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. Peter Roth – Soundstagenetwork.com
Configuration: 4-way 5-driver system
Cabinet: Glass reinforced balsa cored sandwich composite
Finish: Multi component high gloss automotive
HF: D26 (patented) with Tapered Tube loading, catenary dome profile,
radially polarized super flux magnet structure & isolating compliant mount
MID: D50 (patented) with Tapered Tube loading, catenary dome profile,
radially polarized magnet structure & isolating compliant mount
MID-BASS: 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
LF: Tow C135 with short-coil long-gap motor design, 75mm copper ribbon coil (preliminary)
on highly vented former, highly aligned chassis, radial magnet structure & reaction cancelling
Bass loading: Exponentially tapered tube enhanced bass reflex
Sensitivity: 87dB @ 2.83Vrms and 1.0 meter on axis
Impedance (Ohm): 6 nominal, 4 minimum, low reactance
Frequency range – 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: (2nd and 3rd) < 0.5% over frequency range
Crossover frequencies (Hz): 220, 880, 3500
Power handling (music program) watts rms: 800
Dimensions (H, W, D) mm: 1161, 341, 578
Net weight (kg): 41
Shipping dimensions (H, W, D) mm: (kg): 1514, 674, 1300
Shipping mass (kg): 65
Enclosing a volume of just over one quarter of that of the G1, the new Vivid 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.
A pair of newly developed bass drivers lay the foundation on which the Giya G3 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 Giya 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 Giya 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.
I remember the first time I heard the Giya G3. It was sitting next to a set of G2’s and appeared to live in the shadows of that great speaker. I really didn’t think a speaker half the size of the G2 would would perform anywhere near the level of its big brother. And then the needle hit the groove. My opinion of the G3 immediately changed from it being a diminuitive sibling to that of an over-acheiver. The speaker had the Vivid “house sound” on the top end. It was fast, open and musical. But what threw me for a loop was the bass. It didn’t bloom and fill the room like other mid sized speakers trying to play with the big boys. Instead, it was punchy, deep and most of all, it sounded so real. Nothing stereo about that bass, it sounded like Ray Brown was in the room plucking away on his double bass.
We have been waiting a long time for the G3 to arrive in the U.S. I recently discovered that the G3 was named a Grand Prix Winner in Japan and our asian friends are buying the most of the speakers being built. Production at Vivid has caught up and I am happy to annouce that the G3 is now available.
Stop by and give the Giya G3 speakers a work out. I bet you will come away with a new found respect for the Giya G3. I know that everyone else has.