The Vivid Audio team represents 4 decades of experience delivering products featuring more than just innovative engineering and bespoke parts. Our goal is to produce the world's pre-eminent High-end loudspeaker systems.
Philip Guttentag, who heads up the Durban manufacturing facility, first had the inspiration to get into creating high end loudspeakers back in the year 2000 shortly before meeting up with Robert Trunz, ex B&W president. It was Robert who suggested he invite one of his old acquaintances to join the team.
Based in Brighton England, Laurence Dickie had made a name for himself as inventor of the B&W Matrix and designer of their flagship Nautilus™ as well as the Turbosound Polyhorn™ and Dendritic horn systems for professional loudspeakers. Still full of ideas for improvements to monitor loudspeakers Dickie was able to bring a wealth of innovation to the fledgling company.
If there is a central tenet to Dickie’s speaker design philosophy it is to strive for freedom from resonance and reflection. Resonances are the product of either structural or acoustic systems where stored energy can oscillate. Reflection is caused by sharp changes in the path taken by the sound. Very often the distinction between the two effects is blurred but the result is an irregular frequency response and smearing of the sound.
Our sense of hearing has evolved to have an astonishing sensitivity to these effects as a matter of survival. There are many situations where vital information is unseen and we must rely on our sense of hearing. For our ancestors this auditory acuity was, quite literally, a matter of life and death. The presence of resonances or reflections in a loudspeaker are what determines the 'sonic signature' of that loudspeaker and for Vivid Audio the ultimate goal is to help the clarity of hearing by reducing these effects to a negligible level.