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    CAF 2018: GT Audio Works Adds a New Wideband Driver to Its GTA3R Speaker

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    (October 30, 2018) Year in and year out, one of my favorite demo rooms at Capital Audiofest (CAF) has been inhabited by Greg Takesh and his handcrafted creations that carry the name “GT Audio Works.” Last year, Takesh arrived in Rockville, MD with his new GTA3R planar speaker paired with Sound Insight’s SI 600 open baffle sub. To put it simply, the system’s sound was stunning to these ears, leading me to highlight the room in AV NIRVANA's CAF 2017 Show Report.

    This year (this week, in fact), GT Audio Works is returning to the Frederick Room at CAF with an all-new planar driver installed in last year’s GTA3R speaker. And according to Takesh, the new driver doesn’t disappoint.

    Utilizing a “one of a kind wideband driver,” Takesh says the GT3AR carries a proprietary membrane material that significantly reduces resonances common among stretched diaphragm type speakers. And its no crossover, direct to amp, design only furthers enhances overall resolution and efficiency.

    The GT3AR is a made to order speaker that’s designed and built in-house without the use of any OEM drivers. Buyers can request specific wood and finish options (including Cyber Metallic Grey, pictured at a dealer location in Long Island, NY).

    Much like last year, GT Audio Works’ CAF demo room will feature open baffle subs manufactured by Sound Insight. Sound Insight’s subs are also available in a variety of colors and can be configured with a varying number of 12” drivers. According to Takesh, these subs (and the GTA3Rs) share a similar dipole radiating pattern, making for seamless sound integration.

    Pricing ranges from $15,000 to $19,000 for the GTA3R speakers (per pair) and $6,000 to $12,000 for the subs (per pair), depending on size and options.

    GT Audio Works will demo their system all three days at CAF, punctuated by nightly listening parties with refreshments. For more information about CAF, read our CAF 2018 news announcement (here).
     
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    1. Greg Takesh

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      Todd,
      Thanks for passing the word.
      Greg
       
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      Thanks for stopping by Greg! I’ll see you on Friday!
       
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      Those are monsters! Wish I could go hear them and hang out with you all. Have fun!
       
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      I want my first post on this forum to acknowledge the full range speaker system Greg Takesh and Steve Rabitz have fashioned. I recently returned from a 2 day audition trip to listen to the speaker system and was so impressed I committed to purchase the panels and SI-200 subwoofer combo. If interested and are unable to hear the system at CAF 2018 you owe yourself an audition through Sound Insight. Once installed in my listening room, I will post pictures of the system.

      John
       
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      Hey @allvinyl, welcome to AV NIRVANA!

      Congrats on the buy. I’m curious, what are you going to drive the GTA3Rs with? What kind of music did you listen to during the audition?
       
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      Hi Todd - thanks for the welcome and also on the speakers.

      I'll be driving Greg's speakers with a Viola Symphony. In addition, I recently received a recommendation for the Luxman M900u so I plan to arrange an audition. My reservation on the Luxman is a single versus pair of binding posts. With the Luxman I would likely be forced to use a jumper on the speakers which I'd rather not do. I don't have that limitation with the Symphony. I'm also hoping to upgrade to Analysis Plus Silver Apex interconnect and speaker cables. I'm currently using their Silver Oval-In interconnects and Big Silver Oval speaker cable.

      We listened to a great variety; male and female vocal, large and small combo jazz, piano, orchestral, rock, audiophile spectaculars (Sheffield Drum, etc), vinyl rips. The only thing we couldn't do was play an LP. Steve didn't have a TT setup at that time. At home, I am mostly a vinyl guy but also listen to digital, 44k only at this time via a Vitus SCD-010. I also enjoy a Marantz 150 tuner but am limited until I can realize my desire for a outside tower and antenna/rotor.

      If fortune smiles and the speakers are done before Xmas it will be an extra special holiday season!

      John
       
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      Todd,
      It was good to see you again.
      Hope you had a little time to check out the rest of the show.
      Wish I had more time to enjoy the show, but after 8 hrs of setup and 8 hrs of pack up everything in between was a blur. I visited a couple of rooms but that was about it.
      Dave Slagle of Emima had an awesome setup of custom built stacked Quad 57's with built in amps.
      Pete Gryzbowski of Triode wire labs using Volti speakers also had a top sounding room IMO.
      See you next year.
      Greg
       

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