Huawei released a new wireless speaker in its HUAWEI Sound Series, a collaboration with acoustics giant Devialet, at the Mate 40 Series Global Launch Event in October 2020. The two companies had partnered to launch the HUAWEI Sound X in 2019, which as the first-ever premium wireless speaker has made top-notch audio and acoustics technology broadly accessible to ordinary users and audiophiles alike.
The next-generation HUAWEI Sound is the crown jewel of the fruitful Huawei X Devialet partnership, with all of its loudspeakers adopting Devialet-patented acoustic designs for even greater immersion. The HUAWEI Sound is considerably smaller than the Sound X but delivers enhanced full-bodied audio immersion, serving as a testament to Huawei and Devialet’s unique and complementary capabilities.
Compact body that packs a wallop
This latest-generation product adopts an inventive four-speaker acoustic design, the result of Devialet’s unmatched prowess in the field, with a 4-inch 40W woofer and three full-range 5W loudspeakers working in conjunction. Despite HUAWEI Sound’s remarkably understated appearance, it generates an astounding amount of power, thanks to Devialet’s Push-Push configuration, in which two passive radiators reinforce each other to counteract back wave vibrations. This substantially reduces the presence of distortion resulting from the diaphragms’ reverberations and ensures unrivalled stability under high volume settings at up to 90 dB, producing strikingly pristine and distortion-free audio at all times.
Strong bass has been a consistent highlight on the HUAWEI Sound series, and this all-new product only raises the bar, by incorporating advanced Devialet’s SAM technology, and a first-ever “1 woofer + 2 passive units” structure. This highly intricate acoustics model exercises meticulous modelling and displacement controls over the woofer and passive radiators, to ensure maximally-large simultaneous vibrations on top of distortion-free low frequencies and a wide dynamic range. As a result, bass tones are deeper and fuller on HUAWEI Sound.
Advanced SAM technology facilitates heightened immersion, absorbing the listener in a taste of a live concert experience, from the comfort of the living room. Bolstered by Devialet SAM and Push-Push design, HUAWEI Sound generates audio that projects boundless power and authority, while maintaining a stunning degree of fidelity, representing an extraordinary new paradigm for a wireless speaker.
Devialet SPACE technology, for genuine 360° surround sound
The all-new HUAWEI Sound packs three evenly spaced (i.e. at 120° angles) full-range tweeters, complemented by Devialet SPACE Technology, capable of filling a room with lyrical, 360° surround sound, for an in-person listening experience reminiscent of that at a grand concert hall.
SPACE confounds the traditional notion that surround sound requires multiple strategically placed speakers throughout the room, by separating the input signal into direct sound, reflected sound and ambient noise, via a dedicated algorithm. The three different directionally oriented speakers then receive signal based on the location of the listener, and together create astounding surround sound effects from a single device, transcending the inherent spatial limitations of any room.
On top of that, HUAWEI Sound offers four enriching sound effects: Devialet SPACE Soundstage, Vocals, Hi-Fi, and Bass, which add fresh-new flavours to any piece of music, from symphonies and arias to rock songs! These settings are remarkably easy to configure in the HUAWEI AI Life app.
More ways to connect, with improved tap-to-transfer audio transmission
HUAWEI Sound also offers unmatched convenience, by coming equipped with a diverse array of connectivity capabilities, including Bluetooth (LDAC), UPnP, and 3.5 mm AUX-in connections.
HUAWEI Sound also incorporates the tap-to-transfer feature, through which the user can direct phone audio playback to the speaker in the blink of an eye, simply by tapping the phone against the speaker body. LDAC is also supported, which allows for high-definition Bluetooth transmission at up to 990 kbps (theoretical value), triple that under standard Bluetooth.
Classic, Devialet-characteristic design
HUAWEI Sound inherits the premium style of the previous Sound X, with a specialised coating that crafts a sleek, shiny surface reminiscent of that on a grand piano. The lower portion of the body is coated with a glossy fibre grid cloth, for free and easy sound transmission, as well as protection against dust infiltration and splashes. Music played on HUAWEI Sound has the effect of transporting the listener to the scene of a live concert — an intimate but majestic experience.
HUAWEI Sound incorporates Huawei’s unparalleled prowess in communications technology and Devialet’s leading acoustics capabilities, to deliver a listening experience that is as evocative as it is unique. Its release ushers in a new era for wireless Hi-Fi, in which the emotional resonance of our favourite songs and sounds can be faithfully reproduced by a compact, home-bound Hi-Fi speaker.
Pricing and Availability
HUAWEI Sound (RRP £199.99) launches in the UK on the 1st of April 2021 and is available from the Huawei Store only. Customers who purchase the HUAWEI Sound between 1st April and 13th April will receive £50 off their order (a voucher code will be shown between these dates on the ‘buy’ page. Customers will need to enter this code during checkout to redeem the offer.).