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Vivid Audio Oval B1 Decade

Vivid Audio



Oval B1 Decade

THE LIMITED EDITION

Vivid Audio debuts the B1 Decade, a new addition to its Oval Series Family. A limited edition revised OVAL B1, at US$28,000, the B1 Decade Edition loudspeakers assume the flagship position in the Oval range due to their incredible performance and advanced construction. Listeners have been amazed at how the B1d produces sound quite close to one of the company’s original GIYA offerings.

DESIGN OF THE B11 DECADE

Vivid Audio’s tweeters are constructed with vapor deposits of aluminum and magnesium alloy. Extremely light-weight, these tweeters are driven by a hugely powerful magnet structure with rare earth metals, making them super-efficient with a remarkable performance at 98dB. Historically however, these tweeters have been finger magnets with foil assembly that are extremely fragile.

In this revision, Vivid Audio’s Loudspeaker Designer, Laurence Dickie, pushed the envelope yet further to introduce new “finger-proof” designed tweeter grilles, offering additional protection without compromising the sonic performance. Tweeter grilles on the production units are injection molded with slightly tighter tolerances than the prototype introduced in Munich produced by 3D printing. While this new Oval B1 Decade looks similar to the existing Oval B1, there are key differences best summarized by the chart below:

 

Key differences the Decade Edition Oval B1d has from the original Oval B1

FEATURES BENEFITS
GIYA type vacuum infused quadraxial glass cabinet Offers reduced mass and increased rigidity
GIYA G4 mass driver motor assemblies Offers greater shove resulting in fuller tighter bass and better LF definition
New D26 and D50 driver trim rings Offers better protection to the driver diaphragms
Completely new filter topologies Yields a more open better defined soundstage
New shaped ports Matches the new bass loading
New formed baffles front and rear Offers a modernized appearance and lower diffraction
New full GIYA type magnetically coupling grilles front and rear Quicker, easier and safer grille on, grille off endeavors
New terminal tray position Easier access for spade type connectors
C125 driver with magnet segments immediately adjacent to the voice coil Boosts the mid and high frequency performance

HEAR WHAT A DIFFERENCE 10 YEARS MAKE - THE NEW LIMITED EDITION B1 DECADE EMBODIES EVERYTHING WE'VE LEARNED, REFINED AND DEVELOPED OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS.

The Limited Edition B1 Decade is the latest addition to the Vivid Audio loudspeaker family. The culmination of 10 years’ R&D, it represents another huge step forward in progressive design and sound quality. The Limited Edition B1 Decade’s distinctive shape minimises diffraction and reduces internal standing waves for a clearer sound: the composite sandwich enclosure helps eliminate structural resonance. Drawing on technology from our revolutionary Giya series, it also benefits from new drivers and filters that take mid-range and upper-register performance to a totally new level. In a market still dominated by square cabinet speakers, the Limited Edition B1 Decade stands out as a perfect example of form truly following function.

Every Vivid Audio loudspeaker cabinet is hand finished using an elaborate process to ensure the very best aesthetics and finish quality.


Like all Vivid Audio loudspeakers, the B1 Decade is instantly recognisable thanks to its radical design. In a market still dominated by square cabinet speakers, the B1 Decade stands out as a perfect example of form truly following function. It takes its inspiration from nature, where there are no straight edges, right angles or flat plane surfaces. As the human ear itself demonstrates – and our own acoustic research proves – smooth curves help ensure optimum clarity and sound quality. This pioneering loudspeaker also benefits from new drivers and filters that take mid-range and upper-register performance to a totally new level.


THE MOST REALISTIC WAY TO ENJOY THE AUTHENTIC VIVID AUDIO LISTENING EXPERIENCE

We broke new ground when we launched the original B1 loudspeaker back in 2005. Now, everything we’ve learned since has gone into the new B1 Decade. Drawing on 10 years of knowledge, experience and R&D, the B1 Decade incorporates materials and technology from our revolutionary GIYA loudspeakers, bringing our astonishing clarity and transparency of sound to a wider audience.


Download Oval B1 Decade Information Sheet here. 

 

 

Configuation  3 & 1⁄ 2 way vented cabinet
Cabinet material  Balsa-cored quadraxial glass composite sandwich
Cabinet color Red or Black
Base and pedestal  Fibre-loaded polymer complex
Finish High gloss Automotive
Drive unit
 HF: D26 – 26mm metal dome unit with tapered tube loading
Mid: D50 – 50mm metal dome unit with tapered tube loading
Bass: C125d – 2 x 125mm alloy coned unit (coupled)

 

New topology rare-earth magnet design Sensitivity

Sensitivity 89dB @ 2.83Vrms at 1.0 metre on axis
Nominal Impedance (Ω) 4
Frequency Range (Hz)  - 6dB points: 34 - 36,000Hz
First D26 break-up mode 44,000 Hz
Frequency Response 38 - 33,000 Hz +/- 2dB on reference axis 
Harmonic distortion (2nd and 3rd harmonics) < 0.5% over frequency range
Cross over frequencies (Hz)  130, 900, 3500
Power Handling (music program) watts rms  300
Loudspeaker dimensions  1095mm (H) x 265mm (W) x 375mm (D); Base: 420mm (D)
Net weight 36kg

 

 

"it sounds so much better that it now stands alongside Vivid’s very top models...it’s a complete success."

Read the full review on SoundStage! Hifi.


"...that can also be called one of the best speakers available at any price.”

Read the full review on Audiophilepure.


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