An Amp for Vivid Audio B1 Decades

To Doug Schneider,

I just read your recent review on the new Vivid Giya G2 Series 2 speakers. Terrific article! I now own the Vivid Audio Oval B1 Decade speakers that you reviewed.

As you’re well familiar with Vivid technology, I’d like to know whether you have any general suggestions on amp matching. I currently use a Devialet Expert 220 Pro. I have an itch to experiment: Do you have any thoughts about a classic A/B amp with Vivid speakers? It’s not that I’m unhappy with Devialet, it’s just that I might like to bring a touch of warmth to the mids. I note that the former US distributor for Vivid used Luxman, for instance, in demos.


All the best,
United States

Congratulations! You now own an amazing set of speakers.

Insofar as amps go, your choices are wide-ranging, since a pair of B1 Decades aren’t that hard to drive. Luxman would be a great choice -- I absolutely loved the M-900u, which I reviewed in 2015. That’s a great start. Another amp I’d look to is the Bryston 4B³, which our own Roger Kanno reviewed for us, Jason Thorpe purchased and loves (and he fancies tube amps), and I just wrote an article about this month. I’m pretty sure one of those two will satisfy you, but if not, as I said, your choices are wide-ranging -- you have, literally, hundreds of potential candidates that you could partner with the Vivids. . . . Doug Schneider