Our Most Compact and Affordable Speaker
Volti Audio, makers of the highly acclaimed Vittora and Rival horn loaded loudspeaker systems is proud to introduce the most compact and affordable Volti horn speaker to date – the Volti Audio Razz.
The Razz is a three-way, hybrid horn/bass-reflex loudspeaker, with high sensitivity, wide bandwidth, superb build quality and captivating sound.
The Razz is room-friendly and can be positioned against a wall, in a corner, or pulled out into the room. It is front-ported which allows the greatest flexibility in placement since the port does not rely on, nor is affected by, walls behind or beside the speaker.
The sensitivity and ease of drive make the Razz capable of filling a very large room whereas the superb integration ensures it will also work in an intimate, near-field setting.
- 12” high-power and high-sensitivity woofer – bass reflex configuration, ported
- Large midrange horn with a 2” throat and a shallow wide-dispersion design
- High quality 2” outlet midrange compression driver with a composite diaphragm
- High quality neodymium horn tweeter
- Custom made crossovers featuring high quality components, all hand-wired
- Bi-wire at the input terminals
Recommended amplifier power: 8wpc (min.), 80wpc continuous (max.)
Bandwidth: 35Hz – 20kHz
Nominal Impedance: 6ohm (connect to 8ohm taps)
Dimensions: 40” tall, 15” wide and 12” deep
Weight: 90 lbs. each
With a frequency response of 35Hz – 20Khz and a sensitivity of 97db (2.83v/1M), Razz delivers glorious, full range, tactile sound from as little as a handful of amplifier watts
The Razz shares the same “Volti” sound signature as all of our speakers:
- Effortless power delivery
- Wide dynamic range
- Finely resolved articulate mid-range
- Immersive, room-filling sound
- Pinpoint imaging and wide soundstage
- Sings-with-one-voice driver integration
- Full-range bandwidth
- Tight, deep bass
- Accurate tone and timbre
The Razz comes with real wood veneer applied in a vacuum bag for a glass-smooth surface. We use a “permanent” two-part glue to bond the veneer to the cabinet. By contrast, many manufacturers use PVA glue or contact cement, which are not ‘permanent’ glues.
Volti Audio is known for beautiful finish work. The lacquer finish used on the wood veneer of Razz cabinets is catalyzed and designed to resist damage from UV light. We use a medium-rubbed lacquer finish to allow the character and texture of the wood grain to show through, so you always know you’re looking at a real piece of wood.
The durable textured paint finish used on some panels of the Razz is a commercial grade coating designed to handle wear and tear better than typical paint finishes. This coating is easy to clean and is not damaged as easily as smooth, glossy coatings.
Your Razz speakers will be veneered on the top, sides, and front edges, with paint applied to the backs, inset fronts, and bottoms.
You will never find MDF or ‘flakeboard’ used in the construction of a Volti Audio speaker cabinet. We think of our speakers as 100-year products, and we use the finest wood, adhesives, and fasteners in the construction of the Razz cabinets. The Razz cabinet is built from 1” thick Baltic Birch plywood, fully braced, and properly damped. We welcome comparisons to any other speaker – especially in the same price range as the Razz.
Driver and crossover components are Pro-Audio grade, meaning they are very durable and capable of being used a lot harder than they ever will be in your home. This means that the drivers are never near their max, and will last a very long time because of that. The Razz woofer for instance, is capable of continuous 600 watt input – ten times what it will ever handle in the Razz – and unlike woofers with rubber surrounds, it has a resin impregnated cloth surround that will last for decades.
The cloth used on the standard grills for the Razz is a high quality, acoustically transparent black stretch cloth. There is an available upgrade to Premium woven cloths, which add a beautiful texture to the front of the speaker, and resist fading and tearing much better than the standard stretch cloth. All of our cloth is stretched tightly and secured in place with plenty of staples.
The Razz speakers truly do offer both Beauty and Durability
The materials used in the Razz are meticulously selected for their physical beauty, durability, and sonic characteristics.
The look, feel and sound of the Razz is the combination of great craftsmanship, great materials and attention to details.
Consider the workmanship and high quality materials for the grill frames. They align and snap onto the cabinets with magnets and are made from a solid piece of ½” thick Baltic Birch plywood, cut by CNC, sanded, primed, painted, and then covered with a durable cloth.
Go ahead, find another speaker on the market at any price point that is made with 1″ Baltic Birch plywood. Most cabinets are made with inferior materials, such as MDF or ‘flakeboard’
Take a look at the crossovers in other speakers, even ones costing many times more than the Razz. You probably will not see the quality level of components used in the Razz, nor will you see one of the very nice features of the Razz, crossovers that are separated into two plates inside the cabinet to minimize interference between the low and high filter components.
Many other quality details can be found on Razz speakers, like laser cut Lexan input plates with high quality five-way binding posts (bi-wire-able), drivers mounted with machine screws and inserts (rather than wood screws into flakeboard), the use of ‘No Rez’ brand damping material, and polyurethane ‘lifetime’ adhesives.
The Razz features a cutting edge woofer, with low distortion, high sensitivity, a neodymium motor with a built-in demodulation ring, cast-aluminum frame, and a host of other features that all work together to help the Razz produce tight, low bass that is unexpected at 97db sensitivity in a cabinet this compact. The bass from the Razz is the foundation of the music and it is an impressive foundation!
The Razz features hand-built crossovers with very high quality Metalized Polypropylene Capacitors, 14ga hand-wound copper inductors, and metal-oxide resistors, all mounted on separate high and low frequency wooden boards that are carefully located within the cabinet to reduce vibration and interference with driver magnets. These Volti Audio crossovers are the key to the great integration and overall voicing you hear from the Razz.
The Razz is able to reproduce nine-full-octaves of rich, smooth, ultra-low distortion sound because of these great drivers and components.
The quality of materials, the craftsmanship, the meticulous finish work, and our direct-to-customer sales approach make Volti Audio loudspeakers the best value for money loudspeakers available.
Photographs of Razz speakers from all angles showing our different wood veneer finishes and grill cloth options HERE
Press and Testimonials
Read what Customers and the Press have to say about Razz speakers
I’m doing my best to hold the pricing on the Razz speakers to $5,900, but it is getting increasingly difficult to do so as prices on everything I use to build my speakers continues to go higher and higher. I have a feeling that we’re in for a price increase on the Razz at some future date. If you’re considering the purchase of a pair of Razz, I recommend you get a deposit into us and get in the queue for your pair before the price increase.
The Razz is offered for sale fully veneered, finished, with grills and packed in very heavy-duty boxes ready for shipping. Shipping cost is not included in the prices below. Razz can be shipped via UPS Ground in the USA, typically for less than $250.
Available in your choice of four beautiful wood veneers
- Walnut (Flat-cut)
- Mahogany (Ribbon-striped)
- Cherry (Flat-cut American Black)
- Natural Ash
With black stretch grill cloth for $5,900/pr.
Premium cloth upgrade $300
Also available in your choice of these four Premium wood veneers
- Bosse Cedar
- Red Gum
- Ash – Blackened
With Premium grill cloth included for $6,900/pr.
More Wood Veneer Information
We offer the Razz speakers in four standard veneer options and four premium options
Walnut after the clear lacquer is applied is a dark shaded veneer that will typically have a very nice grain pattern. Walnut will start out a bit Gray/brown in color and then will become more red/brown in color over time.
Cherry with a clear lacquer finish is a medium shaded veneer with a very nice grain pattern. Our Cherry finish is a ‘natural’ cherry, as opposed to the dark cherry stain you often see on furniture or kitchen cabinets. Natural cherry, when it is first delivered to us, will vary in the amount of red tone it has, but over time, all natural cherry will take on more of a reddish hue.
Mahogany has that classic golden/red hue and understated beauty that you see in antique furniture. Even though they are brand new, speakers finished with mahogany often look immediately well-aged – almost antique in appearance. Mahogany has an interesting texture that is highlighted by the clear lacquer.
For those folks who want a very light colored speaker cabinet, we offer a Natural Ash veneer. After the clear lacquer is applied, the finish takes on a light golden hue. Ash has a pronounced grain patter that is similar to Oak, but lighter in color than Oak. The grain provides a very nice texture that is highlighted by the clear lacquer.
Our Premium veneers include Bosse Cedar, Rosewood, Red Gum, and Black Ash.
Bosse Cedar is the veneer that can vary the most in grain pattern and color from the pictures shown on this website. But we are very particular about choosing really beautiful Bosse Cedar. BC has it all – great color, interesting grain ‘picture’, and wonderful texture that is highlighted by the clear lacquer finish. Bosse usually has a beautiful color tone that can range from an orange/red to a deep brown/red. Most people who see our Bosse veneered speakers mistakenly think that we have stained them that color.
You can never go wrong with Rosewood. A classically elegant dark wood that can be both playfully fun, and seriously formal at the same time.
Red Gum is just plain fun. What a great wood. Hard to imagine there is a tree growing in a swamp in Mississippi somewhere the looks like that inside.
Black Ash is an Ash veneer that has been blackened or dyed black. We offer this choice for those customers who want a black painted speaker. We’ve had such difficulty with smooth black paint finishes over the years that we simply do not offer it anymore. Go ahead, look closely at a painted black speaker cabinet that is just a year old and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Just cleaning a painted black speaker will leave a mark on the paint. It’s not for me, sorry. I need to offer my customers something more durable than that, and that’s why I’m so excited to now offer dyed black veneer. Black Ash veneer with clear coat lacquer finish is every bit as durable as any of our wood veneers, and in my opinion has a much more interesting and beautiful finish than any black painted cabinet.
Volti Audio uses real wood veneer on the sides, top, and front edges of the Razz cabinets. We buy each species of wood veneer in small batches from our suppliers, and the grain pattern, color, and grade of the wood veneers will vary from batch to batch. The veneer photos used in this website are meant only to be representative of the species selected. Actual color, grain pattern and other appearance characteristics will vary within each veneer species.
Premium grill cloth comes in four different styles
More Grill Cloth Information
Standard grill cloth for the Razz is a black stretch cloth made by Mellotone Fabrics. Unlike many other black grill cloths which can look a bit washed out or even a bit purple in color, the Mellotone cloth is very dark black in color, and we like using it for this reason.
The Premium black woven cloth is not quite as dark black in color as the black stretch cloth is, but it is a beautiful black color none the less. The Premium black cloth is nice because it does not show dust or cat hair like the black stretch cloth does, and it does have that unique vintage look. It is also the most durable cloth we use, and will likely last for decades on your speakers.
I’m often asked about acoustic transparency of the various cloths that we offer. The black stretch has the best sound transmission, with almost no noticeable change in the sound of the speaker with the grill on or off. The Premium black woven cloth changes the sound of the speaker just a tiny bit more than the black stretch. The light beige, tan mix weave, and gray all make a noticeable difference in the quality of sound from the speaker, which means I recommend removing them for serious music listening sessions.
Are you ready to experience Razz for yourself?
To purchase a pair of Razz speakers, please send an email to me, Greg Roberts of Volti Audio, firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ll reply back as soon as I can to answer any questions you have about the Razz speakers.
If you already know exactly what you want, send that info to me along with your full name and shipping address, and I’ll send you an invoice that has itemized pricing, shipping cost, production timeline, and payment options.
A $1,500 deposit will put your order in the queue here at the shop with the balance due when the order is ready to ship.
I look forward to building a great pair of Razz speakers for you.
Red Gum with Premium Black Grills