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Reviewer: Srajan Ebaen
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Main system: Sources: Retina 5K 27" iMac (4GHz quad-core with Turbo, 32GB RAM, 3TB FusionDrive, OSX Yosemite. iTunes 14.4), PureMusic 3.02, Audirvana 3, Qobuz, Tidal, Sonnet Pasithea, Soundaware D30Ref SD card transport & USB bridge; Preamp: icOn 4Pro S w. hi/lo-pass filter; Power amplifiers: Kinki Studio EX-B7 mono, Enleum AMP-23R; Headamp: Kinki Studio; Phones: HifiMan Susvara; Loudspeakers: Aurai Audio Lieutenant w. sound|kaos DSUB 15 on Carbide Audio footers, Audio Physic Codex, Cube Audio Nenuphar Cables: Complete loom of Allnic Audio ZL; Power delivery: Vibex Granada/Alhambra on all source components, Vibex One 11R on amps, Furutech DPS-4.1 between wall and conditioners; Equipment rack: Artesanía Audio Exoteryc double-wide 3-tier with optional glass shelves, Exoteryc Krion and glass amp stands; Sundry accessories: Acoustic System resonators, LessLoss Firewall for loudspeakers, Furutech NCF Signal Boosters; Room: 6 x 8m with open door behind listening seat
2nd system: Source: Soundaware D100Pro SD transport clock-slaved to Denafrips Terminator +; Preamp/filter: icOn 4Pro + 4th-order/40Hz hi-low pass; Amplifier: Goldmund Job 225; Loudspeakers: sound|kaos Vox 3awf, Dynaudio S18 sub; Power delivery: Furutech GTO 2D NCF; Equipment rack: Hifistay Mythology Transform X-Frame [on extended loan]; Sundry accessories: Audioquest Fog Lifters; Furutech NFC Clear Lines; Room: ~3.5 x 8m
Desktop system: Source: HP Z230 work station Win10/64;  Headamp/DAC: iFi Pro iDSD Signature; Headphones: Final D-8000; Powered speakers: DMAX Super Cubes
Upstairs headfi/speaker system: Source: smsl SD-9 transport; DAC: Auralic Vega; Integrated amplifier: Schiit Jotunheim R; Phones: Raal-Requisite SR1a; Integrated amplifier: Crayon CFA-1.2; Loudspeakers: Acelec Model One
2-channel video system: Source: Oppo BDP-105; All-in-One: Simon Audio; Loudspeakers: Zu Soul VI; Subwoofer: Zu Submission; Power delivery: Furutech eTP-8, Room: ~6x4m

Review component retail in EU: TBA

v2.3? NextNextGen? After thirty years in the biz, Mytek recently relaunched with a new production plant. Think all-new machines whose model names simply carry over for continuity. Having started Rethm in his 40s, Jacob George is approaching his own third decade in the speaker biz. With it this year comes a comprehensive overhaul of new logo, new website and four ground-up models whose overlap with the precursors is mostly just the names. What remains are proprietary widebanders from 5 to 7 inches loaded into folded rear horns; and active isobaric bass except for the Aarka monitor. That gets just the two visible 6" woofers. Those aim out back whilst—another v2.3 makeover¹—the floorstanding woofers face us. That makes for greater line-of-sight impact. Now the bass shockwave hits us directly. It no longer reflects off walls or floor first. Except for low terminal plate with banana inputs, power IEC, mains switch and controls for bass level and low-pass frequency, those backs are smooth. These are sealed bass arrays. No ports. The big openings on the front are the mouths of the widebanders' rear horns whose expanding cross section allows their drivers to breathe. The rear wave isn't trapped. It can't pressurize the back of the cone. At just shy of a metre tall, 45cm deep and 20.5cm wide, Trishna is the tower munchkin of this bunchkin. Per channel, that means a 5-inch widebander, two pairs of inner/outer 6-inch woofers and fronting the later, 180 watts of Hypex uCD power. You power the high-efficiency widebander on top. Trishna handles the yeoman bass labor.

Trishna, Maarga & Saadhana lined up like organ pipes to show growing height, width and depth.

¹ Rethm speakers underwent numerous evolutionary changes over the years. I lost track over how many. To indicate that there were a few, I made up v2.3. The number after the decimal point is just symbolic. The important number is before the decimal point. 2022's makeover is a big departure from what came before; the 2nd Coming if you will. 

As Michael Lavorgna put it about Jacob's Axpona 2022 exhibit, "…his new Aarka active speakers strike me as a very big step in a great new direction… I happen to love their look. The mixture of materials speaks to my inner industrial designer… the sound was immediate, vibrant, rich and captivating. Bravo! I've already put in my request to get a pair in Barn." To triangulate Michael's upcoming findings in a bigger space, we already have Dawid's review of them in our archives. Or as Jacob put it about the iFi/Aarka combo, "in a word, brilliant! My opinion was of a match made in heaven. A few guys actually said that we were easily the best-sounding widebanders at the show. That's high praise considering Cube Audio were showing. I ran the iFi as a streamer and preamp apart from utilizing its DAC capabilities. It performed flawlessly. My only gripe was the Tidal interface. That was just about okay so no patch on Roon."

Fully active speakers + WiFi source with analog remote-controlled volume = complete system.