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Professional Reviews

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When you consider that these are $ 599, come with amplifiers and DAC and an analog line in, with DSP and a remote control, that is a lot of system for the money. I see these doing great as a first audiophile system, a replacement for a soundbar next to a TV or a second system for the office or bedroom.
- Bevan Court , TNT Audio


Overall I think Vanatoo has really knocked it out of the park with the Transparent One Encore speakers. They have upped my own personal expectations of what a pair of $599 speakers can sound like. I suppose you could call them benchmark setters.
- Adam LaBarge , The Audio Beatnik


I can easily see the Transparent One Encore sitting comfortably under a TV in the family room. Optical out from the TV into the Encore, perhaps a turntable in between (I can dream), and that family- and friend-friendly Bluetooth pairing just begging other people to play along. If your smart TV is smart enough to include Tidal, so much the better seeing as you now have a few million albums on tap. To my mind, this is a compelling picture.
- Michael Lavorgna , Twittering Machines


In a crowded field of active desk top speakers, the VANATOO TRANSPARENT ONE ENCORE’s full and clear sound is a great choice for music lovers. Computer monitors? Sure; but the VANATOO TRANSPARENT ONE ENCORES beg to be your “party speakers” in a moderately sized living room.
- Jim Milton , Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity



Vanatoo T1 Encore
- Z Reviews, YouTube


I would call these music lovers speakers because they get the music where it needs to be at a level of quality never previously attainable in such a compact and elegant package. In fact, this pair will not return to Vanatoo and will reside in my kitchen for my wife and family to enjoy and fight over. I sense many a "Blåtand" battle in the future between my wife and children.
- Matthew Clott , Enjoy the Music



The best Active Speaker Under $1000
- Joshua Valour, YouTube


"We don’t think that you can find a better-sounding speaker at this price point. They are small and don’t occupy too much space, they can be placed and oriented in different ways, they enable you to connect up to four audio sources (1 analog + 3 digital) and, most importantly, they sound amazing. The kind of depth, clarity, and detail you will get from Vanatoo Transparent Zero is hard to find at this price point and it is almost impossible to get from some other pair of speakers of this size. They absolutely deserve our recommendation."

James Longman, Audio Reputation



Some of the best desktop speakers you can buy.
- Brandon Taylor, YouTube



- Joe N Tell, YouTube



- Rateyoursound, YouTube



- TEK, YouTube


The Vanatoo Transparent Zero‘s are a real oddity in the high audio space. With no corners seemingly cut, and a crazy price for how good they are, they’re the best desktop speakers you can buy – period.
- Joe Rice-Jones, KnowTechie

These speakers excel at what Stereophile calls “rhythm’n’pacing”. That is, they are rhythmically fast and “snappy”... The review sample will not be going back (I will buy them).
- Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet

2014 Writers' Choice Award to the Vanatoo Transparent One
- John Acton, Positive Feedback Online

The overall performance envelope possesses true high-end aspirations and exceeds that of any separate amplifier, DAC, and speaker combination that I'm aware of anywhere near its price.
- John Acton, Positive Feedback Online

The Vanatoo Transparent One is at home in any discerning system. “Connectivity” seems to be the word of the new millennium and the Vanatoo’s can be connected any way imaginable, from wireless to Bluetooth, USB, digital, analog, SPDIF…Got a device? These will make them sing beautifully....
- Michael Zisserson, Stereomojo

“I started my listening sessions with the Transparent Ones sitting on floor stands, placed on either side of my TV, and connected to my Oppo BDP-95 Blu-ray player's analog output jacks. I used the BDP-95's variable analog output to control the speakers' volume from the player's remote. Whoa; Daft...
- Steve Guttenberg, The Audiophiliac

If you like bass but can accommodate only a small speaker, you’ll love the Vanatoo Transparent Ones…I’d imagine that music lovers who are also into gaming would get giddy with delight at their bass slam and prowess and while I’ve spent a lot of virtual ink in this nether sonic region, the...
- Michael Lavorgna, AudioStream

We were rewarded with music—big and bold and forceful, full-bodied and lovely. I left the room feeling very happy, indeed.
- Stephen Mejias, Stereophile

I enjoyed my time with the Transparent One’s. These speakers are thoughtfully designed and pair well with any of a number of streaming solutions that are available out there right now. If you’re looking for a good, compact solution with audiophile quality sound for a satellite system, in a...
- Mark Vignola, Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity

“The Vanatoo Transparent One speakers have a lot going for them—multiple input sources, a built-in AC-power port for use with an AirPort Express Base Station, subwoofer auto-sensing, and good sound—all in a beautiful, compact package. For apartment dwellers who can’t afford or accommodate...
- Christopher Breen, Macworld

“The Vanatoo’s standout talent is an ALMIGHTY kick below the waist. They go down loooooow, bro. How low? Vanatoo’s website copy says 49Hz. Proprietary ClearBass™ technology makes this happen: the basics of which are a 5.25” woofer and a rear-firing passive radiator.”
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- John H. Darko, Digital Audio Review

“I can honestly say that no other speaker of this size has performed at this level in my home in the bass department. Geez, bass guitar on rock recordings was just in the pocket, and filled up the room without strain. I ended up with bass control around the 1 O’Clock position, and the treble...
- Andre Marc, audio | video Revolution

“One of the truly pleasant surprises for me is that the Vanatoo active speakers are direct digital technology, meaning that the class-D-like amp is also the DAC. This guarantees the shortest signal path between digital source and the speakers, and this enables the speakers to live up to the name...
- wgscott, The Ill-Tempered Audiophool, Computer Audiophile

The Vanatoo Transparent One is an interesting specimen. Definitely something you should look into if you are searching for a classier version of an iPod dock, in terms of both aesthetics and sound.
- Brian Van Eerden, audio-head

After giving the Transparent One a thorough workout on my own, I got together with two MyMac reviewers. Both reactions were similar on first hearing them—a sharp intake of breath... MyMac Review rating is an enthusiastic 9 out of 10!
- Curt Blanchard, Mymac

Regardless of what I play, whether it is throbbing rock, inspirational classics, stimulating jazz, brassy big band, flowing new age or soothing ballads, both instrumentals and vocals are clear, articulate and authentic to the source. These words still seem insufficient to capture my praise,...
- Tom Piper, appleJac Mac Users Group

I can simply say that the bass and sheer energy coming out of these small speakers was extremely impressive. In fact, it was so impressive that the folks running the demo felt the need to frequently tell the large crowd that everything was coming out of the two speakers, without aid of a subwoofer...
- Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile

"What’s to say? These things are $500. They are a steal."
- Mal Kenney, Part-Time Audiophile

amazingly robust in dynamic range and bass response
- Paul Seydor, The Absolute Sound

"What would it take to best these speakers in a small bedroom or even small living room setup? Well, a hell of a setup. We are talking about above average speakers with ridiculously designed crossovers, maybe a kit from Zaph Audio. Then you would need the accompanying gear, a very nice balanced DAC...
- Reddit's, noaudiophile

…”how good can my Apple audio get?” That will lead you to an audiophile level set of powered speakers called the Transparent One from Vanatoo. The high quality of audio that is packed into this well designed and fairly compact (10″ high x 6.5″ wide) package is stunning and delivers nice...
- Alanna Kahn, MacTribe

Tiny. Powered. Built in DAC. Real jump. REAL jump. $500. Killer. The Vanatoo guys are basically selling crack cocaine here.
- Mal Kenney, Part-Time Audiophile