Golden Ear Technology
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.
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
The slim Triton Two stands four feet tall
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
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
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.
"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
"... 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
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
The Triton Three is literally a smaller version of the
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
"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 &
• 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
• 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
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
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™).
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+
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."
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
Aon 2 - $399.99 each
Aon 3 - $499.99 each