Big Horn Speaker Performance in a Smaller Footprint
2017-2019 Stereophile Magazine
Class-A Recommended Component
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.
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.
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.
Now Available in Two Different Cabinet Styles!
- Same design, same exact sound
- Identical components
- Same width and height
- Type II is slightly deeper to create the recessed area in the front where the grill insets
Choose from two great styles and then customize to your hearts content!
Read Gary Beard’s Rival Review
“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
“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
“. . . 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.
- 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
Recommended amplifier power: 3wpc (min.), 100wpc continuous (max.)
Bandwidth: 32Hz – 20kHz
- Type I, 41-1/2” tall, 19” wide, 16” deep, 125lbs
- Type II, 41-1/2″ tall, 19″ wide, 16-3/4″ deep, 135lbs
Price Per Pair Starts At Just $8,900
Volti Audio offers the Rival speakers in a wide range of options at various price levels. Please click on the link below to open a page where you can view options and detailed pricing
rosewood veneer with satin lacquer finish
Ebony with black paint
birch, stained, with satin lacquer finish