THE GAUDI MK II
A Monument To Musicality
The Gaudi represents our state of the art. While all German Physiks loudspeakers are similarly accurate in reproducing the essential sounds of individual instruments due to their common use of the DDD driver, the Gaudi is unique in its ability to convey musical dynamics from the faintest pianissimo to a full orchestral crescendo. It is capable of reproducing sound levels up to 120dB, while retaining the signature German Physiks finesse and fidelity. Originally conceived as a custom made one-off for demonstrating our most advanced loudspeaker technologies, the Gaudi proved such a sensation at industry presentations and prompted so many sales inquiries that we decided to make it a regular, albeit limited, production product. The Gaudi is necessarily costly, but offers a level of performance that is simply unavailable elsewhere.
The Gaudi's capabilities may be shown in a simple demonstration we have conducted many times at our facilities. This involves using the loudspeakers to reproduce a live jazz band. The ability of the Gaudi to capture not only the precise timbres of individual instruments, but their full dynamic range is astonishing and comes remarkably close to fooling the ears of even experienced listeners. Originally conceived as a custom made one-off for demonstrating our most advanced loudspeaker technologies, the Gaudi proved such a sensation at industry presentations and prompted so many sales inquiries that we decided to make it a regular, albeit limited, production product. The Gaudi is necessarily costly, but offers a level of performance that is simply unavailable elsewhere, and the system has been cited as the ultimate prestige loudspeaker by many respected reviewers.
Leading Edge Driver Compliment
Each loudspeaker uses four of our unique DDD drivers in a vertical array, augmented by eight 6-inch metal cones for the mid-bass and four 12-inch honeycomb flat cone drivers mounted in stainless steel frames for the sub-woofer columns.
The sub-woofer drivers are custom made and have 6-inch under hung voice coils within two separate magnetic structures. Double spiders are employed to stabilise the diaphragm. Each unit has a continuous power rating exceeding a thousand watts. The diaphragm is made from a honeycomb laminate of carbon fibre and aluminium, which is extremely rigid, whilst also being very light. This enables an exceptional transient response, producing a very fast and clean bass.
User Adjustable DDD Array
The DDD driver array is mounted on a telescopic arm, which is driven by linear actuators, enabling it to be precisely positioned in relation to the listener, making the set-up process quicker and easier.
Powerful Bass System
The Gaudi uses four large independent bass enclosures. These are mounted two either side of the main support and stand between a top and bottom plate. These are held together by an interlocking collar arrangement. This greatly reduces resonances and also makes the columns more difficult to topple. The enclosures in one column each house two 12-inch sub-woofers and cover the range from 70Hz to 15Hz. The enclosures in the other column each house four 6-inch metal cone drivers and cover the range from 180Hz to 70Hz. This system can produce high levels of very low bass, which is clean and well articulated. Most importantly, it can also keep time with the very high speed of the DDD drivers, ensuring that the entire audio range is heard as a coherent whole, with no sense of smearing of the music’s timing or pace.
German Physiks’ Revolutionary DDD Driver
Like all German Physiks loudspeakers, the key to the exceptional performance delivered by the Gaudi is our carbon fibre DDD driver. Here, this wide-bandwidth omnidirectional driver covers the range from 180Hz up to 24kHz. This extremely wide range is achieved by the use of pistonic, bending wave and modal radiation: most loudspeakers use drivers that are purely pistonic. The DDD driver gives the same very important advantages to all German Physiks designs and is what sets them apart from the competition. These are:
1. Exceptionally coherent and natural sound:
The extremely wide operating range of the DDD driver provides an exceptionally coherent and natural sound. This is very difficult to achieve when this frequency range is split over two or more different types of driver, which are in physically different positions on the cabinet.This wide operating range also eliminates the crossover point in the mid-range that loudspeakers using conventional pistonic drivers must have. Our hearing is most sensitive in the mid-range and avoiding the level and phase errors that crossovers can create from this region further improves transparency.
2. Realistic stereo images more like you experience in the concert hall:
When you listen to music in a concert hall, you are in an enveloping sound field where much of the sound is reflected off a surface before it reaches your ears. These reflections play an important part in the creation the stereo image that you perceive. Because the DDD driver is omnidirectional, it radiates all frequencies evenly around it and so creates a similar enveloping sound field in the listener’s room. This way the Gaudi is able to recreate a more natural rendition of the original stereo image. This has excellent depth and focus, but without the overly sharp image definition that some hi-fi loudspeakers produce and which you will rarely if ever hear at a live performance.
3. Stereo imaging enjoyable in almost all positions in the room:
Conventional loudspeakers tend to produce stereo images that can only be best enjoyed from one position in the room, the “sweet-spot”, and then usually by only one person. Move away from the “sweet-spot” and both the stereo image and tonal balance become progressively degraded. This is because conventional pistonic drivers tend to concentrate their radiation into a beam that narrows with increasing frequency.
4. Exceptional dynamics:
The DDD driver’s very low moving mass provides an excellent impulse response, allowing it to recreate both the attack of the music and resolve low level detail very accurately. This is essential in order to faithfully reproduce the delicate nuances of a performance and make it sound like music, rather than just good hi-fi. The resultant transparency is maintained even on complex high-level passages. Once you have become accustomed to the more natural presentation provided by our DDD driver, it can be difficult to go back to listening to a conventional design. This is something we often hear from our customers and it has also been commented on in reviews.
5. Accurate portrayal of musical instruments’ tonal characteristics:
The DDD driver is phase linear across its operating range, ensuring that the tonal character of each musical instrument is reproduced with great accuracy. This together with the excellent dynamic response enables the Gaudi to reproduce percussion with startling reality. Voices are also exceptionally realistically portrayed, with all the elements that comprise the vocal sound correctly located in space and with no undue emphasis. The hardness you often hear with conventional tweeters is eliminated and you get a greater sense of hearing a live musician rather than a recorded one.
More information on the DDD driver, its development and advantages may be found on the Technology page of this site.
High Quality DSP Electronic Crossover
The Gaudi must be tri-amped and is supplied with a high quality DSP based digital crossover as standard. This allows extremely accurate matching of the loudspeaker’s frequency response to the characteristics of the listening room. This is especially useful in dealing with problems in the low-end response, which is where the major problems found in most rooms occur. The main set-up can be achieved using an auto-calibrate mode and then further fine adjustments made by hand if necessary. This allows the customer to easily re-calibrate the system on their own should they make any changes to their room. The system allows a number of crossover set-ups to be stored and quickly recalled. This makes it easy to experiment with new settings, safe in the knowledge that the system can easily be restored to its original state. It also allows the user to have different system settings for different sorts of music if they wish.
Movable DDD Driver Array Facilitates Easier Set-Up