$319.00 – $359.00
Vanatoo’s Transparent Zero active speakers are made using the same high quality materials and workmanship that Vanatoo’s products have come to be known for throughout the industry. The speakers reproduce music exactly the way it was recorded, with solid bass, clear midrange, and sparkling highs. The integrated bi-amped (4 channel) 48 watt/channel amplifier ensures ample volume for a desktop or small to medium sized room use. The built-in analog and digital inputs allow you to directly connect to any music source, and the built in Bluetooth interface provides a seamless wireless connection to any phone or laptop computer. The setup flexibility of the Transparent Zero active speakers provide an all-in-one musical solution to virtually any home requirement. The wireless remote control makes use with a TV a breeze, with better performance than a comparably priced soundbar.
- True 2-way stereo powered speaker system
- Bluetooth wireless connection with aptX
- USB, Toslink Optical, and analog inputs
- Full-featured remote control
- Quick 2 minute setup with plug-in speaker connections
- Auto input switching with Digital Silence Detection™
- Reversible design for desktop or in-room use
- Vanatoo ClearBass™ Technology
- Volume, bass and treble controls
- Subwoofer output with AutoSense
- 9mm wood cabinets with satin black finish
- Low power sleep mode (<0.5W)
- Best in class bass extension and full-range response
- Magnetically attached grills
- Vanatoo isolation pads
- 3 year warranty
- Customizable configurations: LED brightness, bass response, subwoofer crossover, amp limiters, mono mode, sleep settings, Enable key function
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 Zero is “How’d they do that?”. The T0 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.
Wireless with Bluetooth aptX
Bluetooth is the standard for wireless streaming from your handheld or computer, and aptX offers near-CD quality with simple ease of use. Listen to your favorite artist from Amazon Prime, Pandora, Spotify, Apple Music, or any of the hundreds of choices at your fingertips. Connecting is a breeze thanks to the Bluetooth control buttons on the wireless remote. Your music, your way.
Full-Featured Remote Control
Take control of your music with the Transparent Zero full-featured wireless remote control. Select the source you want to listen to, set the volume, adjust the bass and treble, or put the speakers into Bluetooth pairing mode, all from the comfort of your favorite listening position. The remote control makes the T0 the ideal addition to a TV, with much better performance than competing soundbars.
USB, Toslink Optical, and Analog Inputs
Connect the Transparent Zero to your computer with the included USB cable, skipping the computer’s often troublesome and noisy sound card. Or if you prefer a hi-res connection (up to 96K/24) connect to the Toslink optical 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 Zero 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 under hung voice coil, a long stroke passive radiator, bi-amped 48 W per channel high efficiency amplifier, and a 24 bit DSP (Digital Signal Processor), all optimized together as one integrated system to provide in-room frequency response from 56Hz 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 Zero 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.
- 4 inch aluminum cone woofer with 1 inch underhung voice coil
- 4 inch long-throw passive radiator
- 1 inch soft dome tweeter
- 2 way bi-amplified active speaker
- Assisted passive radiator bass reflex system
- 8th-Order DSP derived Butterworth high-pass at 58 Hz
- 8th-Order DSP derived Linkwitz-Riley crossover at 2200 Hz
- Bluetooth with aptX for wireless connection
- USB audio up to 48K at 16 bits
- Toslink optical up to 96K at 24 bits
- 3.5mm (1/8″) analog input, ADC sampled at 48K at 24 bits
- Direct Digital Class D
- 4×48 Watts per channel
- DSP resolution of 48K at 24 bits
- Thermal, short circuit, over current protection
- 56Hz – 20K Hz ±3dB (Shelf Mode in room)
- 52Hz – 20K Hz ±3dB (Flat Mode in room)
- 4th-Order Linkwitz-Riley at 125 Hz (Shelf Mode)
- 4th-Order Linkwitz-Riley at 80 Hz (Flat Mode)
- 120 VAC ±10% at 60Hz or 220 VAC ±10% at 50Hz
- 7.5″H x 4.75″W x 7.75″D (without support)
- 7.5″H x 4.75″W x 9.75″D (with support)
- 4.5 lbs active / 4.0 lbs passive
- Shipping: 7.75″H x 13.5″W x 17.75″D and 14 lbs
As Good As It Gets
From someone who does his homework before buying, there is absolutely nothing out there that competes with the Vanatoo Transparent Zero, for its size and price point…..nothing! For those of us who are tired of all the audio components, cables, wires, settings, and cost of typical stereo systems, this is as good and simple as it gets. Superb sound and connectivity options at an unbelievable price. I attached a small compact Orb Audio sub that I had and the sound is superb. One viewer mentioned the Niam Mu-So qb2 which is a different product altogether. It is one speaker not intended to put out stereo sound. Think of it as an Apple HomePod on steroids….absolutely amazing for what it is. In their category, the Transparent Zero and qb2 are excellent sounding, quality products. Keep doing what you are doing Vanatoo and I wish you continued success.
Chose Transparent Zeros Over Naim mu-so qb , B&W Wedge and Dynaudio Music 5
Needed a wireless speaker to set in a bookcase in my small home office where there’s no room to setup proper left/right speakers with space between them. I set them right next to one another and configured them in mono – this was my preferred setup. Sounds great! Love the remote and bass/treble controls. Sounds better than the 3 other wireless speakers I noted in the Title in my application. Highly recommended. Also using the IsoAcoustics stands which are a must!
These are the only pair of speakers that seem to fit all of my needs
I have never in my life heard a pair of speakers able to deliver sound like these do in such a small package any where near their price range. These turned out to be exactly what I was looking for and I could not be any happier. These speakers are small enough to fit perfectly on my computer desk, they are self powered, and they even include their own DAC. The fact that you can keep these speakers hooked up to three different audio sources at once is a huge plus to me so I don’t have to route everything through my computer monitor’s terrible interference inducing audio ports just so I can easily switch the Inputs. Instead, my computer (which I use for critical music listening) can remain connected directly to the DAC while my game consoles are routed through analog inputs and I can even use my phone’s bluetooth when I’m running around cleaning my house, and the fact that these speakers actually come with a dedicated subwoofer port is a gigantic plus to me when it comes to keeping the setup as simple and clean as possible for each mode of audio input that I use. These speakers accomplish absolutely everything I wanted in new audio setup and they are worth every penny.
Awesome stuff - completely impressed
Having seen the reviews I was anticipating something decent. I wasn’t expecting great – for the price. As a professional live sound engineer and commercial A/V designer, these deliver exactly what I’m looking for in a small package. Put it together with a quality sub and it is simply hands down the best desktop speaker system I’ve heard for the price. It cannot be beat! If you’re debating, stop. Buy them, today.
I bought the T0 mainly for my bedroom and it’s more than adequate without a subwoofer, but once a subwoofer was added, it gotten louder. Outside of the highs, mids and lows, what stood out was imaging. It’s crazy how with the right toe in and height adjusted, you feel as though there’s truly a singer performing it live in front of you. I’m using this as my desktop setup and it’s excellent choice as it contains all the inputs you could possibly want and not clutter the desk with any separate amp/dac. I miss nothing about my big O bookshelves speakers. This sound just as good, if not better. Plenty of power for a bedroom desktop setup, glad I didn’t need to step up to the T1E. Thanks Vanatoo for creating this affordable but awesome sounding product. Keep up the good work, would be awesome if you created a subwoofer as well.
I have these on my desk, using them for my computer. I love the sound. These are really really fantastic speakers. I added a Klipsch R-100 sub (10″ woofer and 150/300w amp) and the combo is flat out killer. (Vanatoo recommends setting the amp crossover to full but I found that didn’t suit this setup. I went with the crossover set to about 130-140hz, which is about 2-3 o-clock position, and the gain at about the 10 o-clock position.) It’s rich, clear, full, detailed, and just overall sweet as. The Vanatoos were properly packaged with a nice compliment of cords, and the remote is fine. Very happy with these!
small footprint and clear as a bell
i’m no “audiophile” in the pejorative sense of the term as someone who is foolish enough to spend hundreds of dollars on simple RCA type interconnects, but i am fussy about sound quality, and have owned some decent gear. Played some flacs on the Transparent Zero speakers, and they are extremely clean sounding, differentiating between instruments very well, and their imaging is also excellent. you hear the voice as if the singer was in front of you and the instruments as they were recorded. i replaced some Grace Digital BT speakers with these and, while those produced higher volume, the quality of the sound of the Vanatoos is much better. i have used it with the USB connection as well as with an external USB amplifier from my laptop (because my laptop does not put out much volume) that then connects with a 3.5 mm male-to-male. i haven’t listened enough to notice a difference between the two types of connections.
Vanatoo Transparent Zero
First time I heard this speaker was from the NY Audio Show 2019, and I was amazed by the highly capable, highly articulate upper mid bass, the fabulous sonic image, the lush highs that don’t bleed your ears.. When this small mighty team up with a 10 inch Speedwoofer from RSL ( Rogers Sound Lab ) at the show really impressed me, and I just ordered the same combination and had it all setup within few days. I can pretty much sum up this speaker like this.. “You can get the $10k Sound from this $800 combo, and you will have the ultimate desktop speaker..
All my HD FLAC files sent through the USB cable sound amazing.. Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” kicks you in the chest, Michael Jackson’s “Billy Jean” made my dishes danced, Jesse Cook’s “Cancion Triste” – sweet yet sad guitars/cello will draw tears from your heart.
The image is big and wide.. reminds me of my Martin Logan’s large image.. I am still amazed by how this little pair can accomplish this trick.
I have tried out many different genres of music, and spent over 3 hours listening to all the details, and articulate kicking thumping bass lines. The speaker came with a 4 inch passive radiator, and the Transparent Zero really shines. This passive radiator really adds weight and authority to all the percussive sound and I can tell you from my 15 years of playing drums, the bass and drum sound are pretty convincing.
This little speaker pair has many inputs connectors for your needs. It can take in Blu-tooth, RCA, mini headphone jacks, Fiber, USB, so if you are looking for a small but highly capable powered speaker that also comes with internal DACs.. and don’t want to spend a fortune.. then look no further.
You'll Never Want to Leave Your Desk!
These Transparent Zero’s are absolutely fantastic and I’m in love with them! I read several positive reviews & bit the bullet with the anticipation of experiencing audio nirvana. I went ahead and ordered a subwoofer to go along with them. I wasn’t as picky about the quality of sub that was necessary to match the Vanatoos, so I got the Polk Audio PSW10…choosing value over performance in that department.
The speaker box is packaged inside a shipping box, and when I opened the shipping box, I was shocked at how compact the actual speaker box was. I immediately pulled everything out and set the speakers up on my desk with a USB connection to my computer & tuned in to Sirius XM streaming content.
I felt like Ralphie in “A Christmas Story” getting a Red Ryder carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle! My dream was about to come true! I pressed play expecting immediate gratification. What I got was…meh. Yes, “meh.” I experienced every emotion from anger to disappointment to sadness & regret. What was wrong?! Then I remembered that I could manually adjust bass & treble…and I could also tweak my Windows 10 sound properties. After a few bumps to the bass & treble…Whoa! Excitement! Awe! Joy! Disbelief!
These speakers are…! I was speechless. I wanted to tell all of my friends and family. They HAVE to experience these things. The clarity, the imaging, the sound stage, the bass! The Bass? I never hooked up the subwoofer! I went through another round of emotions…why did I get this stupid subwoofer? I don’t even need it! Crap! I waited 3 days to hook it up while I considered sending it back. In a moment of weakness…I plugged it in to see what the full system would sound like. OMG! Nope, I’m not sending anything back…the experience got even BETTER! The Vanatoos sensed the subwoofer and a second or two later, they got LOUDER and the subwoofer took over the job of pushing out bass that, like voting for Pedro, made all of my wildest dreams come true.
Good luck prying me away from my desk now. I feel like I need to listen to every song I’ve ever listened to in my entire life allll over again. I’m hearing minor details that, for some reason, make all the difference between a good song and a great listening experience. Like what? Like hearing someone’s breath in a moment of silence in a track. Like distinctly hearing the “Tih, Tih, Tih, Tih” of the drumstick lightly tapping on a cymbal. Like hearing the 3-dimensional space of vocalists and instruments. You wanna hear something fun? Listen to “Time>Breathe Reprise>” by Greensky Bluegrass. (They’re on Spotify) You’re welcome!
I can’t say enough about these speakers. When you get them, tweak the levels to your preference then prepare to get pulled into the experience like a tractor beam from the Death Star…Death by Vanatoos? Yes, please!
Originally three years ago when searching for a good pair of headphones for CS:GO I bought a pair of Audio-Technica headphones. I didn’t realize it then, but this purchase turned me into an audiophile. Recently I changed offices and could fit a pair of speakers on my desk, which sent me to find the best value speakers available. Through a myriad reviews and trying out other reference speakers like the JBL LSR305’s, I came across the Vanatoo Transparent Zero’s. The sound on these blew me away and the connectivity is top notch. If you are looking for a pair of sleek, functional, multifarious, audiophile speakers – look no further. Save yourself the time and energy by making the right choice the first time with these speakers.
Best small bookshelves on the market?
I was looking for a pair of small active bookshelve speakers but didn’t want to compromise sound quality. After reviewing all of the options I decided to give the transparent zero’s a try and couldn’t be happier! They put out amazing sound for such a small footprint.
My only recommendation would be to pair these with a sub if you’re going to be using them to watch movies or listen to a lot of music with deep base. Don’t get me wrong the bass is awesome (very tight and clean for being so small), but I still think a dedicated sub helps balance the listening experience. Luckily the designers planned for this and there is a dedicated sub-woofer out with the ability to set the crossover on the speakers themselves depending on your listening position and preference.
Thanks Vanatoo for making such a great product!
Response from Vanatoo
Thank you Jonathan for taking time to give us your feedback. We are happy that you are enjoying your new T0s. We agree that if you want to use your T0s for watching movies and you want to experience that visceral bass line that is sometimes present in movies then the T0s are greatly enhanced by adding a subwoofer. As you pointed out, that’s why we added the subwoofer output. Enjoy your music (and movies).
Remarkable, even revelatory
Powered computer speakers are not supposed to sound like the Vanatoo T0 — not even close. Remarkably clear and clean, with layering and imaging (both lateral and depth) that is uncanny on the desktop. Vocals are spot on, very natural sounding with rock solid placement between the speakers. Musically satisfying in category bending ways. Bravo!
Response from Vanatoo
Thank you Paul for the kind comments. While the diminutive size of the T0s do present some limitations, we have made every effort to squeeze every drop of performance from this size speaker. We’re glad you are enjoying them.
Transparent Zero - Review
At the time of this review, it has been about a month since receiving these and to be honest it’s I have zero regrets. I could not be any happier with this purchase. The sound of these two speakers is outstanding the sound stage these two speakers create is fantastic. I’m surprised that I don’t miss my Sub from my original 2.1 setups do yourself a favor try them out. I have been listening to most of my music and gaming from a pair of Sennheiser HD 58x with DAC and AMP combo (Magni and MODI) had I have been really enjoying them but how I missed listening from a pair of speakers and what pair these Transparent Zero turned out to be.
Response from Vanatoo
Thank you Marco for your feedback. It’s important to us that our customers do not regret their purchase. When we design our products we make every effort to reproduce the sound stage as accurately as we know how.
Over the Rainbow
In that I live in Ireland I had to wait till the power supply would accomodate 240v. When they, I purchased on Amazon and I had a friend who was in NYC bring me a set in his luggage. This was a slight risk as to a possible return. But my faith in this product based on a phone call with the company made me fine with the potential risks. I have had my T0s for a year. They do it all and then some!
Response from Vanatoo
Thank you Peter for the kind words. We do hope some day to be able to make it easier for our friends outside the US to purchase Vanatoo products.
I’ve had several pairs of desktop speakers over the years and was never truly happy with the sound. So, about a month ago, I started my search for a new set and came across the T0’s. After watching a few reviews on youtube specifically reviews from (Z Reviews & Joe N Tell) I had to pulled the trigger and purchase them. Let me tell you, once they arrived I was blown away by these little guys. I don’t know what kind of Voodoo Vanatoo used on these things but they created desktop gold! The low end these produce is simply mind blowing!! Anyone who picks up the T0’s will be a happy camper…period! I will most likely be buying the T1 Encores for my small to mid-sized living room at some point after having bought the T0’s. I couldn’t be happier with my decision and thank Vanatoo for creating the BEST desktop speaker I’ve ever heard.
Response from Vanatoo
Thank you Brian for your endorsement. I really like the phrase “desktop gold”. Heck, I guess I like anything that is gold.
I have all three Vanatoo speaker systems and can’t wait for the next pair.
These T1E speakers are phenomenal and while they were playing at full volume in the living room, I went into the bathroom and experienced the same visceral sensation I would get if I were in a bar bathroom while live music was being played 50 feet away. Listening to them is just short of a religious experience for me and although I didn’t see God, I think I heard applause from heaven when I was blasting the Old School tune “ Spirit in the Sky”. Once again Vanatoo has surprised me by improving upon a nearly perfect product and I can’t wait for my fourth set of speakers so hurry up guys. By the way, in my experience as a repeat customer, dealing with the guys at Vanatoo is always a pleasure, whether I needed technical advice or help when UPS lost my shipment, they did whatever it took to help me out and that is priceless.
Response from Vanatoo
Thank you for being a repeat customer, Brian. We’re glad you are enjoying your new T1Es. “Spirit in the Sky” happens to be my wife’s favorite tune so as you can imaging I’m pretty fond if it as well. Here’s hoping you enjoy your music on your Vanatoo speaker systems for a long time to come. And keep watch for new product announcements. We are always working on something new.
Vanatoo Transparent Zero are mind blowing
I was looking for a good set of speakers for my office. I don’t have a large desk so I needed something to fit into the available space but I also didn’t want to sacrifice sound quality. I checked several reviews of various products and then I found these babies. The bass that these put out for something so small just blows my mind and it is vibrating my desk as I type this review. I wasn’t hugely price conscious in making my decision for what to buy and I would have been willing to pay more for these speakers based on how they sound. I have Audeze LCD-X headphones and when I feel like taking them off to listen to these speakers I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing anything which is an amazing accomplishment.
To Vanatoo, thank you for these speakers and please consider making a surround sound set of speakers as I would love to replace my living room setup with your products.
Response from Vanatoo
Thank you for your comments, Curt. I agree with you that it’s nice to not have to give up sound quality when you want to eliminate the headphones. You might want to take a look at the Transparent One Encore for your living room needs
Completely blown away
I am beyond impressed with these little speakers. I have them on my desk with a powered Velodyne Sub and the sound quality is amazing.
On setting up the pair, I had some issues. I was shocked that I received a personal reply quickly. Gary covered a fair number of things I could check and was very interested in seeing that I had the best experience.
It took some digging but I located my problem within my computer. Once adjusted the T Zeros simply worked.
I use them as computer speakers, music listening and for my flat screen TV. All connections were straight forward and easy to set up.
My main system is a B&K amp paired to a set of Vandersteen 1c’s. The clarity of the T Zero’s equals my main set up and they are clearly on par with the Vandersteen’s.
I can not recommend these more.
Superb sound!! How can they be so small??
I replaced some large studio monitors with my Vanatoo Transparent Zero speakers and they sound fantastic!! The frequency range and imaging are very impressive, and the versatility in setup and adjustments are one of the main factors that led me to go with this brand/model. My one complaint is the slight clunkiness of the adjustment procedure for the (many) features. It would be nice if the tweaking process was more intuitive, but it certainly gets the job done. I’d also love it if Vanatoo incorporated a way to get some kind of feed back on the current settings of the speaker (sleep mode, DSP, bass, treble, etc.)
Other than those slight critiques of the setting up process, I cannot be happier with these speakers.
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.
Compact Desktop Killers
My Audioengine A2’s have been the longest surviving piece of kit on my desk at 12 years. For 12 years, nothing could displace their sound quality…for the size. However, the Vanatoo T0’s finally took the A2’s out. The T0’s bests the A2’s in soundstage, vocal clarity and clean bass by a healthy margin. Now, no speaker this size is going to kill larger hi-fi, but the engineering needed to work within the size constraints is thoroughly impressive and the T0’s set the new standard as to what is possible in a super small cabinet. Bravo!
Response from Vanatoo
Thank you for the review, Derrick! We’re glad you’re loving your Transparent Zero speakers and hope you continue to enjoy them for many, many years. Cheers!
Transparent Zero: best-in-class compact speaker
Auditioned A2+ and other best seller competitor in class. Zero won out.
Best-in-class compact speaker for price and versatility.
Holding out purchasing in hope another iteration is coming in near future.
Zero sounded best mounted on suitable speaker stands w/appropriate spacing.
Like the settings choices.
Want: option to bypass Zero internal DAC. Have Chord Hugo 2 for use with audiophile headphones. Like to use the Hugo 2 through Zero.
Want: Finish besides black. White would be really cool and take even more sales away from Audioengine.
Be nice to have for occasional use: Bluetooth protocol that matches up with better external DACs.
Bottonline: Well though-out compact speakers.
Response from Vanatoo
Thank you for your thoughtful review and suggestions, Brian!
A new level of music enjoyment
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.
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!
The sound just blew me away!
I was in the market for speakers for my MacBook pro that I have hooked up with a 4k monitor. I wanted some real quality speakers that I could play music, watch my movies and also have the ability to play music from my phone or iPad. My research led me to Vanatoo T1 but they were out of stock. And so I called the number on the website. I talked to Gary like he was an old friend for about 20-30 minutes and based on my needs he recommended that I get a pair of T0s with a subwoofer. Now mind you, I was willing to wait and pay extra money for the T1s when they came back in stock. He suggested that for my needs the set up he recommended was more than enough.
I got my speakers today and I plugged them with a polk audio subwoofer. I played Thunderstruck by AC/DC and my teenage son came running down to my office surprised at the quality of the sound. Needless to say we were both blown away by the sound quality. The Bass is awesome, the clarity is fantastic and the balance is just perfect. Gary was right on money about these T0s being more than adequate for my needs.
I am so glad I bought these speakers. Outstanding customer service! Outstanding speakers! these guys know what they are doing and they are not out there to just make a sale. I recommend them highly for anyone in speaker market. You will not regret.
Response from Vanatoo
Thanks for all the kind words. We are happy that the T0s worked out for you like we thought they would. Enjoy your music!
True audiophile sound! Same great sound as Transparent One, with Bluetooth, smaller, and LESS expensive! SIZE DOES NOT MATTER!
What’s NOT to love, I broke down and bought the Zero even though I own the Transparent ONE system. More than impressed, fabulous sound, incredible frequency response. I am comparing them to Martin Logan Sequel 2s my standard stereo speakers for listening to music. Unfair? Yes, but the only thing missing is the sound of DEEP bass for movie soundtracks, it’s there just not as deep and room shaking. The Vanatoo company is friendly and responsive, do yourself a favor BUY the Zero! If your poor get B stock and save some cash.
Response from Vanatoo
Thank you so much for taking the time to review your Transparent Zero speakers. We’re glad you are enjoying them so much!
All I was shopping for was a decent pair of speakers for my computer. I really didn’t know what to buy, so I started doing research. A LOT of research. In the end, I ended up purchasing the Vanatoo Transparent Zeros. Seriously sweet sound! Now, I am no audiophile. So, I am unqualified to speak to specifics. But classical music is a large part of my life, and the Vanatoos reproduce it faithfully. Full and rich. I couldn’t be happier.
– Michael M.
Transparent Zero – Astounding Speakers
I first saw these speakers in action at the RMAF in 2017. In a show full of multi-figure-dollared hi-fi systems, these caught my attention so much so that I returned home and ordered a pair the next day.They have punch and clarity and resolution that rival equipment far more expensive. I am looking forward to integrating a sub, which these are set up to easily accomplish, but certainly don’t feel like anything is missing by using them solo. I spend a lot of time working at my computer, and it’s great to have some real, and real affordable, audio coming at me while doing so. And yes, I am listening to them at this very moment.
I heard a demo of the Transparent Zero at the RMAF in October 2017. They sounded very clear and packed quite a punch for such small enclosures. I bought a pair for our rental home so our guests will be able to enjoy great music just by connecting their mobile phones or tablets. We’ve never had any decent sound there before but now, thanks to Vanatoo, it sounds absolutely fantastic!
– Don V.
Vanatoo Transparent Zeros — Terrific
A lot of people out in consumer land never get to hear a “stereo” as good as the T0s. Their musical presentation is very clear and pleasing, and terrific for the cost. Their soundstaging and imaging abilities are outstanding. They are darn powerful for their size. Great in any small or medium room to stream any music source. But be aware—if you feed them a compressed stream like Spotify or iTunes, you won’t hear them at their best. Feed them CD-quality like Tidal or plug in a DVD player with a digital cord and they will really sing. Or plug in that old turntable if it has a phono preamp. Buy some for the shop, computer desk, or kitchen. Buy some for kids in college or a hapless relative. They are better than you expect or hope!
– David S.
Very happy with my purchase. I got them for my desk after hesitating with other bigger alternatives. The all-in-one setup, as well as the size of the T0 saves tons of space but the sound is still superb and amaze people every time as they didn’t expect this quality and amount of sound out of them (just play “Money for nothing” on these…:-). For those who wonder, like I did, they got recognized right away and properly when connected to my PC running Linux Mint 18.3. Very happy with my purchase and definitely recommend them. Thanks.
Fantastic for all the jobs they were meant for
I have had my Vanatoo Transparent Zero speakers for a few months now and, I think, I have spent enough time getting to know them to give a decent review. A quick summary: 5/5 stars because they are great at what I use them for, namely near-field listening connected to a laptop. What are they good at? – As a 2.0 or 2.1 near-field system they are fantastic. I find putting my head nearly in-between them (as you might do while using them on either side of a computer monitor) produces some of the most “holographic” stereo sound I’ve ever heard. That is the sound-stage, when near-field, is unbelievably deep and realistic. I find I can easily place the locations of instruments and singers on acoustic recordings and have great fun hearing where sounds were placed on more engineered electronic songs. This only gets better when you add a sub. Don’t get me wrong, the T0’s do sound great without a separate sub, but the bass, while accurate, still lacks weight. With a sub every recording sounds better and acoustic recordings get those deep room reverberations that make you feel like you are in the space they were recorded. – As a 1.0 (single speaker) take-along system the T0 is also amazing. This is a way of using the T0’s that I didn’t think I would care about. Who, I wondered, would want a 1.0 speaker with bluetooth? Well when you’re painting a bedroom or doing construction on a bathroom (as I’ve found myself doing since purchasing these) it’s nice to take one speaker to the room and connect wirelessly to your phone. I tried taking the pair up to one bedroom, but it was cumbersome by comparison and, while working, I didn’t really appreciate the audio any more in stereo than I did with the solid sounding mono from the 1.0 configuration. – As someone with sensitive ears, especially in the high-range of sound, I find the smooth and clear tweeters on the T0’s to be ideal. They reach way up there, but are never shrill while doing it. – As a small speaker I didn’t think the bass would be as present as it is, but I can easily say the bass sounds correct. That is never over-bearing, muffled, or lacking in tone. It is clear, controlled, and smooth. It’s just a little lacking weight (as I mentioned before), making bass-heavy tracks feel less solid. Easily solved using the built-in sub-out. – For vocals, male and female, these speakers truly shine. I’ve found myself tearing-up at emotional vocals. Something I only seem to really have when I’m hearing them on clean speakers or headphones. – For piano (acoustic or electronic) the mid-bass really shines and accurately reproduces the resonating tones of a good piano. What are they bad at? – Ok this isn’t fair because they aren’t really “bad” at anything. Take these points with a grain of salt. – In contrast to the near-field experience with the huge and clearly defined space, if you sit just a couple feet back the experience becomes pointedly less holographic. Now that’s not horrible, and they still sound very “stereo” just not “whoa is this surround sound?” levels like they are in near-field. I think part of that is because the sound from the sealed radiators blends-in to the foreground once you are not in a position to hear a little bit of the division between the sound coming from the speakers and that being echoed to the rear by the radiators. I found this to be the case when I flipped them over (just trying things out) and noticed the sound immediately lost depth (at least on my desk) with the radiators pointed downwards. – They are very loud, and do not distort, but their small size can’t be overcome completely by the tech packed into them. Being small is something I don’t really notice near-field, but if i crank them to listen to in a larger room or just in my house in general (it’s a very open concept 2200 ft 2-story with 20 ft ceilings) the lack of weight behind the bass becomes very noticeable. Another point towards adding a sub-woofer to the mix. Main uses: – I use them as (the best ever) computer speakers, in a room where I do a lot of work and have a lot of listening time. They don’t fatigue me at all, even after hours of listening. – A great alternative to a sound-bar. They provide much better sound than any sound-bar I’ve heard and with blue-tooth connectivity can do double-duty working with your phone or other device. – Nice as a once-in-a-while take it with you 1.0 system. I don’t believe they are durable enough to frequently throw in a trunk and head to the beach, but for those times when you’re working in the garage or painting a bedroom they come in quite handy and still sound fantastic. Sounds best: – In normal configuration (radiator up, flat on the desk) a few inches to a foot away from the wall on a not-too-solid desk (or on the floor oddly) with a sub-woofer blended-in and pointed towards you and the T0’s with zero toe-in. Head nearly between them. Sounds worst: – Right on top of the wall, on a solid bit of furniture, on the other side of the room, with no sub. They almost sound flat in this configuration, which I believe is where some of the bad reviews have come from. I mean if you take your solid bookshelf speaker system that sounds great when you have it across the room on a serious bit of furniture with it toed-in to make a “sweet-spot” and replace it with the T0’s you’re not going to get the best sound. If, instead, you just slap them next to a laptop on a desk or table with you end up with the amazing sound so many people have reported enjoying. I hope this review helps others find these fantastic speakers!
– Gary V.
Vanatoo, the sound solution to high fidelity on the go
After attending Axpona 2017 and listening to the folks at Vanatoo and their then newly announced Transparent Zero’s, I knew I had found the answer to my biggest challenge, how to achieve quality stereo audio in a reasonable to go package. I ordered a set of their Transparent Zero’s on line, and a few days later I was auditioning my new speakers. These speakers are as quality of a product as I have every purchased, the audio quality is fantastic, I heard nuances coming from these speakers (in stereo mind you) that I had not heard from my other (mono) travel speakers. Sure, these speakers take a little more to get up and running due to the stereo effect, but that is a minor inconvenience for the increased quality in sonic sound. To make my travel speakers even better, I converted an old RCA VHS camcorder travel case into my “briefcase full of blues” travel case for my Zero’s and now going on the road with high fidelity is no problem. Pro’s: Excellent stereo sound, great imaging, at a very reasonable price. Con’s: You do need power and you need to connect the speakers with cable, however, as stated above, I’m willing to put up with these minor issues for better sound quality while on the road.
– Bob B.
This last summer I built my own desktop. One of my close friends told me about the Vanatoo t0 and more recently I had the money to invest in these speakers and I am not disappointed. Since I first started listening to them I knew I made the right choice, the sound quality is excellent.
– Dakota T.
Happy distant customer of Zero’s
Hi Gary and Rick, it’s a pleasure to review as well as to be owner of these special speakers! Immediately after reading a review in noaudiophile,com i decided to get a pair. With the help of a delivery company to Bulgaria i placed a preorder and in the beginning of May i received the compact and well organised package. From then on i am enjoying almost continuously the sound an the look of the Zero’s. I am listening mostly classical, instrumental and jazz. Tried the speakers on a desk as well as on stands. My preference is for stand mounting, limiters off, flat response, not toed. As source – mostly USB from a Raspberry/Volumio or Optical from Raspberry/Hi-Fi Berry Digi and Synology NAS/Minimserver. Nice sound – balanced and with authority. Small disadvantages are they run hot (the acive of course) and slight lack of shine in the highs, only compared to much more expensive gear. Thank’s for a great product and looking for news from your side – Ivan, Sofia, Bulgaria
– Ivan T.
Transparent Zero,Beyond phenomenal.
First off, Customer Service of this company is 11 out of 10. Shipping was very fast, & the packaging made sure my speaker’s made the journey safely ! Very easy to set-up,quality construction. As for performance these things are BEYOND PHENOMENAL ! Had them for about a month & have thoroughly enjoyed the VANATOO experiance. I have been around quality speaker’s most of my life,grew up listening to my dad’s MARANTZ/TEAC setup. Although I do not consider myself an audiophile,just someone who enjoys quality sound reproduction. I hope other’s enjoy these amazing speaker’s as much as I do.
– Toby A.
A very successful project by vanatoo
Let me first say, these transparent zero’s are so good, I sold my emotive studio monitors! I am giving these speakers every fair chance possible by using them in a small room with proper sound treatment, positioning, and mounting, just like studio monitors. I don’t monitor audio or do any work with audio, I just enjoy great sound. I know why I love these speakers so much. The large tweeters with the low crossover point provides resolution and imaging to the sound. Pair that with small woofers that can produce over 7kHz but cross them over way too low also adds to the incredible midrange and vocal resolution and instrument separation. These are not particularly expensive or special speakers, but what has been done here is truly impressive. Vanatoo brought together the perfect recipie to provide high resolution flat sound using decent quality capable components. These speakers show a true effort and attention to detail to bring affordable and functional high end audio to the mass market. There isn’t much competition in the market to compare these speakers against, and making DIY speakers to rival these would be nearly impossible, especially at the price. These speakers are a work of art combining economics, logistics, technology, design, and attention to detail where it matters.
Vanatoo transparent zero! Great speakers!
I swapped out my very large 8″ monitors for these to save desk space. At first I was nervous I would lose the clarity but I was wrong. These sound amazing and im glad I gave them a try. You wont be disappointed.
Vanatoo Transparent Zero Best $350.00 Audio Buy
I have the Vanatoo Transparent Zero in a nearfield computer desktop setup in my bedroom since i purchased a pair back in September .. Prioor to the Vanatooss the speakers i’ve used in my computer setup have been first the Acoustic Energy Aego 2 sub/sat system, i had for 8 years, this was followed for the last several years with the Audio Engine A2 amplifed loudspeaker. . Both these speakers I felt were a cut above most speaker systems for nearfield use. That was until I came across the “Vanatoo Transparent Zero” amplified loudspeakers. The Vanatoo’s are similar in size to audio engine brand stepup model HD3, but design wise, that’s about all that’s similar. Compared to the competition at this price point $350.00/pair, the Vanatoos utilizes design and components, found usually on much higher priced speakers. It uses a 1 inch soft dome tweeter, 4 inch aluminum midrange/bass driver, coupled with a passive radiator, in an acoustic suspension sealed enclosure for more accurate bass response.The speaker is bi amplified with 48 watts into 4 channels to power each tweeter and woofer individually. Even the cable to connect the slave speaker, is unique , instead of speaker wire, it utilizes a special 10 pin cable. Sound quality is very subjective, , but there is just something “special and magical” when listening to my music with these Vanatoos. They have laser like pinpoint imaging, so good, that on certain recordings one is able to hear the illusionary effect of a 3 dimensional soundstage. Due to the robust biamplified design, coupled with the sealed acoustic suspension design of the cabinets, these speakers really are able to produce a more full bodied, musical presentation, compared to speakers i’ve heard in this price range. , Bass notes for such a small speaker, is very tight, and not boomy, Treble, is very clear, midrange voices and instruments are spot on. In fact writing this review, this instant Bobby Darin and his orchestra is literally in front of me . sounding so real and alive, with the orchestra to the back and sides, and Mr. Darin, dead center, and slightly forward , in marvelous voice.. Anyway, I’ve rambled on for too long a time as it is. I have “no” affliliation with “Vanatoo”, I’m just a customer who bought the speakers. I’ve spoken to Rick and Gary, two of the owners in Washington numerous times, prior to deciding to puchase the speakers. They;re both great to deal with, and are very knowledgeable about their product. For $350/pair i consider iit the best audio buy ii’ve ever made in terms of price and performance for my money. Great job Vanatoo!!.
– Bill Q.
Impressive desktop speakers
Transparent Zero’s were easy to set up, right out of the box. I am using the analog input and the USB input with great results. The equalization to my subwoofer is spectacular, better than I could set manually. These are very capable, easy speakers to use with tons of functionality for the money. The sound quality is as good as you can get from this size speaker–will not disappoint.
– Mark S.
Vanatoo transparent zero speakers
I replaced my older Kilipsch pro media speakers with the tansparent Zero speakers that i use for my desk top computer. I also added a powered subwoofer to enhance the bass. Well it plays so clear and no distortion when I am playing music. I am very pleased with my Transparent Zero speakers and tell evey one about them. I look foward to your next product release.
– John B.
Crystal Clear Flat Sound
Gary & Rick at Vanatoo have done a fantastic job of packing a big punch into their small (but not too small) Transparent Zero speakers. The crystal clear flat sound is perfect for doing audio clean-up work and mixing for video. They were an excellent choice for my company, and I’m happy to recommend them here.
– Black S.
Good fit for my needs and expectations
I’ve long wanted to have better (more accurate and less muddy) sound in my living room without having to have a huge complicated stack of a equipment. After a lot of internal debate I decided to give the Transparent Zero a shot and I’ve been happy with it and have no regrets (especially for the size there aren’t many competitors). It’s great (and louder than I need) for music, and also seamlessly lets me switch between digital audio inputs and bluetooth, which is all I really needed or wanted. The only thing that’s been a problem for my setup is 5.1 and 7.1 input from movies, which comes through significantly too quiet, especially on digital in, which suggests (to me) something somewhere isn’t doing an ideal job of downmixing, though not sure which piece in the chain to blame. And even then you can up the volume enough for watching the movie to be pleasant, it’s just pretty problematic to switch from “movie volume” to music if you don’t remember to turn down the volume. I also have to say that the amount of bass and deep sounding audio that these speakers put out is really impressive (in my opinion anyway) for the size. I’m sure huge bass fanatics will still want a subwoofer, but more acoustic/soft listeners (like me) will probably never feel as though one is even needed. In terms of things that maybe could be better, the UI for making any kind of adjustment is rather esoteric, but you’re probably never going to use it more than once or twice, so that’s a pretty minor thing overall.
Transparent Zero / Capital Audio Fest
Hi. Your setup at this year’s CAF in Rockville, MD was impressive enough that I ordered the Zero’s as soon as I got home. Amazing sound for the size, fair price. Flexible for use with computer, receiver, iPhone, etc. That’s how I am using – flexibly. I love walking them from place to place in the house.
– Walt R.
I’m just starting to research great two channel sound. I’m sitting at my desk now with the Transparent Zero’s and they sound better than they have any right to at this price.I have speakers that cost a lot more, but I don’t ever feel bad sitting at my desk listening to these. When you put these things on a stand, they sound even better. They hold their own well and you will not likely regret your purchase unless you are just looking for a larger speaker.
Awesome little speakers
I have a pair of Vanatoo Transparent Zero, and all I can say id, they’re better than they have any right to. They are very neutral, no glaring peaks or boosting in any of the frequencies. Bass is accurate & tight, with decent extension for the size. The mids are clear and easily understood without getting sibilant, and the highs are well represented if not the most airy and detailed. Certainly no slouch and I have nothing to complain about for the price. Highly recommended!
– Anthony K.
I own a lot of high end equipment including a Linn Turntable and Exposure Amp. I use the Vanatoo Zero speaker to run audio for my TV this is the best value I have found for the dollar in any single piece of audio equipment. The base is solid down to the mid 50’s in a room that is 12 x 15. In addition I use them for Spofify streaming. I have taken them on the road several times for traveling and used them in hotels since they are portable. For the price point they are a great buy
– Neal S.
Heard these speakers at Axpona last year and was really impressed. Bought a pair and use them in my kitchen connected to airport express. Didn’t have a lot of space and these provide great sound. Can’t wait to hear the next new product. Ron Cary, IL
A satisfied customer (V zero)
Everything rosy for me. The zeroes are part of high quality pc audio system comprising of a PC and dac from Chinese smsl (for bitperfection of my high res and dsd files). The zeroes replaced the american audience one speakers and I havent missed them a bit. I had to import them from USA to Europe so the price doubled so I d wish you set up a european distribution network. But I understand you are a small company, so everything is forgiven. Thank you.
– Andrei L.
Makes a (lot) of difference
Ok, so you can call me a moderate audiofile: I do have some mid-level equipment, $300 headphones, $200 headphone amplifiers… but not higher. I am not reading obsessively audio equipment reviews – but I can read them if I am in a market for something. And as many other people, most of my music listening happens at the computer while working – and, as you can guess, this is not set up as an audio listener’s haven, with wall treatment, etc. It is just a computer desk, with a 27 inch monitor, and a glass top. So if you happen to be a an audiofile, you will need to read different reviews of the Transparent Zeros, but maybe there are people who are in a similar situations than me. I bought these speakers to replace the Klipsch Promedia 2.1 (where after 10 years of service, the subwoofer fried out). I cross-shopped them with the JLB LSR305, as well as with other computer speaker setups. So, let us see the experiences, in question / answer form: 1. Installation, looks, convenience?: For my setup, installation consisted on opening the box, putting the speakers on the provided pads on the two sides of the monitor, and plugging the USB cable in the computer. The pads make a difference in eliminating the resonance compared to putting the speakers on the glass. More sophisticated stands might make a further difference, but not at the moderate listening levels implied by working at the computer, with the speakers on the two sides of the monitor. The speakers are small, do not appear ostentatious, do not get on the way of the desk space. 2. Sound?: The word “Transparent” reflects the sound of the speakers quite well. I would also call it “effortless”. They give an immediacy of the listening experience, which is quite obvious when coming from the Klipsch, and is more comparable with listening to the earphones. One can clearly hear the stereo separation. I did not found sound adjustment necessary: one can trust the speakers to convey the wishes of the sound engineer who mixed the music. 3. Bass?: One figures that the two small speakers on top of the table would not shake the floor with bass, and that’s true. However, from a practical point of view, I hear more “usable” bass from these speakers in front of me at moderate sound levels, than from the subwoofer that used to sit under the table. You can connect a subwoofer, but I won’t. 4. Are the differences noticeable? Yes. The improvement from my previous setup is immediate, noticeable by me, family, and casual visitors. They remark on the quality of the sound, at very moderate sound levels, without seeing the speakers etc. 5. Are they worth the money? If you are listening to music at the computer, I would say, absolutely. They stay out of the way, they provide an ongoing pleasure (hopefully for many years). Again, it is possible that other speakers in similar price ranges provide similarly good sound, but one might want to consider that they can be quite bigger, and more hassle to set up as computer speakers. Caveats: -I did not configure them for different inputs. -The room is 230 sq ft. For very large rooms, and different listening setups, a larger speaker might win out. -The sound is “transparent” – if I understand correctly what the designers wanted is to convey the intent of the original sound engineer. If you prefer your sound “colored”, these might not be the speakers for you. -There might be the better choices for gaming, movies with lot of explosions etc., at least without an external woofer.
– Lotzi B.
Great sound in a compact design. Perfect from Chomecast Audio
The Transparent Zeros are the perfect Chromecast speakers. Full sound in a sleek compact design. Crystal clear sound reproduction. I purchased mine as soon as they became available so I have had them for 8 months or so. Great speakers.
– Chris H.
Vanatoo Transparent redefine what small affordable loudspeakers can do!
I have two Vanatoo Transparent Zero speakers, one set in my bedroom and another set in an upstairs bedroom used as an office/TV room. Both are wall mounted using an inexpensive kit from Amazon. In the bedroom I listen to mostly evening local jazz programming, the upstairs is for the TV and Sirrius satellite stations. I love having the internal amp, which made set-up and connections easy as well as having built in conversion for digital and analog signals. These speakers produce accurate base and do not have the usual upper base emphasis that most small speakers have – amazing bass for their size! The rest of the range is smooth with no noticeable irregularities or harshness. These are non-fatiguing speakers that can be listened to for hours and disappear from their locations. Sound is very real. These will not replace my large speakers in the living room, but cost only 1/10 as much! Great bargain and may be all many people need. Do use better cables for your sound source. The sound will improve dramatically by using good analog and digital interconnect cables. The supplied cables are just to get started until the speakers are fully broken in, which will take a couple weeks or more.
– Michael G.
Loving my Vanatoo Transparent Zero Desktop Speakers
I was really impressed when I went into Vanatoo’s exhibit room at Capital Audiofest. They were showing both their Transparent One and Transparent Zero speakers. I’d heard the Transparent Ones before, but it was my first time listening to the Transparent Zeros. After speaking with their salesperson, I decided that I’d order a pair. I’ve had them in my office for the past few months now. I absolutely love them. The amount of bass I get out of these little speakers is amazing. The mids and highs are crisp and clear, too. What I like most, though, is their shape. Because they “lean back,” my ears are right in the sweet spot. I get perfect stereo imaging without any veiling. They’re ideal. As for the downside, I wish the volume knob was on the front panel. But that is seriously nit-picky.
– Mark G.
T0 beautiful sound quality in an inexpensive and tiny package.
I am using them for my dance studio and listening room. Paired with and older Infinity 12 inch x 300 Watt sub. I host dance parties and I relax and enjoy the sound in this space. Considerably more volume then I would need with 20-30 people in the mid sized room. At the same time clear and detailed sound especially when positioned in the ideal listening position. Using the sub with the 80 Hz cross over point. Typically I don’t use the on board DAC unless I am using Bluetooth and it does sound fine my stand alone just sounds like it has slightly more detailed then the on board over USB or bluetooth. While the interface is a little bit confusing the sound quality and compactness makes up for it. If I ever move them to a small space or on a desk that will more then make up for hassle of the complex configuration process. I recommend watching the Z Reviews. He has since touched on other options in the space but note then are all slightly more expensive and typically not the sweet spot for features. Don’t have the spl out. Don’t have the Bluetooth or USB DAC. So while you might get competitive sound for slightly more you typically loose the complete package. Which for this design is really the win. Would love to hear the T1’s but don’t think I would want the higher sub cut off. Maybe I wouldn’t need the sub at that point realistically. In truth these sound great with out it. They just fill out the room with more umph with it. Quality construction. Slightly odd cable to wire the speakers together. Note you can purchase these online if you search for it. I found a RJ50 coupler and a larger extension. My speakers are mounted at head height and about 10 feet apart for listening facing down. Then about 15 feet apart and more flat for dance events. Never had them over heat even running for 5 hour events at reasonable volume.
– Chris S.
Yes, spending over $300 on a pair of speakers is insane. My wife reminds me of this at least once a week. Yes, I should probably regret spending this much money on a pair of speakers. However, I could not be happier with the Vanatoo T0. There is no way to describe how they sound other than just perfect. There is nothing about them that I have an issue with. They are small enough to fit anywhere. They kick out more bass than you would ever need. They get louder than you would ever want. All the while, sounding fantastic and keeping amazing clarity and detail. If you want to hear every single detail loud enough to go deaf, these are the speakers for you. If you want solid speakers for anything whatsoever, these are the speakers for you. The fact that these are so reasonable and have such a small form factor is mind boggling. It is truly magic and I am enjoying these more and more every single day. Well done Vanatoo, you have created a masterpiece.
– Michael G.
My T0’s are the best!
I’m really enjoying them in my office. I’ve had other computer speakers, but haven’t really liked them. I love the T0’s.
– Gavin F.