$449.00 – $549.00
Vanatoo’s Transparent One powered speakers are made from heavy duty 18mm thick wood with real cherry veneer, painted black for this model. The speakers reproduce music exactly the way it was recorded, with solid bass, clear midrange, and sparkling highs. The integrated 60 watt/channel amplifier ensures ample volume. The built-in analog and digital inputs allow you to connect to any music source. Whether used as desktop speakers or a streaming music system, the Transparent One is your all-in-one musical solution.
- True 2-way stereo powered speaker system
- USB, Toslink Optical, Coax and analog inputs
- Quick 2 minute setup
- Auto input switching
- Vanatoo ClearBass™ Technology
- Volume, bass and treble controls
- Subwoofer output with AutoSense
- 3/4 inch MDF cabinets
- Low power sleep mode (<0.5W)
- Best in class bass extension and full-range response
- Grills included
- 3 year warranty
Killer Sound Quality
The first question with any audio product should be “Does it sound great?”. If not, why bother. The first question when hearing the Transparent One is “How’d they do that?”. The T1 brings audiophile sensibilities to small, affordable, and convenient everyday use. Great bass, clear mids, sparkling highs, holographic imaging, and amazing dispersion are the magic behind the experience.
USB, Toslink Optical, Coax and Analog Inputs
Connect the Transparent One to your computer with the included USB cable, skipping the computer’s often troublesome and noisy sound card. Or if you prefer connect to the Toslink optical or Coax input for the best possible reproduction (Toslink optical cable not included). The analog input allows direct connection to your phone, phono preamp, or other device. The multiple connections give you flexibility while ensuring an obsolete-proof design. Purchase knowing you have years of happy listening ahead.
Vanatoo ClearBass™ technology enables the Transparent One to reproduce lower bass than virtually any other speakers their size, producing the warm, rich low notes as they were intended to be played by the artist. To accomplish this in such a small space, ClearBass™ employs a custom aluminum cone woofer with the patented XBL™ technology, a long stroke passive radiator, 60 W per channel high efficiency Class D amplifier, and a 24 bit DSP (Digital Signal Processor), all optimized together as one integrated system to provide in-room frequency response from 48Hz to 20KHz. There is no “mid bass hump” or other gimmicks common to small speakers. The result is full range sound that is unprecedented from such a small system.
Vanatoo is proud of the performance and features we’ve managed to pack into these compact size speakers. Transparent One speakers have an impressively flat frequency response curve. When measuring how well a speaker faithfully and accurately reproduces the sound as it was recorded, the flatter the frequency response curve, the better.
- TOSLINK® optical, Coax, and USB audio
- 3.5 mm (or 1/8”) (i.e. headphone jack)
- 60 watts RMS per channel
- Class D
- Max sample rate of 96K at 24 bits
- Max sample rate of 96K at 24 bits
- 48K at 24 bits
- 120 VAC±10% at 60Hz
- 120 volts at 500 mA maximum load, not fused, not switched
- thermal, short circuit, & over current output protection
- Active: 12 lbs / Passive: 11 lbs
- 10″ H x 6 1/2″ W x 7 1/2″ D
- 10” H x 6 1/2” W x 8 1/8” D
- 28 lbs
- 14″ H x 17 5/8″ W x 10 5/8″ D
- 48Hz – 20K Hz ±3dB
- Patented XBL™ 5 ¼ “ woofer
- 1″ silk dome
- Custom 5 1/4″
- After 10 minutes of inactivity
- Left/Right active speaker location, volume, treble and bass adjustments
- Cutover at 125 Hz when subwoofer connected
- ¾ inch MDF cabinet construction and real cherry wood veneer
January 5, 2019
I don’t normally go out of my way to write reviews but for this product I feel compelled to. I had a few complications related to my order and Rick really went out of his way to ensure the best service possible. The speakers themselves are perfect for a desk setup, providing great sound and are jam packed with features. Given the price, these should be a no-brainer choice for speakers in this category.
Response from Vanatoo
Thank you for your review, Matt. We’re glad you like your speakers. It was our pleasure to provide you with the best service we can.
Follow up review - Transparent Ones
December 1, 2018
I bought my Transparent Ones back in February of 2017. I have to say that I am just as happy with them now as I was then. I have mine connected to a Schiit Audio “Modi 2 and Magni 3” stack that I use for my headphones. This is convenient for me, because it puts the volume control right there beside my keyboard. I have an old used subwoofer connected to the back of the Transparent One control unit. The sound quality of this combo is great for me and I can easily switch between speakers and headphones by just plugging the headphones into the jack on the front of the Magni 3. The Transparent Ones have so many options for connecting and I am sure you will find the one that works best for you. One word of advice. When placing your Transparent Ones on your desktop, keep them spaced at least 8 inches from the wall behind them, so they sound more open and normal. They NEED space around them. I absolutely love these speakers. They sound great for music, movies, speech, or whatever you throw at them. I had never heard of Vanatoo until I saw them on Z Reviews’ YouTube channel. Thanks to Z for pointing me to them. It was not an easy decision to spend this amount of money for a pair of desktop speakers, but I have had no regrets and I would buy them again. It was money well spent.
Response from Vanatoo
Thanks for the follow-up review, Wilson. We put our whole hearts into the T1’s, and are glad you’ve been enjoying them for almost two years now!
A new level of music enjoyment
August 16, 2018
Here’s a letter I sent to Rick at Vanatoo – it says it all. Rick – WOW!!! These speakers are just amazing – such pure and well balanced sound. I find myself pausing and sinking into the music from time to time. Songs I have heard many times before take on new dimension. Music has the ability to move us, and these speakers move mountains. I also love the ability to dial up and down the Bass & Treble, enables finding that perfect balance for the song/music type, and loudness levels. And the stands are magical – and I got a kick out of the video you did to show how clean the sound gets when the speakers are on the stand. A whole new level of listening. Bravo!!
Response from Vanatoo
Thank you for your review, Scott! We’re so glad you’re enjoying your speakers, and appreciate the time you took to write us. Thank you, sir!
LIVING WITH VANATOO
July 7, 2018
I have owned the transparent ones for nearly two years, they are attached to my home desktop where I have put these speakers through their paces nearly every day. I listen to classical, pop, jazz, movies and yes even gaming. Let me start by saying these speakers are very good and well worth the money, they give a full body sound and are very clear, some previous reviewers have mentioned that they don’t get real loud and I would suggest that if you are looking for a really loud sound that you can blast some journey too and not hear yourself singing, then yes these speakers will not hide your poor singing abilities, also if you are looking for a speaker that has really deep bass that will vibrate items off of shelves, go look elsewhere, perhaps the back of your kids car. These are not toy speakers, these are very sensitive “tools” and as such need to be treated that way. When I first got them I was slightly disappointed, I felt they sounded like you were listening to music in a box and they appeared to be rather boomy, however after removing items surrounding the speakers and elevating them so they were off of my table top by several inches the sound completely transformed and the true ability of these speakers came to life. These speakers are sensitive to their surroundings, getting three foot stands and isolating them from any close objects would probably be ideal, however even just setting them a few inches off the top of my desk and 6″ off the back wall they are still very good. One other thing, these speakers are well built, you feel like you got your monies worth the moment you open the box., also I haven’t been harassed by Vanatoo on a daily, weekly or even monthly basis via email. I expect to have these speakers a very long time and they have made a great addition to my home office.
Response from Vanatoo
Thanks for your review, Todd. We’re happy you’re so happy with your Transparent One speakers. We think your advice of keeping them about 6 inches off the wall is a fantastic suggestion. Take care.
Outstanding product, especially at this price point. I use them as my primary set of speakers in my living room. I love being able to connect them to the TV, my laptop, and my phone interchangeably. The look and the size look great for the room. They fulfill 99% of my listening tastes. Occasionally at high volumes, trumpets and French horns will clip, and boomy synth bass will exceed the power of the onboard subs. I may buy the additional subwoofer at some point, but am truly extremely satisfied with the speakers without it.
– Etienne M.
Vanatoo Transparent 1 and Sub
I could go on but I’ll make it brief – bought a pair of Vanatoo1’s -liked the sound -I used to sell hi end systems, son is a musician – i’m old, he’s got an ear. We both loved them immediately – asked for advice on a sub. Gary emailed me back directly. Found an bargain without equal. – Awesome sound for a meagre price. -wish The Absolute Sound was still around. 5 star for the price – absolutely no regrets
– Ted B.
I attended the New York Audio Show to listen to Reference Monitor Speakers for my tube amp. As I walked past the Vanatoo room, the sound drew me in. I listened for 30 minutes. I could not believe what I was hearing from these smallish speaker. The tone, imagining were spot on. The bass was very impressive, the sound filled the room. Long story short, I plunked down the cash and bought them on sight. At first I hooked them as computer monitors. They were spooky how they imaged, the voices seemed to coming from the screen. They later made it down to my beach house and sound beautiful on their stands. They are very versatile. Bluetooth, digital inputs and housing the amps and DAC all built in. I went to the show to buy $10,000 speakers and came home with The Ones. I’ve never looked back! Side note I did buying $8,700 monitor speakers. I enjoy The Ones as much as my much more expensive speakers. Order them and you won’t be disappointed!
– Brian C.
I couldn’t be happier with the Vanatoo T1’s that I purchased off of Amazon almost a year ago. They are fantastic at sound fidelity, very warm and rich. Again, could not be happier and will definitely be looking at Vanatoo for speakers in the future.
– Von F.
Let them break in it’s worth the wait.
I ordered my Vanatoo T1s online brand new in the box. Setting them up was a breeze, connect them together with the supplied speaker wire, plug in the powered unit, supply an input, and you have sound. I used rolls of toilet paper as stands until my isoACOUSTICS ISO-L8R155 stands came in. I used the longer posts, supplied with the stands, to get them to ear level while sitting on my desk. I tried several positions and orientations until I settled on spacing them out until my head, in my typical seating position, was at the point of the “golden equilateral triangle”, with the speakers sitting at the opposing triangle points. I set the stands up to support the speakers in a level position and pointed directly at ears. They sounded good out of the box on my desk, better on the toilet paper rolls, even better on the proper stands. What happened next put a bigger smile on my face each day. I left the speakers playing each day, when I went to work. I would pick an album with decent bass, and set it on repeat. After about a month I would say they are now broken in, and every time I listen to them they surprise and impress me with how the bass has improved from new. As I said, they sounded good out of the box, but over time the bass has dramatically improved. If you’ve bought a pair, let them break in, it’s worth the wait. I have only one complaint. I feed them with an optical cable, out on my iMac. I used the Audio MIDI Setup app, in the Applications Utilities folder, to set the Built-in Output to 96000.0 Hz and 2ch-24bit Integer. I keep the volume slider in iTunes at maximum, to avoid any software resampling that might affect the original audio file’s resolution. What this means is I have to adjust the volume of the speakers with the knob on the back of the powered unit. I would dearly love one of two things, a remote to adjust volume, or a knob on the front of the speaker. I wouldn’t mind and probably prefer a wired remote that plugs into the back of the powered unit, like a Bose puck. I have a question. Where in the signal path does the volume knob on the back of the Vanatoo reside? Is it a digital control that affects the DACs analog conversion, or is it a post DAC attenuator of the analog signal sent to the amp? Overall, I love these things, they sound great, they make me smile every time I listen to them, and I don’t hesitate to recommend them.
– Dan C.
My Transparent Ones over the last two years
So i’ve owned the Vanatoo T1’s for about 2 years now. The first year i owned them i bought them with the avantree roxa bluetooth receiver and kept them in my room for easy listening. I admire the rich and smooth low end that these speakers reproduce. They make for a very intense and surreal listening experience, especially for the right music. Fast forward to the present day and my speakers are still in tip top shape. I maintain and clean them regularly. I also use the speakers with Pro Tools and Ableton for sound design and post production, and I have to say I am still very pleased with the sound of them. I see the transparent 0’s are now available for purchase and i’m glad that Vanatoo has finally released a more compact and affordable speaker, however, due to the sentimental value of my T1’s I don’t think i’ll be buying them anytime soon.
– Albert S.
I never did get a chance to listen to the polk audio Woodbourne but did listen to the klipsch kmc 3 and in comparison the t1’s sound way better IMO. Just to add, portability was not an issue just the sound quality, The klipsch is great for that. I highly recommend these speakers!
– Dennis J., Hawthorne, NJ
Details in my music come out that i’ve never noticed before, Its so obvious of a change/improvement It’s worth writing a review to boast the quality of these Vanatoo T1’s. You simply cannot go wrong with the purchase of them, they are perfect for a wide range of uses from computer gaming, HIFI,…
– Tim C., Bothell, WA
Simply Awesome after 2 years – no regrets!
I’m 50 and a long time lover of car audio, home theater and what I call “desktop audio” I was reading my home theater magazine winter of 2016 when I saw a quick article about the Vanatoo Transparent One. I said that’s what I’m looking for. 5 1/4 driver and passive radiator, bass and treble control with sub out. Never heard of Vanatoo but I’m not afraid to try new stuff. Ordered them along with a Cerwin Vega XD8s subwoofer. I’ve had them 2 years and super love them. I have an expensive 5.2 home theater set up with an external amp, dual subs and tower speakers. I’d listen to my Vanatoo for music any day over my HT set up. They produce excellent bass on their own. I use the subwoofer with them if I want extra bass at low volume or room bumping bass at high volume. Listen to me. 2 years later I love my Transparent One’s. They are excellent for desktop audio. What the DSP does is push the detail forward ( bass, vocals, treble ) at the right mix at all volumes. The simple clarity is what makes the difference.
One of the very best
I use the Vanatoo Transparent One & can confirm they are one of the best desktop-type PC speakers in their price range. You can tell by looking at the speakers they were designed & built with great care & pride. What matters most to me however is how well they sound, & on this front, I can say they are excellent. As an owner of Bowers & Wilkins, REL & Dynaudio speakers costing many times more than these, the One’s hold their ground & more. How do they generate such great & clean sound from such a small package? Perhaps it is the combination of the built-in amp & DAC? I had a pair shipped to Australia (they don’t sell them here) & it needs an external power transformer for them to work. Apart from this annoyance, these are great.
Superb audio quality
I recentlt bought a pair of the transparent one and I couldn’t be happier. For the price, these speakers are quite superb. The clarity of the audio is quite the jump from a previous $100 pair of computer speakers. The low end is shocking for a speaker this size. Everyone I show the speaker to agrees that the bass from such a compact box is startling. That extra oomph at the bottom really brings music to life. The simplicity of the digital amp means these are really the optimal desktop speakers for most. The digital eq adjustments on the back is really the icing on the cake. For a small to medium room, I can’t think of a better speaker, especially at this price point.
– Caio F.
Love my Vanatoos!
My search began a couple years ago when my ex wife stole my computer speakers. I decided to get some new ones that would last me for years to come. I’m the kind of guy to research gear ad nauseam because I own a small video production business and want the best I can afford. I ended up narrowing down my search for desktop speakers for my edit bay to just a few options. I ordered the B+W ones first because I found a killer deal on Amazon, the sound was so tiny that I returned them after a couple day break- in period. I emailed Vanatoo and asked them some specific questions and was impressed with the customer service so I decided to order the Transparent One’s instead of the Rolands, because of the overall sentiment in reviews I read. I needed something transparent for my video editing… Some of our work is seen by million’s of people and I need things to be perfect. I edit a TV show and have done a commercial for an NFL playoff game, regional Honda commercials, etc. I also got a recommendation for a subwoofer from Vanatoo and all I can say is I’ve been thrilled with my decision and never look back. I have been talking my assistant editor into getting a set for his edit bay because he has to come do his mixing on my setup. They pack an enormous punch for such a small speaker. Highly recommended!!
– Tom S.
Excellent Home Theater Speakers
We have the Transparent One speakers connected to our Mac Mini which is connected to our TV. It’s connected via USB and so we can easily control the volume on our bluetooth keyboard. The sound is terrific – a very impressive range for such a small speaker. We don’t feel any need for a subwoofer. It’s been a great “Home Theater” speaker system for us.
– Bob M.
Vanatoo Transparent Ones
These are great speakers! I first heard of Vanatoo on the “No Audiophile” website, and really liked his style, so felt he was honest and straightforward, qualities I admire. I bought blind, based on his review, and have been extremely satisfied, and amazed, actually, at how good these speakers are. The only reason I gave four, rather than five stars, is lack of a remote. I’m aware the Zero’s have a remote, so I know you guys can do it. What has impressed me most is the bass and overall great sound. They play as loud as I’ll ever want, and sound as good as my KEF LS50’s, in a small room (and that’s a huge compliment, as I love my KEF’s). What I want to see, and would jump on in a minute, is a larger active, or even passive, floorstander, something to challange ATC, and I think you could do it, based on the sound qualities of the T. Ones. I can’t wait to hear what you’re going to do in 2018.
– Don I.
Perfect high-end computer speaker (for lossless audio and gaming) W/O Subwoofer
I did a lot of research and selected the Transparent One’s for my computer. With their internal DAC and Roon (as an audio player) I have a lossless audio path for higher res music files. The speakers are also fantastic for gaming. My goal was to replace my prior speakers with a pair that would have solid bass without a subwoofer (so I wouldn’t keep kicking it) and these allowed me to accomplish that goal. The only oddity is that you have to turn up the speaker volume to at least 95% of MAX in order to get usable volume with a computer. It took me some time to figure this out but once set they work correctly and the volume control is now entirely via the volume controls (dial in my case) on the keyboard.
– Derek K.
I purchased a pair of the Transparent One speakers about a year ago. I am extremely pleased with them. No coloration of the music, very clear & great base for the size. Love’em
I bought my Vanatoo Transparent Ones several months back. I am not what you would call an audiophile, but I enjoy great sound. I have been nothing short of thrilled with these speakers. I recently added a subwoofer because a friend had one that he no longer needed and the difference is noticeable and nice, but I could easily take it away and not miss it. If you are into really heavy bass music, yes, you will want to add a subwoofer. Otherwise, you don’t need one. I use mine as computer speakers. They are used for YouTube videos, music, etc., and they are just awesome. I did get some yoga blocks from Amazon and I use those as speaker stands to get them up to ear level. I like being in the sweet spot. When you are as close as computer speakers are, the sweet spot is smaller and getting them aimed properly is important. From across the room, not so much. I had a couple of questions in the beginning. I sent an email and got a response back in less than an hour. They look great. They sound great. Would I buy them again? Absolutely!
– Wilson P.
Vanatoo Transparent One
I absolutely love my T1’s. They are so versatile and sound fantastic. The amount of inputs they can handle is impressive. I have them paired with an SVS sub which really isn’t necessary as these get low all on their own. Admittedly I am a little over the top. I have 3 PCS and an Echo dot going through these and it is awesome! I literally can’t think of one negative thing to say. The customer service is amazing as well. I have bounced a few emails back and forth and get personal responses from Gary. Such a nice guy! Please support this brand as you will not regret it. These guys make outstanding products and back it with service.
Bottom Line – Great speakers at a reasonable price. The Vanatoo Transparent One speaker is the result of two talented and dedicated engineers following their great passion, without bean-counters interfering. Best speakers under $750 – $1,000. The market place should embrace and support products…
– Russ. H, Livermore, CA
These Vanatoo Transparent One’s are, by far, the best powered speakers on the market today. The bass and balance on these speakers are incredible. These are very hard to beat at their price!
– Anthony R., Port St. Luvie, FL
As other reviewers mention, the overall sound quality is awesome for such a small package. You don’t need to be an audiophile to recongize the difference in clarity and range compared to other desktop or bookshelf speakers. The Transparent Ones do an impressive job of handling different types of…
– Shawn H, Woodinville, WA
I really enjoy listening to clear, clean music, and it seems you have to pay thousands of dollars to get that level of fidelity in speakers these days. With the Transparent One speakers, you not only get the clarity and precision of high-end speakers, you get it in a very compact, affordable,…
– Mark L., Normandy Park, WA