Limited Edition Vivid B1 Decade
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. Currently on display at the Munich High End Show, listeners have been amazed at how the B1d produces sound quite close to one of the company’s Giya offerings.
Design of the B1 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 between B1 Decade and the original B1
|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|
There will only be 200 pairs of these extraordinary loudspeakers made, each individually labeled indicating the number in the limited series.The B1 Decade is available in Piano black or Rosso Barchetta (pictured). Pre-orders are currently accepted at your nearest local dealers. Upgrades for tweeter grilles for current Oval B1 owners are available. Please contact us for more information.