GoldenEar Ready For Its Close-Up

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— 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 A/V 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 online 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 multivaned 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 stand-alone powered subs.

The accordion-like ribbon tweeters, called highvelocity 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 is expected to ship in October.


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