Enclosing a volume of just over one quarter of that of the G1, the new Vivid Audio G3 is the answer to those seeking the purity of reproduction of the GIYA series in a package which is easily accommodated into the more typical home environment. At a mere 3′ 9″ tall they will not dominate any room, rather blend in as functional art.

Overview

A pair of newly developed 7 1/2″ bass drivers lay the foundation on which this, the smallest member of the family is built. Retaining the motor structure and suspension profiles of the larger siblings, the C135 is well capable of producing substantial bass energy despite its reduced diameter. The top of the bass enclosure displays the now uniquely familiar curl of the tapered tube absorber to completely eliminate the top to bottom resonances and deliver sharp accurate bass.

In every other frequency band the G3 is virtually identical in performance to G1 and G2: the C125 alloy cone handles the low-mid frequencies while the D50 and D26 catenary dome drivers cover the mids and highs respectively with each being rear loaded with independent exponential horns. In a departure from the design tradition of the other models, the G3 proudly witnesses each of these absorber horns with the low-mid horn linking round to the bass absorber horn in a graceful loop which is spanned by the two smaller tubes of the mid and high frequencies.

Item Value
Configuration: 4 way, 5 driver system
Cabinet Material: Vacuum infused, carbon fiber reinforced, polyester compound
Finish: Multi-component, high-gloss automotive
High Frequency Driver: D26 (patented) with Tapered Tube loading, catenary dome profile, radially polarized super flux magnet structure & isolating compliant mount
Mid Frequency Driver: D50 (patented) with Tapered Tube loading, catenary dome profile, radially polarized magnet structure & isolating compliant mount
Mid-Bass Driver: C125S with Tapered Tube loading, short-coil long-gap motor design, 50mm copper ribbon coil on highly vented former, highly aligned chassis, radially polarized magnet structure & isolating compliant mount
Low-Frequency Drivers: Two C135 with short-coil long-gap motor design, 75mm copper ribbon coil (preliminary) on highly vented former, highly aligned chassis, radial magnet
structure & reaction canceling compliant mount
Bass Loading: Exponentially tapered tube enhanced bass reflex
Sensitivity: 87dB @ 2.83Vrms and 1.0 meter on axis
Impedance (Ω): 6Ω nominal, 4Ω minimum, low reactance
Frequency range (hz): -6 dB points, 33 – 36,000 Hz
First D26 Break Up mode: 44,000 Hz
Frequency response (hz): 36 – 33,000 +/- 2 dB on reference axis
Harmonic distortion: <0.5% over frequency range
Crossover frequencies (hz): 220, 880, 3500
Power handling, watts rms: 800 (music program)
Dimensions: H x W x D(mm): 45.7″ (1161), 13.4″ (341), 22.8″ (578)
Net Weight (kg): 90 lbs. (41)
Shipping dimensions (H, W, D) (mm): 60″ (1514) 26.5″ (674), 51″ (1300)
Shipping Mass (kg): 143 lbs. (65)

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Press Reviews

Hi-Fi+ Logo“… G3… requires power to delivery a convincing wide-band result…most speakers do, but most speakers are more colored and less ultimately resolute than this… few alternatives come close to this degree of perfectly timed transparency…”

Vivid GIYA G3 review in Audio Esoterica 2013“The Giya G3 has been a regular at Australian audio shows, and even if you’re not shopping at this price point I implore you to rush, queue, and wait to hear this marvel of a speaker. You’ll be hearing what is really one of the examples of the state of the art in loudspeaker design. Sure, above the G3, Vivid Audio offers the larger G2 and flagship G1. The bigger brethren would, of course, offer deeper and more powerful bass registers thanks to their larger drivers and enclosures. But having in common the same tweeter, midrange dome and mid-bass drivers, all three Giya speakers should share the same midrange-to-treble balance and tonality, and the dispersion characteristics of an almost baffle-less driver array. The scenario then offers astute audiophiles a Giya choice in terms of driving gear and room size.

“It’s said that Giya is a variation of the word Jiva in the Sanskrit language. Jiva, an immutable, indestructible entity transcends the constraints of mortality and is reincarnated in an eternal karmic cycle. Lofty as it may sound, this is I think, an apt parallel for the Giya G3’s transcendental qualities. This is a near-ideal design that will stand the test of time and will be known as a sonic, aesthetic and engineering classic in years to come. It’s that good.”

Ultra Audio Select Component“Rich, vibrant, exciting, engaging, and sustaining, this smallest Giya from Vivid Audio realizes the aspiration of its designer to create a precise transducer whose reproduction of music does not create stress in the listener. Its compact shape may be unique, but to my eyes is uniquely beautiful. While it hits the ball out of the park in all the traditional hi-fi categories of soundstaging, coherence, detail retrieval, etc., perhaps the Giya G3’s greatest strength is its total absence of cabinet-imposed colorations or character. The G3 performs a sonic disappearing act like no other speaker I’ve heard. For the demands of my compact listening room, Vivid Audio’s Giya G3 is an essentially perfect pairing with my reference electronics from Ayre Acoustics — a pairing I’ve now made permanent.”

“The sound of the G3 at the Mirage was strikingly similar to that of the G2 in my room — a detail-rich, incredibly lively, and thoroughly transparent sonic picture that immersed the front end of the room with a soundstage that was ultra-wide and very deep. The G3s at the Mirage matched the extraordinary resolution and exceptional neutrality and refinement of the G2s in my listening room. Visually, the G3s are so eye-catching that you just can’t overlook them, but like the G2s again, when they’re playing music they sonically disappear, making the sound seem like it’s simply popping out of thin air.”

Awards

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Stereophile – Product of the Year 2014
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Stereo Sound – Grand Prix 2012