I neither love nor hate these speakers. After years of listening to nothing smaller than full-size reference monitors and floor speakers in the main rooms in my home, I got a pair of these Phantom Reactors to bring sound into a smaller room. Online reviews and comments built up high expectations, which they did not meet, but they performed above average FOR THEIR SIZE. I immediately noticed the lack of definition and the sense of constriction in the mid tones, and a slightly forced sound to the (very ample!) bass compared to larger speakers, but these shortcomings were not a show-stopper. While they sounded less natural than high-end speakers, the stereo definition was excellent, and they were comfortable to listen to for long periods, when carefully placed in a small to medium sized room. They are sensitive to placement and sounded better on stands (on a table). I would not use them for critical listening to my music, but I like them more than my (single) HomePod for casual listening. By way of comparison, I also got the new KEF LS50 Wireless IIs, which get 5 stars from me. The KEFs have fuller, warmer sound, better wireless connectivity, and a superior (now all-in-one) app.
Pros: Excellent sound for their size. Can easily fill a small/medium room. Good stereo definition, crisp but not overly bright treble.
Cons: Loss of detail in the midrange, slight forced sound to the bass. No EQ in the Devialet app. EQ from a computer app (like Airfoil), can make them sound better. Speakers had more difficulty connecting to WiFi than other devices in the same room. The Devialet app on iOS often has difficulty finding the speakers, while other wireless devices, including a Bluesound Node 2i, could connect easily at all distances. Not yet AirPlay 2 compatible.
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I'm not a true audiophile but definitely have an ear and appreciation for quality sound especially when it comes to music. The reviews that state the Phantom Reactor are truly "transparent" are spot on. The emotions conveyed especially in singers voices and sweeping arrangements are on full display with this speaker while also deliver full, rich sound that belies a speaker of this size. As someone that's interested in listening to my music and not every feature that may exist or not exist I found that the setup was super fast (less than 2 minutes), the Devialet app worked well but mostly the integration with Spotify (my primary music source) made this an easy upgrade to my everyday music enjoyment.
Pros: Clear/Transparent sound reproduction especially with vocals Full rich bass Form Factor/Size Ease of Use/Setup
Cons: $$ - I'd love to have a stereo setup but alas I must wait until I can afford a second one :) Like many things when you pay more for truly premium products the incremental cost is not commensurate or quantifiable with the exact increase in price (is a Rolls Royce quantifiably 4X's better than a Mercedes?), but this is a luxury good that delivers.
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So, I purchased a Phantom Reactor 600 from another online retailer because it was on a Thursday and they were cheaper for overnight shipping compared to Crutchfield's. I didn't want to wait until Monday to get it for free shipping and I loved it so much that when I knew I had to have a second one to make a stereo pair, I got it here at Crutchfield because of their excellent customer service and support. This is one of those speakers where people either really LOVE it or really HATE it. There doesn't seem to be any in between in the reviews I've read. I for one, am so glad I got them. They sound so amazing! I have no issues with the 'Mids" that people complain about, or Wif. I listen to all kinds of music, and everything I threw at it played perfectly! This is high-end quality at it's best! Very engaging, so much so that I can't stop listening! Just have one was great, but adding a second one for Stereo, WOW, just WOW! And, there is no vibration, I put a glass spider on top while jamming out, and it didn't even move. (see photo). I was very worried when I purchased my first one, but now that I have two, I am so glad I purchased them. Truly an amazing setup. I'm using Tidal through Audirvana, and have also listened through Apple Music usi Airplay. Both sound Great, although Tidal (HiFi - Lossless) is PERFECT! I definitely prefer the black over the white! Go for it, you won't be disappoint
Pros: Sound Bass Quality Engaging Wifi Airplay No need for a sub-woofer!
Cons: Of course I wish it was a little cheaper, but as they say, you do get what you pay for.
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