Vanatoo Transparent One Encore Review

This is a super cool, must have product from Vanatoo. We got one of their first speakers, the Transparent Ones back in 2013. We’ve had them for seven years, and for seven years they’ve been powered on and in fact there’s a power supply in the back of them where you can power something else that’s been plugged in for 7 years. I’ve often wondered if they’d ever burn out because I keep them on all the time. I just never shut them off. All these years the sound quality has been the best in class, the build quality is exceptional. They’ve been dropped a couple times and and had their bangs and dings. And they’ve survived and they’ve done really well. In fact, they still look almost as new as the day I got them. So I’ve been really impressed with this company’s quality of build and sound that they put into their products and the way they engineer them. In fact, nothing has replaced them for seven years on my desktop they have been The Chris Voss Shows desktop. So when we heard about their newest speakers we had to review them.

The Transparent One Encore speakers are definitely the standing ovation to their namesake. I was blown away. Better in every way. Watch the video below for my commentary. I highly recommend these. They’ll be worth it, My old units proved its worth all the pennies and they will probably still kick butt 10 years on at this pace.

Vanatoo’s Transparent One Encore powered speakers are made from heavy duty 18mm thick wood, finished with either a flawless satin black finish or with real cherry wood veneer with a hand rubbed finish. The speakers reproduce music exactly the way it was recorded, with solid bass, clear midrange, and sparkling highs. The dual integrated amplifiers send 100 watts of power to each of the woofers, and 20 watts to each of the tweeters, ensuring ample and perfectly balanced volume levels. The built-in analog input, digital inputs and Bluetooth receiver allow you to connect to any music source. Whether used as desktop speakers or a streaming music system, the Transparent One Encore is your all-in-one musical solution.

True 2-way stereo powered speaker system
USB, Toslink Optical, Coax, analog and Bluetooth 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

USB, Toslink Optical, Coax, Bluetooth and Analog Inputs
Easily connect Transparent One Encore 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 preamplifier, or other device. And what could be easier than to connect wirelessly to the T1E using your phone’s Bluetooth. T1E’s multiple connections give you flexibility while ensuring an obsolete-proof design. Purchase knowing you have years of happy listening ahead.

ClearBass Technology
Vanatoo ClearBass technology enables Transparent One Encore 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, bi-amped 100 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 +/-3dB (f3 point) or 40Hz to 20KHz +/-3dB (f10 point). 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 Transparent One Encore. Like their predecessor, they 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.

Power output
2 amplifiers at 100 watts for woofers
2 amplifiers at 20 watts for tweeters

Amplifier type
Class D

Coax/Optical inputs
S/PDIF; Max sample rate of 96K at 24 bits

Audio USB input
Max sample rate of 96K at 24 bits

DSP resolution
48K at 24 bits

AC Voltage in
120 VAC±10% at 60Hz or 220 VAC±10% at 50Hz

USB Service Port
5VDC at 2A

thermal, short circuit, & over current output protection

Active: 12 lbs / Passive: 11 lbs

Dimensions—passive speaker
10″ H x 6 1/2″ W x 7 1/2″ D

Dimensions—active speaker
(includes adjustment knobs)
10” H x 6 1/2” W x 8 1/8” D