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Devialet Expert 130 Pro - DEMO

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Devialet Expert 130 Pro - DEMO

$4,599.00

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    Devialet Expert 130 Pro - DEMO

    An immaculate debut in the audiophile world, Expert 130 Pro features the full gamut of exclusive DEVIALET technologies. Expert Pro radically reinvents the core elements of playback: preamp, amp, DAC, streamer and phono stage are streamlined in a single razor-thin slab.

    DEVIALET engineers obsessively seek perfection at every stage of sound reproduction. Always with the same ambition: delivering the best performance ever measured, at all power levels. Whatever the source, whatever the speakers. Expert Pro surpasses all existing systems, redefining industry standards. One game-changing invention at a time.

    It took DEVIALET engineers 10 years of research and development and over 100 patents to achieve the impossible. Over 60 awards later, Expert Pro remains the world's most critically acclaimed audio system. Radically superior.

    Highlights...

    2 x 140 watts into 6 ohms  (approx 105 watts into 8 Ohm)
    Infinitely upgradable and endlessly customizable
    Fully configurable inputs allowing for Analogue, Phono or Digital Coaxial configuration
    Features revolutionary DEVIALET technologies - ADHV2, SAM, AIR, EVO, DAC Magic Wire, RAM
    Incredibly thin and sleek solid aluminum construction

    Revolution 1 - Architecture

    DEVIALET's integrated and infinitely upgradable architecture seamlessly adapts to fit your exact system and speaker model. With absolute precision. Cut from a single block of aluminum, Expert Pro combines extreme refinement and optimal thermal management. For radically superior amplification.

    Revolution 2 - Technologies

    Expert Pro features state-of-the-art technologies ranging from ADH analog-digital hybrid amplification, SAM real-time speaker matching, and free EVO updates to AIR HD streaming, DAC Magic Wire, and RAM dynamic phono staging. The ultimate expression of our most groundbreaking innovations. Light-years ahead.

    Revolution 3 - Configurability

    There are no limits. Expert Pro advanced online Configurator allows you to tweak your system settings to your slightest preference. With infinite precision. From input and output definition to the exact specs of your phono cartridge, build your very own bespoke audiophile system.

    Revolution 4 - SAM Ready

    Extreme fidelity. Right down to your speakers. Based on an advanced mathematical model of your speaker profile, SAM enables Expert Pro to tailor the signal to your model's precise requirements. For extreme fidelity audio. DEVIALET engineers are currently traveling the world to ensure your speakers are SAM-ready. 794 profiles are already available. And yours are more than likely among them.

     

    REVIEWS:

    SoundStage!: "An unflinching commitment to iterative improvement is what sets “the best” apart from everything else, and in that respect, Devialet of France is competing only with itself. With a recent infusion of €100 million from a consortium of investors including Foxconn, Renault, and Sharp, Devialet’s aims clearly reach far beyond the listening rooms of audiophiles like you and me. Yet that show of confidence is predicated, in large part, on the success of Devialet’s Analog Digital Hybrid (ADH) amplifier, a patented circuit that earned its reputation for state-of-the-art performance in their line of Expert amplifiers, such as the 120, which I called “the single most impressive audio product I’ve ever spent time with” when I reviewed it in July 2014. Devialet claims that the newest iteration of the 120, the Expert 130 Pro ($7690 USD), is even better. Devialet’s new entry-level amplifier is virtually identical in appearance to its predecessor; the sole difference is the color -- white, not black -- of its only exterior control, a teardrop-shaped Power/Input button. Unchanged from the 120 are the Expert 130 Pro’s polished aluminum case measuring 15.1”W x 1.6”H x 15.1”D and weighing 12.4 pounds, the circular OLED display on its top panel, and various connections. These connections include: Wi-Fi via Devialet’s proprietary AIR app for Mac and Windows operating systems; Ethernet (also managed via AIR); asynchronous USB; S/PDIF optical; 3.5mm optical/RS232 connector; RCA, which can be configured as line-level or phono inputs; and a pair of coaxial inputs, which can also be configured as preamplified analog outputs, while one of these inputs can also be configured as a digital output. The digital inputs support PCM signals up to 24-bit/192kHz; only the USB input can handle up to PCM 32/192 and DSD64.

    "With the Expert 130 Pro, Devialet has continued to build on the most excellent foundation of past successes like the 120 and Expert 200. Despite my apathy for such monikers as ADH and Magic Wire, their clever circuits continue to set the bar for audio realism. The Expert 130 Pro’s bass reproduction is preposterously good, and its nonexistent noise floor and extraordinary transparency permit deep inspection of the nooks and crannies of my music. Although $7690 isn’t cheap, I know of many well-respected brands that charge far more and deliver a lot less. My intermittent volume-control problem and questions about wireless AIR functionality remain, but they’re the only blemishes on the record of this otherwise state-of-the-art DAC-integrated amplifier." . . . Hans Wetzel

     

    TEST/MEASUREMENT:

    BHK Labs Measurements: Devialet Expert 130 Pro DAC-Integrated Amplifier

    Details
    Parent Category: Products
    Category: Amplifier Measurements

    All amplifier measurements are performed independently by BHK Labs. All measurement data and graphical information displayed below are the property of the SoundStage! Network and Schneider Publishing Inc. Reproduction in any format is not permitted.

    Note: Unless otherwise noted, measurements were taken at the Devialet Expert 130 Pro’s left-channel Coax 1 digital input, at a sampling rate of 96kHz and with 120V AC line voltage, both channels driven.

    Power output

    Power output at onset of limiter: approximately 100W @ 8 ohms, 200W @ 4 ohms

    Additional data

    Input/output polarity (digital and analog inputs): noninverting
    AC-line current draw

    Standby: 6.0W, 0.13A, 0.40PF
    Operating: 33.0W, 0.35A, 0.82PF

    Gain: output voltage divided by input voltage, 8-ohm load (Lch/Rch)

    Analog unbalanced inputs (volume full up at +30dB): 284.6X, 48.6dB / 262.3X, 48.3dB
    Digital input (-20dBFS input with volume at 0dB): 2.483V / 2.480V

    Input sensitivity for 1W output into 8 ohms (Lch/Rch)

    Analog unbalanced inputs: 9.9mV / 10.8mV

    Output impedance @ 50Hz: 0.01 ohm
    Input impedance @ 1kHz

    Analog unbalanced inputs: 16.5k ohms

    Output noise, volume at 30dB (Lch/Rch)

    Wideband: 6.44mV/5.82mV, -52.8dBW/-53.7dBW
    A weighted: 0.063mV/0.060mV, -93.0dBW/-93.5dBW

    Output noise, volume at 0dB (Lch/Rch)

    Wideband: 6.28mV/5.55mV, -53.1dBW/-54.1dBW
    A weighted: 0.040mV/0.032mV, -97.0dBW/-98.9dBW

    Output noise, volume at -20dB (Lch/Rch)

    Wideband: 5.76mV/5.47mV, -53.8dBW/-54.3dBW
    A weighted: 0.071mV/0.063mV, -92.0dBW/-93.0dBW

    Output noise, volume at -30dB (Lch/Rch)

    Wideband: 5.81mV/5.49mV, -53.8dBW/-54.2dBW
    A weighted: 0.075mV/0.063mV, -91.5dBW/-93.0dBW

    Measurements summary -

    The Expert 130 Pro is an unusual and clever combination of class-A and class-D amplification: The class-A section swings the output voltage, and the class-D section supplies most of the output current. Unique among designs using class-D circuitry, there is no output low-pass filter. As a result, the Devialet’s high-frequency response is quite independent of load. The Expert 130 has a limiter circuit that prevents it from clipping, which meant I couldn’t run my usual test of clipping behavior along with the power output at 1% and 10% THD+N. The Devialet’s digital switching frequency noise was low enough that I didn’t need to use Audio Precision’s AUX-0025 external low-pass filter in my testing, as I usually do.

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Devialet Expert 130 Pro - DEMO

An immaculate debut in the audiophile world, Expert 130 Pro features the full gamut of exclusive DEVIALET technologies. Expert Pro radically reinvents the core elements of playback: preamp, amp, DAC, streamer and phono stage are streamlined in a single razor-thin slab.

DEVIALET engineers obsessively seek perfection at every stage of sound reproduction. Always with the same ambition: delivering the best performance ever measured, at all power levels. Whatever the source, whatever the speakers. Expert Pro surpasses all existing systems, redefining industry standards. One game-changing invention at a time.

It took DEVIALET engineers 10 years of research and development and over 100 patents to achieve the impossible. Over 60 awards later, Expert Pro remains the world's most critically acclaimed audio system. Radically superior.

Highlights...

2 x 140 watts into 6 ohms  (approx 105 watts into 8 Ohm)
Infinitely upgradable and endlessly customizable
Fully configurable inputs allowing for Analogue, Phono or Digital Coaxial configuration
Features revolutionary DEVIALET technologies - ADHV2, SAM, AIR, EVO, DAC Magic Wire, RAM
Incredibly thin and sleek solid aluminum construction

Revolution 1 - Architecture

DEVIALET's integrated and infinitely upgradable architecture seamlessly adapts to fit your exact system and speaker model. With absolute precision. Cut from a single block of aluminum, Expert Pro combines extreme refinement and optimal thermal management. For radically superior amplification.

Revolution 2 - Technologies

Expert Pro features state-of-the-art technologies ranging from ADH analog-digital hybrid amplification, SAM real-time speaker matching, and free EVO updates to AIR HD streaming, DAC Magic Wire, and RAM dynamic phono staging. The ultimate expression of our most groundbreaking innovations. Light-years ahead.

Revolution 3 - Configurability

There are no limits. Expert Pro advanced online Configurator allows you to tweak your system settings to your slightest preference. With infinite precision. From input and output definition to the exact specs of your phono cartridge, build your very own bespoke audiophile system.

Revolution 4 - SAM Ready

Extreme fidelity. Right down to your speakers. Based on an advanced mathematical model of your speaker profile, SAM enables Expert Pro to tailor the signal to your model's precise requirements. For extreme fidelity audio. DEVIALET engineers are currently traveling the world to ensure your speakers are SAM-ready. 794 profiles are already available. And yours are more than likely among them.

 

REVIEWS:

SoundStage!: "An unflinching commitment to iterative improvement is what sets “the best” apart from everything else, and in that respect, Devialet of France is competing only with itself. With a recent infusion of €100 million from a consortium of investors including Foxconn, Renault, and Sharp, Devialet’s aims clearly reach far beyond the listening rooms of audiophiles like you and me. Yet that show of confidence is predicated, in large part, on the success of Devialet’s Analog Digital Hybrid (ADH) amplifier, a patented circuit that earned its reputation for state-of-the-art performance in their line of Expert amplifiers, such as the 120, which I called “the single most impressive audio product I’ve ever spent time with” when I reviewed it in July 2014. Devialet claims that the newest iteration of the 120, the Expert 130 Pro ($7690 USD), is even better. Devialet’s new entry-level amplifier is virtually identical in appearance to its predecessor; the sole difference is the color -- white, not black -- of its only exterior control, a teardrop-shaped Power/Input button. Unchanged from the 120 are the Expert 130 Pro’s polished aluminum case measuring 15.1”W x 1.6”H x 15.1”D and weighing 12.4 pounds, the circular OLED display on its top panel, and various connections. These connections include: Wi-Fi via Devialet’s proprietary AIR app for Mac and Windows operating systems; Ethernet (also managed via AIR); asynchronous USB; S/PDIF optical; 3.5mm optical/RS232 connector; RCA, which can be configured as line-level or phono inputs; and a pair of coaxial inputs, which can also be configured as preamplified analog outputs, while one of these inputs can also be configured as a digital output. The digital inputs support PCM signals up to 24-bit/192kHz; only the USB input can handle up to PCM 32/192 and DSD64.

"With the Expert 130 Pro, Devialet has continued to build on the most excellent foundation of past successes like the 120 and Expert 200. Despite my apathy for such monikers as ADH and Magic Wire, their clever circuits continue to set the bar for audio realism. The Expert 130 Pro’s bass reproduction is preposterously good, and its nonexistent noise floor and extraordinary transparency permit deep inspection of the nooks and crannies of my music. Although $7690 isn’t cheap, I know of many well-respected brands that charge far more and deliver a lot less. My intermittent volume-control problem and questions about wireless AIR functionality remain, but they’re the only blemishes on the record of this otherwise state-of-the-art DAC-integrated amplifier." . . . Hans Wetzel

 

TEST/MEASUREMENT:

BHK Labs Measurements: Devialet Expert 130 Pro DAC-Integrated Amplifier

Details
Parent Category: Products
Category: Amplifier Measurements

All amplifier measurements are performed independently by BHK Labs. All measurement data and graphical information displayed below are the property of the SoundStage! Network and Schneider Publishing Inc. Reproduction in any format is not permitted.

Note: Unless otherwise noted, measurements were taken at the Devialet Expert 130 Pro’s left-channel Coax 1 digital input, at a sampling rate of 96kHz and with 120V AC line voltage, both channels driven.

Power output

Power output at onset of limiter: approximately 100W @ 8 ohms, 200W @ 4 ohms

Additional data

Input/output polarity (digital and analog inputs): noninverting
AC-line current draw

Standby: 6.0W, 0.13A, 0.40PF
Operating: 33.0W, 0.35A, 0.82PF

Gain: output voltage divided by input voltage, 8-ohm load (Lch/Rch)

Analog unbalanced inputs (volume full up at +30dB): 284.6X, 48.6dB / 262.3X, 48.3dB
Digital input (-20dBFS input with volume at 0dB): 2.483V / 2.480V

Input sensitivity for 1W output into 8 ohms (Lch/Rch)

Analog unbalanced inputs: 9.9mV / 10.8mV

Output impedance @ 50Hz: 0.01 ohm
Input impedance @ 1kHz

Analog unbalanced inputs: 16.5k ohms

Output noise, volume at 30dB (Lch/Rch)

Wideband: 6.44mV/5.82mV, -52.8dBW/-53.7dBW
A weighted: 0.063mV/0.060mV, -93.0dBW/-93.5dBW

Output noise, volume at 0dB (Lch/Rch)

Wideband: 6.28mV/5.55mV, -53.1dBW/-54.1dBW
A weighted: 0.040mV/0.032mV, -97.0dBW/-98.9dBW

Output noise, volume at -20dB (Lch/Rch)

Wideband: 5.76mV/5.47mV, -53.8dBW/-54.3dBW
A weighted: 0.071mV/0.063mV, -92.0dBW/-93.0dBW

Output noise, volume at -30dB (Lch/Rch)

Wideband: 5.81mV/5.49mV, -53.8dBW/-54.2dBW
A weighted: 0.075mV/0.063mV, -91.5dBW/-93.0dBW

Measurements summary -

The Expert 130 Pro is an unusual and clever combination of class-A and class-D amplification: The class-A section swings the output voltage, and the class-D section supplies most of the output current. Unique among designs using class-D circuitry, there is no output low-pass filter. As a result, the Devialet’s high-frequency response is quite independent of load. The Expert 130 has a limiter circuit that prevents it from clipping, which meant I couldn’t run my usual test of clipping behavior along with the power output at 1% and 10% THD+N. The Devialet’s digital switching frequency noise was low enough that I didn’t need to use Audio Precision’s AUX-0025 external low-pass filter in my testing, as I usually do.