YG Acoustics' Vantage 3 Live Loudspeaker

Despite the ton of equipment from Burmester and others shown in the photo, the YG Acoustics set-up I heard involved just two speakers and a single control module. That's because the company's Vantage 3 Live active loudspeaker system ($65,600/pair), which contains amplification by Bel Canto as well as optimized DSP, a digital preamplifier, and a phono stage, is pretty much all-in-one.

The Vantage 3 Live contains three 700W amplifiers, one for each driver; each has been optimized for its particular driver. The Vantage 3 Live even comes with its own 25' ST optical fiber cables which attach to the control module (below). That module sends signals up to 24/192 PCM, MQA and DSD via fiber-optic cabling. While the speaker is a Roon endpoint, you can also use Bel Canto's Seek app, which is a reskinned version of MConnect.

Matthew Webster, YG Acoustics' designer and CEO, incorporated an all-new crossover, new hybrid lattice tweeter, and a new front baffle design with improved waveguard into YG's former Reference 2 active loudspeaker. Owners of the Reference 2 can upgrade to Vantage 3 status.

I was especially impressed by the Vantage 3 Live's midrange. The sound wasn't perfect, but it had some hard-to-describe arresting qualities that held me and many in the room in its spell.

mauidj's picture

I just don’t get it. This is serious money and they use Roon as a source? I just don’t understand these demos of extremely expensive gear using less than optimum source material. Why? Meanwhile for this price “the sound wasnt perfect” what!

Jason Victor Serinus's picture

When any exhibitor manages to fully tame the difficult rooms at Munich High End, I'm in awe. So, "the sound isn't perfect" is more an acknowledgment of the acoustic than a criticism of the equipment. This is why we emphasize, over and over, that these snapshots are reports, not reviews.

mauidj's picture

Jason.....Thanks for putting into context. It was puzzling given the cost of the system ;) Aloha!

OMG...I just noticed all the glass!!!!!!!!