Devialet Gemini Reviews | Laptop charger
Devialet is a big name in the luxury audio space. The Paris-based company started with the invention of the world’s first hybrid amplification technology and has grown by selling many stylish speakers costing several thousand dollars.
With that reputation in mind, it’s fair to say I’m a little excited about the company’s first big foray into true wireless headphones – the Devialet Gemini.
With 15 years of sonic experience crammed into a portable product, big excursion drivers, and up to 24 hours of battery life, these should be a home run, right?
Well, not exactly. Let me explain this to you before splurging and depositing $ 300 on a pair of these.
Devialet Gemini: Availability and prices
The Devialet Gemini headphones are now available for $ 300 (£ 279). If you know a thing or two about Devialet’s luxury audio background, this hefty price tag comes as no surprise. This puts the Gemini in competition with people like Master & Dynamics MW08 and Apple AirPods Pro.
Devialet Gemini: Conception
Devialet disappointed me in the design office. The company’s stylistic frustration is evident, moving from its large speakers to a utility ultraportable device like headphones. With all-plastic construction, however, you can get a lot more premium heads like the MW08s for the same price.
It’s clear to see what the company has been looking for in the pill-shaped IPX4 water resistant earpiece, made from a durable plastic that fills the conch of your ear, causing natural sound insulation alongside the ANC. However, at 1.2 x 0.7 x 0.6 inches and weighing 0.28 ounces, these were just a bit too big to be comfortable with during long listening sessions (the Masters & Dynamic MW08 measure at a much shorter 0.9 x 0.7 x 0.9 inches), and a bit heavy too (AirPods Pro are 0.19 ounces).
The growth doesn’t stop at the buds as we turn our attention to the case. To its credit, the construction is durable and the sliding door is solid, but at 2.9 x 2.3 x 1.2 inches and weighing 2.7 ounces, this thing is a beast. I mean seriously, Devialet. What do you have against skinny jeans pockets?
This far exceeds the AirPods Pro case (2.4 x 1.8 x 0.9 inches, 1.6 ounces) and even the MW08 stainless steel case is only slightly heavier (2.8 ounces) while still being smaller (2.5 x 1.9 x 0.9 inches). It’s just not as portable as other headphones and that needs to be resolved with the second-gen Gemini.
Devialet Gemini: Controls and digital assistant
The capacitive touch controls of the Devialet Gemini earbuds give you a range of tap and hold interactions for your device. There’s a limited amount of customization on the app (we’ll get to that later) and in-ear detection is quick to respond to whether you’re wearing or removing these headphones.
This sits in the middle of the AirPods Pro’s pinch-based controls and the MW08’s physical buttons. Personally, I’ll always prefer the buttons, but the touch surfaces here are decently responsive without registering unintentional brushes.
And speaking of controls, voice control via the intelligent assistant gives you a whole different method of control and the microphones effectively pick up your voice. Google Assistant and Siri both understood every verbal command I gave them and responded quickly with actions.
Devialet Gemini: Active noise cancellation and ambient listening
My impression of Devialet’s active noise cancellation is quite positive. Of course, the physical hardware design doesn’t lend itself to a secure, noise-isolating fit over long periods of time, but the ANC itself does a good job of neutralizing high and low frequencies in the background.
In total, you have three ANC modes: low, high and flat. I couldn’t tell the difference between the latter two at all, but the end result keeps things immersive. At the other end of the scale, low and high transparency modes accentuate the sounds around you without the audible hiss of microphones at work.
All in all, Gemini is a powerful option in this area – matching the AirPods Pro and MW08 and giving you a versatile listening experience that is effective no matter what you do.
Devialet Gemini: Audio quality
Devialet starts off strong with custom 10mm full excursion drivers with a frequency range of 5Hz to 20kHz. It’s 1mm smaller and slightly lower than the 21kHz AirPods Pro, but with that Devialet tuning expertise, the end result is an expressive soundstage with plenty of depth, definition, and personality that gives Apple a good feel. price-performance ratio.
Starting where I always do with pop punk royalty, in the form of Four Year Strong’s cover of “Bittersweet Symphony”, this simple yet strong composition was handled with great ease by the Gemini. They even went so far as to add a little more bite to the distorted guitar and shine to the high-end harmonized vocals.
Pivoting towards an R&B banger, Kelis’ Millionaire is a good test of the finer details of a musical composition. Subtle mid tones have room to breathe without being overwhelmed by bass punch or hi-hat harshness. And none of those extended tones hamper the timbre of Andre 3000’s captivating verse, whereas on AirPods Pro the crisp cymbals explode part of the composition.
And, of course, it wouldn’t be a criticism of mine if I hadn’t played my favorite song: “A Day in The Life” by The Beatles. The Devialet Gemini stays on top of the orchestral cacophony, giving each of the 50+ instruments detail and proving that the versatility of these headphones ranks among the MW08s and AirPods Pro.
In terms of sound quality, you will not be disappointed.
Devialet Gemini: Application
The Devialet Gemini app is available for free on iOS and Android, and it has a nice, easy-to-use design with a customizable equalizer, noise cancellation adjustment, and a test to make sure you have the right size tips. and minimize noise leakage.
You can also customize touch controls and view the battery life of your headphones and case, as well as transparency levels. I would have liked to see a more granular level of control that went beyond the choice between skipping tracks and activating the voice assistant.
Congratulations also for the quick firmware updates here. Normally I spend 5-10 minutes waiting for the software to install, but at 2 minutes it was quick.
Devialet Gemini: Battery life
Devialet promises six hours of listening time on a single charge, which I managed to exceed with an average of 6:36. That’s well under the 10 hours of Master & Dynamic MW08, but comfortably beats the 4 hours of AirPods Pro.
In the real world, that means you can spend a full day listening to a podcast while you work with a little load over lunch. In this case, you can fully recover them from 0% in 90 minutes.
Speaking of which, the Qi wireless charging compatible case is huge, but it doesn’t necessarily add more battery life than you would expect – extending it an additional 18 hours to 24 hours. complete.
Devialet Gemini: Call quality and connectivity
With Bluetooth 5.0, Devialet Gemini headphones maintain a stable connection to my iPhone 12 Pro, OnePlus Nord 2 and MacBook Pro M1, even up to 20 feet from the device it is connected to.
But call quality is where things start to dip. Make no mistake, the noise cancellation adapts well and isolates the caller’s voice so you can hear it clearly. The microphone that picks up your voice, however, struggles to be used outdoors.
During my normal tests of walking down a street with the occasional car passing by, Gemini struggled to isolate my voice and caused many calls to break in the annoying rigmarole of having to get back to my phone.
The AirPods Pro continue to be one of the best in this space and the MW08s are more usable than the Devialet option.
Devialet Gemini: Verdict
Devialet made it really hard for me to love Gemini headphones – shooting himself in the foot with some really weird decisions.
With an uncomfortably bulky casing, an odd earphone design that cannot be worn for long periods of time, and sketchy call quality due to this design, these just aren’t good enough for everyday use.
It’s such a shame, because if these self-inflicted issues weren’t there, I would give them a much higher score thanks to the stellar audio quality and powerful noise cancellation. Devialet needs to get back to the drawing board and fix these issues before this hefty prize is worth it.