It's hard to stress just how well the Giya G1 addresses the problems that usually afllict loudspeakers, it manages to seemingly eliminate perceived distortion and reveal the music in all its dynamic, tonal and temporal glory.
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 GIYA G1 the best loudspeaker I've heard? YES. And it will be my yardstick from now on.
As you'd expect of a loudspeaker with unique and usual drive units in bespoke cabinets the like of which you don't see anywhere else, the Vivid B1 is a distinctive performer, inasmuch as it doesn't do what so many other designs at the price do. By this, I mean many others somehow manage to lose the natural timing, tonality and/or phase coherence of the original recording.
Seamless is a much-bandied term in describing speaker sound, but the K1 gave a definite reference point for applying the description. What may be termed the aspiration of this speaker was nigh-on perfect.
The Vivid Audio B1 proved itself to be a truly world-class speaker from a new brand that clearly knows how to get results. If you want to hear more of the music and less of the speaker, there's not a lot of serious competition.
Discovering just how resolute this speaker is makes us wonder if we ever got the best out of the B1 some five years ago. Somehow we doubt it. The Vivid K1 is undoubtedly one of the finest speakers on the planet. Lord only knows how the Vivid Giya manages to improve on its performance.
Could it be that Vivid Audio's products are destined to become one of South Africa’s most important high-tech ambassadors - and one of Durban's most famous exports? If what I heard was anything to go by, the Zulu shield-shaped loudspeakers are set to spread a vividly musical message about this country across the globe!