Following up on last week’s announcement of the SuperCenter X and SuperCenter XL, GoldenEar had another surprise up its sleeve for this year’s CEDIA EXPO. The company is introducing a bigger, badder, meatier version of its SuperCinema 3D Array (which I absolutely lurve) dubbed the SuperCinema 3D Array XL.
As its name implies, the SuperCinema 3D Array XL is an extra-large version of the company’s renowned integrated LCR array — or “soundbar,” if you will — designed especially for TVs of 70 inches and above. It boasts the same 3D image optimization technology — the crosstalk elimination technology that makes the 3D Array sound so deliciously wide — the same High-Velocity Folded Ribbon tweeters, and the same 4½-inch High-Definition Cast-Basket Multi-Vaned Phase Plug Mid/Bass Drivers, but instead of six of the mid-bass drivers, the XL boasts a total of eight. This time around the center channel is flanked by four of those babies, with the two closest drivers to the tweeter are crossed over seamlessly with the HVFR, while the outside two roll off at 800 Hz.
From the press release:
The 3D Array XL is an ideal match for 70” and-up TVs and measures 62” wide x 4-¾” high x 2-¾” deep. The beautiful piano-gloss-black-finished cabinet is aerospace-grade extruded aluminum with a marble-powder-infused baffle and end-caps. It can be easily wall-mounted using its keyhole mounts or threaded brass inserts, or shelf-mounted using its adjustable rear supports. Recommended amplification is 20-250 watts per channel. Frequency response is 80 Hz- 35kHz. Efficiency is 91 dB. Projected Retail Price: $1499. Availability: Spring 2014.
GoldenEar guru Sandy Gross says the the SuperCinema 3D Array XL is designed to sound rocking on its own, delivering a wonderfully convincing three-dimensional image (and if my experience with the original 3D Array is any indication, he ain’t bluffin’), but it also absolutely rocks when paired with four of the company’s SuperSat 3s and a ForceField subwoofer for a complete 7.1-channel package.
I’m just grumpy that I’ll have to wait so long to try one out here at home.