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Normally, I review equipment on my own premises using my own reference equipment. In this case, however, this was not very practical. Here, the speakers were already positioned such that Robert and Daan felt they performed best and I could get started with my assessments right away. Bottom: the coaxial input is neatly tucked away in the frame.
As the middle model between the huge Samadhi and the modestly sized Prana, the Goldmund Satya is just perfectly sized. Indeed, these 3-way vented designs contain separate built-in Telos amplifiers for bass, mid, and treble and cleverly apply DSP to achieve sound with the lowest possible distortion. But there is literally nothing to configure and connecting them is extremely straightforward, either wireless or with a coaxial digital cable.
The wireless connection, in this case, works within the regular 2. With this protocol, the speakers are addressed directly from the Mimesis 11 Digital Hub or the Dongle that comes with the speakers and so they do not become part of the regular WiFi network. You control the volume either with your digital source or a digital hub such as the Goldmund Mimesis 11 and the latter also allows the connection of multiple sources but adds nothing else to configure. As I already found when writing the Telos review, Goldmund does not share a lot of details on their website or in their manuals.
Built-in is a separate Telos amplifier per driver of respectively W, W, and W. I should note that the large listening space that was the PUUR demo suite with all its hallways inevitably had room modes that lead to some issues in the bass performance. This is not at all uncommon and I have issues with my room as well but the point of my mentioning this is that in the PUUR space, this was addressed very effectively by using parametric EQ within Roon which is software from the team previously responsible for Meridian Sooloos.
Naturally, when in the digital domain, virtually any manipulation is possible but few playback solutions are as exhaustive and yet so simple to use as Roon.
Even though the loudspeakers had not been used for some time, when the playback started, the performance was immediately toe-tapping, highly gripping and very dynamic.
As it turned out, the system did benefit from a bit of warming up as the delivery gently gaining more of a sense of freedom and fluidity and after about two hours of use, the system seemed to be on steam. Tonally very neutral yet well-textured and not at all clinical or dry, these speakers seem to not to be pre-occupied with audiophile aspects such as soundstage layering and retina-like resolution and instead focus on delivering the musical message.
This, they do without fail: I literally found my foot tapping with each and every song that I played. The aspect that was most attention-grabbing was their utter coherence. These are 3-way designs but they sound very much as a single driver with absolutely no apparent differences in character, speed, or dynamics in the 3 driver sections.
These speakers may not have the widest or deepest or best-layered soundstaging capabilities but in turn, they deliver a performance so solid, vibrant, and dynamic that brings one closer to the feeling of a live performance.
After having played all sorts of music both from my own collection as well as suggestions from Daan and Robert, I can very confidently state that they are comfortable playing any kind of music style.
There seems to be something to active designs such as these that makes them perform in a very solid and direct-coupled manner that is very hard to achieve using separates.
Go figure. Normally, or, at least traditionally, different speakers and entire systems used to be specified for these two musical styles. They play both styles with gusto and on a scale that leaves nothing to desire. Rock will have you playing air guitar while classical music will leave you breathless in admiration of the performance. Their timbre or tonality and texture are simply spot-on and as close to the real thing as I have heard it via a music system.
A natural timbre and well-articulated texture are what makes it possible to differentiate between synthesized instruments and real acoustical ones and this particular area is where many loudspeakers go wrong with performances that can be utterly refined and detailed but still somehow gloss over the texture, reduce liveliness, or add an unnatural tonality making the music sound artificial.
Their solidity, ultimately, is what makes one forget that a system is playing and it is what makes a recording of a live performance truly come to life. Even if their built-in 6-channel amplification with DSP would quickly amount to a higher cost if they were high-end separates and even if they render nearly all cables superfluous, this is a sum of money that most people cannot spend.
These speakers are designed to fit in perfectly in designer living rooms, for people who value aesthetics as much as the absence of cables and a plethora of audio components. At the end of the listening sessions, Robert disconnected the coaxial digital cables from the Mimesis 11 controller causing the music to halt for a couple of seconds only for it to resume via WiFi automatically and without a perceptible change in performance.
He added that they had not heard any differences either and that they prefer cable only because WiFi can be less reliable when you are in an industrial building such as theirs that is littered with hot spots. Apart from a normal visit, you could also reserve a spot for one of the upcoming Goldmund Suite sessions during which Robert and Daan play a selection of classical pieces integrally on the Goldmund system as part of a theme. Due to massive amounts of spam, comments are curated which causes a delay.
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Concept As the middle model between the huge Samadhi and the modestly sized Prana, the Goldmund Satya is just perfectly sized. Room Influences I should note that the large listening space that was the PUUR demo suite with all its hallways inevitably had room modes that lead to some issues in the bass performance. Goldmund Suite Apart from a normal visit, you could also reserve a spot for one of the upcoming Goldmund Suite sessions during which Robert and Daan play a selection of classical pieces integrally on the Goldmund system as part of a theme.
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