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Golden Ear Technology Speakers

 

The company is the brainchild of noted designers Sandy Gross and Don Givogue, who also founded Definitive Technology (Gross also co-founded Polk). Their goal with GoldenEar was to raise the bar on speaker performance and value.

The GoldenEar team fully utilizes all its combined experience to deliver performance that is often unequalled in competitors’ speakers selling for three, four or five times as much as a comparable GoldenEar model. The signature GoldenEar sound is consistent through all of their loudspeakers, regardless of price.


Triton Two

By everyone’s measure, Golden Ear hit it out of the park with the Triton Two. The value to performance ratio is amazing. For multi-channel enthusiasts add the matching TritonCinema multichannel speakers at a price that will surprise you.

The slim Triton Two stands four feet tal
l and weigh in at 60 pounds. Bass frequencies are handled by two front-firing, long-throw 5x8-inch quadratic drivers coupled to two side-mounted 7x10-inch passive planar radiators, and the active drivers are powered by a 1200-watt class-D amp designed by the company for its ForceField subwoofers. Two 4.5-inch mid/bass drivers with computer-optimized cone design and GoldenEars' Multi-Vane Phase Plug (MVPP) reproduce the midrange and upper bass.

Low frequency extension is literally subterranean, with extension to a remarkable 19Hz! The power amplifier delivers all the power and punch needed to reproduce all types of music.

Handling the high frequencies, and situated between the two mid/bass drivers in a classic D'Appolito array, is GoldenEar's High-Velocity Folded Ribbon (HVFR) tweeter, a descendent of the Heil Air Motion Transducer. The ribbon in this design is pleated, squeezing air between the folds as it vibrates with the audio signal instead of pushing it like a conventional diaphragm. The HVFR offers fast, open and airy high frequency response without a hint of grain or edge.

The Triton Two offers a level of performance heretofore seen only in very expensive systems. At just $2500 a pair, it has to rank among the best values in all of audio!

In the TritonCinema Two multichannel system, the SuperSat 50 serves the center channel. With two 4.5-inch mid/bass drivers coupled to two 4x7-inch quadratic passive planar radiators and one HVFR tweeter, this puppy achieves a frequency response from 60hz to 35kHz with 92dB/W/m sensitivity.

The surround channels are reproduced by the SuperSat 3, which sports two of the same 4.5-inch mid/bass drivers and HVFR tweeter, but no passive radiators. The result is a frequency range from 80Hz to 35kHz with 92dB/W/m sensitivity.

Reviews:

"GoldenEar Triton Two rewrites the rules...magnificent top-end and powerful lows mated to perfect timing and coherence...astonishing detail, depth and resolution partnered with awesome bass...GoldenEar Technology has achieved something really magical...you will not find better value for money in any other loudspeaker on the market currently-period!" - What Fi-Fi - Awarded Speaker of the year

"... had us believing the entire width of the front wall was covered with speakers... a soundstage that brought us tears of joy" - AV Max

"among the finest sensibly-priced high-performance speakers we have yet heard" ... "a full-range sound that is at once powerful and effortless, yet remarkably nuanced and refined."
"...a true benchmark system in terms of performance per dollar"!
- Perfect Vision

Golden Ear Triton Two - $2999pr

Golden Ear TritonCinema Two - $3999


Triton Three

GoldenEar’s Triton Two Tower has clearly set the audio world on its proverbial ear with extraordinary sound quality, elegant styling and previously unimaginable value. It has earned an incredible series of rave reviews and industry accolades from around the world — including more than a few Speaker and Audio Product of the Year honors and awards. Now welcome the spectacular followup, the Triton Three, which incorporates the same advanced technologies and delivers state-of-the-art performance remarkably similar to its big brother.

The Triton Three is literally a smaller version of the award-winning Triton Two. It is the perfect solution for listeners looking for a more compact loudspeaker that offers equally superb performance for both high-quality two-channel systems as well as in multi-channel home theater and music systems when paired with the perfectly-matched SuperSat 3 and SuperSat 50C. Its sleek, elegantly curved and tapered design mirrors the award winning styling of the Triton Two with its beautiful marriage of piano-gloss black and designer-fabric-covered surfaces.

Like the Two, the Triton Three incorporates the built-in powered subwoofer technology first pioneered by GoldenEar principals Sandy Gross and Don Givogue. In this case, there is an integral 800-watt digital/DSP controlled power amp driving an active front-mounted long-throw 5" x 9" quadratic subwoofer driver. This is coupled to two opposing, inertially balanced 6.75" x 8" quadratic planar infrasonic passive radiators which are located on the sides, near the floor, in order to take full advantage of boundary coupling. There is one of the same 4.5" high-definition cast basket MVPP™ drivers as used in the Two, along with the same GoldenEar signature High Velocity Folded Ribbon (HVFR™) tweeter.

Performance-wise, the Triton Three delivers the same boxless three-dimensional imaging as the Triton Two, which reviewers have hailed as “mystical”, “magical” — and, best summed up by the dramatic, “had us believing that the entire surface of the front wall was covered with speakers.” Likewise, the powerful, deep subwoofer bass blends perfectly with the silky smooth, utterly transparent midrange and high frequencies, putting many dramatically more expensive speakers to shame.

Reviews:

"Without a doubt, the Triton Threes can thoroughly kick the butt of just about any other loudspeaker in their class on the playground or after school. In some ways, the Triton Threes are an even more impressive achievement than the Triton Twos because the lower the price, the harder it is to produce that kind of sonic excellence. The GoldenEar family can be quite proud of its latest progeny." H.T.com

Triton Three Cinema Review - pdf

"Whenever I strongly recommend a product, I often worry that a Sound+Vision reader might buy it and not like it despite its strengths, but I have no such concerns with the Triton Three. It’s simply one of the best tower speakers I’ve reviewed at any price. The fact that it sounds this good at just below $2,000 per pair makes it a truly outstanding buy." Brent Butterworth, Sound & Vision Magazine.

Read the full review in Sound & Vision

Specifications:

• Dimensions: Speaker: 5.25" W (front) x 7" W (rear) x 13" D x 44" H (with base). Base: 11.5"
W x 15.25" D.
• Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 35 kHz.
• Efficiency: 90 dB.
• Nominal Impedance: Compatible with 8 ohms.
• Driver Complement: One 5" x 9" long-throw quadratic
subwoofer coupled to Two 6.75" x 8" quadratic planar infrasonic radiators, One 4.5"
high-definition cast-basket MVPP mid/bass drivers, One HFVR High-Velocity Folded
Ribbon Tweeter.
• Recommended Amplifier Power: 20 – 400 Watt/channel.
• Built-In Subwoofer Power Amplifier:
800 Watt ForceField digital/DSP amplifier.
• Price: Triton Three $999 each.
• Cinema Prices: SuperSat 50C Center - $499, SuperSat 3 surrounds - $249 each.


Aon 2 and 3 –

The Aon 2 and Aon 3 are exceptionally compact, ultra-high-performance bookshelf speakers that were originally developed for use as nearfield monitors in professional mixing applications. The design goal was to produce modestly-sized shelf or stand-mountable speakers that would achieve accurate high-definition sonic reproduction, with superb three-dimensional imaging, comparable to that achieved by GoldenEar’s award-winning Triton Two Towers. Although they don’t have quite the awe-inspiring bass of the floor-standing Tritons, great care has been taken, and extensive technology has been incorporated, to ensure that the Aons can deliver a remarkably satisfying listening experience without the need for a separate subwoofer.

Both Aon models incorporate GoldenEar-designed cast-basket bass/midrange drivers with technology derived from the midrange units developed for the Tritons. In addition, they both use the same extraordinary and costly High Velocity Folded Ribbon (HVFR™) high frequency radiator used in the Tritons.

Lastly, each Aon model utilizes two side-mounted planar low-frequency radiators in a dynamically balanced configuration in order to properly load the bass/midrange drivers for an open, box-less midrange, while also contributing to the Aons’ remarkably extended bass for such small enclosures.

The Aons are of a truncated pyramidal construction, which results in significant performance advantages due to the non-parallel cabinet walls and the reduced baffle area around the tweeter. Aesthetically, the sleek, attractive pyramid-inspired shape combined with appealing design details including piano-gloss black end-caps, results in beautiful speakers that are both elegant and distinctive.

Aon 2: The ultra-compact, 12" tall Aon 2 Bookshelf Monitor (on right in the photo to right) incorporates a 6", High-Definition, Multi-Vaned Phase Plug (MVPP™), cast-basket Mid-Bass Driver, coupled to two 6-1/2" Inertially-balanced side-mounted Low Frequency Radiators and the GoldenEar High-Velocity Folded Ribbon Tweeter (HVFR™).

Aon 3: The compact, 14" tall Aon 3 Bookshelf Monitor (on left in photo to right, with grille sock removed) incorporates a 7", High-Definition, Multi-Vaned Phase Plug (MVPP™), cast-basket Mid-Bass Driver, coupled to two 8" Inertially-balanced side-mounted Low Frequency Radiators and the GoldenEar High-Velocity Folded Ribbon Tweeter (HVFR™).

Reviews:

Aon 3: “Through clever engineering, the GoldenEar designers have created a speaker that plays bigger than its compact enclosure suggests, and sounds far more natural, detailed, and refined than most would think possible, given the low price and disparate drivers. I could praise many of the Aon 3’s qualities — its effortless highs and ample bass, its finely detailed and natural midrange, its astonishingly spacious soundstage — but what bowled me over was how well the outputs of its tweeter, midrange-woofer, and passive radiators integrated to create a big yet sophisticated sound that can compare with those of well-designed speakers at much higher prices. All told, GoldenEar’s innovative twist on the typical two-way not only helps to distinguish the Aon 3 in a crowded speaker marketplace, it may have upped the ante for the kind of sound consumers can expect for 2¢ under a grand. It also proves that being different can produce something better — when it’s done right. - Doug Schneider, SoundStage!

“The GoldenEar Aon 3 is a brilliant standmount that could easily pass for a far more costly speaker than it actually is. Several things make the Aon 3 lovable: its transparency and detail, the seamlessness of the integration between its tweeter and mid-bass driver, and its very impressive bass output (for such a compact speaker). Watch out Brit-boxes, this Yankee speaker comes very highly recommended.” – Chris Martens, HiFi+

"I was struck by their speed, purity and sheer realism... I was also floored by the way the Aon 3 demonstrated real weight and warmth...frankly I was wowed by the accuracy and realism of the Aon 3...a highly believable 3D soundstage that floats well free from the speaker enclosures."

"...the ability to deliver a strong technical performance and one that lets the music live and breathe is what makes the Aon 3 so special--and quite exceptional for its price." – Chris Martens, Playback


Aon 2 - $399.99 each
Aon 3 - $499.99 each

 

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