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Calypso

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Review

2007  |  SixMoons.com  |  Reviewer: Paul Candy  |  Review >


"I was...less aware of sound coming from a pack o' drivers in a pair of boxes than with any other speaker I can think of...They displayed a sense of rightness unmatched by anything I have ever heard."

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"Calling the Calypso's presentation natural smacks a tad of reviewer cliché but once you hear these speakers, the term seems an ideal descriptor. It did not matter how long I listened or to what genre of music, I did not experience the slightest inkling of fatigue or boredom. Instrumental and vocal timbre was spot on. Beats, rhythmic flow plus the sense of drama and excitement were all there. There was plenty of grip, speed and dynamically, they turned on a dime. There were no signs of euphonic coloration at all. If you hanker for a little rose-tinted view when listening to music, you will not find it here.

"The Calypsos are the Detective Sergeant Joe Friday of music reproduction. "Just the facts Ma'm" is their mantra. They will not add a pleasant woody resonance to music playback nor will they shave the edges off from overly aggressive recordings. But then they will not throw it in your face, either, or deliver the over-hyped, tipped-up, analytical approach that so many modern speakers seem to possess. There is a fine line between high resolution and hyper-analytical. The Calypsos walk that line with the deft skill of a tight-rope walker.

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"The Calypso offered an open, detailed, well-aerated sound scape with layers upon layers of musical detail. I was also less aware of sound coming from a pack o' drivers in a pair of boxes than with any other speaker I can think of. Whether that has anything to do with Roy's attention to preserving the original waveform I cannot say for sure but I suspect the combination of time coherence, the choice of drivers, crossover implementation, materials used, cabinet shape and probably countless other little details I am blissfully unaware of, all contribute to the Calypso's remarkable transparency and effortlessness.

"With the Calypso, I heard music, which is all we should hear from a good loudspeaker. I do not want to hear a great tweeter, I want to hear great music reproduction.

"(Calypsos) were superb in several key areas...ability to disappear and throw a huge 3-D sound stage with focused life-like images was uncanny as was their low-level resolution, transient fidelity and micro/macro dynamic ability...Well balanced with an extended and intelligible bass; a lovely well-defined midrange, and detailed yet sweet treble. They displayed a sense of rightness that was remarkable and unmatched by anything else I have heard..."



Awards


2007.

Green Mountain Audio speakers featured in brochure produced by Chicago's Metrotech Group LLC given to each presenter and award recipient at the Grammy Awards.

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2007.

Blue Moon Award, "Sheer Coherence and Transparency," floorstanding speaker category, SixMoons.com review.

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2007.

"Favorite Discovery of 2007" by Paul Candy, SixMoons.com.



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"...nothing but compliments on how much the Calypso looks like a piece of art..."

"These are serious speakers. I was immediately impressed with the fit, finish, and execution of the design. My pair is fitted with Bolivian Rosewood side panels and they're GORGEOUS!! I'm not sure how GMA gets this kind of beautiful finish with just three coats of lacquer, but they do.

"I've had nothing but compliments on how much the Calypso looks like a piece of art rather than a stereo component, and everyone who has seen them thought they looked much better in person than in the website pictures. I agree. A cabinet maker friend was very impressed and he's constantly finding fault with everything made of wood. Not so with the Calypso. Craftsmanship is a lost art with many companies...not so at GMA!

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"The bass response is outstanding. Roy had said the Calypso is capable of "shaking a house." I figured he was embellishing that a bit. He wasn't. The mids and highs are typical GMA "stat-like" sound. The midrange and tweeter modules are adjustable independently of each other for perfect time/phase alignment in any room. Although this does take some time to properly adjust, the results obtained are well worth the effort. Imaging is top notch with great depth and instruments have proper timbre, size, and placement. Vocals are to die for! The speakers simply vanish in my room. They will play un-godly loud if you want them to, but there's no need for that as the Calypso is full range at even whisper soft volumes.

"Without a doubt, they're the lowest distortion, most coherent three-way speaker I've ever heard. If you're looking for a serious high-performance speaker capable of effortlessly reproducing even the most demanding music, this is it. To say the least I'm a very satisfied GMA customer and without hesitation would recommend the Calypso to even the most discerning ears. Bravo, Roy!"

--D.B., Hawaii, USA

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"...build quality, packaging and materials -- are all world class..."

"Well...Janet was right -- I was struck speechless! I have many thoughts to share with you, which I will as the experience of ownership and listening unfolds.

"Let me start by sending you an unqualified THANK YOU!

"Let me follow that up by stating how impressed I am with the build quality, packaging and materials that accompany the speakers -- they are all world class.

"Sonically they are making beautiful music. The drivers sound different from those in the Europas and I am interested to see how "acclimated" my ears have become to those speakers!

"The sound stage is wonderful, but never as good as it gets when sitting equidistant from the speakers (i.e., as far away from the speakers as they are apart from each other).

"Room configuration experiments are certain to follow. And I am continuing, during the day, some burn in, which continues to make a difference -- but of course they sound amazing out of the box. With truly happy ears."

--M.N., California, USA


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"I had the pleasure of hearing some Calypsos last week for my introduction to the GMA sound. That sound staging and coherence is quite addictive. In fact, since the audition, I have purposely limited my listening to headphones for the past week. Eventually, my emotional synapses will stop swooning and sighing whenever the Calypso memory pops up, and I can return to enjoying my current phase-incoherent setup as humble as it is."

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"My appreciation of the Calypsos continues to grow each day.

I've realized and eliminated some bottlenecks that have allowed them to really shine.

Better cables (AudioMagic Clairvoyant 4D) and a power conditioner (Shunyata Hydra 4) have made noticable differences.

Am continually amazed at the level of detail I hear."

--C.D., Pennsylvania, USA

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"I find myself closing my eyes and becoming involved in the artists' performance like never before."

"Simply amazed at the purity of the sound. The musical experience is now engaging. It can, in fact, be very emotional on certain pieces of music. I find myself closing my eyes and becoming involved in the artists' performance like never before. Joyce Cooling's guitar is definable in the sound stage; she is right in front of me, live. Her voice is perfect. While I am still learning about these speakers, I have to say they are remarkable. Very different, but simply NO comparison to the Von Schweikerts. I much prefer the Calypso in every way. I am drawn into the music. My highest regards. I am a proud and satisfied owner."

--J.S., Michigan, USA


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