Golden Ear Ready For Its Close-Up

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Atlanta - The first in-room speakers from startup GoldenEar Technology will get their long-awaited debut at the CEDIA Expo.


The company, founded by Sandy Gross, co-founder of Polk Audio and Definitive Technology, and Don Givogue, another Definitive co-founder, will demonstrate five in-room speakers and two subwoofers.

 They're targeting to independent AV specialists who are seeking a protected line that's "new and exciting," Gross told TWICE. The company doesn't plan to sell to regional chains or to on-line stores.

The company, which signed up 40 U.S. dealers and several foreign distributors by late August, pointed to the use of such technologies as accordion-like ribbon tweeters and multi-vaned phase plugs on midrange/bass drivers as enabling the speakers to deliver greater frequency response, dynamic range, and detail than competing models at the same price points and with greater imaging width, depth, and height, said Gross.

Both technologies appear in all speakers but the two standalone powered subs.

The accordion-like ribbon tweeters, called High-Velocity Folded Ribbon (HVFR) tweeters, deliver the dynamic range and smooth extended response of an 8-inch-long flat ribbon tweeter, thanks to the design's ability to push air at higher velocities than a traditional ribbon tweeter, Gross said. With the size of 1-inch dome tweeter, they deliver wider dispersion than ribbon tweeters. The Multi-Vaned Phase Plug on the upper bass/midrange drivers extends midrange response smoothly at higher frequencies, he added.

The lineup, expected to ship in October, consists of the following models:

* The $1,249-each Triton Two three-way tower, which is 5.25-inch-wide and 48-inch-tall, features black cloth that wraps around the whole curved-back cabinet. It features two 4.5-inch upper bass/midrange drivers with multi-vaned phase plug, with one driver above the HVFR tweeter and the other below. The built-in 1,200-watt powered subwoofer system consists of two active front-mounted 5x9-inch flat quadratic planar (racetrack) drivers and two side-mounted 7x10-inch quadratic planar passive bass radiators.

* The slim two-way SuperSat 50 left-right speaker and its center-channel version, the SuperSat 50C, both at $499 and both suitable for wall mounting because of their 2.5-inch depth. Their other dimensions are 27 inches and 4.75 inches. They feature two 4.5-inch round bass/midrange drivers, which flank an HVFR tweeter, two flat quadratic 4x7-inch passive bass radiators, and piano-gloss-black extruded-aluminum cabinets that curve back at the top and bottom. An optional base is available for the left-right model.

* The SuperSat3 small satellite, available in a horizontal center-channel SuperSat 3C version, each offered at $249. The SuperSat3 models can also be used as surround speakers. All come with included shelf stands but are suitable for wall mounting because of their 2.7-inch depth. Their other dimensions are 12 inches and 4.75 inches. Their piano-gloss-black cabinets are made of marble-filled polymer to make them non-resonant.

* The $499 ForceField 3 and $699 ForceField 4 powered subs, made of high-density MDF in matte-black finish. Both are trapezoid-shaped with rounded edges. The ForceField 3 features 1,000-watt amp, 8-inch front-mounted driver, and bottom-mounted 9.6x11.4-inch quadratic planar passive radiator. The step-up model features 1,200-watt amp, 10-inch front driver, and 11x13.9-inch bottom-mounted passive radiator.

The speakers can be assembled to create three different 5.1-channel home theater speaker systems.

At $1,750, the SuperCinema3 consists of four SuperSat3 speakers, a SuperSat 3C center channel, and a ForceField 3 subwoofer.

At $2,700, the SuperCinema 50 system consists of two SuperSat 50 speakers, a SuperSat 50C center channel, two SuperSat 3 speakers, and a ForceField 4 sub.

The $3,500 Triton Cinema system consists of two Triton towers, a SuperSat 50C center channel, and two SuperSat 3 speakers.


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