RIVAL

Big Horn Speaker Performance in a Smaller Footprint

 

The Rival Speaker Demo Program – Try Them In Your Own System!

HERE THEY ARE!

Volti Audio, makers of the highly acclaimed Volti Vittora horn loaded loudspeaker system, is proud to introduce 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.

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 it wherever you want

It 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.

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 RIVAL

Volti Audio offers custom upgrades for the Rival speakers, including feet/plinth and grill options, some of which are shown below

Here’s a page where you can view photos of Rival speakers in different veneers

http://voltiaudio.com/rival-photos/

rosewood veneer with satin lacquer finish

birch, stained, with satin lacquer finish

PRICING

The Rival is offered in a base trim level, with options. Base trim is birch with a clear lacquer finish (or unfinished if you prefer), no grills, and four solid maple block feet (2-3/4” x 2-3/4” x 2-1/2”) per cabinet. The price includes packaging and palletizing for shipping.

Wood Veneer* and clear lacquer finish

$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.

Other Grill 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.

Birch edge-banding on front panels

$250
  • 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.

Horizontal cabinet version

$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.

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.

* 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.

 

The Rival Speaker Demo Program

 

Would you like to try a pair of Rival speakers in your home? 

 

Now you can! 

 

Here’s how it works.  Contact us here at Volti Audio by email or phone and ask to be put on the RDP list.  We’ll get right back to you to discuss when it would be most convenient for you to demo the Rivals.  The Rivals will be shipped to you via Fedex Ground (in the 48 U.S. States).  You’ll have two weeks to try the speakers in your home/system. 

Round-trip shipping cost is $500 East of the Rockies, and $600 West of the Rockies.  Buy a pair of Rival speakers within one year of your demo, and we’ll credit back some or all of the shipping cost.  

 

What are you waiting for? 

Call or email today and get on the list!