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11.06.2012


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This isn’t the first time I’ve written about the Giya G3, which retails for $40,000/pair. The G3 was the best-sounding speaker I heard at CES 2012, as I wrote in this column in February; it was also the best-sounding speaker I heard in Munich. Both the Giya G3 and Giya G2 (my review of the G2 also appeared in February) have a sound that lights my fire: unflinchingly neutral and honest, unbelievably incisive and quick, and wholly capable of reproducing near-lifelike listening levels. Every recording played through them was reproduced with astonishing accuracy, and a level of realism that I have found unmatched by any other speaker on the planet -- except, perhaps, for the Giya G1. (Unfortunately, I’ve never listened long enough to that first Giya model to be able to accurately comment on its sound.)

The only place the Giya G3 fell back compared to the G2 was in the bass -- the G3 punched as hard as the G2, but didn’t go quite as deep. The good news is that the G3 isn’t supposed to; the two-thirds-the-size G3 was designed to deliver big-Giya sound in a much smaller room. It’s pretty obvious that, with their wild-looking Giya models, Vivid Audio is creating state-of-the-art transducers for every size of listening space.

I’ve often said that High End is my favorite audio show of any year. One of the reasons is Munich itself -- a wonderful place. Others are the high production quality of the High End show, and the high caliber of exhibitors -- always a diverse, plentiful group, and consistently capable of producing world-class sound worth writing about. Until next year . . .

. . . Doug Schneider
das@soundstagenetwork.com