Vienna Acoustics Haydn Grand Special
All prices in US dollars.
In a show thats primarily oriented to home theater
and custom installation, it might seem strange that these seemingly unobtrusive two-way
bookshelf speakers not only caught our attention, but that were singling them out.
Thats because, when it comes to two-channel high-end audio, the Haydn Grand Special
Edition from Austrias Vienna Acoustics is a really cool design with plenty to get
The Haydn Grand Special Editions cabinetwork is as
gorgeous as it is flawless -- youd be hard-pressed to find a better finish anywhere.
Knowing that many companies now head for the Far East for the manufacture of their
wood-based designs, we na´vely asked, "Where do you have the Haydn made?" The
answer shot back: "Austria, of course!" No cabinet outsourcing for this
company. However, whereas Vienna Acoustics offers many different finishes for their other
models, the Haydn Grand Special Edition is available only in walnut. It looks great.
Then theres Vienna Acoustics proprietary driver
designs. The Haydn Grand Special Edition uses a 6" X3P Spider Cone woofer with a
transparent cone and an inverted surround.
The Haydns 1" soft-dome tweeter is unique in
that built into it is a woofer port -- the dark areas to either side of the circle open to
the speakers interior. Having the port on the front allows the listener to place the
speaker closer to the wall. Clever!
Two more things about the Haydn: First is its price: $1800
per pair. When we saw the level of manufacturing quality and the attention to detail, we
thought it could easily have cost twice that. The other thing is that although almost
anyone can afford the Haydn, it cant be purchased by everyone -- the speaker is
being made in a limited edition of only 500 pairs. Those who buy it also get a CD of music
by Joseph Haydn.
The Haydn Grand Special Edition began shipping in May, and
we have no idea how many have been sold so far. But if youre in the market for a
beautifully finished, limited-edition, thoroughly unique two-way, you might want to get a
pair of these while you can.