About Volti Audio
Volti Audio speakers are built in an American shop by American workers, by hand, and with great care; producing heirloom quality products. Volti is a ‘small-batch’ manufacturer, building speaker cabinets in ‘tens’ not ‘thousands’. Our pricing does not include dealer or distributor markups – you are buying directly from the designer/manufacturer. As such, the prices we charge are representative of the hundreds of hours it takes to build your speakers by hand, and the thousands of dollars in materials used for each pair. You buy your speakers from us, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the opportunity to build them for you.
I am an audiophile and I like horn speakers, and those two things often do not mesh well with one another. It’s no secret that in the audiophile community, horns are often looked down upon, and I understand why when I listen to other horn speakers. The Vittora is designed to be a break-through product that minimizes and/or eliminates the problems that some audiophiles identify with horn speakers, while maintaining the elements that I have enjoyed listening to my whole life.
The Vittora speakers provide all of the wonderful attributes of horn-loading throughout the entire musical spectrum, in a relatively compact package, and they do so with all the dynamic range and life-like realism that we expect from a horn speaker. The Vittoras also can be described as smooth, uncolored, tonally accurate, and sweet, which are words that are often not associated with horn speakers. In fact, after listening to the Vittoras, many people comment to me that if I hadn’t told them, they would never have guessed these were horn speakers. But of course they had to be, because what other topology can reach out and demand your attention the way an all-horn system can?
This unique combination of dynamic realism and smoothness is a result of hundreds of hours of design, prototyping, and building to develop this speaker.
There are relatively few speakers with bass horns available for sale, probably because of the difficulty in producing one that can go deep enough and also sound good through the upper-bass/lower-midrange. Also, bass horns tend to be very large and complicated to build, which drives up cost and limits the marketability. As a result, most horn speakers are built with bass-reflex cabinets, with the only horns being the midrange and/or tweeters.
While this type of format (horns for the upper end and vented bass for the low end) is fine for some people, and designers feel comfortable calling them horn speakers (even though I think they should be called hybrid horn speakers), for me it’s a compromise that I didn’t want to make with the Vittora. I wanted fully horn-loaded sound for this speaker. Not even a back-loaded horn would do, it had to be a front-loaded folded horn.
The overall size of the Vittora folded bass horn is relatively small, compared to other folded bass horns, and the size does limit the low-end extension of the Vittora to about 50Hz (in-room measurements with in-room gain). This was a known compromise that was accepted early in the design. There’s a balance here, between the size of the cabinet and the low-end extension that was considered during the design phase, as it relates to the sound quality of the upper-bass/lower-midrange, the desire to have the system be fully horn-loaded, and the marketability of the system. It’s a balance that is rare in this industry.