- Frequency response: 21-40kHz
- Impedance: 8ohms (7ohms minimum)
- Sensitivity: 91dB
- Dimensions: 44″ x 9″ x 17.75″
- Weight: 75lbs
A 3-way design, the first in this line, includes all the drivers that John calls NewGen, which means … they’re new. Mmm hmm. The SB/R-3 3/4″ tweeter is derived from the top-of-the-brand Silverback, and according to the literature, “lowers distortion, increases dynamic expression and improves transparency”. The mid range driver is a “hybrid transmission line” arrangement and the mid range and tweeter both sit in their own, isolated, enclosures. The bass drivers, a pair of 7″ treated paper cones, are mounted with a 50% more powerful magnet than the original Gibbon woofers and as a result have double the linear voice coil travel — they “move more air than some 10″ drivers”. The enclosure is handmade in-house and is all bamboo, a sustainable/eco-friendly approach pioneered with the Gibbon 3XL.
Cast of supporting characters:
- Well Tempered Versalex turntable and tonearm ($4,400)
- Acoustic Plan Phono Master SE ($4,495)
- Van den Hul Frog Gold cartridge (w/matched crystal gold coils — $3,650)
- Naim Nait XS ($2,795)
- Naim FlatCap XS ($1,445)
- S4a Equipment rack in anigre finish from Box Furniture ($3,200)
Okay, so. Here’s the scoop. Buy these speakers. Yeah. I keep saying “Best In Show” contender, but I mean it — these speakers are great. I want ’em. I want them with some big tubes — and while I’m at it, I want a pair of Orangutan O/96 for my bitty tube amps, and a pair of Gibbon 3XL for all those places where you can’t fit the other two. Okay? Okay. Good. Glad we have that sorted.
The sound of a DeVore speaker, even one that hits low like the Gibbon X, is still hard to put a finger on as it doesn’t feel exaggerated or particularly excessive in along any particular degree. That is, I don’t really feel like I’m listening to speakers when I plop down unceremoniously in a DeVore demo room. The music is dynamic, deep, detailed, airy, that is, it is what it is, and I don’t marvel at the bits — I’m wrapped in the whole. Color me a fan and no, it wasn’t just because I was treated to “Mr Machine — The Remixes” from The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble.