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CES 2012: GoldenEar Technology Introduces New Products

Sections: Audio, Satellite speakers, Soundbars, Speakers, Tower speakers

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2011 was quite a year for GoldenEar Technology. Sandy Gross, co-founder of Polk Audio and Definitive Technology, embarked on another chapter of his career in the audio industry. Sandy started GoldenEar with the goal of creating some great-sounding loudspeakers. Check out the review of GoldenEar’s SuperCinema 3 System by hometechtell’s own Dennis Burger and I think you’ll agree that this goal was immediately achieved by a company in its infancy.

Now with a year under its belt, GoldenEar is back at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show with a host of products that begin to go beyond the status quo and push the boundaries of what we expect from a loudspeaker company of this caliber.

With the The Triton Three Tower, GoldenEar takes everything that was great about the Triton Two, makes it better, and offers it in a smaller package. For consumers looking for a compact loudspeaker, it doesn’t get much better than the Triton Three: a curved and tapered design in piano-gloss black with built-in powered subwoofer technology. Add in an 800-watt digital/DSP controlled power amp and an active front-mounted, long-throw five-inch by nine-inch quadratic subwoofer driver and you have quite an attractive package. The Triton Three, available in the winter of 2012 for a retail price of $999 each, is only 5.25-inches wide by 13 inches deep and 44 inches high, but delivers up to 400 watts per channel at an efficiency of 90 dB.

GoldenEar is also debuting the SuperCinema 3D Array (SC3DA), a soundbar system with a unique three-channel front soundstage and 3D image optimization technology. GoldenEar has incorporated real science into the design of the SuperCinema 3D Array (yay!): research suggests that when traditional left and right channels are minimally separated, our ability to fully process the sound is damaged. That’s why the SuperCinema’s third front channel is so valuable. The SuperCinema is only 49 inches wide, but the left, center, and right channels, along with a second set of 3D array drivers, eliminate the crosstalk distortion that is typical of traditional soundbars. The SC3DA provides a 180-degree soundfield on its own, but can also be combined with GoldenEar’s SuperSat 3 rear speakers and ForceField subwoofers for an even more immersive experience. The SuperCinema 3D Array will be available in the spring of 2012 for a suggested retail price of $999.

Even though the Triton Three and SC3DA are far from clunky, GoldenEar is also introducing a sound solution for those who want the ultimate sleek and streamlined design: the Invisa HTR 7000 In-Ceiling Home Theater Reference Loudspeaker. The Invisa, available in spring for $499 each, are ideal for left-, right-, or center-channel speakers, but can also be used as side or rear surrounds. GoldenEar wanted the Invisa speakers to literally disappear within a room and designed them with flat, round, magnetically attached micro-perf grilles that cover the mounting flange. The speakers’ drivers are mounted at precisely calculated angles with superior imaging, frequency response, and clarity in mind. The Invisa line also uses GoldenEar’s High Velocity Folded Ribbon tweeters that the company pioneered in its Aon 3.

For more information visit GoldenEar Technology or call 410.998.9134.

 

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  1. These GOLDEN EAR speaker designers, manufacturers, and sellers make it so difficult to see and hear their products, that I for one am surprised they are still in business. People like to see and buy their sound equipment locally and easily, with little hassle, but GOLDEN EAR is the most high-falutin’ bunch I’ve ever heard of. No other company is so reclusive and exclusive. Thus, I suspect their motives and business practices and go elsewhere regardless of their speakers’ rave reviews. They can continue to make it difficult for potential buyers to examine their product, but I’ll go online and to well-known stores and find good equipment as I always have.

    Larry Thomas Gardner
  2. Larry, I’m curious about your comment. What makes you feel that GoldenEar is “high-falutin’,” “reclusive and exclusive”? They’re still a very new company, relatively speaking. They’re working to build distribution and brand recognition. They’re also, I’m sure, working to find a place in the market that’s, understandably, sort of similar to Sandy’s previous companies. A new speaker manufacturer can’t just snap its fingers and have a spot on every store shelf. I can’t read Sandy’s mind, but I’m sure he’d love it if you could walk into any high-quality audio store and sample GoldenEar’s products whenever you’d like.

    So, why ascribe the distribution to exclusivity?

    Dennis Burger