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Vanatoo announces Transparent One Encore

By | March 22nd, 2019|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Vanatoo — not a fictional planet from Doctor Who but an American loudspeaker company built around the work of one Gary Gesellchen and one Rick Kernen, who this commentator first encountered at a Newport Beach hi-fi show back in 2013. That meeting led to our review of their debut product: the Transparent One — a US$499 powered loudspeaker with serious low-end assault.

Six years later comes a revised version: the Transparent One Encore. The T1E starts with the same MDF cabinet that houses the same 5.25″ aluminium mid/bass driver – and backed by the same 5.25″ rear-facing passive radiator – but is now augmented up top by an all-new 1″ aluminium dome tweeter.… Read the full article

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Vanatoo Self-Powered Speakers – Florida 2019

By | February 26th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , |

My first encounter with Vanatoo self-powered speaker systems began at an audio show way back in 2014, of which we shall all do our best to forget as that was well before my Audio-Head days, and near the end of an era for my infamous “mobile saloon”. For the proper story on that, see Mark Sossa of Well Pleased A|V — now back to the self-powered speakers.

The first time I heard a pair of Vanatoo speakers and I was wowed at how large they sounded.… Read the full article

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CAF 2018: Vanatoo; Transparent Zero and One Encore

By | December 1st, 2018|Categories: Part-Time Audiofile|Tags: , , , , , |

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My first encounter with Vanatoo self-powered speaker systems began here at Capital Audiofest 2014, of which we shall all do our best to forget that was well before my Part-Time Audiophile days, and near the end of my “mobile saloon” days. For the proper story on that, see Mark Sossa of Well Pleased A|V.

Back to the self-powered speakers. Originally I heard a pair of Vanatoo speakers and I was wowed at how large they sounded. Clean and clear bass, smooth treble, and imaging you don’t expect from nearfield or desktop speakers.… Read the full article

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Activating the entry-level: Vanatoo’s Transparent Zero

By | April 7th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

A complete hifi system for three hundred bucks? We could build our own – loudspeakers, amplifier, DAC and Bluetooth streamer, interconnects and loudspeaker cable – or we could let Vanatoo and their Transparent Zero (T0) active loudspeaker system take care of the whole shebang. Unbox and go.

Not only do we lose the kabelsalat but active loudspeakers have one key advantage over their passive brethren: one amplifier per driver, each specifically tailored to its input impedance plot, and therefore optimised for the best possible sound quality.

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