Like Vivid Audio’s existing Oval Series and Giya Series, the Kaya line-up is manufactured in a state-of-the-art production facility in KwaZulu-Natal.
The Kaya range fits in between the top-end Giya and the recently revamped Oval Series, and has been designed to exude a more conventional aesthetic without compromising sonic performance. That said, the Kaya design approach remains distinctive and individual.
While the unique cosmetics of both the Oval Series and the Giya range reflect the audio engineering performance behind their world-renowned performance, the unusually shaped speakers have polarised opinion.
The Kaya exteriors were created in conjunction with external industrial design consultants for the first time, with the objective of creating a more home-friendly speaker range. Quite fittingly then, Kaya is the isiZulu name for ‘home’.
Common to all Kaya speakers is a soft-edged, organic shape designed to be easy on the eye while ensuring a narrow baffle surface and minimised diffraction. The enclosures are vacuum-infused composite shells, designed to be both rigid and inert.
At debut, the range will consist of three models, with two more due for introduction at a later stage.
Headlining the line-up is the Kaya 90, a three-way, four-driver floorstander designed for larger spaces despite a slim, organic enclosure that reflects the Vivid Audio aesthetic in a simpler, sleeker package than the eye-catching Giya.
The Kaya 90 features a duo of side-firing, reaction-cancelling C125D woofers accompanied by a bass port, while a newly developed C100SE midrange driver employs a radial magnet directly adjacent to the voice coil benefits performance. It’s located high up on the slim baffle, just below the marque’s D26 carbon-reinforced catenary dome tweeter.
Like the Giya, all the Kaya speakers employ tapered-tube exponential horns, cleverly folded inside the enclosure to ensure compact dimensions without compromising performance.
The Kaya 45 follows a similar design and form factor to the Kaya 90, but with more compact dimensions. Also a three-way design, the 45 uses a single side-firing woofer and port, with the same midrange and tweeter complement.
For smaller spaces typically better suited to bookshelf speakers, the two-way Kaya 25 still employs tapered tube-enhanced reflex bass loading, with the tube incorporated into the integrated stand, which in turn rests on a thick aluminium base. The C125D driver looks after bass and midrange, while the D26 tweeter is mounted in a shallow waveguide to match the dispersion of the mid/bass unit.
To be added to the range later this year are the S15 two-way bookshelf speaker, which can be shelf or wall-mounted, and is also suitable for home theatre surround applications and the C25 centre channel speaker.
According to Vivid Audio’s Philip Guttentag, initial response to the Kaya series has been nothing short of sensational, with significant pre-orders received from both European and Far Eastern markets. Local pricing and availability has not been finalised.
We hope to visit the Vivid Audio factory soon, and to hear the new Kayas on home gound. Watch this space!