Whilst being two-way systems, the V1 range of loudspeakers maintain the vivid philosophy of pistonic operation throughout the frequency spectrum. Available in two sizes, the smaller V1s are best suited to be mounted near to boundaries such as wall or desktop use while the larger V1.5 pedestal mount will sit quite happily well away from the walls.

All V1 models use the C125 aluminum cone driver to handle the range up to 3kHz. Mounted on soft silicone rubber O-rings in the proprietary cast resin enclosure, structural resonance is kept to a minimum allowing these patented drivers to deliver an exceptional mid-range transparency along with an articulate base common to all Vivid products.

High frequencies are handled by the patented D26 in a variant specially adapted to sit at the apex of a shallow waveguide unique to the V1. Not only does this perfectly time align both frequency ranges but it also affords directivity control to match that of the midrange through crossover, a frequently overlooked issue in two-way designs, resulting in the smoothest power response.

With its larger 22 litre enclosure, V1.t is designed for free field use and is bonded to a stainless steel reinforced resin pedestal which gracefully complements the curves of the enclosure while concealing the twin sets of Van de Hul cabling. External connection is made through four high quality WBT terminals discreetly recessed into the heavy cast resin base.

Item Value
Configuration: 2 way vented cabinet
Cabinet Material: Complex loaded carbon fibre filled polymer
Finish: High Gloss Automotive
Drive Units: 26mm metal dome hf unit
158mm metal coned lf unit (two pairs coupled)
Sensitivity: 89dB/1w @1m
Nominal Impedance (Ω) 8
Frequency range (hz): -6dB points 42 – 42,000
Frequency response (hz): 42 – 39,000 +/- 2dB on reference axis
Harmonic distortion (2nd and 3rd harmonics) <.0.5% over frequency range
Cross over frequency (hz): 3000
Power handling (music program) watts rms: 150
Loudspeaker dimensions (H, W, D) mm 1130, 255, 240
Net Mass (kg): 23
Shipping dimensions (H, W, D) mm: 1300, 430, 460
Shipping Mass (kg): 82 lbs (37)

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soundstage_reviewers_choice_icon“It’s a world-class two-way loudspeaker, with obscene speed and transparency, and an ability to resolve the finest recorded details, that would be laudable even at twice the price. To find these qualities for well under $10,000/pair is a most pleasant surprise. If there is a better demonstration of high-end engineering successfully trickled down to an affordable product, I’m unaware of it.”

G1_stereophile_ClassA“The V1.5 is the best two-way speaker I have heard, as well as the best speaker under $10,000/ pair.”

What-Hi-Fi-Logo“If qualities such as resolution, speed and dynamics are important, the V1.5s should be your first audition at this price level…”

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