Göbel in the USA | PAF 2022

Göbel high end

Last May, when I attended High End 2022 in Munich, I walked into the Göbel High End room and was so knocked out by the system that I awarded this German company Best of Show. I heard numerous great systems in Germany, but this was the room that sounded the most like live music. When I saw that Göbel was going to make an appearance in the USA, at the 2022 Pacific Audio Fest, I put them at the top of the list for coverage.

In Munich I was able to hear the 80,000 euro/pr Divin Marquis mated to Divin Sovereign subs (30,000 euros/ea), along with Wadax digital sources and True Life Audio amplification. At PAF, I heard another Göbel High End, the Divin Noblesse ($220,000/pr USD), with CH Precision amplification and much of the same Wadax gear including that crazy/gorgeous $140,000 DAC. I should probably stop listing these prices right here and now, or else I’ll start getting angry comments from PTA readers that will never see the light of day.

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In Seattle, I heard many of the same strengths I heard in Germany. These Göbel speakers excel at sheer impact, power and dynamics. The exhibitors know this, which is why they have a stash of outrageously powerful percussion tracks on hand to blow the stink out of the room. Even though it’s foolhardy to make this type of comparison, I heard a clearer and more exact presentation in Seattle–prolly the CH Precision gear—but the Munich system, with TLA, was much better at conveying the sheer energy from a live performance.

Either way, it’s great to see Göbel High End making an appearance here in the USA. If my first two exposures to this speaker brand are any sign, I think they will be fighting the other kings at the top of Big Speaker Mountain USA in a very short amount of time.

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