What product has Jay-Z and Beyonce dishing out thousands of dollars and Elon Musk tweeting out compliments? The answer to that riddle lies in a building in downtown Paris.
The French capital is home to Devialet, a startup that has more than 100 engineers slaving away towards a single goal: achieving absolutely perfect sound.
“Our mission is to bring the most perfect sound possible to people,” says Franck Lebouchard, Devialet’s chief executive. “There’s huge growth in the market, and we think it will go to those who offer the highest quality.”
Devialet is an acoustic engineering technology company, whose goal is to bring high-fidelity sound to the many. Devialet is committed to evolving its technology and product design, without any compromise on sound quality, until everyone can access and enjoy Devialet in every moment of their life. Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Paris, Devialet is one of the most critically acclaimed company for its innovations and excellence in sound technologies.
Their story began with ADH®, a revolutionary patented invention that would forever change high-end amplifiers. A mind-blowing feat, this hybrid technology seamlessly blends digital and analog to produce sound quality unlike anything previously experienced. From the groundbreaking design of Experts and Phantoms to the artistic ballet of our own robotized production line, we see art as a meaningful contribution to technology. Along with our exceptional products, we also design disruptive audio listening experiences across the world, like the Devialet sound discovery area in the Paris Opéra Garnier.
They want to give to the world the greatest products, technologies, experience and the greatest company that the audio industry has ever known. Their mission is to make Devialet audio technology universal: the name comes from « Sieur de Vialet », a fellow of Diderot and D’Alembert, philosophers from the Enlightment era who believed science and technology contributes to the happiness of mankind. This collective goal is what unites them and pushes their teams beyond the limits of possible.
A new device every 6 months
But the earbuds, and turning to an external partner for production, also signal a deeper change of pace at Devialet. The startup is weighing opportunities for new products around every experience where there is sound and music to listen to: from watching TV to riding in a car.
Devialet raised €50m in January from historical investors, including four of France’s most famous businessmen and angel investors: LVMH owner Bernard Arnault, Iliad founder Xavier Niel, Daphni’s Marc Simoncini, and Veepee’s Jacques-Antoine Granjon. Venture capital firm Korelya and state-backed investor Bpifrance are also among Devialet’s shareholders.
The company has 350 employees, a third of which are engineers.