Vivid Audio KAYA 45


One of the defining characters of our loudspeakers is the incredible clarity and articulation in the bass. Gone is the muddiness, the blurring of the notes: all is perfectly separate and distinct. And that matters. After all, as Debussy (may have) said: music is the spaces between the notes. That clarity is the result of our patented absorber horn, which eliminates resonances and coloration. In the GIYA series, it curves over the top of the enclosure, creating that unmistakeable outline. It’s still present, for the same reasons, in the KAYA 45, but folded back on itself, so it fits neatly inside. So you can enjoy the same extraordinary sound, from a loudspeaker that’s also easy on the eye.


The KAYA 45 is a direct descendant of our GIYA loudspeakers, and shares much of the same technology. This includes our Super Flux Magnets in the driver units. These radial magnets, still very unusual in commercial loudspeakers, naturally have a large hole in the centre, which allows the sound to flow naturally from the diaphragm into the absorber, free from resonances and reflections. On GIYA models, we use these magnets in the bass drivers: for KAYA, we’ve fitted them to the mind-range driver, too. Here, they reduce distortion and improve performance in the higher frequencies. And prove that you really can make a good thing even better.


KAYA 45 can easily fill the largest room with sound. Compared to the four-way GIYA, it produces a slightly more directional sound field; this is largely a function of being a three-way loudspeaker, with the tweeter sound projected forwards rather than sideways. As a consequence, the sound is more focused, lending itself to more concentrated listening it’s also absolutely brilliant for home theatre, where the precise positioning of the sound source is a central element of the overall experience.


Specifications Vivid Audio KAYA 45
Configuration 3 way 4 driver system
Cabinet material Glass reinforced Soric-cored sandwich composite
Cabinet colour Piano Black, Pearl White, Oyster Matte
Bespoke colour Any PPG automotive colour available on request
Drive units HF: D26 – 26mm Tapered Tube loaded alloy dome
MF: C100se – 100mm Tapered Tube loaded alloy dome
LF: C125L – 2 x 125mm alloy cone unit
Bass loading Exponentially Tapered Tube enhanced bass reflex
Sensitivity 87dB @ 2.83VRMS at 1m on axis
Nominal impedacnce (Ω) 6 Ohm (2.8 Ohm Min)
Frequency range (Hz) 37 – 25,000 Hz (-6dB)
First D26 Break Up mode: 44,000 Hz
Harmonic distortion
(2nd and 3rd harmonics)
< 0.5% over frequency range at 1W
Cross over frequencies (Hz) 300 – 3,000
Recommended amplifier power 25W – 500W
Loudspeaker dimensions 1,153mm (H) x 298mm (W) x 385mm (D)
Net weight 25kg
Shipping dimensions 1,245mm (H) x 680mm (W) x 450mm (D)
Shipping weight 60kg (pair)
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Reviews & Awards

Stereo+ & Kaya 45

February 2021 – reviewed by Roy Ervin Solstad

‘South African Vivid Kaya 45 has a look like no other speaker I know of, but it was the sound that really made me gasp’.

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Enjoy the Music.com

February 2021 – reviewed by Dwayne Carter

‘To my ear, the Vivid Audio Kaya 45’s produced studio accurate reproductions of these performances. There was a smooth transition, from the tweeter driver to the mid-range driver, and back. My ears heard a nice flat, transparent reproductions, track after track.’

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Home Theater High Fidelity

June 2020 – reviewed by Jim Clements

‘I found the VIVID Audio KAYA 45 speakers to be the most transparent and musical speakers I have reviewed in my more than 10 years of professional reviewing experience.’

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February 2020 – reviewed by Kalman Robinson

‘… They never failed to please, with any musical source at any reasonable listening level. (Perhaps they really are Shmoos!)’

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Soundstage Ultra

February 2019 – reviewed by Jason Thorpe

‘… that clarity, that lack of any distortion, allowed me — begged me — to raise the volume higher than I’m usually comfortable with’

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Audio Video South Africa

Reviewed by Deon Schoeman

Vivid Audio Kaya 45 – The whole, musical truth […] the Kaya 45 is musically compelling – and that is what sets great loudspeakers apart from merely good ones.

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November 6 2018 – Reviewed by Jason Kennedy

‘Kaya means ‘home’ in Zulu, the language of the people who build Vivid loudspeakers, I would happily give it some space in mine.’

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