It is strange that the physical beauty of high-end audio products from the likes of Bang & Olufsen and Bowers & Wilkins is replicated only by a handful. We all know how the products from the aforementioned brands sound like and almost without fail, those products have the look to match, but unbeknownst to us, there’s one other lesser known brand that is just as accomplished in both aesthetic and audio reproduction, and it is called Vifa. Vifa, a Danish audio equipment maker, has been around since 1933, but it wasn’t until 2014 when the company started dabbling in wireless and portable loudspeakers, and the tiny handsome little guy you see here today, called Reykjavik, is the brand’s fifth and latest speakers in only three years.
The company believes in quality over quantity and hence the small number models existed so far in this much vie category. Now, that, folks, is a strategy I can truly appreciate. If you have been following this blog, you would have known my personal distaste for the more is better philosophy. Similar to more well known like B&O and B&W, Vifa is a firm believer of high-end presentation is necessary to compliment premium audio quality and therefore, it is no surprise that the Reykjavik looks pretty damn awesome. Needless to say, the look had us at hello. Speaking of which, Reykjavik features a two distinct looks defined by the materials: a refine, minimalistic look offered by Kvadrat wool and a “rough, rocky” look provided by an anodised aluminum enclosure (herein referred to as Sandstone grey and Lavastone grey, respectively).
While small, Reykjavik still promised a 360-degree audio experience with audio delivered through three Vifa drive units, namely two 19 mm neodymium tweeter with coated fabric dome and a 70 mm neodymium aluminum cone woofer, and bolstered by DSP crossover optimized for low distortion and precise audio delivery and a 3-channel digital amplifier. Other noteworthy mentions include Bluetooth connectivity for wireless audio streaming, 3.5 mm auxiliary input, USB-C port for recharging the built-in lithium-ion battery, supports USB playback, an integrated microphone with noise/echo cancelling to enable speaker phone functionality and finally, it has the ability to connect two Reykjavik to create a stereo setup for an even richer soundscape.
Reykjavik comes with its own stylish travel bag and a leather strap for carrying/hanging it style, so style conscious audiophiles, here’s your poison. If you are up for it, you can grab off Vifa’s website for $249. It is not cheap by any standard, but I am sure you know what you getting into. Anyways, we thought you might be interested to know that you may have a shot at winning this Vifa’s smallest loudspeaker to date simply by signing for the brand’s newsletter. However, do note that this raffle or sweepstake or whatever you call it ends September 30, 2017.
All images courtesy of Vifa.