AudioVector
AudioVector
AudioVector

AudioVector

Audiovector was founded in Denmark in 1979 by chief engineer Ole Klifoth. To this day, the company’s headquarters and production facilities are located in Copenhagen. Today on the market you can find hundreds of brands of speaker systems, each of which claims its exclusivity. Audiovector is a truly exclusive brand that offers its customers not only uncompromising sound (Ole’s motto is “All about music” – everything for the sake of music), but also unique opportunities to improve this sound without the need to purchase new speakers through upgrade technology.

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The history of Audiovector began a long time ago, in the 60s of the last century, when the company’s founder, Ole Klifot, was 12 years old. His uncle, who served as a sailor on a transatlantic liner, brought a vinyl record of Charlie Parker for Christmas. The boy really liked this jazz performer; in addition, his mother hated this record, which only added to its value. It was with her that Ole’s passion for music began, although at that time he had to listen to it on a radio, where all the devices (player, radio, amplifier and speaker system) were combined in one case. A couple of years later, Ole personally disassembled a pair of radiograms that he found at his father’s work. Using their speakers and self-made cabinets, Ole Kleefot created his first speakers. He became interested in this topic, and he began to read magazines such as “Do It Yourself” and implement speaker system projects that were published there. Ole entered the institute already having a full-fledged Hi-Fi system, which was very valuable at that time. It included a Class A tube amplifier, as well as horn speaker systems of its own design. Interestingly, the young man studied not to become an engineer, but to become a teacher. These were the 70s, when there was a real boom in Denmark – everyone wanted to risk something, do something, somehow realize themselves. Kliphot studied at the institute and at the same time worked part-time in a small shop selling Hi-Fi. Its owner, noticing the young guy’s passion for music and creating his own speakers, suggested making “hippie-style” speakers – without any restrictions, especially for sale in this store.

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Audiovector Ki-1 Signature 

Ole forgot about his studies, completely carried away by this project, because, in his opinion, the speakers on the market from venerable hi-fi manufacturers could do one thing well – sound the mid-frequency range, have clear highs, or deep bass. But no single model had all the qualities combined. This became Ole’s main task – he decided to make speakers with good sound throughout the entire frequency range. The result was seven-way speaker systems that sounded so good that the store’s customers bought them to pair with amplifiers from Krell, Mark Levinson, Audio Research, etc. And all because they sounded musical. Everything was done almost on a whim; the only measuring equipment Ole had was a Sennheiser microphone, an SPL meter and a pink noise record. The cases were made to order according to Ole’s drawings. As part of this project, 3 models were made, and in 1977 Ole was invited to a large center where 30 people were working on their own tasks. Among them were engineers, designers, etc., each of them worked on their own project, but they could help each other and share knowledge, which greatly helped Ole in the future. A couple of years later, Kliphot completed his studies, but by that time he was already so carried away by creating acoustic systems that he was not at all interested in working as a teacher, he decided to open his own business, which he did in 1979. His first commercial model was the speaker, created on the basis of the first one that Ole made for the store where he worked part-time while studying at the institute. It was a smaller model (only 3 bands, instead of 7), but it became very popular and literally 2 years later Qliphot speakers were sold in several stores, and sellers competed in selling these speakers – those who sold the least had to pay for beer at regular parties.

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Audiovector QR-3

Thus was born the company that today is called Audiovector. In 1979, Ole Kleefot named his company F3 (this name still appears in legal documents) because the premises where it was located were on the 3rd floor in block F. A few years later, Ole realized that the name was not very sound and changed it to the Audiovector brand, putting in the name not only beautiful sound, but also his desire to be on the crest of technology – vector in audio technology. Throughout all these years until today, Ole Kleefot has been the sole owner of the company. A few years ago, Ole invited a partner to Audiovector in the hope that he could bring something new to the company. The experiment, however, failed and Ole bought the shares back. Today, at 65, Ole is as energetic as ever, passionate about music and designing speakers that are unlike anything else. He loves his work, developments and does not plan to change anything in his successful company. His main task in the company is the creation of new models, the development of speakers and the search for raw materials/components. And of course, the concept of development so that the corresponding vector always points to a bright future.

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Audiovector R-11

All Audiovector speakers are hand-assembled in Denmark at the Audiovector factory. A specific person is responsible for each pair, who, upon completion of the assembly and quality control procedure, signs for them. It is worth noting that some time ago M.Video supplied Ki models made in Indonesia and China. Audiovector speaker range The most budget line is Ki, which consists of Ki 3 floorstanding speakers, Ki 1 bookshelf speakers, Ki C center channel and Ki Sub subwoofer. Another budget line, which so far consists of only one model – the X3, is a floor standing unit available in Signature and Super versions. The next level up is Si, a larger and more advanced implementation of the Ki line, repeating its range of models. From the Ki/Si models you can create a complete home theater system consisting of speakers from one line, all of them can be obtained in different versions (depending on the specific model). Above are the High End-level models, designed for high-end stereo systems. These are the SR 6 model (available in three versions, starting from Signature) and the top-end R11 Arrete (one version only).

 

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Audiovector SR-3 Avantgarde Arrete 

The model range also includes wall-mounted/built-in speaker systems. For simpler systems – the budget model KXX, available in only one version. For the more advanced – In/On-Wall, which are already available in three different versions. Audiovector also produces OEM models of built-in speaker systems for well-known companies in the industry. The company’s latest development is the Discreet active speaker systems, which were first shown to the public at the Munich exhibition in 2013 (they were in development for three whole years). Moreover, following tradition, any models of the current model range (currently the Ki/Si lines) can be upgraded and turned into active ones by replacing components and adding a digital hub to the system, which is a switch and also a Bluetooth receiver. A unique feature of these models is that power is supplied only to the hub; it is supplied to the speakers via the same wires as the digital audio signal, which is very convenient.