Devialet D-Premier Integrated Amplifier

Devialet D-Premier Integrated Amplifier

We are honored to have the opportunity to receive the first D-Premier integrated amplifier/DAC from Devialet in the United States for review.  It will be featured in our February 20 issue, but for now, we’re giving our readers the opportunity to ask some questions and share a bit of the review process as we head towards production.  We will be doing this going forward with select reviews to give you more of a chance to interact with us.

And, to answer the main question that is probably on your mind, it DOES sound as good as it looks, perhaps better!

6 Responses to Devialet D-Premier Integrated Amplifier

      The HDMI input is not enabled on my review sample, but it should be by the time these get to dealer showrooms. EVERYTHING on the D-Premier is modular and upgradeable. That's the nice thing about this component. It is as obsolete-proof as today's technology will allow. Wireless will be via 802.11 Yes, you can use them together and they can be bridged. Unless I had a pair of incredibly power hungry speakers, I certainly wouldn't need two. And last but not least, it stays cool, even when seriously rocking out. The full review will be out in our Feb 20 issue, on the Zinio electronic newsstand. About 10 days later in our standard edition. This was a long review! I still could have written another 2000 words! Crazy. Stay tuned. The D-Premier will be on our cover, and we only put gear on the cover twice per year!

    -toneaudio / February 6th 2011, 8:48 pm

      Thanks very much for answering my earlier post. A few more questions. Is the HDMI input/output fully enabled on the U.S. version and are they modular so that they can be upgraded as the standard evolves (e.g., 1.3 to 1.4). It seems that this may be the only practical hardware limitation. How does HDMI input sound? How will the wireless transfer of music be implemented (bluetooth, 802.11, proprietary)? I have heard that you can connect more than one D-Premier together in daisy chain fashion to support multiple channels. I am not sure I would use it this way, but it might be nice to be able to couple two units in this manner such that each unit is effectively configured as a monoblock amp. Can this be done? Could you forsee a need to use them as monoblocks? Finally, during your testing, did the D-Premier remain cool or did it ever get hot to the touch? Thanks very much.

    -jacobsll / February 2nd 2011, 3:49 pm

      Will do, thanks for the tip! Email sent....

    -toneaudio / February 1st 2011, 8:34 pm

      The analog inputs are a dual differential 24/192 pro quality A/D convertor set. The first analog input can be assigned as a straight analog input, or an entirely customizable phono input. Analog input 2 can be set as phono 2, but thats not a customizable input. If you email them, Devialet engineers will create and post a file that perfectly matches the electrical characteristics of your individual cartridge you can download, save to your SD card and update when you power up the D-Premier. With that degree of fine tuning, your analog performance will equal any digital inputs performance. The press just hasn't had this long enough to get experienced in this aspect of the company or the product. Jeff - email France and tell them your cartridge - they will match it perfectly.

    -jbevier / February 1st 2011, 8:32 pm

      So far, I've tried the D-Premier with MartinLogan and Magnepan, both with excellent results. I'm actually more surprised that they drive the Magnepans as well as they do! I will cover the phono input in the review, I did spend a fair amount of time with that function. Currently, I've been running the Grado Statement1 cartridge with it and again, I've come away impressed. It's certainly not a vacuum tube phono stage, but I would put it on par with just about anything I've heard in the $2500 - $4000 range. Like the rest of the amp, very clean and neutral. And you can reconfigure the phono stage from MM to MC just by downloading software. Devialet has mentioned that there will be specialty EQ curves available in the future, which will be good for the record collector with Decca's and other early pressings.

    -toneaudio / January 31st 2011, 12:17 pm

      I have read several reviews which focus on the digital inputs of the D-Premier while giving minimal attention to the A/D conversion on analog inputs, such as the phono input. It would be good to get your view on this issue. Also, how does the D-Premier sound with Martin Logans including your CLXs?

    -jacobsll / January 31st 2011, 9:01 am

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