I caught up with the always affable Lars Goller of Gamut who was very proud of the company’s new S Series speakers. Here we see Goller standing beside the S5 ($30,000/pair), which boasts a very attractive cabinet made of form-pressed solid wood over multi-layered Finnish Beech ply. Externally machined canals in the speaker’s side panels divide the speaker into segments to better control vibrations and minimize coloration, Goller explained. In addition, two large port openings of 5mm-thick solid machined aluminum are threaded directly into the speaker’s rear panel to minimize port turbulence and noise.
The S Series, Goller explained, is basically a refinement over the company’s L Series speakers“an attempt to take our design principals to the extreme”with improved time-alignment and a greater emphasis on energy distribution.
The speakers were partnered with Gamut’s CD 3 CD player, D3i dual-mono preamplifier, and M250i power amp. Jack Johnson had a smooth, coherent sound, with nice detail to the acoustic guitar, and Dire Straits was conveyed with a very wide soundstage, solid images, and deep, heavy bass.