Vivid Audio Giya G3 loudspeaker Associated Equipment

Sidebar 2: Associated Equipment

Analog Sources: Linn Sondek LP12 turntable with Lingo power supply, Linn Ekos tonearm, Linn Arkiv B cartridge.
Digital Sources: Marantz NA-11S1 media server; Astell&Kern AK100 media player; Ayre Acoustics C-5xeMP universal player; Apple 2.7GHz i7 Mac mini running OS10.7, iTunes 10, Pure Music 1.89; dCS Vivaldi SACD/CD player–D/A system; Auralic Vega, NAD M51, D/A converters; Ayre Acoustics QA-9 USB A/D converter.
Preamplification: Channel D Seta L phono preamplifier; Pass Labs XP-30 line preamplifier.
Power Amplifiers: MBL Corona C15, Pass Labs XA60.5 (both monoblocks).
Loudspeakers: Wilson Audio Specialties Alexia, Joseph Audio Perspective.
Cables: Digital: Kubala-Sosna Elation! AES/EBU, AudioQuest Coffee, Belkin Gold USB, Transparent USB (with dCS Vivaldi). FireWire: AudioQuest FireWire 400 (prototype). Interconnect (balanced): Kubala-Sosna Elation!, Transparent, AudioQuest Wild Blue. Speaker: Kubala-Sosna Elation! AC: Kubala-Sosna Elation!, manufacturers' own.
Accessories: Target TT-5 equipment racks; Ayre Acoustics Myrtle Blocks; ASC Tube Traps, RPG Abffusor panels; Shunyata Research Dark Field cable elevators; Audio Power Industries 116 Mk.II & PE-1, APC S-15 AC line conditioners (computers, hard drive). AC power comes from two dedicated 20A circuits, each just 6' from breaker box.—John Atkinson

COMPANY INFO
Vivid Audio Ltd.
US distributor: On a Higher Note LLC
PO Box 698
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92693
(949) 488-3004
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remlab's picture

..do two 5.5" drivers go that low? The low frequency harmonic distortion must be extremely high when the speakers are played loud. 

John Atkinson's picture

remlab wrote:
How the hell do two 5.5" drivers go that low? The low frequency harmonic distortion must be extremely high when the speakers are played loud.

I think these Laurence Dickie-designed drive-units are something special. You will note both that I didn't hear any harmonic distortion on low-frequency warble tones and that the speaker did play very loud without strain in my approximately 26' by 15' room.

John Atkinson

Editor, Stereophile

remlab's picture

If the G3's can do that, then they really must be something special..(But I can't imagine the motors being anything more than downsized versions of the G1 woofer motors.)

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