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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.


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.

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