Vivid Kaya 45 loudspeaker Specifications

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Description: Three-way reflex-loaded floorstanding loudspeaker. Drive-units: 1" (26mm) tapered-tube–loaded aluminum dome tweeter, 4" (100mm) tapered-tube–loaded alloy cone midrange driver, 2 × 5" (125mm) alloy-cone bass drivers with exponential tapered-tube/ bass-reflex loading. Crossover frequencies: 300Hz, 3kHz. Frequency response: 37Hz–25kHz (–6dB). Nominal impedance: 6 ohms. Minimum impedance: 2.8 ohms. Sensitivity: 87dB/2.83V/1m. Recommended amplifier power: 25–250Wpc. Peak power handling: not specified.
Dimensions: 45.39" (1153mm) H × 11.75" (298mm) W × 15.16" (385mm) D. Net weight: 55.12lb (25kg).
Finishes: Piano (black), Pearl, and Oyster Matte. Custom colors available at extra cost.
Serial numbers of units reviewed: 5215 & 5216.
Price: $18,000/pair. Approximate number of dealers: Not disclosed. Warranty: 5 years.
Manufacturer: Vivid Audio, 6 Star Road, Partridge Green, West Sussex, RH13 8R, UK. US distributor: Vivid Audio LLC, 1815 SE 40th Street, Portland, OR 97214. Tel: (650) 996-2295. Web: vividaudio.com

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Vivid Audio
US distributor: Vivid Audio LLC
1815 SE 40th Street
Portland, OR 97214
(650) 996-2295
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Ortofan's picture

... the similarly priced Revel Ultima2 Studios?
Do the Kayas capture the "flag" that the Revel Performa F228Bes "planted in the ground at the $10,000/pair meridian?"
Are the Kayas more of a "pure delight" than the Dutch & Dutch 8cs?
If the GoldenEar Triton One.R "does it all, and at a fair price", then what, if anything, does it lack?
To paraphrase the amp review, if one of these speakers is right, then the others must be wrong.

If the "the Kayas sounded good from the moment they hit the carpet" and "never failed to please, with any musical source at any reasonable listening level", then why is KR not buying them (instead of returning them and missing them)?

Kal Rubinson's picture

Upon re-reading this comment, I feel the need to say that I do not change my equipment willy-nilly even when greatly impressed with a new product. One must admit that there are a lot of great speakers in the same general price range, some already mentioned in this discussion, and one can make a good case for any one of them.

I rely a great deal on my intimate familiarity with a product, especially a loudspeaker, as it works in my system and my room and that takes a lot of time and effort. To change, one must begin again and that's after surmounting the necessary physical and financial costs. OTOH, it is always on my mind....................

Ortofan's picture

On this site, and elsewhere, it's not uncommon to read reviews that conclude with words to the effect that the reviewer especially enjoyed the sound quality of a product, hated to see it go and will really miss it.

The reader is often left wondering if the product was truly that good then why didn't the reviewer buy it?

Perhaps such reviews should conclude with some rationale for the reviewer's decision not to buy that particular product.

As you suggested, below, the outcome might conceivably have been different with the Kaya 90.

Kal Rubinson's picture

The reader is often left wondering if the product was truly that good then why didn't the reviewer buy it?


There are so many factors in such a decision, many of which are quite personal and not relevant to others. For example, color and style. Readers can judge these for themselves and, unless I can say something quite positive about the product in this regard, why introduce it? (Quality of finish and construction is a different issue.)
Another is spouse acceptance.

So what I try to do is compare and contrast the performance of the DUT with similar ones that I know and let the reader consider that in the context of his/her own personal preferences.

Bogolu Haranath's picture

May be KR could also review the new Polk Audio Legend L800 floor-standing speakers with SDA-PRO technology, $6,000/pair ........ L800 were favorably mentioned by RS in a recent dealer demo ...... L800 were also favorably reviewed by S&V magazine :-) ........

Kal Rubinson's picture

I prefer the overall performance of the Studio2s and, in particular, their bass weight and extension. It has bigger woofers. Perhaps the bigger Kayas would suit me more.

Anton's picture

Thanks for the added consideration!

Bogolu Haranath's picture

The top of the Kaya line Kaya 90 are priced at $26,000/pair ........ May be worth reviewing by Stereophile :-) .......

Bogolu Haranath's picture

The Revel Performa F328Be ($15,000/pair) may equal the bass extension and performance of Kaya 90, for less cost ...... F328Be are even less expensive than Kaya 45 :-) .........

Kal Rubinson's picture

I am well aware of that. :-)

AJ's picture

I find non normalized off axis data far easier to read/interpret, thanks.
Hopefully this is the new "norm" ;-)

Oilman's picture

A non-normalized off-axis view gets us closer to “spin-o-rama” information, which is well established to predict speaker audio quality. JA’s normalization of off-axis measurements are oft-criticized by Dr Floyd Toole. JA, please ditch the normalized curves once and for all and give us non-normalized!

Bogolu Haranath's picture

You may already know this ....... KR wrote an article about 'blind listening tests' at Harman facilities and about 'Spinorama' graphs :-) ........

Bogolu Haranath's picture

If you see Figures 4-6 in measurements section of Kaya 45, you can see a little bit of 'Fletcher-Munson' type of 'bowl' in the upper midrange and treble region (although, it is not that much pronounced) :-) ........

Bogolu Haranath's picture

Wanna see some 'ripples' this same region? ........ Take a look at any Wilson speaker measurements (reviewed by Stereophile) in similar section of measurements :-) .......

Bogolu Haranath's picture

Lot of B&W speakers also show 'bowls and ripples' in their measurements in this area :-) .......

John Atkinson's picture
Oilman wrote:
JA, please ditch the normalized curves once and for all and give us non-normalized!

Space in the print magazine is limited, so I decided many years ago that the primary dispersion measurements I would publish would be normalized to the tweeter (or other recommended axis) response. It was the changes in the response off-axis that I felt more revealing. Only occasionally, as the case of the Vivid Kaya 45, have I also published the actual responses.

Perhaps for the website reprints of the magazine's loudspeaker reviews I could publish both normalized and actual dispersion graphs.

John Atkinson
Technical Editor, Stereophile

AJ's picture
Quote:

It was the changes in the response off-axis that I felt more revealing.

This is generally true, since spectrally *dissimilar* reflections are perceptually harder to ignore, which normalized will emphasize.
But in the case of the subsequent Magico review, the normalized makes the >10k response look very wide, which in fact it is not, since it is actually correspondingly down in level with the on axis. I can see it this way being used to viewing normalized, but the casual reader eye might mistake it for otherwise.
I'm with Dr Toole on this one. The "raw" response impinging the surroundings is more informative, IMHO.

AJ
Soundfield Audio

Bogolu Haranath's picture

If, you look at the Audio Physic Virgo III Stereophile measurements, the JA1's listening room FR measurements (Fig.7) look very much similar to Magico M2 :-) .........

AJ's picture
Quote:

The active Dutch & Dutch 8cs must be placed close to the front wall

Hmmm, a cardioid/controlled directivity type speaker *can* be placed closer to the front wall, less detrimentally than a non-cardioid, due to the rear output nulling and controlled off axis.
However, that shouldn't be mandatory, especially with an adjustable (such as an active) speaker.
With proper adjustment, should function just fine away from wall. Subsequent spatial rendering should be commensurate.

cheers,

AJ
Soundfield Audio

Kal Rubinson's picture

True but then their appearance would offend my wife even more. I told Martijn Mensink that when he last visited me.

AJ's picture

Aha, acoustics puzzle solved. Occams razor.

Anton's picture

They look like the Shmoo from L'il Abner.

http://deniskitchen.com/main/green.shmoo.jpg

Kal Rubinson's picture

Yeah. I did say that, didn't I?

Bogolu Haranath's picture

Kaya 25 kinda looks like Jar Jar Binks :-) ........

Bogolu Haranath's picture

Kaya 25 pair could work well with a couple of powered subwoofers :-) ........

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