While Amazon’s Echo, Google’s new Home and established firm Sonos tend to get most of the headlines around connected speakers, new models and companies are emerging too. French startup Devialet has been winning praise from audiophiles for its Expert and Phantom speakers, as well as the distortion-killing technology inside them. Now the company has raised a hefty €100m ($106m) funding round, with Jay Z’s Roc Nation one of the strategic investors alongside tech firm Foxconn, car manufacturer Renault and Playground Global, the hardware-focused fund run by former Android boss Andy Rubin. TechCrunch claims that Rubin has bought 160 of the $2k Phantom speakers for himself and friends, so impressed was he by the tech. Of interest in the interview with CEO Quentin Sannie: his “tight-lipped” refusal to comment when asked if the company is working with Apple on any new hardware…

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