There is no reason why good designs should be ugly; while the Nautilus was ground-breaking in 1994, its natural form and beauty continues to be pleasing to the eye even to this day. Giya is a new organic design from Laurence Dickie, which can be enjoyed as a musical instrument and / or as a unique piece of sculpture.
Giya breaks new ground for Vivid in that it is the first true floor-standing, four way design and its unique shape is quite distinct from the shield shaped B1. While it has a narrow front profile, to the side it sports two new 12″ side-firing Vivid woofers, mechanically coupled in a reaction canceling design. The cabinet is unusual in that it contains a port on either side, behind the woofers tuned to 23 Hz. Then above the bass reflex cabinet is the bass cavity’s folded horn. Giya’s folded horn consists of a massive duct curving away from the center of the bass drivers, exponentially tapered and smooth, and carefully coiled to avoid abrupt discontinuities. Its natural line and form is the outcome of winding a tapered tube to save space, while preserving the optimum curvature-to-width ratio. The horn folds in on top of itself behind the top of the cabinet and there is an open space in the middle. The mid to upper bass resonance absorbing folded horn is tuned to 100 Hz and converts the woofer’s back wave energy above 100 Hz into heat.
The cabinet itself is a fresh departure for Vivid in that it is manufactured from the same materials used in the formula 1 race cars, as well as the off-shore, high performance race boats, namely a vacuum infused fiber composite, reinforced with carbon fiber. In any one of the six standard metallic automotive paint finishes, Graphite, Oyster, Sahara, Chocolate & Borollo Red.
The narrow front profile allows the speakers to project a soundstage as if they were a much smaller speaker, almost an over-sized book shelf speaker.
These beautiful speakers are full of ground breaking technology, here is an over-view of the Vivid Audio Patents applied to the Giya: (View white papers under Docs tab).
- Super Flux Magnet on the D26
- Centenary Dome on the D26 & the D50, combined with a carbon fiber stiffening ring
- Hyper Perforated Voice Coil Formers on the C125 & C225 woofers
- Compliantly Mounted Reaction Canceling LF units
- Tapered Tube Loading
- Exponentially tapered vented LF cabinet enclosures
Examples of other industries employing a similar cabinet enclosure technique as utilized in the Giya due to the extreme rigidity and low mass
i. Airbus A380 on certain important structural panels
ii. 65′ & 80′ Maxi Yachts as used in the America Cup due to their 40% saving in mass.
iii. Off-shore Race Boats.