Posted on 23rd October, 2018


Devialet’s all-new Phantom Reactor is an active, audio stream-loving loudspeaker. The new size of the speaker and price point is better suited to smaller listening spaces and budgets.

The Devialet Phantom has undoubtedly made waves since it landed in 2015.

Although many 'audiophiles' refuse to take the futuristic digital streaming speakers seriously, demonstrations of a stereo pair at shows and in stores never fail to leave me with a smile on my face. That said, the full-sized Phantoms are probably too much for my small abode. Enter, the Phantom Reactor (shown below to be substantially smaller than the Phantom).

Devialet Phantom Reactor

The price may be lower, but the spec list hasn't shrunken any. The Phantom Reactor offers SBC/AAC Bluetooth (no aptX, though), Spotify Connect, Apple Airplay and UPnP. Also, Chromecast support will be added in the first half of 2019, allowing for multi-room shennanigans via Google's streaming tech.

Speaking of tech, the Rector is possibly the most extreme concentration of high technology known to any sound system: its 981 parts are protected by over 100 patents.

Despite the 900W of power, it only measures 219mm x 157 mm x 168 mm, and weighs in at 4.3kg. The Reactor comes in at roughly a quarter the size of its larger siblings. In fact, the diminutive speaker can be held in one hand. However, thanks to the opposing woofers (Devialet's proprietary Heart Bass Implosion tech) and front full-range driver, the speaker is capable of delivering sounds from 18Hz up to 21Khz. The upshot of that is more than decent sound reproduction.

Devialet Phantom Reactor

Two versions of the Phantom Reactor are available and are up for pre-order right now. The Reactor 600 ($1,900) and Reactor 900 ($2,490) are both suffixed showing the amount of Watts they can dish out. Also, the versions promise 95dB SPL and 98dB SPL respectively.

In addition to the Phantom Reactor's hybrid Class A/D amplification, it also boasts THD+N = 0.001%, a DSP crossover, and a 24bit/96kHz DAC. As well as wireless connectivity the Reactor offers optical and analogue cable hook-ups.

At the moment, the Phantom Reactors cannot be paired together to create true stereo. However, this will change thanks to an upcoming software update. When that lands, it could well see the Reactors pitched directly against the likes of KEF's excellent LS50 Wireless.

The wireless audiophile market certainly looks to be picking up.

Both new Reactor Phantoms can be pre-ordered now.

For more information visit Devialet.


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Jay Garrett

StereoNET’s Bass playing Hi-Fi junkie and UK correspondent heads up StereoNET UK as Editor. His passion for gadgets and Hi-Fi is second only to being a touring musician.

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