A few years ago Divinci Speakers were one of the brands that seemed to be all over the place, featuring prominently with big glossy full page ads in reputable audio magazines and websites. Shortly after that they vanished without a trace from the market. You can still find them for sale on Ebay and other second hand sites, and you may even see them for sale new in some cases. So are these speakers something you should invest in, or steer clear of? We are going to be talking about the brand today, so you can decide for yourself.
Are Divinci a good choice?
The short answer to this is no. And the long answer is unfortunately also no! Divinci branded speakers are very low grade speakers that are made in China, and then shipped out and slapped with “premium branding”. This branding grossly inflates the recommended retail price, valuing them in the thousands of dollars. This made them very popular with the white van speaker scam perpetrators. For those of you who don’t know much about this scam, you can read more about it on wikipedia here. Essentially the way it works is that some guys buy a bunch of cheap imported speakers, load them up in a rented white van, and then go around offering consumers these “premium” speakers at a fraction of the so called “retail value”. The unsuspecting consumer thinks they are getting a bargain, whilst in fact they are getting garbage products that sound awful. These so called Divinci models were ideal for this, as they looked like high quality models so were perfect for pulling off this scam. They also featured a bunch of fancy marketing jargon such as Divinci Innovative Bass & Sound, which sounds good on paper but is essentially meaningless.
Are they worth anything?
So if you ended up with these speakers, did you get ripped off? It really depends on what you paid for them. If you paid around the $100 mark, then you shouldn’t lose too much sleep over that. This is assuming your speakers are still working, as you are one of the lucky ones whose models haven’t failed yet. These models tended to retail in the $50-$100 cost range once they had been imported into the country, which is more or less what these kinds of budget speakers are actually worth.
So why are they so poorly rated? The build quality is the main factor it seems. Many people have reported the speakers failing after a few months, so it seems like the internal components are very poor quality. An even scarier fact that has been reported is that these speakers can even destroy the amps they are connected to. The reason for this is that the impedance curve on them can drop below 2 Ohms, which can lead to the amp overloading or shorting if it cannot handle the load.
And if you try looking for a manufacturer site you are wasting your time as none exists, which should be a big red flag for any consumer. No website means no warranty, and there aren’t even any distributors to contact for warranty purposes in any case.
Same story, different brand
Divinci are simply another product name in a long line of garbage speakers imported from China. Many other dubious brands have come before them, with names such as Genesis, Danwave and Theater Research all being part of this con. After a year or two the brand name is changed, and the models are rebranded with something new to throw the scent off for a while. They have been rising and repeating this formula for years now, and it doesn’t seem like there will be an end to it anytime soon.
So if you somehow ended up with these speakers, then there isn’t really a whole lot you can do to get any kind of refund or repairs unfortunately. All you can do is learn a lesson from this, with that lesson being if something is too good to be true, then it almost certainly is! This doesn’t only apply to speakers, but anything you buy in the future. If you are going to spend any decent amount of money on a item, make sure you do a little research on it first to make sure you are getting something that lives up to the branding claims. And more importantly make sure that the manufacturer actually exists, so you have some kind of support if the product fails. And be sure to tell anyone looking for speakers that Divinci speakers are a scam!