I managed to get away to Greece in late July final yr, simply because it was reaching Greek temperatures within the UK, and loved two weeks of correct ‘scorchio’ climate. I observed how a lot hotter the cities have been (even within the shade) than the much less densely populated areas, particularly these with out buildings. This is essentially as a result of the roads and buildings absorb warmth after which slowly launch it over the day. This is what high-mass cupboards do, albeit at a distinct frequency; they retailer the power that comes from the drive models and launch it over time, somewhat extra time than it takes for the sign to be produced by the drivers. The heavier the loudspeaker cupboard, the extra excessive this will get even when heavy audio system do have a solidity within the bass that fairly interesting for a similar motive.
With most wood cupboards the power is immediately radiated by the panels of the field to some extent, the higher the bracing the decrease the radiation seems to be the rule. Vivid takes a completely totally different strategy to controlling radiation by making the cupboard as stiff and light-weight as doable. The Giya G1 Spirit is a big speaker that stands simply over 5 foot excessive and has a quantity of 180 litres nevertheless it weighs lower than 70 kilos. A Bowers & Wilkins 802, by comparability, is greater than a foot shorter and weighs almost 90 kilos.
The Vivid Giya cupboards are constructed from two skins of vacuum-infused glass-reinforced composite, a complicated variant on fibre glass, with finish grain balsa between the 2 skins to supply stiffness. A few producers make bass drivers in a sandwich association like this however they use foam because the filling; a speaker cupboard wants one thing a bit extra stable. The distinctive form of Giya just isn’t a whim of the Vivid styling division however a real occasion of kind following perform. The tubular ring on the high represents the top of the inverted horn that absorbs power from the 2 bass drivers on both aspect of the cupboard. This is similar to the tapered tube idea that Vivid designer Laurence Dickie created for Bowers & Wilkins within the authentic Nautilus loudspeaker, which has subsequently discovered its method into the 800 sequence fashions.
In Vivid loudspeakers, this tapered tube system is used with all of the drivers. You can see the place these for the tweeter, upper- and lower-midrange drivers terminate on the again of the cupboard the place small hex bolts are seen. The bass drivers which produce essentially the most power and are thus more than likely to vibrate the cupboard, aren’t fastened to it within the ordinary method. Instead they’re bodily braced in opposition to each other and held in place with a compliant mounting the place the chassis meets the cupboard, that is an strategy present in a number of the higher subwoofers, and I word, an idea speaker that Monitor Audio confirmed in Munich High-End 2022, and signifies that the bass system is solidly anchored with minimal danger of transmitting power into the ‘field’.
This continues to be a reflex-loaded loudspeaker nonetheless; it’s simply that just like the bass drivers there are two reflex ports that look a bit like gills and sit reverse each other both aspect of the cupboard behind the bass drivers. This association is used in an effort to stability the ports and let the bass system breathe evenly.
Breaking up the chain
Vivid develops and makes its personal drive unts. This is the one method that Dickie may use domes that aren’t standard hemispheres, as a substitute they’ve a catenary form which is the form a series varieties when it’s hung between two posts. This form was chosen as a result of its break up level is notably increased than an everyday dome even earlier than you add the carbon fibre reinforcing ring to its perimeter. If Vivid’s measurements are to be believed, and Dickie is a first-rate engineer, the catenary form has such clear benefits over common domes that one wonders why nobody else makes use of them, maybe there’s a patent at work right here.
The decrease midrange is maybe essentially the most uncommon driver on the Giya G1 Spirit, it has a big oblate sphere (doughnut formed) central dome and really steep cone sides. The giant central dome signifies that this 125mm driver has a 75mm voice coil, which is a uncommon ratio. Like the domes above it this driver has a carbon fibre reinforcement ring on the base of the dome, an association not seen on some other driver together with these within the Vivid vary.
The G1 Spirit is out there with a standard onboard crossover or a separate outboard one. The latter is available in a comparatively standard rectilinear case product of the identical materials because the speaker, so it’s good and glossy with chamfered corners. Connection to the loudspeaker is through an umbilical that fixes proper beneath the speaker, with the onboard crossover the cable terminals are additionally beneath the speaker. This makes for a really neat look however requires that the speaker be laid on its aspect in an effort to make the connections, which is true in each onboard and outboard crossovers. The benefit of the latter is straightforward speaker cable connection and fewer vibration for the crossover elements to deal with, nonetheless it was initially conceived to permit the G1 Spirit to be actively pushed, and this has been executed with electronics from Linn, Devialet and Trinnov prior to now.
The sonic character of this loudspeaker may be very distinct, inasmuch because it seems to have nearly none of its personal. And but as a result of that is a lot extra clearly the case than with most different loudspeakers it actually stands out. The very first thing that hits you is that nothing hits you besides the music, that’s there aren’t any sharp edges, no sense of grain or distortion. Dickie disagrees with that final phrase and prefers the time period ‘coloration’ as a result of that’s the appropriate time period, nonetheless the Giya G1 Spirit doesn’t simply sound as if it has a fair tonal response, it sounds as if it doesn’t have the sharp edges discovered with the overwhelming majority of loudspeakers. If something it is vitally very similar to an electrostatic, it has the identical smoothness and ease as one of the best examples of the style however that is mixed with the low finish energy and dynamics of a reflex design.
It’s a speaker that warrants prime quality and nicely matched amplification, I used to be capable of provide this to an extent however not the complete extent so suspect that even with the unimaginable outcomes I bought there’s extra to be heard from these extraordinary loudspeakers. Nonetheless having them within the system proved to be a very revelatory expertise the like of which I’ve hardly ever had the pleasure of. There is an efficient number of very open sounding loudspeakers in the marketplace right now, the extra superior designers take note of the truth that you possibly can’t get a fair response in a traditional room except the sound that hits the aspect partitions, ground and ceiling has the identical stability because the direct sound from drivers to your ears. This broad dispersion strategy requires nice driver design and a cupboard that doesn’t hinder power coming off these drivers in all instructions, the Giya G1 Spirit cupboard is devoid of sharp edges so the sign has nothing to mirror off because it exits the speaker. This reduces sensitivity to an extent but additionally reduces coloration to a a lot larger extent, this speaker’s sensitivity is definitely fairly excessive at 92dB (2.83 VRMS at 1m) and its nominal impedance a comparatively simple six Ohms. So Vivid has managed to maintain coloration down with out sacrificing ease of drive which is a uncommon achievement in itself.
The broad dispersion is presumably one motive why this speaker sounds so relaxed, not the first motive however an element. It’s additionally why the picture scale adjustments with every bit of music performed, in actual fact every little thing about each recording performed by means of the Giya G1 Spirit appears to be revealed. Give them acoustic recording resembling Chasing the Dragon’s Mendelsohnn Octets and the sense of being there’s greater than palpable, it’s completely convincing. You get the openness of the excessive ceiling on the Henry Wood Hall the place the recording was made and also you get the timbre of the eight devices layered and dare I say it, vivid, in entrance of you. What additionally struck me about this and plenty of different items of music is how nicely the Vivids observe stage, that’s the quantity stage of particular person voices and devices relative to 1 one other in a given combine. Described as micro dynamics that is an space the place the extremely low noise (as a result of there’s so little cupboard vibration) of those audio system places them into one other league. It permits the listener to comply with and recognize totally different performers inside a gaggle and to listen to the way in which that totally different parts of a mixture have been handled.
If that every one sounds somewhat dry what it boils all the way down to is a level of transparency that’s distinctive, and that signifies that extra of the musical sign will get into the room with out being coloured or distorted. With Mari Samuelsen’s first solo album Mari [DG] it signifies that a big group of musicians seems within the room somehow of magic, the diploma of realism is positively uncanny. This is a spectacular recording however simply how spectacular turned so much clearer with the large Vivids, I’ve by no means heard string tone that’s so pure nor had a way of the size and nature of a studio acoustic that was so nicely reproduced. It makes the music she creates that rather more highly effective and shifting, and it makes me realise that the Rega P10 turntable is even higher than I assumed it was, and I used to be fairly impressed within the first place.
With much less pure recordings within the type of Frank Zappa’s dwell You Can’t Do That On Stage Anymore [Zappa Music] releases, you possibly can hear how he has constructed up these tracks utilizing snippets from totally different performances, a guitar break right here, a voice there. You can hear the joins however this doesn’t get in the way in which of having fun with the brilliance of the music, Zappa had requirements that not even his extremely rehearsed bands may at all times dwell as much as and by utilizing one of the best bits spliced collectively he was capable of assemble the close to as doable excellent concert events for these of us unable to attend the true factor. Having a loudspeaker that’s able to delivering that music at an acceptable quantity with none sense of effort and the entire bandwidth required is a really particular expertise that will get you as shut as you possibly can to being there.
Not a cartoon
The bass on the G1 Spirit just isn’t apparent, that’s like the remainder of the bandwidth it doesn’t have sharpened main edges that outline it a bit like a cartoon. Rather the bass is three dimensional, it’s bought depth and weight and strikes with easy pace. Essentially it’s extraordinarily pure, and simply as prolonged and highly effective because the sign calls for, so if that sign emanates from a synth or electrical bass it may be very muscular certainly. But if it’s a piano or double bass there’s extra texture and depth of tone, extra selection and color. Whatever the supply it’s very juicy and interesting and at all times bang on time.
The Vivid Giya G1 Spirit is an distinctive loudspeaker, because of the way in which that its drivers and cupboard have been executed it doesn’t have the issues related to 99.9% of dynamic loudspeakers. Instead you get sound that’s as thrilling, highly effective and delightful because the recording permits, and plenty of of them allow an terrible lot of all three. It’s a speaker that I may all too simply dwell with proper as much as the purpose the place enthusiasm wanted to be summoned for one more loudspeaker evaluate. It’s not a speaker for reviewers, it’s a speaker for music lovers who don’t should make comparisons.
- Type 4-way, five-driver, reflex loaded floorstanding speaker
- Driver complement One 26mm metallic dome tweeter with Tapered Tube loading; one 50mm metallic dome midrange driver with Tapered Tube loading; one 125mm alloy/carbon diaphragm lower-mid driver with 75mm voice coil, two 225mm alloy diaphragm bass drivers with 100mm voice coil in 45mm hole
- Crossover frequencies 220Hz, 880Hz, 3.5kHz
- Frequency response + / -2dB 29–33,000 Hz
- Impedance 6 Ohms nominal, 3 Ohms minimal at 20 okayHz
- Sensitivity 92dB @ 2.83 VRMS at 1 m on axis
- Dimensions (H×W×D) 1600 × 440 × 820mm
- Weight 67.4kg/every
- Finishes Piano black, Pearl white, Oyster matte plus premium colors
- Price £82,500/pair
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