“Sometimes you write reviews. Sometimes you write raves. And sometimes you write love songs,” says David W Robinson, Editor-in-Chief of online audio magazine Positive Feedback. Robinson’s recent review of a full system from Gamut Audio, while certainly not overly sentimental, could almost be a ballad. What inspired him to such devotion?
The first time US-based Robinson heard a Gamut system, he “really sat up and took notice.” He discovered Gamut at an earlier THE (The Home Entertainment) Show in Newport, New England and was “attracted by the really fine sound” coming from US distributor Audio Skies’ demonstration room. “I wasn’t familiar with Gamut, and it was obvious to me that I needed to know a lot more about it. There was a deep musicality here that deserved exploration.”
Robinson’s explorations recently took a turn for the more in-depth as he opted to conduct a detailed audition of a full Gamut ‘reference’ system: comprising the Danish brand’s D3i dual mono preamplifier, M250i mono power amplifier and new flagship Zodiac loudspeakers with Gamut Reference speaker cables.
Unpacking the just-shipped system, Robinson was immediately struck by the “massive and beautiful” Zodiacs: “about 450 pounds of gut-busting wonderfulness!”. He was also pleasantly surprised to discover that despite their considerable heft, “To their credit, once they were actually in the room, they weren’t too hard to work with and fine tune”.
The D3i and M250i’s proved equally straightforward to handle. “For such a flexible design with many input and output options, the D3i didn’t take up much space or generate much heat”. As for the M250i’s, “for such powerful performers they didn’t require a fork-lift to get them into place.”
Set-up and fine-tuning completed, it was time to get down to some critical listening.
“Right from the get-go, I was captivated by the character of the musical presentation,” writes Robinson. “The Gamut system had an effect that I can only call ‘organic’. There was an absolutely integrated sense of all frequency ranges linking up in a way that was very much like a living creature. The emotional connection was immediate, enveloping and completely relaxing.” “The sound seemed to go beyond merely ‘seamless’. The drivers seemed to breathe and flex as if they were of one accord. A symbiosis of sound… the high frequencies were clear and extended; the midrange was rich but uncolored and the bass just went on and on. And all acted as one; I was enthralled.”
Dynamics were similarly impressive: “stellar”. The system “handled the most demanding dynamics without breaking a sweat.”
But would there be a trade-off somewhere? Given the “sheer seductive musicality” of the Gamut system, might there be a loss of transparency, for example? “I admit that I was surprised. It turned out that there was no trade-off … the system seemed to just melt away, with a crystalline feel that never left the flesh and blood of the music behind.”
“Detail was likewise unimpeded [and] emerged with ease, without in any way destroying the organic wholeness and soul of Gamut. This is a really rare accomplishment; these two are often found in opposition to one another, rather than being coordinate virtues.”
“In sum, the Gamut reference system sets a new standard for the fusion of rich, organic musicality with transparency and dynamics,” Robinson concludes. “No-one who has visited [my listening room] has come away unimpressed with the quality of the music. With the Gamut reference system, Benno Baun Meldgaard and company have firmly established themselves in the front-rank, top-level of high-end audio designers and manufacturers in the world. Other great audio companies should take note: Gamut has joined you!”
Read David W Robinson’s full review for Positive Feedback: Impressions: The Gamut Reference System, a Study in Organic Synergy
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