It is a launch that has not gone unnoticed. On March 29, French company Devialet unveiled Dione, an “all-in-one” soundbar. The result of three years of research, it features 17 speakers (a first), integrates Dolby Atmos technology, and announces a “spatial” sound worthy of a “home cinema”, with less bulk. A timely first step for this French audio specialist, known for its ovoid-shaped Phantom speakers.

Because today sound bars are on the rise (+ 4% growth in turnover in 2021 according to GFK). The reason ? Increasingly thin television sets unable to accommodate sufficiently powerful audio systems, and mastered technology… at all costs.

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The new Devialet soundbar

Indeed, if the Dione exceeds 2,200 euros, other manufacturers – Sonos, Bose, Sony, Samsung… – put forward models that are often less expensive. Like the very compact QP5 Eclair from LG. Accompanied by a subwoofer, this small bar that we were able to test at length, costs barely 450 euros but delivers a very convincing sound for a minimal bulk. A first in this abundant universe, and a technological feat that should be highlighted.

LG QP5 Eclair Black & White (LG)
LG QP5 Eclair Black & White (LG)

Because democratizing audio without neglecting quality is a necessity today. We may regret it, but it has been proven that since the pandemic, consumers have gotten into the habit of going out less but want to find the pleasure of a theater or cinema at home. Result: they are more and more demanding about the quality of their audio accessories. As proof, the rise in the range of one of the most trendy audio objects today: wireless headphones. The French bought 4.2 million pairs last year (up 25% compared to 2020 according to GFK), but bet on the “noise reduction” function found on the most qualitative ones. A good point for audiophiles who are finally spoiled for choice in a varied price range. Including this small audio selection tested and approved by us:

A “so British” turntable

Cambridge Audio's Alva ST
Cambridge Audio’s Alva ST

Make way for the “Great British Sound” with the Alva ST. Since 1968, Cambridge Audio has made a name for itself among the most audiophile among us. Featuring a belt drive, moving magnet pickup system, Bluetooth connectivity and a switchable built-in phono preamp, the Brit’s latest retro-designed turntable is well on its way to becoming what the Beatles are in the UK: a symbol.

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A high-end helmet

Technics EAH-A800
Technics EAH-A800

With its new EAH-A800 Bluetooth headphones, the Japanese cador Technics relies on a clean silver design and hybrid active noise reduction technology balanced to capsize the ears. And it is successful, in particular thanks to a chubby acoustic signature, particularly focused on the bass and treble, and an announced autonomy of 50 hours. The plus: a built-in microphone allows you to make clear and precise voice calls, while listening to your favorite albums.

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Technics EAH-A800 – 349 €

Formula 1 speakers

Klipsch The Fives McLaren Edition
Klipsch The Fives McLaren Edition

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A sound as powerful as the engines of a Formula 1. Official partner of McLaren Racing, Klipsch has just developed with the British team a capsule of its The Fives active speakers, and they have some under the hood. On the sound side, the energy sound clear and whirring sound can be customized via the Klipsch Connect app. On the design side, we appreciate their “super matte” black color embellished with papaya touches characteristic of the manufacturer, while the tread of the tires used during F1 races serves as a non-slip imprint.

Klipsch The Fives McLaren Edition – €1,499

Dynamic headphones

OPPO Enco X2_black
OPPO Enco X2_black

Smartphone manufacturer OPPO unveiled its latest wireless headphones, the Enco X2, at the end of February. Like the brand’s previous high-end models, they benefit from the expertise of the Danish Dynaudio and offer an adjustable active noise reduction function, including “transparency” and “discussion” modes to adapt to its environment. Also note a multipoint Bluetooth connection, and the promise of high-resolution sound.

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