Newport 2016: GamuT RS3 and Pear Audio soothe my savage beast

GamuT RS3 in Ruby finish.

Some rooms at a hi-fi show you walk into, and you just instantly go “Ahhhhhhh…”

The Brigadiers room was like that, and when I darted into the GamuT room, I got the same vibe. That sense of rightness to the sound, that, and some hella tight, deep bass from their Superior RS3 ($19,500 USD)  standmount. Shows can seem like an African savanna at times; hot, exhausting, with heat waves in the distance fooling you into thinking that there’s relief for your aural weariness just over the next rise (or at the end of the hall in my case).

Fit ‘n finish are outstanding on all GamuT products.

GamuT is probably best known for their speaker designs, and while I knew the Danish company has been producing outstanding transducers, it seems they decided to get into the pre-amplifier, and amplifier market without me catching a whiff of it. The Pear Audio Blue Kid Thomas turntable ($5,995 USD) with optional outboard power supply ($1,995 USD), kitted with a 10″ Cornet 2 tonearm ($2,195 USD), and the always popular bang-for-the-buck  Ortofon Cadenza Black ($2,729 USD) was channeling its inner electron guidance to GamuT’s own D3i dual-mono pre-amplifier, ($8,250 USD) and D200i stereo power amplifier ($12,500 USD). Stringing everything together was GamuT Reference cabling ranging from 3m Bi-wire ($4,990 USD) to 2m Power Cable ($4,290 USD), and the Isotek EVO3 Aquarius power conditioner ($2,250 USD).

The Kid Thomas ‘table is gorgeous to behold from any angle, and I can see why it gets lumped in so often with Nottingham Audio, and Palmer Audio ‘tables due to the whole heavy platter/low-torque motor thing. Oh that, and sporting the Martin Bastin power supplies kinda cements the comparison.

Bastin of power.
Good, good, not bad.

Sound from this set-up was incredibly clear, concise, and with a backhand slap to the head of über-tight bass. The RS3 had no trouble pressurizing the room. Highs were sweet, and had no glare whatsoever, helped in no small part I’m sure by the custom Amadeus step-up transformer (SUT) that GamuT supplied for the show to pair (Ha!) with the Pear Audio spinner. I’m just going to clarify that I’m a huge SUT fan, and often prefer pretty much any MM/MC phono stage I’ve ever heard when the MM section is utilized with a step-up transformer instead of active gain. YMMV.

No surprises, no funny business, just an outstandingly musical presentation that further cements GamuT’s place as a company that takes R&D seriously, and obviously uses great ears to voice their designs.