Characteristics and sound properties
The VOX 253 is well-known as a speaker system with unusual credentials. Although relatively slim, some people may wish for a less noticeable speaker cabinet. Building a smaller cabinet and maintaining the same characteristics is a tall order. The precondition is that if the dimensions are reduced, the main features should be retained. This means locating the woofer in the side wall, d Appolito arrangement for the two cone drivers with metal diaphragms and dome tweeters in the middle. The excellent AL 200 - 8 Ohm serves as a bass speaker and the tweeter is the G 20 SC - 8 Ohm , already very successfully used in the COUPLET model. It was, then, necessary to develop a completely new 10 cm high-end cone driver with a metal diaphragm. Although the development time was relatively long, the wait was worth it - this is a really first-class low- to mid-range unit with a cone made of pure titanium, equally as good as the AL 130 - 8 Ohm. The cabinet dimensions have been proportionally reduced from the large-scale VOX model to produce an almost dainty compact column speaker: the VOX 200.
The take-over frequency levels of 200 Hz and 3000 Hz have been retained. A crucial feature is that the large-sized bass reflex tunnel is also present. In this manner, we have managed to create a compact baby sister for the VOX 253 that is worthy of the family name. As one would expect, the VOX 200 cannot keep up with the 253 when it comes to really tough bass activity, where the 253 would master it with ease. In normal sized rooms this is hardly necessary or required. In any case, the bass capabilities of this smaller sister are far beyond what you would expect from a model of this size.
In the mid- to high-frequency range, smaller speakers are preferable anyway. This is also the case with the VOX 200. The sound breaks away clearly from the baffle and generates a stable volume level and uniform sound throughout the room with no colouration.
Once again, the G 20 SC - 8 Ohm proves its value as a producer of wonderfully clear, lively high-frequency reproduction without the slightest hint of aggression.
If you find large speaker cabinets too much of a good thing, you really ought to have a listen to the VOX 200!
|Rated power||120 W|
|Maximum power||180 W|
|Nominal impedance Z||4 Ohm|
|Frequency response||30 - 30000 Hz|
|Mean sound pressure level||84 dB (1 W/1 m)|
|Cut-off frequency||200 / 3000 Hz|
|Principle of Housing||Bassreflex|
|Net volume||40 l + 3,5 l|
|Outer dimension height||1000 mm|
|Outer dimension width||200 mm|
|Outer dimension depth||350 mm|
Frequency- and impedance response
- Characteristics / Sound
Extract from Klang & Ton
"As if by magic, this speaker with its small-scale textile tweeter produced a remarkably realistic sound character that was most noticeable in its fine reproduction of voices. The mid-range was clearly resolved and completely free of any annoying colouration. Despite having a powerful mid-range presence, the sound properties never become overpowering or squeaky, even for sensitive ears. And as regards spatial depth and positioning, this smaller VOX made a fault-free impression."
Extract from Hobby HiFi
"Small speaker voluminous sound. Due to the very slim design of the cabinet, this speaker looks remarkably petite and this initial visual effect turns into amazement once the speaker comes to life: Its sound reproduction capabilities are those of a mature design and, at the same time, it offers peak precision and clarity, which is no doubt due in part to the excellent titanium mid-range unit which is proof of VISATON's view that loudspeaker technology can still produce surprising technological leaps."
Extract from STEREO
"Visaton's VOX 200 is, even more than the VOX 251, an all-round speaker that combines excellent material and high-end tonality in a most harmonious manner. It is not only pretty to look at, its vital statistics and agility are almost enough to make it a matter for the divorce courts, but, in the end, it remains true to its vows. Spirited and lively. Without doubt, a four-star experience."
Extract from Image HiFi
"VISATON's VOX 200 is a decidedly crisp, clear column speaker with both the power to do justice to any party and the control to cope with accurate spatial positioning and clarity of resolution. A real gem that stands head and shoulders above the others in this price range."
"The VOX 200 can punch out quite considerable volume levels and the probability that the electronic circuitry will pack up first is quite high even with larger-scale units. The VOX 200 is also well able to deal with normal living-room levels. The way each wave of sound is neatly send off into the room by the cabinet is captivating, to say the least, and spatial control is exemplary. The Visaton designers are capable of creating a virtual stage in your living room that has a remarkable breadth and depth. In this department, other manufacturers' units many times the price can hardly manage to trump this performance. Similarly, the plasticity and sheer volume of each individual cone leaves nothing to be desired. The real showpiece, though, is the unit's vocal reproduction (...). I have seldom experienced such authentic singing free of all interference factors and with such depth of colour."
"I can say that these two slim-line VISATON cabinets have left a deep impression on me, for one."
Extract from Fonoforum
"It was in the listening test that our dream set-up (Transrotor Sirius, Octave V-50 Black Box, VISATON VOX 200) got the chance to really shine." "We haven't heard such a fascinatingly harmonious and yet compact system in our listening room for a long time. Let no one claim that vinyl disks are not in a position to present dynamic listening. And what about the higher frequencies? Clear as crystal, full-bodied treble. The sound was neither frayed around the edges nor hard and sharp, but simply pure and honest. The spatial qualities were just as good. The plasticity was there in both the depth and width, just the way the conductor ordered. This arrangement does not, however, merely produce a perfect array of virtues for audiophiles, it goes one step further and reproduces musical compositions in a fascinating and exciting manner. These sound properties have an effect on your soul and that's what it's all about."