Unless you are a serious audio snob, you may have never heard the name Devialet (read: dee-vee-a-lay) until today. This French company is best known for its futuristic-looking wireless and Bluetooth speaker systems. Much of what they produce is scraping the bottom edge of some of the most expensive audio equipment that an average consumer would consider dropping their hard-earned money on. Many compare them to Sonos, but double or triple the price point, but their new Gemini True Wireless Earbuds called aren’t astronomically priced and feature some pretty incredible technology.
The Devialet Gemini True Wireless Earbuds have a sleek form factor and a snazzy case, but it’s the audio engineering and true customizability that really has great promise. It’s hard to say if these Gemini’s will replace your AirPods, but you might be surprised.
Active noise cancellation (ANC) is a feature fairly commonplace on wireless earbuds these days. Apple, Bose, Sure, and many other mainstream brands offer ANC in their earwear, so this isn’t a huge leap forward. Still, Devialet has taken a few new technological steps with the Gemini True Wireless Earbuds that its competitors cannot claim.
The “Pressure Balance Architecture” in the headphones features a series of decompression chambers that ensure that the pressure inside the buds, and thus your ears, is ideal at all times. Two separate microphones on the outside of each bud are there to enhance the level of ANC and improve your voice transmission.
Next, an algorithm comes into play that will help compensate for delays in internal noise cancellation loops. To make sense of all this technical jargon, just know that the internal cavern where your earbuds live can suffer from noise reflecting back into the speaker. It detects as noise to cancel without realizing its genesis is from the wireless earbud itself.
The third big piece of noise-canceling goodness comes in the form of a customizable app. Aside from several other features, the app gives you three noise-canceling settings, with two types of transparency mode and one total block out of external sound. This app works with your earbuds to scan your ear’s inner canal and optimize to fill the space with sound. If the given sound profile doesn’t fit your needs, the Devialet App offers 6 bands of equalizers to fine-tune your flow.
With the flick of a finger, the Devialet Gemini App sets your listening session up for success. An all-in-one touch button on the buds’ exterior allows for playback control, mode switching, and even beacon Siri or Google assistant. Beyond your buds delivering your every wish, they also respond effortlessly in switching to a call, modulating the noise cancellation at an appropriate level for dialogue.
Much like Apple Care, Devialet knows that you fret about damaging your precious technology. So, for a small upcharge, you can secure some insurance for your ear boomers that will give you the peace of mind needed to really get out there and move freely. Devialet Care covers one accidental incident, and a whole host of replacement parts are available when a small repair is necessary.
At $300, the Devialet Gemini True Wireless Earbuds aren’t cheap, but quality comes at a cost. Folks who spend a lifetime evaluating audio equipment rave about Devialet’s wireless speakers, even at a staggering $3000. So, we are fairly certain these will be some stellar buds. Just add the Devialet Care; you’ll thank us after you drop one in the garbage disposal.