Neil Dorfsman is a producer and mixer/engineer who has won 4 Grammy Awards for Best Producer and Best Engineer working with artists including Sting, Dire Straits and Bruce Hornsby.
“In my studio…they have become the ‘go-to’ speaker for checking mixes, balances, and simply enjoying music. They sound—and look—amazing.”
“If Al Schmidt gives it a thumbs up, I know it’s good!”
– Virtuoso and four-time Grammy award winner Christian McBride
See also what he says about the tell-tale signs of a great loudspeaker and his review of Eclipse TD near field monitors in this video by 23db Productions.
“I use the TD-M1 to verify instrumental balance in our masters. The Eclipse provide an extremely clear and analytical imaging beyond conventional speaker technology.”
Morten Lindberg is a Recording Producer and Balance Engineer with 23 American Grammy nominations since 2006. Sixteen of these are in categories Best Engineered Album, Best Surround Sound Album and Producer of the Year. He is the founder and CEO of the record label 2L and an Associate Professor at Westerdals University – Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology.
See what manufacturers including Einstein, CH Precision and Constellation had to say about Artesania Audio’s equipment racks during the Tokyo International Audio Show.
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“A serendipitous confluence of events occurred this past Friday. My interest in the Giya G3 speakers were awoken once again, and so earlier this week I reached out to Philip O’hanlon to find the nearest dealer in my area for a listen. As luck, or perhaps fate would have it Philip was in town visiting Music Lovers on Thursday and Friday, and the San Francisco store had the Giya G3s set up and available for a demo.
First off, let me mention that Jae, Hugh, and Max were all very accommodating and hospitable, with Hugh taking lead duties in ensuring the speakers and the rest of the equipment were setup properly and ready for listening. More so in light of the fact that originally I had to cancel the appointment due to work commitments, and it was only on the morning of Friday I changed my mind, and they were able to slot me in at 1PM.
Second, I was very fortunate that Philip was in town, and took the time to be there to show me the Giyas and to answer any questions I might have. Oh, and did I forget to mention, to provide the best music demonstration I have ever had in my life. That included playing material to show off the various facets of the Giyas, selections per my request to hear how tunes I were very familiar with sounded on the Giya, and some other selections either entirely new to me, or transformational when heard on the Giyas. Also I would be remiss in not mentioning that Philip has the best needle drops (selection and quality) that I have ever heard in my life.
Everyone was patient and gracious, and very learned. It felt like a casual gathering of friends on a Friday afternoon enjoying the pleasure of listening to good music.
The listening room was slightly larger than my own which measures 13.5′ wide, 23′ deep and 9′ tall.
As I mentioned earlier, I had for quite a while had an interest in the Giyas, but never had a chance to hear them. In addition I have now spent enough time with my own system to understand its strengths and suspect some of its weaknesses. So my goal going in was to both hear the Giyas and determine if they provided those elements I found lacking in my system.
Well, I can tell you these speakers delivered all of that and more. Wow! I have never been so literally blown away and delighted by a listening experience in my life. I know everything I am about to write will sound like hyperbole, but the classical selections played sounded very close to being seated at a concert. I actually felt like clapping at the end. I have never heard pianos and violins sound so life like. I have never heard complex passages so uncongested and the dynamics, from soft to explosively loud were incredible, the speakers never faltered for a moment.
Shelby Lynn, “Just a Little Loving”, sounds wonderful in my system, but on the Giyas, it is a whole different level. The tempo, the capability of the speakers to start on a dime, and to stop effortlessly with no overhang of notes is something that needs to be heard to be appreciated.
And truly the purr of the electric guitar on some of the tunes, is better than I have ever heard it rendered (yes, I play guitar and bass).
I believe a track was played of Taiko drumming as well to show the superb rhythmic capabilities of the G3s, simply astounding.
I had read previously, reports of how sensational the needle drop of Lou Reed’s Walk on the Wild Side sounded on the Giya G3s. At one point Philip mentioned how one could hear the singers moving closer and further away from the microphones as they were singing, well I missed it the first time because I was mesmerized by the sounds of the bass drum, especially the quick double kicks during the song, which I had never heard before. I did catch the background singers as they moved closer and closer to the mikes during the latter half of the song. Just amazing playback on this tune, the vocals, the distinct sounds of both the electric bass and acoustic bass, the splat of the horn, I could have listened to it a dozen times easily.
OK, as this is getting rather long, at least for me, I will get to the point. These speakers are simply amazing. The best I have heard, and yes I have not heard as many speakers as many of you out there. The dynamics, the cadence, the effortlessness, and accuracy in sounds is beyond my feeble words. The soundstage, detail, clarity and all these other intangibles, truly result in a speaker that “gets out of the way”. And they could play louder than I would ever want to at home without losing any of the qualities I enjoyed at lower volumes.
So, these speakers more than met my expectations, they had qualities I didn’t even know existed. Ever have that moment when you just wanted to whip out the old checkbook and say, “I’ll take them!”, well that is how I felt.
Key take aways, Music Lovers is a wonderful, accommodating establishment, Philip is a wonderful and gracious host and a pleasure to spend time with, as he transcends the equipment and is about the love of music, and the Vivid Audio Giya G3 speakers should be on anyone’s short list to audition, if you can afford them.
P.s. another way to think about it is, these speakers are a music lovers speaker.”
B. Plexico, Northern California, June 2015
“Everything, absolutely everything in my final product has become more clear. My sensitivity to dynamic and transient aspects of music has gone up several notches.”
“I know for a fact that since hearing and working with the TD-M1 my skills became elevated to a new level. Every recording I’ve produced with the TD-M1 is sonically better because my view is unclouded.”
“I am an artist. The recordings I produce are considered high art. Now that I have the TD-M1 I have more precise tools to work with and my work shows it.”
“Wow. With my new Vivid GIYA G2 speakers – here with U.S. distributor and friend, Philip O’Hanlon. Now, I’m happening!”
Roman has owned many Luxman components and components from other reputable high end manufacturers throughout the years. He has two systems where Luxman monoblocks are bridged, with both Luxman source components and preamps. The video above showcases one of his existing systems (details of equipment list below). He also did some A/B testings across brands and models and shared his insights.
System 1: Westlake Audio HR-1VF speakers, Luxman Amplifiers C-800F + 4 X M-800A, sources – VPI HR-X, Wadia 861se, Esoteric K-01, cables DH Labs
System 2: JBL DD66000 Speakers, Luxman Amplifiers C-1000F + 4 X B-1000F or Mark Levinson No. 326S + 2 X No. 532. Sources – Transrotor Appolon, Luxman D-08 & Esoteric K-01
Comparison 1: C-1000F + B-1000F vs C-800F + M-800A – mode monoblock
“The 1000’s are better and have a more dynamic bass control than the 800’s. In this case, the 800’s are warmer and round. It seems perfect for each speaker to have 2 x 1000 and 2 x 800 power amplifiers.”
Comparison 2: C-1000F + 4 x B-1000F vs Mark Levinson No. 326S + 2 x No. 532H
“The Luxman’s are infinitely powerful, when compared to the Mark Levinson. The Luxman combination is better and certainly has a much better speaker control than the Mark Levinson. Briefly as follows: The Luxman’s have a live & natural sound. The Mark Levinson are excellent, but expensive, and it’s hi-fi, rather than live sound.”
“Personally, I see no alternative to Luxman, when we’re talking about the top products…”
Comparison 3: Luxman D-08 CD/SACD Player vs. Esoteric K-01 CD/SACD Player
“… in my Luxman D-08 listening, the sound was better than the Esoteric K-01. And it was easy to prove – in nine out of ten cases I turned and listened to the Luxman…”
American vinyl – ’50s, ’60s, ’70s
American pop and jazz classics of those years
Rock & electronic music
’70s, ’80s, partially ’90s
Estrada, orchestras, blues & instrumental music
Listening levels: “I try to listen at levels subjectively similar to what we have in the concert halls.”
Roman Vorobiev, Russia
George Giammaras, a customer of Coup de Foudre Audio Video in Montreal, shares his search for a new pair of loudspeakers, how he ended up with Vivid Audio’s Giya G3 and how much he’s loving it.
In photo: Lori Lieberman recording on Sunday afternoon (1 March 2015) with the Vivid Audio G3 and the Mola Mola electronics.
Lori’s comment: “It was so revealing and just the most transparent sound I have heard in the studio. As an artist I could hear all the nuances of my first guitar takes and hear my vocal with the highest level of clarity” At 192/24 I was in the room. The Vivids are remarkable to work with. They leave our music alone and represent it as performed.”
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