Devialet Mania: our take on a unique portable speaker

Devialet Mania

Introductory price €790


Devialet Mania

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    790.00

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    790.00

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    790.00

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    790.00

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    790.00

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    790.00

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    790.00

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    790.00

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    790.00

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    790.00

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    790.00

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    790.00

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The arrival of Mania puts Devialet’s second foot in nomadic audio, and under its own name. And as always, there is no question for the French manufacturer to do as others. The Mania stands out in many aspects, starting with its very particular design, close to a sphere, mixing different materials and finishes, sometimes in fabric, sometimes in shiny or matte plastic… Knowing the main for its indoor use, the manufacturer has taken care to design a chassis that can withstand splashes of water, as evidenced by the IPX4 certification.

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The design of Mania leaves no one indifferent; a practice for products bearing the Devialet seal

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Connected and “smart” wireless features

Mania is also full of features of all kinds. Failing to be a minimum versatile in terms of wired connection (one USB-C port is dedicated to charging), the Devialet speaker bets on wireless connection: Bluetooth, it is not said, and also Wi- Fi, with support for AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect protocols. And to stand out a little from its rivals, this model also emphasizes its ability to interact directly with the Amazon Alexa assistant. Mania support in the Devialet mobile app provides configuration and access to additional features and settings.

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With its dimensions (176 x 139 x 193 mm) and its weight of 2.3 kg, Mania is a portable speaker; It also includes a handle for easy transportation.

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When it comes to day-to-day use, the Mania doesn’t skimp on visual cues and buttons. Thus there are no less than 6 buttons and 3 illuminated markers to show the pairing status of the speaker, the remaining battery (with 4 dedicated diodes) and the status of the microphone in use. helper Our experience after more than two days of testing the speaker highlighted a fairly nice grip, albeit marred by some failures. In terms of autonomy, the manufacturer announces a good ten hours of listening, a value that we have not reached during our various tests.

Devialet has determined that its battery will be

Devialet specifies that its battery can be “easily” replaced in the event of a problem. Manipulation will still require a tour with the manufacturer to dismantle the lower part of the sphere.

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A “cross-over stereo” design for a substantial stage

Another point, and not the least, is the sound reproduction. The Mania wouldn’t be a Devialet loudspeaker without the integration of SAM technologies and the push-push design, which we clearly see here. In an attempt to make everyone agree, the French manufacturer also plans to face one of the most difficult challenges, which is to offer constant stereophonic reproduction in a small portable speaker. We know that this choice always has compromises, as evidenced by the majority of speakers of this type that have been released in the past.

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The Pure Devialet product, the Mania puts the package on sound promises and boasts a high-quality sound, with a ratio of size / power / bass extension that is amazing.

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In Mania, the Devialet teams therefore started with the idea of ​​creating a kind of mix of solutions that are usually found, a combination as atypical as the unique, baptized “cross stereo”: in addition to the two its height. – wide-excursion push-push loudspeaker, the loudspeaker has 4 full-range loudspeakers arranged in the “four corners” of the upper part of the loudspeaker (two dedicated to the reproduction of the left channel, and two to the right channel ). Therefore, regardless of the position of the listener in relation to the loudspeaker, he will benefit from a convincing rendering of stereo, in return for an inverted view if one is on the side of the pregnant. Our first few tests with our test model did not really convince us on this point.

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The manufacturer’s visual represents the concept of “360 stereo” sound mode

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The icing on the cake, the internal signal processing is accompanied by an automatic acoustic calibration system, assisted by a quartet of microphones, which allows the Mania to adapt its sound to the characteristics of its acoustic environment, and above all to optimize the popular stereo rendering near or at a good distance from a wall, thus providing two modes “Stereo 360” and “Stereo oriented”. Everything can be transparent for the user, the system is designed to restart a calibration when the enclosure is moved.

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All of these beautiful promises and details however come with a price, and not just any price. As we said, Devialet wants to stand out on all fronts, and this is clearly the case with the price charged. In its standard version (black or gray), the Mania is actually launched at 790 €, almost double its closest competitor on paper, the Sonos Move, and more than double the more conventional nomadic speakers of the equivalent size. . Count no less than €990 for the Opera de Paris version, a luxury version accompanied by a wireless charging base – absent from the standard version.
Our full Mania test is coming soon. A little more patience!

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