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. Listeners have been amazed at how the B1d produces sound quite close to one of the company’s original 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

Key differences the Decade Edition Oval B1d has from the original Oval B1
Features Benefits
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

Availability

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.

B1 Decade Technical Specifications

Configuration: 3 & 1⁄ 2 way vented cabinet
Cabinet material: Balsa-cored quadraxial glass composite sandwich
Cabinet colour – Red or Black
base and pedestal – Fibre-loaded polymer complex
Finish – High gloss automotiveBinding posts: 2 pairs of speaker terminals: Woofers & Mids/Highs

Drive units:

HF: D26-26mm metal dome unit with tapered tube loading
Mid: D50 – 50mm metal dome unit with tapered tube loading
Bass: C125d – 2 x 125mm allot coned unit (coupled)
New topology rare-earth megnet design

First D26 Break Up mode: 44,000 Hz
Sensitivity: 89dB @ 2.83Vrms and 1.0 meter on axis
Nominal Impedance (Ohm ): 4
Frequency range – 6dB points: 34 – 36,000Hz
Frequency response: 38 – 33,000 Hz +/- 2dB on reference axis
Harmonic distortion (2nd and 3rd): < .0.5% over frequency range
Cross over frequencies (Hz): 130, 900, 3500
Power handling (music program) watts rms: 300
Loudspeaker dimensions (H, W, D cabinet, D base) mm: 1095, 265, 375, 420
Net weight (kg): 36
Shipping dimensions (H, W, D) mm: 1250, 430, 530
Shipping mass (kg): 50

 

Product Documentation

Vivid OVAL Series Owner’s Guide

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“The B1D is one of the most revealing speakers available…a speaker that not only deserves being included in our list of Recommended Reference Components, but that can also be called one of the best speakers available at any price.”

“Although the oval B1d is a mid-sized 3½ -way with integral stand, it managed to generate incredibly deep, well-defined low end on bowed doublebass—and this with a tube amplifier. Superbly open, like a planar or ’stat, the B1d also had ’stat-like resolution, transient speed, and a very, very neutral tonal palette.”

Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound October 2015

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