'Reykjavik' by Vifa in black at Totally Wired

Vifa wireless speaker systems

All about the Wireless loudspeakers by Vifa

All about Vifa wireless speakers and how to buy them in New Zealand. Vifa from Denmark make portable speakers with built-in Bluetooth connectivity, environmentally friendly rechargeable batteries and innovative engineering for un-compromised sound performance. Easy online shop ordering. For 80 years Vifa developed and manufactured drivers for high-end speakers. They have used that expertise to now produce their own premium wireless range. Everything about the design is seductive, made for long life and the best possible sound.

To feel an affinity is a form of inner revelation. Aotearoa could be mapped onto Scandinavia. Powerful mountain ranges, pure rushing waters, deep fiords, open seas, fresh air, clear light, and wild weather. These are embedded in our our psyche and our lifestyle, with a Nordic romanticism.

You can imagine then, a company in Denmark developing audio as long as Vifa has, (founded 1933), could not help but design a lifestyle audio range that has echoes of the natural environment. Vifa’s fame comes from manufacturing driver units for many high-end brands until 2014, when it made a transition into making its own wireless speakers. Their new self-titled range consists of five playing systems. All are wireless Bluetooth speakers. Three come under the ‘portable’ banner and the other two ‘home.’ The ‘portable’ ones are stand-alone systems and the two larger ‘home’ speakers can also be multi-room/user/source-systems. When we say wireless we mean exactly that. All models have a built-in rechargeable Lithium battery.

Vifa portable speakers from Totally Wired
‘Reykjavik’ NZ$ 449 – ‘Helsinki’  NZ$ 850 – ‘Oslo’  NZ$ 1,000

We are excited to have discovered the Vifa range which allows us to share with you a new up-market design. One that is technically more advanced than other Bluetooth speakers we’ve dealt with, resulting in overall better performance for you to enjoy. Order directly from our online shop.

Everything about the Vifa speakers call out to their premium description. Mostly especially their subtle design and obvious sound quality. The construction is, without a doubt, high end. They are reassuringly solid and stand with stability; yet are light enough to comfortably carry. Which Vifa is for you? Contact us for advice.

We find a litmus test for the sound quality of Bluetooth speakers is, when people walk into Totally Wired, they can’t tell where the sound is coming from. In a room of high end stereo systems which one is making the music?

New Zealand’s introduction to Vifa begins with the Reykjavik

Primeval, yet at the height of modernity, the atavistic Reykjavik design evokes time-worn stones found at the head of mountainous streams. As with the whole range, Reykjavik is the antithesis of ordinary Hifi. This is a 21st century speaker. Pod-like and just 6.5cm high, Reykjavik is mobile so you can comfortably carry it with you or even hang it up. The vegetable tanned leather strap gives Reykjavik the look of just having landed. Made with robust materials Reykjavik will live a long life. It is pleasurable to handle with a rubberised base that rests safely on all surfaces. You’ll love the the sensuousness of the indented buttons for operation by touch. Choose from two  distinctive looks – the light grey version which has a top section of custom made Kvadrat textile, or the black, with a top of anodised aluminium. Vifa has paid attention to all the fine detail. On the black finish even the holes in the aluminium grill evoke geometric art as light captures design that delights the eye. Even the ‘pollop’ sounds from the on/off – mode button are cute.

‘Reykjavik’ NZ $449

  • Bluetooth
  • Lithium Ion battery
  • .6 kg
  • Sandstone Grey Kvadrat Textile and Lavastone Anodised Aluminium finishes
  • Comes with a travel bag and USB cable
  • 65mm high x 139mm in diameter
  • Digital Signal Processing for advanced sound reproduction

This little gem of engineering will marvel you with its sound. ‘Digital Signal Processing splits the sound production into the three channel amplifier, which then individually powers the woofer and two tweeters. Normal speakers require a ‘crossover’ between the amplifier and drive units. DSP means Reykjavik can produce much more sound from its small size. Sound that is both full and detailed. This type of technology is found in some high-end loudspeakers. By keeping the signal within the digital domain the sound is more pure. This purity of sound which you’ll hear, is also aided by the amplifiers being ‘switched mode’ (Class-D), of the Digital Pure Path type.

Neodymium is a rare earth element which enables Vifa to build small but powerful magnets for the drive units. So that despite its size Reykjavik does contain proper Hifi speakers. The specially designed single woofer produces both right and left channels. The fast and responsive soft-dome tweeters are positioned for stereo imagery and omni-directional sound.

Combined, these advanced technologies produce a very high quality sound from a compact unit. So you can see that Vifa are maintaining the high standards that has built their reputation – even with the most affordable of their range.

Modern functionality

Reykjavik is inconspicuous and will be your intimate friend. The 360 degree sound it puts out permeates space without being a focal point. This also makes it ideal for outdoor or open air situations. A fully functional Speakerphone means you can take calls even even when your phone is inside. The three connection options – Bluetooth, AUX 3.5 mini-jack and USB connectivity & playback gives you flexibility in accessing sources. Vifa have carefully chosen the type of Lithium-ion batteries for power, long-life and eco-friendliness.

Experience Vifa, choose your style

Vifa has taken their place in the design world by being winners in the prestigious ‘redot’ product design awards. In 2016 with ‘Helsinki’ and in 2017 with ‘Oslo.’

Helsinki and Oslo are attractively tactile with soft curves, satin (one-piece diecast), aluminium frames, and textured wool covers. The operational details are delightfully subtle and a pleasure to use. On the front right corner are three simple circles in a column. On the top a mode light quietly shines through the fabric. In very elegant styling that we’ve not seen on anything else, are two encircled arrows embroidered onto the fabric for volume up and down. The simple ‘vifa’ brand is stylishly stamped into place. That’s all you see.

At the back a small section within the covering has a soft-touch, multi-function on-off/mode button.There’s an AC connection for charging the battery or running from the power, and a 3.5 input for playing sources via cable.

Vifa’s audio engineering superiority is again exemplified with their Force Balanced Woofer system. This has the two woofers inside the enclosure placed back to back, rigidly fixed together and oriented to outbalance vibration. The strength of construction results in the strength of sound produced. Made from polycarbonate the enclosures are also inordinately strong. Woofers push air, so where does the air go? Below the woofers two back-to-back passive radiators take care of this. These are flat rigid cones mounted in a soft linear long-throw suspension, precisely designed to minimise mechanical impact on the enclosure and allow the woofers to work efficiently. Two full-range drivers on either side of the woofers, but in their own seperate enclosures, provide exacting control of the mid and upper-range notes. These are angled in such a way as to disperse sound no matter where you place your speaker.

‘aptX’ is an addition to the standard Bluetooth coding. It transfers audio at a higher bit rate and uses a better compression method resulting in a more smooth and crisp stream of sound. ‘NFC’ means ‘near field communication. ‘ Its a wireless chip that, if your device has it, allows it to connect to another NFC device simply by being within a few centimetres of each other.

‘Helsinki’  NZ $850

There is clearly a touch of the feminine about Helsinki. If ever there was a couture piece of Hifi this is it. There’s something very Dior-esque in its style. Helsinki is designed to be a long-lasting companion travelling through life, bringing your music with you. Included with Helsinki is a detachable luxury leather strap crafted by Swedish firm Tärnsjö Garveri – and like Kvadrat that’s a story in itself. Highly refined, Helsinki is not only a joy to listen to but to a joy behold. Choose your own from the three available finishes.

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‘Helsinki’ by Vifa portable bluetooth speaker in Dusty Rose from Totally Wired
  • Bluetooth aptX
  • NFC pairing
  • DSP signal processing
  • Lithium Ion battery
  • Force balanced woofers
  • 1.4 kg
  • Willow Green, Dusty Rose and Sandstone Grey finishes
  • Strap: Chromefree environmentally friendly leather
  • 3.5mm mini jack cable included
  • Dimensions: 156 mm /210 mm/70 mm

‘Oslo’  NZ $1,000

Oslo is a way life and seen through the eyes of art director and magazine maker Mikal Strøm, is a city that inspires. ‘Oslo’ the speaker is perfectly proportioned, sensuously tactile yet reassuringly durable. Its music can fill a large room. You’ll be stunned at the deepness that emanates from this speaker belying its size. No matter where in the room you place it Oslo will always sound like music should. And it looks the part whatever the setting.

Oslo’s audio technology replicates that of Helsinki but with larger drivers optimised with purpose. Oslo will always share your vibe.

'Oslo' by Vifa from Totally Wired
‘Oslo’ in Pebble Grey from Totally Wired
  • Bluetooth aptX
  • NFC pairing
  • DSP signal processing
  • Lithium Ion battery
  • Force balanced woofers
  • 2.4 kg
  • Pebble Grey, Anthracite Grey and Mountain Blue finishes
  • 3.5mm mini jack cable  and travel bag included
  • Dimensions: 268 mm/181 mm/90 mm
Kvadrat

The sensuous wool covers are especially designed by Kvadrat who are a high quality textile designer and manufacturer. Kvadrat are a multi-talented international company based in Denmark. Art and design are at the heart of this environmentally concerned organisation. They partner with a myriad of design companies on projects, as well as artists around the world.

Due to arrive 2018

‘Copenhagen’ NZ $1,500

  • Vifa HOME multi-room
  • Vifa PLAY favourite button
  • Vifa LINK one-click speaker connection
  • Bluetooth aptX HD
  • Apple AirPlay
  • DSP signal processing
  • Lithium Ion battery
  • Force balanced woofers
  • 6 channel full bridge amplifiers
  • 4.65 kg
  • Pebble Grey, Anthracite Grey and Mountain Blue finishes

‘Stockholm’ NZ $2,700

  • Vifa HOME multi-room
  • Vifa PLAY favourite button
  • Vifa LINK one-click speaker connection
  • Bluetooth aptX HD
  • WiFi direct
  • Apple AirPlay
  • DSP signal processing
  • Force balanced woofers
  • 6 channel full bridge amplifiers
  • 9.8 kg
  • Pebble Grey, Anthracite Grey and Mountain Blue finishes

“Kvadrat was a perfect partner for our new series of upscale loudspeakers. We had some extremely challenging specifications for the fabric covering our loudspeakers, in terms of both resistance and the ability to let sound pass through the threads. Kvadrat was up for the challenge and brought solid experience and the ability to think out of the box to the table. In terms of  design, our two companies also share the same strive for high-end, Nordic quality. The end-result exceeded our expectations and we are more than satisfied with the collaboration” – Vifa.

Reviews

You’ve now read our thoughts on Vifa. What do others think? “Vifa Copenhagen is a wireless speaker for people who do not only appreciate traditional hi-fi qualities such as pure, musical sound and acoustic pressure that fills the room but also live a connected life with digital content and streaming to portable units.” Link through to the reviews that Vifa have accumulated.