The Viva Voce Bare Bones Loudspeaker Kit by Jeff Bagby
The Viva Voce can be compared quite favorably to the Continuum. The story behind the kit is interesting, but first the components.
The woofer is the Eclipse, W520R and tweeter, the Morel, CAT308.
So how does the Viva Voce evolve from the Continuum? I had sent Jeff a set of our new W520R woofers and he discovered that the frames of the of two woofers were identical. Jeff wondered what would happen if he stuck the Eclipse woofer in the Continuum cabinet? Turns out, they mimicked the Continuums very closely with no crossover change. Then, in late 2017, when the Continuum tweeters were discontinued, Jeff had another idea to swap out the Dayton tweeter for the Morel tweeter – both having the same diameter face plate. With a few changes to the tweeter network, a new kit was born – the Viva Voce – Living Voice.
The Viva Voce can be built in two different formats – a sealed cabinet like the Continuums or a larger, vented enclosure. The floor-standing prototype version is pictured. Internal volume is about 16L with the rest of the cabinet acting as stands.(coming)
The Morel tweeters have been in production for years and have always been a favorite and excellent substitute for Dynaudio without being harsh. My first audio test for any tweeter is track 3 from James Newton Howard and Fiends. If they reproduce the sparkle of the triangle, I’m happy. The Morel’s do this perfectly!
Here is what you get in the Bare Bones kit:
- 2 x Morel, CAT308 tweeters
- 2 x Eclipse, W520R woofers
- 2 x Crossover parts, featuring Cebo and Audyn caps, Lynk resistors and specified inductors. Eight parts per side.
- Build Plans for sealed and vented.
There is no write up for this kit as it would be similar to the Continuum, but Jeff says “like the Continuum, the response with the slight dip in the 300-500 Hz range works very well on a desktop or on a stand. And the overall response appears to follow that of a lot of Control / Mastering mini-monitors. However, on a pair of stands, it sounds much bigger than it really is, which is very impressive. I would put it up against any speaker this size made by anyone for overall presentation. And it could be advertised as a professional monitor.”