Well, hello there, beautiful! Vivid Audio's new $54,000 Giya G1 super speaker will be, without a doubt, one of the most talked about speakers this coming year. With its wild design and automotive paint finishes, the Vivid Giya isn't for stuffy audiophiles but serious hi-fi fans who have a passion for sound, style and the good life. Kanye, we know you read SonicFlare. Time to crack open the piggy bank.
The new Vivid Giya will descent upon the masses at the upcoming CES in January. The Giya, as Vivid's top of the line speaker, takes their patented technologies to the max. From the custom drivers to the supercar-derived cabinet construction, the Giya builds off designer Laurence Dickie's work at B&W creating the famed Nautilus series of super speakers. Laurence Dickie is not unlike Carol Shelby and his new hot rod is sure to get people all fired up.
At CES, the Giya will be presented with a bevy of Luxman's top-tier B-1000 and C-1000 electronics. We recently covered the Vivid/Luxman system at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest where it walked away with rave reviews. Check out our coverage for more about the Vivid/Luxman sound and why it won the SonicFlare Superstar Award.
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While we haven't heard the new Vivid Giya speakers, we have heard their little brother speakers, the K1 and B1. It's possible that the Giyas will sound differently, but, most likely, they'll simply take the beloved Vivid sound to the proverbial next level. Using our Sonic Circle to analyze the sound, the Giya speakers, when combined with Luxman amplification, will be a Vivid-type system (yes, the "Vivid" name and Sonic Circle "Vivid" category are the same). See our analysis of the K1/Luxman system for all our notes. Suffice it to say, Vivid/Luxman is one great pair that will have many journalists and hi-fi fans raving.
So what's the story on the big twirl up top? All of Vivid's speakers are made using advanced, patented cabinet construction and bass loading. Where the smaller speakers use double drivers on the front and back of the speaker in a bipole radiating fashion, the new Vivid Giya's dual 12" woofers are mounted, as you can see, on the sides with their magnets mechanically coupled. The big twirl is used to load the bass and prevent audible standing waves. The bass of the smaller Vivid K1 speaker was, at the RMAF show, absolutely amazing, especially considering the size of the room and the low 30 watts of power. The Giya, at four times the volume, should be a bass giant.
Additionally, Vivid's new bass woofers, like the rest of their patented drivers, are designed in-house and built from aluminum and use a unique short coil, long gap magnet construction. The tweeter and midrange domes use Vivid's patented tube loading to achieve reduction in back waves and superior performance.
Stay tuned for our coverage and analysis of the Vivid G1 Giya at CES. And if you're interested in purchasing a pair, visit the North American importer On A Higher Note. The first 100 owners worldwide will receive a miniature 1:4 scale Vivid Giya statue crafted out carbon fiber and presented in a custom, engraved case. Also, if you're at CES, be sure to check out On A Higher Note's room in the Mirage penthouse featuring the Giya/Luxman super system.
Frequency Range: 23Hz to 44kHz (30Hz - 40kHz +/- 2dB)
Sensitivity: 91dB, 6 ohm nominal, 4 ohm minimum
Power handling: 800 watts
Size: 67"h x 14"w x 31.5" d