Hi Roman, hi all...
... very interesting topic...
I recently made the contact between Josh and Klaus and his Goto system... I experienced Klaus' system three times and also if someway blaming his choices about using only and exclusively "liquid music" and quite to my surprise my mild blaming just lasted a few seconds after every listening sessions at Klaus' place.
Sound - thanking Mr. Speth's well-conceived large 100 square meters auditorium and large MDF straight horns, more than the notorious Goto's drivers - is unique in naturalness and trueness!
The Goto drivers in my view are not chromatic at all. What we, the people with chromatic objectives value in sound, in my view, do not exist in Goto and if I compare Goto, having colors in my mind, even to some good vintage JBL drivers then Goto would not the winner. All known to me drivers, even the top of the line RCA MI, WE 9XX, Klangfilm KL are all tonal drivers. Goto is not. Still, listening Gotos I, being a very much tonal person, somehow have no frustration about the apparent lack of Goto colors. The reachness of tone just evaporate from my mind when I heard Goto and it is very strange about those drivers. I have no explanation how they do it but I have a suspicion that it is all about the Goto diaphragm suspension, the unique combination of material, thickness, magic force driving the VC made the sound very uniquely “plastic”, but in a very good meaning of the word. This atonal, “plastic” and super dynamic sound is very appealing and somehow make brain do not worry about colors. I hate to use word “plastic” as it is condescending and I have no negative meaning saying it. The TAD do sound “plastic” or “synthetic” but in bad way. Goto, if they do not have that very remarkable dynamics, would be sounding like top of the line TADs, but they do not. They have own “synthetic” sound but it is very natural and very attractive sound, which very much bring a questions: if “synthetic” is good then should I keep calling it “synthetic”?
The above "plastic", "syntetic" so-called neutral character is simply a description of sort... sure very interesting, but let me say, quite academic... the FRP suspension give, well: suspension to beryllium or titanium diaphragm, period.
... sure not a plastic, homogenised sound... yet "plastic", plasticity is a good, correct description - i.e. looking, in awe, among the musical building, the notes, the pauses...
To my ears, as also a Goto user since 2005, neutrality isn't coldness or unmusical overall sound.
Let me make a comparison with studio microphones: B&K/DPA 4006 are very clean sounding, sporting a very linear 20-20Khz frequency response... a Neumann U47 is coloured in comparison and its frequency response is dips and spikes... a mess.
Both sounds very, very well... I had a long experience with vintage Altecs', RCA MIs' and Westrex' drivers and horns, and several Telefunken', Goodmans' Axiom 80 and Siemens speakers... tasted the "textured" and the Goto "plastic" sound.
To my ears Goto's make something others, ALE included, doesn't: their sound is so unfatiguing and smooth and quick and various that they never supersede them to a Martin or a Lowden acoustic guitar or to a Stradivari or a Guarneri violin... what's on disc or tape arrives in spades to the listener, not only the scholar but also and most of all to the occasional listener.
My five cents and appreciation for usual insight only at Romy's is well "here".
"Use your ears as your eyes" - Gertrude Stein