MEMPHIS CAR AUDIO VIV60C COMPONENTS
“THE MATERIAL WAS CHOSEN FOR ITS VERY LOW MASS AND OVERALL STIFFNESS.”
From a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, Memphis, Tennessee, is famous around the world as the home of blues and the birthplace of rock `n roll. Home to famous places, such as Beale St., the Gibson guitar factory, and Elvis' Graceland mansion, the musical history is rich, deep, and abundant. Another historical company in the music business not only calls Memphis home, but it's the company's namesake. Founded in Memphis in 1965, Memphis Car Audio has been a leader in the car audio marketplace for decades, and has won “Best Overall” brand from Inside Track for 11 consecutive years.
You don't reach those sorts of accomplishments by resting on your laurels, and with the introduction of the new VIV “SIXFIVE” Series of products, they continue to show why so many people swear by the brand. For this review, we'll take a look at the brand new VIV60C component speaker system. The product is so new that the system we got for testing was still a fac factory prototype set, but by the time you read this, the gear should be in Memphis dealer's showrooms. The VIV60C system is a two-way, 6.5-inch component system featuring a 37-mm (1.5-inch) silk dome tweeter and a bi-ampable crossover network. This high-end system has a suggested retail price in the U.S. of $629.95.
FEATURES AND CONSTRUCTION WOOFER
Built with a focus on overall sound quality and high output, the VIV60C system's woofer uses a special high-performance two-layer composite fiber cone. The material was chosen for its very low mass and overall stiffness. Engineers call this stiffness a “high modulus of elasticity,” which is a measurement of a given material's resistance to deformation when a force is applied. What that means to the rest of us is a stiff cone that does not deform and cause unwanted distortion when we are enjoying our tunes at enthusiastic levels.levels
The woofer is built around a proprietary cast aluminum SIXFIVE basket, which is home to a two-ohm 30-mm (1.18-inch) copper voice coil, wound on a Kevlar-based former. Suspension for the woofer's moving mass is handled by a linear-type spider made of Conex. On the top side, suspension duties fall to a NBR (nitrile butyl rubber) surround designed for high excursion capability. Instead of a traditional dustcap, the woofer uses a black anodized aluminum bullet shaped phase plug, designed to reduce phase cancellations between the cone and a traditional dustcap.
Connections to the speaker are made with nice set-screwtype terminals that will accept 12-gauge wire. Cosmetics are classy and subtle, with a distinctive, high-end look and feel. A Memphis badge is built into the mounting flange of the woofer. The woofer will mount in any spot with a minimum of three inches of mounting depth.
A properly built component system that stays true to the Memphis heritage in every way imaginable.