The center of the widebander sports an unusual plug which goes by the name Surreal Acoustic Lens and claims to prevent air turbulence in the cone's deep center to reduce noise and interference. Reference 3A and Goka clearly believe in pursuing small but additive refinements to deliver the best sound at their target price and as such, all metal connectors, wires and driver parts are cryogenically treated at -320F whilst the hookup wiring is high-purity teflon-coated OCC copper for maximum faithfulness to the original signal.

Attention to detail continues with the beryllium tweeter custom made to acoustically match with the main driver. It is aligned in a recessed acoustic wave guide and a non-inductive capacitor is the minimal 1st-order high pass set at the exact point where it coherently integrates the two driver slopes and minimizes phase shift. I tend to be very sensitive to hot or hyper-resolved tweeters and typically prefer soft or paper domes that trade some resolution for long-term comfort like those in my reference Ocellia speakers. Still, now and then I run into the rare tweeter implementation that delivers both superb extension and resolution without any hint of harshness. My long-term reference for such a perfect balance is the Genesis circular ribbon. Now I must induct the Reference 3A beryllium tweeter to that very short list of my hall of fame. I can't say whether it is superior to the circular ribbon which I have not heard in a little while but the Reference 3A hard dome brought a level of clarity and treble detail without any harshness that I had not enjoyed at home in a long time. Coupled with the absolutely undistorted highs of the Playback Design integrated amplifier, it created an aural experience I rarely get with my usual diet of SET amps and widebanders.

This is worth mentioning because I know that many of my fellow SET/widebander fans share my fear of overbearing tweeters and many might balk at the mere mention of a beryllium tweeter. This one is simply very different from what you'd hear in a Focal for example. You'd be doing yourself a major disservice if you wrote off the Taksim as a viable alternative to mate with mid-power SET amplifiers just on the assumption that its top end will be hot. As resolved as it is, it has no sharp edges I could hear and that's a really rare quality amongst high-efficiency speakers. Last but not least on the list of tech details are patented Magnetic Conduction Signal Wave Guides built into the signal connectors. The following statement is pulled from their website and not an endorsement of the claim on my part but describes their technology and its benefits in the way they felt most appropriate: "With the Magnetic Conduction Signal Wave Guides, strong magnetism keeps the electrical signal flow aligned and random pathways for electrons within and along the conductor are minimized. This also promotes signal transfer where resistance to the signal is highest and where the greatest losses can take place. Results are a dynamic, open and spacious sound with greater detail retrieval."