each other).

I used my iTune library, Amazon prime music, youtube, and some movie trailers.

Their bass extension is awesome, I played Green Day - Know Your Enemy.  The drums are fast, accurate, and punchy.

Some of the songs I listened to I heard new bass parts of the songs I don't remember ever hearing before.  I normally don't listen to music with a sub on.

The bass can be overbearing at times, the app doesn't have an EQ, if the bass is too much, but they do have an interesting night time mode, that softens the bass.

 

I played a few movie trailers, IMO, one of the best way to test out what a speaker system is capable of, since they throw everything they can in about 3min.

My standard was Life of Pi with the ship scene rattling the rafters with the Velodyne F-1500.  The Phantom do extremely well.  Jack Reacher trailers is also a great test.

I am not a bass fanatic.  I would be happy in my home theater without a sub.

 

The speakers do sound excellent.  They may be a bit more fatiguing (than the La Scala for example) to the ear at higher levels than I normally listen to them.  

For a reality check, I played my reference song Lake Street Dive - What are you doing here (link below).  I compared the Phantoms and the La Scala.

The mids on the La Scala are hard to beat and they edged out the Phantoms (I'm not surprised).  

However, the Phantom sounded great, but the big horn on the La Scala is a favorite of mine.

 

I have never heard the Phantom golds, the reviews say they are a bit more laid back in the bass and that the midrange and tweeters are good upgrade.

I am very happy with my purchase, they are the most money I have ever spent on a pair of speakers.  However, IMO they live up to most of the hype and superlative marketing.

 

 

 

 

Lastly, here is a professional reviewer's (that likely doesn't have my hearing issues) take on a pair of Phantom Golds.  

He reviewed the silvers and then got his hands on a pair of gold.

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2016/12/01/hifi-the-devialet-phantom-gold-speakers-full-stereo-pair-review/

 

Given your extensive collection and you still “hearing bass notes in songs you’ve never heard before” that’s pretty impressive for those phantoms.   I wonder what deep bass I’ve been denied?   Do u think the Klipsch stadium has as much bass as your phantoms?  Thx. 

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The Klipsch stadium are spec'd at 26Hz, the Phantom are 16Hz (and 14Hz for the gold).

The new Phantom is $1700, the silver is $2400, and the gold is $3000.

The Stadium was $2000 and is $600 on Amazon, but I heard that parts are hard to come by.

 

The stadium will probably sound more like stereo than a single Phantom.

I have a pair of phantom, if you want them to play in stereo, you also need the dialog ($329).

But, the phantom will likely play lower. 

 

It depends on your needs and budget.  Also, if you can find a good deal.

 

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1 hour ago, opusk2k9 said:

The Klipsch stadium are spec'd at 26Hz, the Phantom are 16Hz (and 14Hz for the gold).

The new Phantom is $1700, the silver is $2400, and the gold is $3000.

The Stadium was $2000 and is $600 on Amazon, but I heard that parts are hard to come by.

 

The stadium will probably sound more like stereo than a single Phantom.

I have a pair of phantom, if you want them to play in stereo, you also need the dialog ($329).

But, the phantom will likely play lower. 

 

It depends on your needs and budget.  Also, if you can find a good deal.

 

Thanks!   Glad u are enjoying yours 🙂

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On 7/1/2017 at 11:07 AM, opusk2k9 said:

Please share your opinions when you do.

I’m sitting at the airport when I look up and see this devialet speakers EVERYWHERE! I’m blown away. They’re in every store above every bar, kiosk, etc. Hundreds of them. Sadly none of them are even playing any music lol

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Which airport?

They are bluetooth, see if you can connect to one and play what you want.

 

Those are phantom silvers, so $2400 ea retail.

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On 7/14/2018 at 10:37 AM, opusk2k9 said:

Which airport?

They are bluetooth, see if you can connect to one and play what you want.

 

Those are phantom silvers, so $2400 ea retail.

It was Newark NJ. Sorry for the delayed response. Was out of the country. 

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