“Music is the heart of life.”Franz LisztPerhaps the most technically advanced pianist of his era, Franz Liszt was noted for astounding improvisations and innovating new forms of music.Like its namesake, the Imperial Series LISZT is a marvel of technical command – the latest improvisation upon a revolutionary Vienna Acoustics design that sets a new standard in sound.
The Music CompanyVienna Acoustics products are inspired by people and place.We have always been motivated by the dramatic difference a great speaker can deliver; and when building a product by hand, as we do, it is always the people and their teamwork that determine that difference.Our people – our team – share a passion for music that derives from the ambience of our home, the “City of Music,” with its renowned classical and contemporary music venues. Music is the culture of Vienna, permeating every aspect of life, and musicians from around the world flock to the city to play in its celebrated, acoustically magnificent concert halls. Vienna Acoustics speakers reflect this heritage: like the great Großer Musikvereinssaal, they enable any style of music to be fully realized. The sound is rich, authentic, detailed, and unfailingly musical.
The Liszt Speaker
The pinnacle of Vienna Acoustics’ Imperial Series, the LISZT is an ingenious three-way loudspeaker system using an all-new version of the patented Flat-Spider-Cone™ coincident driver technology first seen in our flagship Klimt Series™. This driver is set in a separate rotating, vented enclosure, supported by a sophisticated bass cabinet featuring three of our patented Spider-Cone woofers.
The Music CenterThe heart of the LISZT design is the new 15cm Flat-Spider-Cone coincident driver; the result of an intensive development project conducted over the course of many years to further advance our patented system. This second-to-none driver assembly, which perfectly marries an astonishing new midrange with an equally remarkable tweeter, was solely developed by Vienna Acoustics and is skillfully manufactured by ScanSpeak.The midrange portion of the system employs a flat driver using our proprietary self-damping X3P polymer material strengthened by the introduction of glass fibers, which further gains structural rigidity from its twelve large 16mm reinforcement “Spider” ribs. The result of this patented technology is not only unparalleled stiffness with true pistonic behavior, but also exceptionally low mass, resulting in ultra-fast transient response and resolution. Precisely and effortlessly controlling this driver is a huge, high-force neodymium magnet assembly, built around a massive 50mm voice coil.Installed in a perfectly time-aligned position at the center of the midrange driver is our new Vienna Acoustics–designed, hand-coated silk dome tweeter, driven by a neodymium magnet motor assembly. With over two years of development, this new tweeter ranks as one of our best drivers to date.The cabinet designed to house this unique driver system makes the most of its remarkable technology. The Flat-Spider-Cone driver is housed in a separate top unit that is decoupled from the bass enclosure by a high-tech, aluminum pivoting mechanism, facilitating optimal tuning by permitting minute toe-in adjustments of the Music Center.While this basic configuration is similar to that found in the Klimt Series of speakers, unique to LISZT is the porting of the midrange cabinet. This newly VA researched suspension system allows for unsuppressed dynamic delivery and resolution.
The Bass ArrayWhile the Music Center handles high and middle frequencies, three 7 inch Spider Cone bass drivers, with cones composed of our proprietary ribbed X3P polymer material, perform in a separate and elaborately devised enclosure.The bass cabinet housing the drivers utilizes seven braces that divide the cabinet into two different chambers, one with a single woofer and the other with two woofers, each vented and uniquely tuned. The two lower units produce the lowest bass, working in parallel, while the single driver provides ideal transition to the midrange driver.This configuration results in tremendous bass extension with speed and liquidity.
The Fit and FinishAs with all Vienna Acoustics speaker systems, LISZT is meticulously handcrafted to the highest standards of quality in Vienna, Austria, with each finished speaker matching the reference within 0.3 dB, to ensure the most effortless and natural performance from every speaker that leaves our factory.Available in true Piano Black and Piano White, as well as in sustainably sourced Cherry and Premium Rosewood veneer finishes.
|Frequency response||28 Hz – 25 kHz|
|Recommended Amplifier||50 – 400 Watts|
|Tweeter||1.2in / 30mm Handcrafted, Hand-Coated Neodymium Center-Vented Silk |
|Midrange||(1) 6in / 152.4mm Flat-Spider-Cone™, High-Power Neodymium Motor|
|Woofers||(3) 7in / 177.8mm X3P Spider-Cone™|
|Bass System||Bass Reflex|
|Crossover System||Three-Way. 6dB and 12dB Bessel|
|Crossover Components||MKP Capacitor, 1% Tolerance; Air Coils, 0.7% Tolerance|
|Metal Film Resistors||Tolerance, Inductance Free|
|Weight per Pair||198 lbs / 88 kg|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||inches 7.8” x 45.2” 17.2” without base assembly / mm 198 mm x 1148 mm x |
inches 11.6” x 47.6” 17.2” with base assembly / mm 295 mm x 1210 mm x
|Finishes||Cherry, Premium Rosewood, Piano Black, and Piano White|
JACOB HEILBRUNN, THE ABSOLUTE SOUND
“It’s that the Liszt delivers a remarkable quotient of reference-level sound for its price. This loudspeaker is scarcely a budget item, but, at the same time, it’s nowhere near the Rockefeller-like sphere a goodly slice of equipment occupies. So on the overall price-versus-value spectrum, the Liszt deserves to be singled out as a true contender, a revealing and refined loudspeaker that, coupled with excellent front-end equipment, can deliver sensational sound. With the Liszt, Vienna Acoustics has lived up to its heritage.”
ARON GARRECHT, SOUNDSTAGE ULTRA
“The Liszt is a wonderfully neutral-, natural-, and cohesive-sounding loudspeaker; it grabbed me with its realism simply by sounding so right. While they didn’t produce Magico levels of resolution, the Liszts did portray expansive soundstages replete with well-fleshed-out voices, solidly imaged instruments, and spooky spatial nuances … What makes the Vienna Acoustics Imperial Liszt truly special is that it evokes genuine emotion and excitement. I can’t think of better reasons on which to base a confident recommendation of them.”
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