Podcast: Devialet CEO Franck Lebouchard On Building A High-Quality Audio Future

In an era where teens listen to music on tinny smartphone speakers, Devialet continues to believe there is a market for a richer listening experience.

3 months ago   •   2 min read

By Chris O'Brien
Devialet CEO Franck Lebouchard
Devialet CEO Franck Lebouchard

The first time I heard of Devialet was during a music conference in Cannes back in 2015. The company had set up a testing booth to demonstrate Phantom, a powerful, portable speaker that married stunning sound with a daring design intended to attract audiophiles while also leveraging the emerging music streaming services.

It's been a long road for the company since then as Devialet has built a global music brand. Devialet CEO Franck Lebouchard recently joined Ethan Pierse and me on the French Tech News podcast for an update on Devialet's mission to elevate sound to its rightful place in our lives through exacting attention to engineering and design:

  • 1:28 A short history of Devialet
  • 4:07 Being different about sound and design
  • 8:50 People want better sound as streaming and video quality massively improve
  • 11:46 3D and immersive audio are coming
  • 13:53 Devialet's explosive growth and continuing demand
  • 16:10 Phantom speaker for consumers and bringing great sound to cars, televisions, laptops, and more
  • 19:43 B2C vs B2B revenue
  • 20:30 ArianeGroup, materials science engineering, and rocket audio
  • 23:43 2022 ambitions: what's next after amplifiers, connected speakers, and true wireless
  • 27:26 Autonomous driving: your car will become an extension of your living room and the need for low energy consumption audio

Find it on:

🟢 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1cqK7LF5iO8giLNrjI67Gv

🍎 Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/elevating-sound-in-our-lives-with-devialet/id1554877859?i=1000549660975

Read more of my coverage of Devialet here:

VentureBeat, December 10. 2015: Inside Devialet’s plans to conquer the U.S. audio market with its Phantom speakers

VentureBeat, November 28, 2016: Devialet raises $106 million to expand international rollout of its connected Phantom speakers

VentureBeat, August 1, 2017: Devialet unveils lower-cost Sky Soundbox as audiophile company tries to reach mainstream users

VentureBeat, October 9, 2018: Devialet debuts Reactor, a $999 compact version of its Phantom speaker

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