Tokyo Show Launch of New Flagship GIYA G1 "Spirit"

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Vivid Audio launched their new flagship speaker over the past weekend at the Tokyo International Audio Show and at the Hi Fi Messen in Norway.

The driving quest behind Vivid Audio is the continuous quest for perfection. The designer Lawrence Dickie regularly points out the importance of “reducing resonance and reflection” at the core to create the cleanest window into the music. As he said in a talk in Europe recently “when you first hear a Vivid Audio loudspeaker you may well think there is something missing - well you would be correct, what is missing is colouration”.

GIYA Spirit is the culmination of years of work during the development of the GIYA line where it became obvious that should we build a new GIYA flagship speaker we would make noteworthy advances to the product line by doing so. The Spirit projects the logical enhancement of our flagship speaker, the GIYA G1 to the Spirit.

Spirit has come about because of the incredible performance it is able to deliver due to these numerous enhancements. Spirit utilises a completely new carbon stiffened 125mm low mid driver which has a flat frequency response to beyond 10khz! This is certainly a world first.

The C225 bass units now use a motor assembly able to handle double the power of the current G1 design, from 500W to 1,000W. A 100mm copper clad aluminium edge wound single layered voice coil is used for the first time. The new D26k and D50 drivers (B1 Decade style), are used in conjunction with these new drivers. New cross over topologies are implemented with new components exhibiting improved thermal tracking. High quality 99.9% OFC copper air cored inductors are used throughout.

If you thought that the Giya G1 had state of the art bass, then you will be bowled over when you hear what the redesigned 11 1/2"woofers are capable of. With twice the power handling, greater excursion, larger diameter voice coil and neodymium magnets that are approx. twice the size of the regular Giya G1's woofers.

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The lower midrange woofer has also been updated and delivers a fuller, richer midrange compared to previous Giyas. The highs have not been forgotten; building upon the crossover technology designed for the B1 Decade, the high frequency performance is now airy & silky smooth. A new cabinet design with extensive new bracing & strengthening, that is 4" lower than the Giya G1, puts the tweeter on axis with the listener's ears. Finally, the crossover has been removed from the speaker cabinet and placed in its own carbon fiber enclosure. Thus removing the crossover components from the vibration inside the cabinet itself; giving a purer less corrupted musical signal.

We will announce at a later date the official launch of this exciting new reference caliber loudspeaker system and also plan on showing these at CES 2107. Stay tuned.
 

DaveyF

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Philip, Thank you for updating us on the continued advancements of the Giya line. I am sure the new version of the Giya G1 must really be something special. The idea of relocating the all important x-over parts away from the cabinet is an old one....but one that IMHO has tremendous merit. I remember having a discussion years ago with Paul Hales about this very issue. ( He had taken pains to do exactly the same thing with his then flagship speaker..The Paul Hales Signatures Two's. Paul strongly believed that no SOTA speaker could really be called such unless the x-over was so isolated). Frankly, I have been a little surprised that not more pretenders to the throne have not do this very same thing!
Cannot wait to hear the new "Spirit". :cool:
 

JackD201

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I so wanted to be there but my JP visa expired and work beckoned. I had no idea Stella does the Strohmtank. Intriguing as well are the speakers beside the Spirit sporting fostex mids (I always liked those). The Spirits sure look like they should be great, great speakers. Thankfully they will come in colors other than yellow :)
 
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From Hifi Messen in Horten, Norway. Beautiful in British Racing Green.
 
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It's hard to imagine the G1 getting better, but there is always a little room to improve. I really like the British racing green. I wonder if lessons learned will be applied to the scaled down giya's over time. The G3 and G4 are on my list if I were to move up to a different speaker.
 

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Steve Williams

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Yeh.. that garish yellow is a step too far for me.
What I would love to do is get unpainted shells and go to the local art schools and offer a $1000 prize for the best design on them and then let the artists paint it...
However , realistically speaking , If I sent my G1's for a color change or get a set of of spirits , my custom colour would be metallic copper or rich metallic gold...
 
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Im about to pull the trigger on G1s's .... big payout on a dread disease policy (quad bypass)
If I could find a good airbrush artist in Durban , where the speakers are made , I would commission them to paint the speakers with an african theme..but I havent found someone yet...
In the interim .. I am stuck on the metallic copper

I think it will blend with my room .. lots of wood , lots of brown
Does anyone else have a better idea as to colour.. delivery is march..mnfgring next year only so I have plenty time
NOT YELLOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
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Im about to pull the trigger on G1s's .... big payout on a dread disease policy (quad bypass)
If I could find a good airbrush artist in Durban , where the speakers are made , I would commission them to paint the speakers with an african theme..but I havent found someone yet...
In the interim .. I am stuck on the metallic copper

I think it will blend with my room .. lots of wood , lots of brown
Does anyone else have a better idea as to colour.. delivery is march..mnfgring next year only so I have plenty time
NOT YELLOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations!! What about something like Magicos Bronze finish? Gorgeous with gold shimmer.

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Yeh.. that garish yellow is a step too far for me.
What I would love to do is get unpainted shells and go to the local art schools and offer a $1000 prize for the best design on them and then let the artists paint it...
However , realistically speaking , If I sent my G1's for a color change or get a set of of spirits , my custom colour would be metallic copper or rich metallic gold...
http://www.vividaudio.com/images/docs/brochure.pdf.
 

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