We’ve never felt overly bound by convention or industry ‘norms’.
So before we took the Vox Olympian to a hifi audience, we featured it at the Monaco Yacht Show where it generated a considerable amount of interest from an audience well accustomed to world-class design and the highest standards of fit and finish.
Since then, as well as our annual pilgrimage to Munich, we’ve taken Vox Series systems to audio shows in Poland, Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong.
How do we sum-up such a tour de force in loudspeaker design? We think its better to let other people have their say… Specific comment on our continuing presence at the Munich High End Show may be found here.
The Vox Olympian is a masterful performer. What sets it apart is that every facet is built to a standard of engineering and integrity that is totally beyond what is expected. It should be celebrated that a company has gone to the effort of producing something that makes no concessions or apologies for what it is: it is an extraordinary achievement.Ed Selley, HiFi Choice, UK.
It’s not just about what happens within the soundstage but also the rare ability of these speakers to reach forward and include the listener in the same space as the performers. It’s a combination of dynamic projection, focussed energy and bandwidth – and there are few systems that manage all three.
What these speakers sound like is ‘live.’ Few other speakers can match the Voxes’ sense of life and presence, the energy of real people playing real instruments – and those that can can’t match their bandwidth or seamless continuity.Roy Gregory, The AudioBeat
The Vox Olympians will give you a new ability to be lit up by virtually any piece of music in a way that is extraordinary difficult to describe though easy to experience. It’s like we get litmus paper souls that can light up. The effect at least for me is somewhere in the region of cosmic.
I felt it was extraordinary to listen to music in this way and come away in awe at the sheer emotional connective power these speakers possess.
If you are wondering where the pinnacle in musical reproduction as a real and profound experience is happening, it is here.Ed Barker, 6Moons, Switzerland.
The esoteric nature of the Vox Olympian works perfectly for luxury boat owners, as superyachts have become second homes to many and with interior design and technology seen as a reflection of personality and taste. Simply put the Vox Olympian is a work of art that performs beautifully.Nigel Sherlock, Super Yacht, UK.
The moment we walked through the door we thought we had died and gone to heaven. High-end audio literally everywhere you look: top quality valve amplifiers by the dozen. The system with the Vox Olympians must have been one of the best I have ever had the privilege to listen to. The level of detail and dynamics was nothing short of breathtaking. We were completely blown away. For me, this was one of those experiences that redefine what is possible in audio. The sound was perfect as far as I was concerned. I could have listened to that system forever.Maarten van Casteren, TNT, Italy.
‘Team LV’ gratefully receiving the AudioBeat’s Product of the Year award and HiFi Pig’s Best of Show award.
Product of the Year Award for the Living Voice Vox Olympian/Vox Elysian system.
In one sense this is the easiest Product Of The Year award ever: the Vox Olympian system stands head and shoulders above anything else that’s come my way this year, or any other year for quite some time – and therein lies the problem. The last products that made this kind of impression on me and my expectations of what is actually possible, were the Connoisseur 4.2 phono and line stages. That was over ten years ago and I’m still using them today. They were Products Of The Year back then and ten years on they’d still qualify. That’s remarkable: they’re remarkable – and so too are the Vox Olympians.
Let’s not beat around the bush. This is by far the most convincing and musically complete speaker system I’ve ever used. It has completely rearranged my notions of the limitations that apply to audio and how close we can come to the live event. The name Living Voice might have started out as a mission statement: now it’s closer to a description of what you actually get. Willing suspension of disbelief? These speakers will have you suspending more than just that – with prejudice, assumption, expectation and cynicism top of the list. But best of all, they succeed by the simple expedient of sounding less like high-end audio and more like music. This has nothing to do with more resolution, more transparency, more bandwidth or any other high-end ‘more:’ it’s all about more music – the experience, sense and gestalt identity that is music. They’re all about the event and communicating that event, with a simplicity and directness that’s refreshing in its familiarity. If ever a product reasserted the sheer excitement and pleasure to be had from an audio system, then this is it.
Product Of The Year really doesn’t do them justice: Product Of The Last Decade gets closer. Sadly, given that the complete system, even in its most affordable form, costs more than my house, I’m unlikely to be living with these ten years from now. But that doesn’t stop me revelling in their performance, their very existence, the simply fact that they can do that thing they do. For the lucky few that can afford a product like this, the Vox Olympian/Vox Elysian should be top of the list. The rest of us can relax, safe in the knowledge that we’re never, ever saving up for a set of these. Instead we should simply celebrate and applaud (and perhaps be reassured by) the maniacally obsessive drive that has carried at least one product so far beyond the accepted bounds of our pursuit.Product of the Year, The AudioBeat, UK.