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The purpose of this new thread is to bring experiences with Devialet together in one place. 

Devialet is widely agreed to be one of the most exciting recent arrivals on the hi-fi scene. Aside from the remarkable transparency of its new ADH amplification technology, it offers an innovative one-box package, incorporating phono stage (in the 170 and 240), DSP (with room correction due in a future upgrade), DAC, and amplification, all housed in a stunning box. (Cue gratuitous picture of shiny box ...)

Recently two threads have been running in parallel: DocG's Holy mackerel! Devialet are trickling down and my Speakers for Devialet 170. This new thread is designed to subsume both.

DocG has now pulled the trigger on a Dev 110, and I have a Dev 170 on order. Both are expected to arrive in late September. We both have questions about speaker matching; no doubt other issues -- sources, connectivity etc -- will arise in due course.

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Now I've moved over here......it's nice. excellent!

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So indeed, I yesterday ordered my Devialet 110 and expect it to arrive in a couple of weeks. I went for the least expensive model ("cheapest" sounds weird to my ears, when talking a €5000 amp). The €2000 price drop comes with less power, less current, less connectivity than the two other models, but the same sound, same visual aesthetics and the same gorgeous remote. The 110 has enough inputs for me, and I don't need a sub-out or digital out. So it will all come down to matching the right, not too demanding speakers.

I need a pair of standmounters, which will be seated on a cupboard (70 cm high), close to the front wall obviously. Wall-mountable speakers could be a good alternative. Sensitivity will play a role, though I don't want to play them loud ('at realistic levels' as they say), a benign impedance curve will be more important.

My demo wishlist is growing, but it isn't always easy to track down a dealer with a demo pair. This isn't London, after all...

Any one interested can read my impressions in this thread, as and when I get to try something.

 

PS: Obviously, I would be happy if other Devialet owners popped in to discuss any tricks, issues, do's and don'ts they've encountered with their device.

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Hi Cno, glad you found our new happy place! cheer

Indeed some input by my compatriots wouldn't have gone amiss, as I don't know any of the Brussels hifi-shops.

Though the distributor doesn't mention any JMR dealers in Belgium, the Interweb pointed me to a shop near Brussels. If their website is up-to-date they have the JMR Bliss on demo, no other JMR standmounters -- too bad -- but it might be an introduction: see if I like the JMR-flavour. I'll try and get some more info as soon as my Dev comes home.

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Hi Mac, make yourself at home! Shall I fix you a drink? beauty, eh

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Macspur wrote:

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Hi Mac, make yourself at home! Shall I fix you a drink? beauty, eh

Cheers Doc, I'll start with one of those famous Belgium beers first please.

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Knock knock... is it OK to come in?

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Hi Mac, make yourself at home! Shall I fix you a drink? beauty, eh

Cheers Doc, I'll start with one of those famous Belgium beers first please.

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Congratulations to both of you. I am lucky enough to be able to use the D-prem, 110, 170 or 240 (even the 500 technically...) on a daily basis and it really is hard to find a more transparent and flexible range. 

 

 After all the "hoo ha" around here recently about low impedances an the like, I have made a point to try everything from Wilson Sasha (4ish ohm) and Maxx 2, Blades and even some Martin Logan models to try and make the devialets break a sweat. Almost every combination sounded beautiful (Air as a source with a NAS loaded with WAV) although the non-believers are right that when pushed well beyond what I would consider to be a realistic level you can make them soft-clip. This is something that I believe most designs would have resorted to given the levels that the speakers had to be pushed to. 

 

   I hope you enjoy your amplifiers. I would like you both to know just how jealous I am. 

 

 

Finally, how has nobody made mention of the best remote ever? Even better than the Pathos and Unison wooden remotes!

 

 

 

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I hope you enjoy your amplifiers. I would like you both to know just how jealous I am. 

Cheers, mate!

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Finally, how has nobody made mention of the best remote ever? Even better than the Pathos and Unison wooden remotes!

Made mention? We rubbed it in, more than once!  Tongue

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Finally, how has nobody made mention of the best remote ever? Even better than the Pathos and Unison wooden remotes!

I nominate the one from AMS35i as the worst remote ever (and probably most expensive).......good for knocking out a burglar though.

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alimcd wrote:

After all the "hoo ha" around here recently about low impedances an the like, I have made a point to try everything from Wilson Sasha (4ish ohm) and Maxx 2, Blades and even some Martin Logan models to try and make the devialets break a sweat. Almost every combination sounded beautiful (Air as a source with a NAS loaded with WAV) although the non-believers are right that when pushed well beyond what I would consider to be a realistic level you can make them soft-clip. This is something that I believe most designs would have resorted to given the levels that the speakers had to be pushed to. 

That's very interesting indeed and confirms what I've heard elsewhere. I expect that at the levels I listen at the 170 won't come remotely near clipping.

Thanks for sharing your experience.

Matt

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alimcd wrote:

Finally, how has nobody made mention of the best remote ever? Even better than the Pathos and Unison wooden remotes!

I nominate the one from AMS35i as the worst remote ever (and probably most expensive).......good for knocking out a burglar though.

I would like to second this nomination, hard to work out why a company can produce such a good amplifer & such an utterly useless remote puzzled

The Dev remote is stunning, does it learn?

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The Dev remote is stunning, does it learn?

Not sure if it learns exactly (why would it need to as it knows everything already?  Wink ) but it can be programmed within the Configurator, I think.

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The configurator can assign a

The configurator can assign a function to the furthest right-hand button. This can be Phase/Mute/Balance but is not exactly learning as such.

I find myself using the app on my iPhone to see volume level I'm at and what available sources there are (as well as play directly, which although not "Hi-Fi" is a great addition). The remote control is always sat by me though, so that I can whip the volume up to get my feet tapping!

One function that I am curious to try ( I may well buy a 110 after I have bought my first house, my Fiance keeps reminding me that we have priorities...) is the unity gain feature as I would like to still have access to multi-channel. Has this been a priority on anyone else's list?

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alimcd wrote:
One function that I am curious to try ( I may well buy a 110 after I have bought my first house, my Fiance keeps reminding me that we have priorities...) is the unity gain feature as I would like to still have access to multi-channel. Has this been a priority on anyone else's list? Ali

Excuse my utter dimness, but what does unity gain do exactly?

Matt