Because the Pantheone I is a smart speaker like the Sonos or Amazon Echo, it requires a few minutes of setup before you can use it. This procedure, like Sonos, is thankfully quick and painless. When you switch on the Pantheone, it tells you that it is awaiting pairing and that you need to download the app to get started. The Pantheone app begins looking for the speaker as soon as you download it and walks you through a simple process to connect it to your home’s WiFi. It’s completely set up and ready to use in less than 30 seconds.
Most house guests won’t have audiophile hearing to appreciate your exotic speaker setup’s dynamics and frequency response in the living room. Still, they will have eyes to view and enjoy it if it looks interesting enough.
It’s an understatement to say that the Pantheone speaker design is fascinating. It was one of those one-of-a-kind goods that, after you got over the first shock and amazement, you had to take a photo with it and post it on social media. After spending a few days with Pantheone 1, these are some of my thoughts.
Shape and Size:
The Pantheone 1’s shape and size immediately reminded me of Ridley Scott’s image of what an extra-terrestrial egg may look like – and I don’t mean that it seems ‘horror-ble,’ but that it has an organic and alien quality about it. This natural aesthetic is partly due to the speaker’s lack of straight lines or right-angles, as is the case in nature. Another factor is that the speakers are molded by hand rather than being manufactured by machines. It has that intangible live aspect that all handcrafted items have.
However, the Pantheon speaker is more than just a work of beauty, and it does a lot more than looking good. It’s a mix of art and technology that doubles as a loudspeaker and a connected gadget.
It turns out that the Devialet Gold Phantom isn’t the only single speaker capable of filling a room: the Pantheone 1’s solitary unit can blast music at astonishing levels. Unfortunately, I couldn’t test the Pantheone speaker to its full potential (for fear of the cops showing up at my door). Still, even at half-power, the amount of sound its array of speakers, which includes dual 6.5-inch subwoofers, dual 4-inch mid-range cones, and a quadruple silk dome tweeter, was pumping out was impressive (tested outside of office hours, of course).
Even a single Pantheone speaker has the power to power an entire house party. If that’s not enough, a Pantheone representative informed me that you could daisy link numerous speakers together to create a loud enough sound to light up a few apartment stories. The Pantheone 1 speakers may be put throughout the home (up to 8 rooms) even if they are not daisy-chained, and the Pantheone app can control the volume and playback of each speaker.
Bluetooth and Audio Jacks:
Pantheone 1 is a connected speaker that can access streaming services such as Spotify Connect, Amazon Music, Tidal, and TuneIn through WiFi or Ethernet and broadcast lossless audio. With streaming speeds of up to 24-bit/192kHz, you can be confident you’re getting the most incredible wireless sound quality imaginable. But this isn’t just a speaker for folks who know what ’24-bit/192kHz’ means; it’s also Bluetooth 4.2 compatible, so it’ll work with any device, including older ones that employ the basic SBC AAC or APTX codecs.
If you want to make things even easier, the Pantheone 1 includes a standard 1/8 inch audio jack input, which allows you to connect it to just much any sound source you desire – even an ancient record player with a line-out.
Pantheone 1 isn’t your ordinary living room audio system, which is precisely the purpose. This is a one-of-a-kind product that will have an aesthetically and acoustically significant influence on your living environment. Its head-turning design not only makes a dramatic statement, but its wireless connectivity means there are no cords to obstruct the aesthetics. At the same time, the ability to stream hi-res music means that the audio quality is not compromised. The Pantheone 1 is a fascinating foray into the realm of home audio, and it succeeds in defying our expectations.