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The Vittora system is a five-piece set that includes two top horn sections (each with a midrange horn and a tweeter horn), two folded bass horns and one Extended Low-Frequency (ELF) cabinet. The main speakers are three-way and are operated full-range, but with the ELF cabinet, it is technically a four-way system.
The Vittora bass cabinet utilizes a 15″ woofer in a folded horn to produce solid, accurate bass. Even at high output levels, the distortion from this horn is undetectable, and the result is a quickness and definition that you can only get with a horn design. There’s no ported bass sound with this horn speaker! You get tight, accurate bass, a correct sounding upper-bass/lower-midrange, and perfect integration between the bass and mid.
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The Vittora uses a large wooden midrange horn with a tractrix flare, designed and built in-house. The horn has a 2″ throat and uses a large-format midrange compression driver with a 3-1/2″ voice coil. This combination of large, solidly built wooden horn with a large throat and huge midrange compression driver results in a midrange sound that is effortless and easy to listen to. There is no constriction of the sound through a tiny throat, there is no edginess, graininess, or honky sound that so many other horn designs suffer from. The Vittora midrange is smooth and articulate, dynamic and uncolored. The midrange is truly the heart of this loudspeaker, and the listener is rewarded with a musicality from this midrange horn that is very rare in this industry, at any price.
The tweeter combines a 1″ compression driver feeding through an elliptical tractrix horn, and with a carefully tuned crossover filter, it delivers extended, smooth high frequencies that compliment the rest of this system.
The hand-wired crossover networks are located inside the top horn section, and are the result of hundreds of hours of listening and testing to achieve near-perfect integration between the system components. The networks provide many adjustments for balancing the system, if desired.
The Extended Low-frequency (ELF) cabinet handles frequencies below 50Hz with a massive 18″ driver in a bass-reflex cabinet carefully tuned for music, not home theater sound effects.
The ELF cabinet is non-powered, so you will need an amplifier and a processor to provide the necessary crossover. There are many choices for these components, but we like the simplicity and relatively low cost of the Marchand MB42 Amplifier.
The MB42 has 300 watts of power and a very nice analogue, 24db slope crossover network built in. At $1,900 it represents very good value, and can be purchased directly through Volti Audio.
Vittora System Capabilities
Frequency response of the Vittora System is 25Hz – 20Khz (main speakers 50Hz – 20Khz and the ELF cabinet 25Hz – 50Hz. What is interesting here is the design of the system, utilizing a bass horn that extends to 50Hz, and a separately powered cabinet that handles the last octave below that. The end result is a system that sounds like it is fully horn-loaded down to 25Hz, but in a much smaller package than it would be if there was a 25Hz folded horn.
Sensitivity is 104db 1W/1M and power handling is 200 watts continuous. We don’t know of another speaker on the market with such a combination of sensitivity and power handling. The Vittora system is capable of whisper detail at one-one hundredth of a watt, and thundering power at 200 watts, capabilities that are very unique indeed.
The Vittora speakers and ELF cabinet come standard with your choice of six different real wood veneers. These are premium grade wood veneers that I purchase from several different suppliers. The veneer is applied with vacuum bags and urethane glue for a superior bond, and flat, smooth finish. Grain patterns are carefully considered for each panel of the cabinets.
When finished, this veneer presents a nice grain ‘picture’, is medium to dark toned, brownish/gray, and will turn a bit more red toned as time passes. This is a classic wood veneer for speakers, and will look great with either black or cane-style grill cloth – although I think the cane-style is the best with this veneer.
Maple is a light colored veneer with a tight, subtle grain pattern. It will often show a bit of figuring or small ‘eyes’ which add interest under close inspection. Will not darken as much as other woods over time. It works particularly well with the contrast of black grill cloth.
Birch (rotary cut)
When finished, this veneer presents a wide grain pattern, is light to medium toned, will often have a mixture of sapwood and heartwood, sometimes with the heartwood having a reddish hue. Will darken over time and take on a richer tone. This veneer blends beautifully with most other wood furniture/flooring.
Not to be confused with stained cherry furniture, which is often dark and reddish in hue. Natural Cherry is medium toned, tan/brown with a bit of a red hue. It has a simple grain ‘picture’ and will often have heartwood mixed in. It will darken and turn a bit more reddish over time. Works well with a wide variety of decors and other woods.
Volti Audio sells the Vittora system direct to our customers, with no distributors or dealers.
Current manufacturer-direct price for a set of Vittora speakers is $25,750.00.
This includes two bass horns, two tophat mid/tweeter horn cabinets, and one ELF cabinet.
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