Vivid Impresses Web Monkey
Source Interlink Media's Home-Tech Group's self-styled "Web Monkey" Jon Iverson (center) focuses his attention on the new Vivid G3Giya loudspeaker ($40,000/pair), which is scheduled to start shipping in April. Driven by a Luxman amplifier and hooked up with Kubala-Sosna Emotion cables, the G3Giya is a 2/3 scale version of the G1Giya that so impressed Wes Phillips in July 2010, with twin aluminum-cone 7.5" woofers loaded by the same proprietary ported transmission line, this time curled over more severely because of the speaker's reduced height. (The G1Giya used 11" woofers.)
Phillip O'Hanlon, of Vivid's US distributor On A Higher Note, played us first the original Dusty Springfield version of "Just a Little Loving," from a QRP test pressing, then the Shelby Lynne remake. (What he didn't play was what I requested, which was Dusty singing with the stunningly sparse Shelby Lynne arrangement.) Other than some tubbiness in the upper bass, which was very much sitting position-dependentthe bass was better-defined from where I was sitting, behind Jon Iversonthis was one of the best sounds I heard at the 2012 Show.