New sound bar with 17 drivers costs 2,190 euros

Devialet is known among people who have a lot of friction between their thumb and forefinger. The French company is especially known for its multi-room loudspeakers. With Devialet Dione, a sound bar is now being presented for the first time. A total of 17 drivers, including eight subwoofers, are housed in the 1.2-meter-long, 12-kilogram behemoth. According to the company, an external subwoofer is not necessary.

I mean, as is well known, Devialet can also do bass on other compact speakers. The 17 drivers are meant to cover a 5.1.2 surround sound setup, with the latter describing the two ceiling channels. The sound bar must deliver 950 watts of sound.

Correct assumption: Devialet Dione supports 3D sound. It has Dolby Atmos in its portfolio, but you also have the option to actively upscale any stereo-encoded 2.0 signal to 5.1.2. By the way, DTS:X is not supported. Logically, you work with upmixing algorithms and also offer different modes. This is how you bring Adaptive Volume Level, a dynamic adjustment of the sound level in real time. We all know when the commercial plays twice as loud as the TV show.

Devialet wants to create a balance between quiet dialogue and noisy scenes. In other respects, too, there is intelligent adaptation to the environment. An integrated room calibration is used for this.

Of course, all the bells and whistles cannot do without the proper drive. Devialet bets on an ARM SoC (4x ARM Cortex-A53 1.25 GHz; 1 GB DDR3) that combines signal amplification and processing technologies (ADH, SAM, Magic Wire, Class A, DAC). With the DAC, 24 bit / 96 kHz is possible.

Devialet also does a few things differently in terms of design: the “ORB” is in the middle. The app and software are familiar. Here the Devialet Dione is integrated into the rest of the multi-room setup and the soundbar can also be played using AirPlay 2. Spotify Connect, Bluetooth 5.0 and UPnP are also included.

The connection to the TV is via HDMI, here HDMI 2.1 is used, or an optical Toslink input. In the case of HDMI, Audio Return Channel (ARC/eARC) and TV remote control operation are available via CEC. The speaker connects to the network via Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) or Gigabit Ethernet.

As with other Devialet speakers, you’ll have to rummage through your pockets to find this nice piece. 2190 euros are owed for the Devialet Dione.

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