RIVAL

Big Horn Speaker Performance in a Smaller Footprint

 

2017-2018 Stereophile Magazine
Class-A Recommended Component

Rival Excitement!

Volti Audio, makers of the highly acclaimed Volti Vittora horn loaded loudspeaker system, is proud to offer the Volti Rival, a 3-way, horn-loaded loudspeaker that offers high sensitivity, wide bandwidth and superb cabinetry in a compact and affordable format.

Borrowing heavily from its larger and more expensive brother, the Rival uses many of the same internal components found in the Vittora.  The characteristic “Volti Sound” remains intact, but in a loudspeaker that is one third the size and one third the cost of the Vittora system.

OUTSTANDING DYNAMIC RESPONSE

Following in the tradition of all Volti Audio loudspeakers, the Rival is both highly sensitive and wide bandwidth – with a frequency response of 32Hz – 20Khz and a sensitivity of 100db/W enabling glorious, full range, tactile sound produced from as little as a handful of amplifier Watts.

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The Rival offers the outstanding dynamic response that you expect from a horn loaded loudspeaker but with none of the colorations that are normally associated with horns. The Rival, like the Vittora, accurately captures the timbre of real instruments with the same smoothness and great tone.  Music leaps from the Rivals, exciting the senses like no other speaker its size can do!

YOUR PRIVATE EXPANSIVE SOUNDSTAGE

When listening to the Rival, you will experience pinpoint imaging in an expansive soundstage with dynamics and micro-dynamics that will make you believe the performers are right in your room.

The Rival conveys the characteristics that make live music compelling and engaging: the tone and timbre of instruments and voices, the drive and force of the tempos, the dynamic swings from soft to loud, and the intensity and excitement of a real live musical performance.

The Rival is room-friendly – place them wherever you want

They can be positioned against a wall, in a corner, or pulled out into the room. Powerful and highly directional, the Rival is capable of filling a very large room, but will also work in an intimate, near-field setting. It is front ported, to allow the greatest flexibility in placement, since the port does not rely on, nor is affected by walls behind or beside the speaker.

Adjustments to the crossovers allow the user to tailor the sound of the speaker to their system, room, or liking. Easy rear-panel access allows you to insert various high-quality resistors in an L-Pad configuration to attenuate the midrange and the tweeter.

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By simply moving a wire, you can choose a softer or sharper upper midrange tone. The tweeter capacitor is easily changed out to adjust the tone of the high frequencies. Also, the port is tunable, by removing a plate, accessed through the port opening.

When you order your Rivals, consider upgrading to Triode Wire Labs internal wiring, or the Rival External Crossover Unit for the best sound possible from your speakers.

Read Gary Beard’s Rival Review

https://positive-feedback.com/reviews/hardware-reviews/volti-rival-loudspeakers/

“The Rivals are a speaker that made me

smile from ear to ear every time I sat down to listen to them”

 

Gary Beard, Positive Feedback, October 2018

 

 

Read The Stereophile Review

https://www.stereophile.com/content/volti-audio-rival-loudspeaker

“The Rivals played music with supreme fidelity, openness,

lifelike images, transparency, impact, touch, timing,

dynamics, and flat-out musical fun” 

Ken Micallef, Stereophile Magazine June 2017

 

 

Rivals Have Few Rivals!

A mini-review by Steve Guttenberg

https://www.cnet.com/news/turning-it-up-to-11-with-volti-audio-rival-speakers/

“. . . from Aphex Twin’s “Syro” album, the Rivals effortlessly unfurled the music’s dense textures and room shaking power at high volume levels”

“A lot of far more expensive and larger high-end speakers can’t match the Rival’s power delivery”

“The Rivals can also sound refined, vocals were immediate and naturally balanced with Rickie Lee Jones singing the old Steely Dan tune “Showbiz Kids.” I’ve heard Jones version of this tune on countless speakers, but the Rival sounded considerably more life-like”

“with vibraharpist Cal Tjader’s “Sona Libre” CD, the sound had a “live in a club” feel, the vibes as well as the drums’ transient attacks were dynamically realistic and when I pulled the volume way down the Rivals didn’t lose resolution”

 

 

CAF2016: Herb Gets It On

By Herb Reichert • Posted: Jul 10, 2016

Most of you must know I am a long time fan of Volti Audio’s Vittoria horn-loaded loudspeakers. They achieve what I always thought was impossible: a smooth, coherent, hyper-efficient loudspeaker that bubbles with musical life—and never let’s on it’s a horn speaker. Most folks that heard it agreed except, many wished it was smaller and less expensive. Well, Volti proprietor/engineer, Greg Roberts was listening and at CAF released a smaller, less expensive model, the Rival at only $7900/pair. The sound, while not quite as sweet and sophisticated as the Vittora, was “oh my my” tight fast and textured. The box, the drivers and the music reproduced seemed properly scaled, utterly uncompressed. The new 99dB-sensitive Rival delivered a great portion of the bigger speaker’s pleasures.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

  • 15” high-power and high-sensitivity woofer – bass reflex configuration, ported
  • Wooden midrange horn with a known Tractrix flare, 2” throat, designed and built by Volti Audio
  • High quality 2” outlet midrange compression driver with a 3-1/2” phenolic diaphragm
  • Elliptical tweeter horn with a known Tractrix flare
  • High quality 1” compression tweeter driver
  • Custom made crossovers, high quality components, hand-wired , adjustable, final voicing done while comparing directly to a Vittora speaker
  • Bi-wire or Bi-amp at the input terminals
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Sensitivity: 100db

Recommended amplifier power: 3wpc (min.), 100wpc continuous (max.)

Bandwidth: 32Hz – 20kHz

Impedance: 6ohm

Dimensions: 41-1/2” tall, 19” wide and 16” deep

Weight: 125lbs/each


CUSTOMIZE YOUR RIVALS

Volti Audio offers custom upgrades for the Rival speakers, including feet/plinth and grill options, Triode Wire Labs internal wiring, and External crossovers.  Since we are a semi-custom shop, we can offer you options and add-ons that other manufacturers can’t.  Just ask us!

Click on the link below to open a page where you can view photos of Rival speakers in different veneers and with various options

http://voltiaudio.com/Rivalphotopage.shtml


rosewood veneer with satin lacquer finish

Ebony with black paint

External Crossovers

birch, stained, with satin lacquer finish

PRICING

The Rival is offered in a base trim level at a base price, and then options are added. The base trim level price is the same for birch plywood with a clear lacquer finish or for a textured paint finish, or any combination of the two (i.e. fronts in natural birch with painted cabinets).  Base trim level does not include grills, but does include four solid maple block feet per cabinet (painted or clear finish), and packaging and palletizing for shipping in a single crate.

Wood Veneer* and clear lacquer finish on all sides of the cabinets

$3500
  • Wood veneer cost is based on 64square ft. of material at $8 per square foot or less.  Veneers costing over $8 per square ft. will be extra cost.  Most custom veneers are less than $8 per square ft., including most Rosewood as an example.

Grills**

$500
  • Wood veneer cost is based on 64square ft. of material at $8 per square foot or less.  Veneers costing over $8 per square ft. will be extra cost.  Most custom veneers are less than $8 per square ft., including most Rosewood as an example.

Clear Lexan crossover covers in place of wood covers

$150
  • Wood veneer cost is based on 64square ft. of material at $8 per square foot or less.  Veneers costing over $8 per square ft. will be extra cost.  Most custom veneers are less than $8 per square ft., including most Rosewood as an example.

Veneer Fronts Only - exposed plywood edges with clear finish - radius edges - painted cabinet bodies

$750
  • Wood veneer cost is based on 64square ft. of material at $8 per square foot or less.  Veneers costing over $8 per square ft. will be extra cost.  Most custom veneers are less than $8 per square ft., including most Rosewood as an example.

One coat stain*** on birch

$850
  • Wood veneer cost is based on 64square ft. of material at $8 per square foot or less.  Veneers costing over $8 per square ft. will be extra cost.  Most custom veneers are less than $8 per square ft., including most Rosewood as an example.

Plinth/Feet options

$TBD
  • Wood veneer cost is based on 64square ft. of material at $8 per square foot or less.  Veneers costing over $8 per square ft. will be extra cost.  Most custom veneers are less than $8 per square ft., including most Rosewood as an example.

Triode Wire Labs Internal Wiring

$500
  • Wood veneer cost is based on 64square ft. of material at $8 per square foot or less.  Veneers costing over $8 per square ft. will be extra cost.  Most custom veneers are less than $8 per square ft., including most Rosewood as an example.

External Crossovers - basic or premium

$1000 - 2500
  • Wood veneer cost is based on 64square ft. of material at $8 per square foot or less.  Veneers costing over $8 per square ft. will be extra cost.  Most custom veneers are less than $8 per square ft., including most Rosewood as an example.

Shipping

$TBD
  • Wood veneer cost is based on 64square ft. of material at $8 per square foot or less.  Veneers costing over $8 per square ft. will be extra cost.  Most custom veneers are less than $8 per square ft., including most Rosewood as an example.

Reusable cloth covers

$300
  • Wood veneer cost is based on 64square ft. of material at $8 per square foot or less.  Veneers costing over $8 per square ft. will be extra cost.  Most custom veneers are less than $8 per square ft., including most Rosewood as an example.

Individual, reusable crates

$300
  • Wood veneer cost is based on 64square ft. of material at $8 per square foot or less.  Veneers costing over $8 per square ft. will be extra cost.  Most custom veneers are less than $8 per square ft., including most Rosewood as an example.

* Wood veneer cost is based on 64square ft. of material at $8 per square foot or less. Veneers costing over $8 per square ft. will be extra cost. Most custom veneers are less than $8 per square ft., including most Rosewood as an example.

** Grills are made with ½” thick, single-piece plywood with 2” radius corners, covering ¾ of the front of the cabinet, leaving the bottom ¼ exposed. Cloth is lightweight black, acoustically transparent. Grill frames are held on to the fronts of the cabinets with plastic pins, so when the grills are off, the receptacles for the pins will show.

***Birch plywood does not take stain in the same way that a wood veneer does. The stain soaks into the plywood more in some places than in others. We use a wood conditioner prior to staining to help even out the absorption of the stain, however, it should be expected that there will be some variation in the way the stain soaks into the plywood.

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Plywood also has a texture on the surface of the outer finished layer that wood veneer does not have. While this is hard to see unless you get right up close to it, you should expect to see this texture on the surface of the wood, especially when the plywood is being stained. If you think these types of anomalies regarding the finish of the wood will be bothersome to you, we highly recommend having the cabinets veneered.  With wood veneer, we have much more control over the quality of the finish. Please inquire if you have questions about this.