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All About That Bass: Music at CES

High-end systems, priced for us



    NBC Bay Area's Scott Budman reports from Las Vegas and gives a rundown on what's next to come from The Consumer Electronics Show (CES). (Published Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015)

    "Hey, Mrs. Carter."

    Whoever it is that calls out to Beyonce in the song has never sounded better.

    And neither has a ton of bass.

    I'm listening to the newest speaker from the French company Devialet, and it's a revelation. In a CES that will no doubt be dominated by drones, and droning on, it's a pleasure to have just a little time alone with some terrific sounding music.

    "Billie Jean," for example, is a song I've heard 435,000 times. It's a classic. But today I heard parts of it I never knew existed. Something about a high-end speaker from a company that builds them, and sells them for more than $20,000 a piece.

    Devialet chose CES to bring its system to the masses. Well, the well-heeled masses. The "Phantom" is still going to about $2,000. Much less than the high-end model, but it's really made for audiophiles who want a stylish speaker to go with their pumping Bass. (Although, to be fair, it's not just the stuff I listen to that sounds great. Segueing into "The Girl From Ipanema" proves that quiet, smooth music can be improved with a quality system, too).

    Devialet boasts dozens of patents to bring you the music. The speaker actually moves as the sound changes, thanks to air being pushed inside. It's cool to watch. But away from the technology, they say music is really about what you feel. Quentin Bernard, Devialet Product Manager, says "by bringing the product to a larger market, people will be able to rediscover the emotion of music. This is our goal."

    It's a good goal, and the speaker sounds great. It's wifi-enabled, so you can stream your iTunes playlist, or your Spotify. Buy a few of them, and you can wirelessly listen to movies in your home theatre.

    And if you can afford it, my advice is: Crank it up. Even fancy speakers are made to blast your "Yonce.

    Scott Budman will be cruising CES. Get his updates by following him on Twitter: @scottbudman