The neat mini-speaker with a T-Rex roar

Devialet’s Phantom Reactor is a minispeaker with maxi sound

Devialet Phantom Reactor 900, £1,290; tripod legs, £149 
Devialet Phantom Reactor 900, £1,290; tripod legs, £149  | Image: Hugh Threlfall

There are certain products I think you can never have enough of. I would put spectacles and cameras among these. My other particular weakness, though, as regular readers will know, is for sound systems. At one point this year, I had seven in my loft apartment – four of my own, three loan samples. Five of these were co-existing in one largish open-plan living room/kitchen. The remaining two populated the other rooms. I was using them all. But give me one more big room to fill with sound and I know exactly what I’d buy: ever since 2015, when Devialet’s extraordinary bass-punching wireless Phantom system was launched, I have hankered after a stereo pair; in fact, I’d settle for a single speaker, so brilliant is the sound from just one mono unit. For heavy rock music there is nothing else on earth like the multi-patented Phantoms. They owe their unique sound to extravagantly powerful amplifiers – the top-of-the-range Phantom Premier offers up to 4,500 watts per speaker – and eye‑popping twin giant aluminium side-mounted bass drivers hermetically sealed under 200kg of pressure and arranged to pump in and out with the bass line, like veritable kinetic sculptures.

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In the absence of that extra room, I’d be happy to settle for Devialet’s new mini-Phantom, the Reactor 900 which, at just 16cm x 22cm x 17cm, is smaller than a Tyrannosaurus Rex egg, but as loud (I’m guessing) as a baby T-Rex. You can buy a neat white tripod stand with it or put it on a flat surface and get the Phantom sound when and where you fancy. In comparison to its larger siblings, it produces just 900 watts but can still blast your head off. I had a happy couple of months with a single Phantom in my bedroom and will seriously consider it as a birthday present to self. 

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