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GS-3a Stereo & Surround Monitors

Guzauski-Swist GS-3a Stereo Monitor System

4.75 4.75 out of 5, based on 1 Review

Powered by nearly 2kW of Class D amplification per channel, these sealed-enclosure speakers deliver beyond their conservative specs.

11th March 2012

Guzauski-Swist GS-3a Stereo Monitor System by Clueless

  • Sound Quality 5 out of 5
  • Ease of use 5 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.75
GS-3a Stereo & Surround Monitors

Priced at $17,500 per pair and nearly $50,000 for a complete surround system, the GS-3a monitors are a serious high-end choice. Don't take the "bang-for-buck" rating the wrong way--you truly do get what you pay for--but if there were a "bang-per-cubic-inch" these speakers would be a 10 for sure.

Our monitor selection criteria was based on (1) finding monitors that could fit our Control Room's footprint, and (2) choosing the ones that delivered the most accurate, full-range sound possible. The first criteria removed many fantastic choices from the list simply because they were too big. The GS-3a monitors were the *only* monitors we evaluated that really cleared the hurdle on the kind of sound quality we were looking for, and they cleared it by a mile.

The speakers are spec'd to be flat from 28Hz-18kHz +/- 2dB, but after Mick Guzauski was finished tuning them, we had good readings in our room down to the 26Hz design limit of the room. Every single member of the team agreed that these speakers were in a class by themselves: powerful, unhyped bass, perfectly clear midrange (due to the amazing ATC mid driver), and equally clear treble thanks to a powerful Morel soft-dome tweeter. The liberal amounts of power from the Class D amplifiers and the expertly tuned digital crossovers enable these speakers to deliver astonishingly accurate renditions of known reference materials.

The GS-3a monitors are available with either a 12" aluminum cone woofer or a slightly less tall dual 8" center/surround configuration. We have four 12" monitors, a dual-8" center channel, and a pair of sealed 15" subwoofers, with crossover presets to either engage or disable the subs as needed. Technically, they are not actually needed, but some clients really like the extra reinforcement down low.

Many compact three-way monitors claim to offer full-range reproduction down low. These are the first I have heard that really, really deliver.

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