Devialet Mania packs 360° sound and Phantom tech into portable smart speaker

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Devialet has unveiled its first ever portable speaker. The Devialet Mania promises “adaptive 360° stereo sound” and a suitably-luxurious design that references the pricier Devialet Phantom range.

The bowling ball-sized Mania packs a condensed version of the French firm’s proprietary audio technology. Four full-range drivers – plus two subwoofers in a ‘push’ configuration to reduce distortion –  promise a frequency range as low as 30Hz and as high as 20,000Hz.

Active Stereo Calibration meanwhile uses four microphones to adapt the Devialet Mania’s sound to its surroundings. Place the Mania in the centre of a room, for example, and the 360-degree stereo mode is automatically activated. Place it against a wall and the two full-range rear drivers up the ante to deliver a more expansive soundstage.

Devialet Mania pictured in dreamy outdoor setting

(Image credit: Devialet)

Battery life is a claimed 10 hours, which is a full 20 hours less than you’d get from the Award-winning Dali Katch G2, one of the best Bluetooth speakers we’ve tested so far. Then again, the Devialet Mania is rated IPX4 splash resistant – the Katch has no such indoor/outdoor protection.

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