The TWS earphone market is starting to get crowded so it takes something special to stand out. French audio brand Devialet is the latest high-end company to throw its hat into the true wireless earbuds ring. Recently it announced the Devialet Gemini, a $299 set of truly wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation. You can pre-order them starting tomorrow, and Devialet says they’ll be available in the U.S. at Best Buy and Amazon starting on November 25.
The Gemini earphones are targeted at the upper end of the segment and deliver the extra features that you would expect at the price point. Devialet believes it has got the formula right with its first entrant into the segment in the shape of its Devialet Gemini earphones.
The Gemini earphones feature several smart features to deliver better audio. Things start with the companion app that takes just 5 seconds to determine which of the XS/S/M/L ear tips are the right fit for a listener’s ears. The tailored listening experience doesn’t stop there with proprietary Ear Active Matching (EAM) technology automatically tuning the audio to an individual’s ears at 10,000 times per second.
Devialet’s Gemini earphones also incorporate Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). The system uses a hybrid dual-microphone system that works in tandem with specific digital filters using proprietary Internal Delay Compensation (IDC). This compensates for the internal delay generated by a noise cancellation loop, further improving noise cancellation at higher frequencies. The Gemini earphones also feature cascading decompression chambers to ensure ideal inner pressure at all times.
In terms of the more basic features, the Devialet TWS earphones deliver up to 6 hours per charge and up to 24 hours with the included charging case. They support voice assistants and are also IPX4 rated for sweat resistance. Bluetooth connectivity comes with Qualcomm aptX support, which should ensure a stable wireless connection and the ability to listen to Hi-Res Audio.
With an IPX4 rating for water resistance, the Gemini is on an equal playing field with the Apple AirPods Pro and should be able to withstand a good amount of sweat.
Devialet’s reputation for great sound quality will be tested with the Gemini. These earbuds are going up against the $300 Sennheiser Momentum 2, the $230 Sony WF-1000XM3, and the $249 Apple AirPods Pro, all of which have proven to offer both great sound and great noise canceling. It’s a field that’s about to get even more crowded with Bose’s $280 QC Earbuds and Grado’s $260 GT220, which will be available before the end of the year.