Established more than three centuries ago by Louis XIV, the Opéra National de Paris — also known as the Paris Opera — is one of the world’s most venerable opera and ballet houses. Comprising two theatres, the Palais Garnier and the Opéra Bastille, its mission is to preserve and promote operatic and ballet heritage.
In 2017, this renowned institution partnered with Devialet, a French acoustical engineering company that is known for its mix of cutting-edge technology and luxuriously refined designs. Based on a shared commitment to excellence and French musical heritage, it is a match made in auditory heaven.
As part of this collaboration, Devialet created a special collection of its Phantom speakers, which are sleek, state-of-the-art pieces of equipment with more than a hundred patents. The special-edition Opéra de Paris | Devialet includes Phantom I and Phantom II, both of which deliver an exceptional and deeply moving listening experience. They create a transportive sensory delight that might just be the next best thing to being immersed in a live performance at the Paris Opera.
To share this exceptional experience with audiophiles, the collaboration between the Paris Opera and Devialet has also led to the opening of the Devialet sound discovery area at the Palais Garnier. Located in the west area of the Grand Vestibule, the 80-sq-m space houses an “orchestra” of 16 Phantoms, producing the quality of sound one would usually only expect to hear within the walls of the Opera’s theatres.
Despite their deceptively compact and curvy forms, Phantom speakers emit powerful, ultra-dense sound. Phantom I 108dB Opéra de Paris | Devialet delivers a maximum volume of 108 dB, enabled by 1,100 watts RMS of power, and has a stunning range of frequencies from deep infra-bass at 14 Hz to precise treble at 27 kHz.
Its slightly smaller sibling, Phantom II 98dB Opéra de Paris | Devialet, has a top volume of 98 dB, enabled by 400 watts RMS of power, and delivers an impressive spectrum of frequencies from as low as 18 Hz to a high of 21 kHz. We would expect nothing less from the boundary-pushing sound engineers, whose pioneering creations also include Expert Pro amplifiers and Devialet Gemini wireless earbuds, all of which are made possible by end-to-end, in-house technological innovations. The company’s sound-savvy fans include the likes of hip-hop star Jay-Z and LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault.
Aside from their outsized and emotive sound quality, what sets the collaborative Phantom models apart from the other offerings in the Devialet family is their special finish. Taking aesthetic cues from the gilded interiors of the Paris Opera’s spaces, these speakers feature the Paris Opera logo as well as gold leaf side plates hand-finished by the master artisans of Ateliers Gohard, who also carry out the restoration of the gold surfaces of the Palais Garnier and other Parisian monuments. With its exceptional auditory and visual appeal, Phantom Opéra de Paris | Devialet allows discerning audiophiles to be transported to their favourite musical realms any time they wish, right in the comfort of their own homes.
The Opéra de Paris | Devialet range is available at ION Orchard, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands and the Devialet online store.
In partnership with Devialet.