Devialet, French patented audio technologies that revolutionise the worldwide audio domain
By Sara Martinez Cadenillas
Devialet is related to the concepts of betterment, new ideas and scientific progress, not only because its name evokes one of the greatest intellectuals of the Enlightenment era (the engineer Guillaume Vialet) but also because the company makes a significant contribution to the audio industry through constant innovation and investment in R&D since its inception.
The story of this French SME, called “pépite française” by TechCrunch in 2005 and now member of Next 40, started in 2004 when Pierre-Emmanuel Calmel patented the world’s first hybrid amplification technology in France and the US (called ADH®). This technology seamlessly blends digital and analogue to produce sound quality unlike anything previously experienced. Currently, this technology is implemented in all Devialet products.
In 2007, Calmel joined forces with Quentin Sannié and Emmanuel Nardin and founded Devialet, Ingénierie Acoustique de France. The company’s name suggests clearly and intentionally its French origin and what is behind of its products – high engineering, technology and sleek design. These visionary founders, with different profiles – namely engineering, entrepreneurship and design, made the perfect team to lead Devialet to a leadership position only five years after the launch of the first D-Premier speaker .