GoldenEar Adds Bookshelf, Custom Speakers To CEDIA Lineup

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GoldenEar Technology will unleash its second wave of high-end speakers at the CEDIA Expo, where it will show its first bookshelf and architectural speakers and additions to its powered subwoofer line.

All are projected to ship late this year.

The company’s first speakers, introduced at last year’s Expo, consisted of five in-room speakers and two subwoofers.

The company was founded by Sandy Gross, cofounder of Polk Audio and Definitive Technology, and Don Givogue, another Definitive co-founder.

GoldenEar’s first two bookshelf monitors are the Aon 2 and 3 at $399 and $499 each, respectively. Both are projected to ship late this year.

The two-way Aon 2 features 6-inch bass/ midrange driver in a 12-inch by 8-inch by 10-inch enclosure that delivers frequency response of 42Hz to 35kHz. The Aon 3 with 7-inch bass/midrange driver is 14 inches by 9 inches by 11 inches and delivers 38Hz to 35kHz.

The shelf- and standmountable speakers were designed to deliver accurate high-definition sound with imaging comparable to that achieved by GoldenEar’s larger Triton Two Towers, said Gross. Both Aon models incorporate cast-basket bass/midrange drivers using technology derived from the midrange drivers in the Tritons. Both also feature the Tritons’ accordion-like High Velocity Folded Ribbon (HVFR) ribbon tweeters, said to deliver the dynamic range and smooth extended response of a bigger flat ribbon tweeter, thanks to their ability to push air at higher velocities than a traditional ribbon tweeter, Gross said. They also deliver wider dispersion than traditional ribbon tweeters.

Each Aon also features two side-mounted planar low-frequency passive radiators that properly load the bass/midrange drivers and extend bass response. The radiators are 6.5 inches in size in the Aon 2 and 8 inches in the Aon 3.

The Aon speakers’ truncated pyramidal cabinet is designed to enhance sonic performance, the company said. The non-parallel cabinet walls minimize internal standing waves while also reducing the width of the baffle around the tweeters, thus minimizing distortion from diffraction.

Unlike the smaller SuperSat3 satellite and SuperSat 3C centerchannel version already available, the Aon speakers do not require a separate powered subwoofer to deliver deep bass, the company said. The SuperSat models are 12 inches by 4.75 inches by 2.7 inches.

Three models in the Invisa in-wall/in-ceiling custom series are the Invisa 650, Invisa 525 and the Invisa Home Theater Reference 6500, all with magnetically attached grille that hides the flange to make them virtually invisible, the company said. Prices haven’t been set.

All three models incorporate HVFR high-frequency radiators like those on the Triton Two Tower. The Invisa 525 and Invisa 650 feature one-piece driver/frame/ flange construction to minimize their footprint. The structure is made from a marble-infused polymer.

The 650 and 525 are designed for in-ceiling and in-wall use, thanks to their round, paintable, magnetically fastened micro-perf grille. Optional square grilles are available. Grilles of either shape fully cover the mounting flange for a stealth appearance. Wide dispersion is achieved in part through pivoting tweeters. A high-frequency equalization switch allows for tailoring the sound to a room’s acoustics.

The Invisa Home Theater Reference 6500 is designed as a ceiling-mount left, right or center speaker for a home theater or music system as well as a side or rear surround speaker. It features 9.5- inch round, flat grille with drivers angled at 28 degrees toward the listening position to deliver what the company called “freestanding-speaker-quality performance.” The company also said it took steps to optimize the speaker to deliver “open, boxless, three-dimensional imaging” that appears to emanate from the front wall rather than the ceiling.

The 6500 incorporates cast-basket 6.5-inch bass/midrange driver angled under the grille.

At a projected $999, the ForceField 5 subwoofer is a step up from the current ForceField 3 and 4 models, offering more power and deeper bass response to the infrasonic range for both movie and music listening. Response extends down to 12Hz.

It features long-throw 12-inch driver with large high gauss magnet structure powered by a DSP-controlled 1,500- watt digital amplifier. The driver is pressure coupled to a downward-firing 13-inch by 13.9-inch quadratic planar infrasonic radiator. Overall dimensions are 14.5 inches by 15 inches by 18 inches.

Other features include a direct-coupled sub/LFE input, left and right speaker- level inputs, 100Hz high-passed leftright speaker-level output, adjustable low-pass filter for the speaker-level input, and level control.


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