RMAF 2017: It’s still GamuT, dammit

Power, grace, and a surprising demo

Some experiences defy expectation. Just like some choices. Like peas and carrots — why on earth do those go well together? And really, chocolate and peanut butter? Ugh. And a businessman with zero government experience for president — wait, sorry, we’re wandering off topic. I meant to say, gigantic Zodiac loudspeakers jammed into a modestly sized (and square!) hotel room. Who ever thought that would work? But unlike a few of the other improbably combos I mentioned, this room — stuffed with flagship loudspeakers from GamuT — did work. I’m still scratching my head at that one. Maybe a really big shoehorn? Dunno.

Size and scale were breathtaking, but the grace and ease of the music (when not played at life-threatening levels) completely belied the fact that the speakers were so flipping big. Yes, a bigger room would have revealed more, but as is, this was clearly one of the best sounding rooms at that show. Again. GamuT is on a roll.

Yes, there was analog tape on display. There’s a new/optional phono board or reel-to-reel tape pre available for the preamplifier, too, for those of you looking to jump way down the rabbit hole.

That Pear Audio turntable is really quite something — drive, an immersive midrange, and silky seductiveness are calling my name. I may have to get one of those in here for review. In fact, I’m going to go out on a (very sturdy) limb and say that everything Benno and Michael bring from GamuT is worthy of your attention. No, it’s not cheap. But yes, it is all excellent.

Oh, and a side note: it’s pronounced ‘gammit’, as in, rhymes with ‘dammit’. Now you know.

  • GamuT Zodiac speakers: $149k/pair
  • GamuT M250i monoblock amplifiers: $25,990/pr.
  • GamuT D3i Dual-Mono preamplifier: $8390
  • GamuT phono or R2R board for preamplifier: $1990
  • Pear Audio Analog Kid Thomas turntable w/ Cornet 2 tonearm: $7995
  • Pear Audio Blue external power supply: $1995
  • Ortofon Cadenza Black cartridge: $2729
  • GamuT interconnect and speaker cables: $various

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Scot started all this back in 2009. He is currently the Publisher here at PTA, the Publisher at The Occasional Magazine, and the Executive Producer at The Occasional Podcast. There are way too many words about him over on the Contributors page.