Since I can't compare Taksim with and without, I can't comment on the effect and will let electrical engineers form an opinion on the basis for the claim. In any case, open, spacious and detailed are the terms I will use over and over again to describe the sonic qualities of the Taksim in the following paragraphs. I am not exactly sure that it matters how Goka got those results since these qualities are really never in question.

A few final comments are in order before I start talking about sonics. Taksim being a two-way ported design with claimed extension to 31Hz, I was initially concerned that it might be extremely sensitive to room placement, especially front-wall distance due to that rear vent. I won't question the fact that there might be some form of port output at 31Hz but for me, practical bass started to gently decline around 60Hz, with useful output to the mid 40s at best. This made the speaker relatively room friendly and easier to blend with a high-quality subwoofer but regardless of amplifier, in my experience nobody should expect deep powerful bass from Taksim alone. On the other hand, room placement was absolutely critical to enjoy the deepest widest soundstage as well as pinpoint imaging. This speaker is capable of creating the most immersive and chiseled visual illusion where fractional inches in placement will yield audible differences. The great news is that minimal work already gets good results. Give them a foot or more of space from any boundary aimed right at the sweet spot so that side panels become invisible from the listening chair and the soundscape will materialize in ways few speakers can match. If you invest more time to fine-tune toe-in and precisely equalize the path lengths, things will get scarily real and musicians will appear in the room with more substance than even my Rogers monitors are capable of – no small feat.

Taksim also comes with brass spikes that should be attached to the footers for even greater precision. They are provided with small metal cups to protect hardwood floors but the spikes are so sharp and the speakers so heavy that even with those protective cups I ended up with marks in our hardwood floors to eventually remove the spikes altogether. I lost a bit of focus doing that but avoided further damage to our floors. I would strongly advise Taksim customers to look at 3rd-party footers with gentler broader bases. Carpeted floors on the other hand should be ideal for the stock spikes and will provide more stable anchoring which is critical to extract the speaker's full imaging capability.

Candidly I went into this review with the wrong assumption. On paper Taksim looked like a more refined version of a Zu Druid, with a widebander of greater midrange resolution coupled to a far more upscale tweeter. Hence I expected a similar tonal balance and dynamic presentation but couldn't have been more wrong. Where the Zu sound is built upon a big foundation with very dynamic upper bass and a progressively more veiled upper midrange and treble, Taksim flipped that paradigm upside down. It started with a magnificent treble both extended and superbly alive, blending perfectly into one of the most transparent midranges I have heard in years. As frequencies descend, output and dynamic capabilities declined to the point where regardless of amplifier the power zone of the upper bass where percussions anchor their physical impact was more subdued than with any other speaker I own. Here Taksim reminded me very much of Rethm speakers I heard over the years but Taksim's treble was in another league altogether. Rethm obviously offer built-in active woofers now to flesh out the bottom end. Both serve a very intellectual presentation of the music which doesn't call on the guts so much as the brain to trigger intense emotions but in that respect I found Taksim even more compelling due to the effortless midrange's goose-bump-inducing realism.