SDD introduces flagship Vivid Audio Moya M1 loudspeaker

posted on Tuesday, 19th March 2024 by Steve May

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In conjunction with Vivid Audio, Sound Design Distribution has announced a new flagship loudspeaker, the Vivid Audio Moya M1.

Designed and hand-manufactured entirely in-house from Vivid’s signature carbon-reinforced sandwich composite, the Moya M1 is a 5-way, 13 driver system featuring four extensively braced bass enclosures, each with aerodynamically optimised reaction-cancelling ports. Each module houses two proprietary C225-100H, 225 mm alloy diaphragm bass drivers arranged in a horizontally opposed configuration, their magnets united by a substantial steel tie-bar to completely eliminate cabinet vibration and minimise any turbulent effects which may limit low-end linearity, as well the need for a heavy enclosure.

Equipped with 100mm voice coils in a 45 mm gap rare-earth radial magnet system, the eight side-firing C225s are complemented by two front-firing C175-76, 175mm carbon fibre reinforced mid-bass drivers, a single C100SCu,100mm carbon-fibre reinforced mid-range, a D50DLC, 50 mm ‘Diamond-Like Coated’ aluminium alloy upper midrange dome - all with tapered tube loading - and a D26DLC ‘Diamond-Like Coated’ 26 mm aluminium alloy tweeter.

The Diamond-Like Coated (DLC) process involves a material that can be applied to the surface of the aluminium domes at a temperature well below melting point. The contrasting properties between the DLC and the aluminium substrate heightens shear losses and significantly dampens the ‘Q’ of the break-up.

All drivers are developed from Vivid Audio’s existing drivers and optimised for use in the Moya M1. The speaker makes use of a passive, five-way, fourth order Linkwitz-Riley crossover in three parts, where the mid and high sections are placed well away from bass sections.
In-house, computer-optimised, passive, hard-wired filters allow the Moya M1 to deliver levels of smoothness, accuracy and phase matching once thought possible only from active systems.

From an organ symphony on a huge Cavaillé-Coll instrument to low-end bass from a 90s house anthem, the Moya M1 reproduces clarity and precision to the Nth degree, at the highest drive levels, to deliver audio thrills at every octave.

The Vivid Audio Moya M1 will sell for £400,000 a pair.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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