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).

  1. Super Flux Magnet on the D26
  2. Centenary Dome on the D26 & the D50, combined with a carbon fiber stiffening ring
  3. Hyper Perforated Voice Coil Formers on the C125 & C225 woofers
  4. Compliantly Mounted Reaction Canceling LF units
  5. Tapered Tube Loading
  6. 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.

Item Value
Configuration: 4 way, 5 driver system
Cabinet Material: Vacuum infused, carbon fiber reinforced, advanced composite
Finish: Multi-component, high-gloss automotive
High Frequency Driver: Vivid Audio D26 (patented)
Catenary Dome Profile
Radially polarized, super flux magnet structure
Isolating compliant mount
Tapered tube loading
Mid Frequency Driver: Vivid Audio D50 (patented)
Catenary Dome Profile
Radially polarized, super flux magnet structure
Isolating compliant mount
Tapered tube loading
Mid-Bass Driver: Vivid Audio C125S
Short-coil, long-gap motor design
50mm copper ribbon coil on a highly vented former
Highly aligned chassis
Radial magnet structure
Isolating compliant mound
Tapered tube loading
Bass Drivers: Two of Vivid Audio C225
Short-coil, long-gap motor design
75mm copper ribbon coil on a highly vented former
Highly aligned chassis
Radial magnet structure
Isolating compliant mound
Tapered tube loading
Mechanically coupled, reaction cancelling
Bass Loading: Exponentially tapered tube absorber
Critically tuned reaction cancelling vents (patent pending)
Sensitivity: 91 dB @ 2.83 Vrms and 1.0 meter on axis
Impedance (Ω): 6Ω nominal, 4Ω minimum, low reactance
Frequency range (hz): -6 dB points, 23 – 44,000 Hz
Frequency response (hz): 30 – 41,000 +/- 2 dB on reference axis
Harmonic distortion: <0.5% over frequency range
Crossover frequencies (hz): 220, 880 & 3,500 Hz
Power handling, watts rms: 800 (music program)
Dimensions: H x W x D(mm): 67″ (1700) x 17″ (440) x 31½” (800)
Weight (kg): 176 (80) net, 300 (136) shipping
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“The Vivid GIYA G1s are definitely my new reference… In case that’s not clear enough, I bought the Vivid GIYA G1 when this review was completed.”

G1_stereophile_ClassA“I’ve heard some extremely expensive speakers, costing two and even three times the Vivid’s price, that can do one or two of the things the G1 Giya do so well. But I can’t think of any speaker I’ve auditioned that does everything as well as the Giyas: superb imaging, unmatched dynamic range, holographic soundstaging, and that immutable, possibly unquantifiable quality known as musicality.

Is Vivid Audio’s G1 Giya the best loudspeaker I’ve ever heard ? Yes. And it will be my yardstick from now on. Whether or not you can afford a pair, you should listen to them so that you know exactly what is possible in a high-end loudspeaker.”

Wes Phillips, July 2010 Stereophile

“It is the Giya’s sound that steals the show, conveying music with obvious neutrality, an unadorned midrange, quick transients, and deep, powerful low frequencies…the Vivid speakers and Luxman electronics…especially when they are used together: tonal neutrality, imaging vividness, transient detail and speed, and deep-base impact. You get all of this in abundance with the Giyas, and maximize it with the Luxman amps.”

“It’s hard to stress just how well the Giya G1 addresses the problems that usually afflict loudspeakers, it manages to seemingly eliminate perceived distortion and reveal the music in all its dynamic, tonal and temporal glory…The incredible resolution of low-level detail means that harmonics, reverb, imaging and all manner of detail are brought to the fore.”

Jason Kennedy HiFi+ (UK) Issue 70
  • G1 Stereo Sound – Golden Sound Award 2008
  • G1 Hifi Review – Loudspeaker of the Year Award 2008