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Golden Ear Triton Reference Speaker System


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210-805-9927

Golden Ear Triton Reference Speaker System


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210-805-9927

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    MY TAKE: Think you’ve heard Golden Ear? Think again. The Reference is unlike any previous model in the line. While all the Golden Ear speaker represent outstanding value, the Reference takes a giant leap forward in resolution that distances it from the other models by an order of magnitude. Quite a speaker. – Galen Carol

     

    The Triton Reference is an evolution of everything that we have achieved with the Triton One, but taken to a stunning new level of sonic performance and sophisticated visual design. All the components in the Reference - the active sub-bass drivers, upper-bass/midrange drivers, and high-velocity folded ribbon tweeter - are new, and have been specifically developed for use in the Reference. The fully balanced crossover is, of course, specially engineered for the Reference, and the powerful subwoofer amplifier and 56-bit DSP control unit are an evolution of those used in the Triton One and our SuperSubs.


    The new 6˝ upper/bass/midrange drivers are cast-basket units that incorporate a low-mass voice coil and a newly developed cone with unique low-mass bonding to the butyl rubber surround for improved transient response. In addition, they have a large, newly designed, specially engineered "Focused Field™" magnet structure, which better directs the magnet flux to the voice coil gap. The newly engineered 6˝x10˝ active low-frequency drivers for the built-in powered subwoofers have 40% more surface area than the active drivers used in the Triton One, along with a larger diameter voice coil and an even more massive magnet structure which also utilizes our Focused Field technology. The new Reference High-Velocity Folded-Ribbon tweeter incorporates 50% more rare-earth neodymium magnet material than do our other HVFR tweeters, for improved transient response and higher efficiency. The four inertially balanced 10.5˝x 9.5˝ side-mounted (two on each side), planar, infrasonic radiators are similar to those used in the SuperSub X, but have been retooled to allow for even greater excursion.


    There are a myriad of other significant upgrades and refinements, including: new internal wiring with a specially developed twist, further development of our signature balanced crossover including film capacitors bridged across the high-pass section on the upper-bass/midrange drivers, a unique proprietary mix of long-fiber lamb’s wool and Dacron for more effective internal damping, intensive work with a high-resolution accelerometer to determine the most effective implementation of complex internal bracing, a 3/32˝-thick steel plate built into the medite base to further stiffen it for increased stability, which results in higher resolution of subtle details, new stainless steel floor spikes and cups ... and the list goes on and on.


    Visually, the Reference offers a strikingly beautiful upgrade to the classic Triton styling, with a gorgeous hand-rubbed piano gloss-black lacquer finished one-piece monocoque cabinet. Sleek, statuesque and refined, the Reference is simply a gorgeous statement piece that will excite listeners with its dynamic visual presence, as well as its extraordinary sonic performance.


    Sonically, the Reference has been engineered to perform with a dramatic and authoritative voice, comparable to speakers that sell for 10 and more times its surprisingly affordable price. They completely disappear, with superb three-dimensional imaging that stretches from wall to wall and beyond, and depth that makes the wall behind them seem to vanish. The astonishing bass is rock-solid with low-frequency performance that is tight, quick, highly impactful and musical with extension flat to 20Hz and below. Another GoldenEar signature is a silky smooth high end that extends to 35 kHz with a lifelike sheen but no trace of hardness, sibilance or stridency so common with lesser tweeters. Tremendous time and energy has been put into the voicing of the speaker and the seamless blending of the drivers, for unmatched musicality with all types of music, and home theater perfection. Rarely do speakers excel at both, but with their world-class neutrality, the Reference absolutely does. A special bonus is the Reference’s extremely high 93.25 dB sensitivity, which gives them tremendous dynamic range and allows use with almost any high-quality amplifier, including many SET tube amps.

     

    REVIEWS:

    Sound & Vision: One thing that often gets lost in audio equipment reviews is the fun factor: Did the reviewer enjoy listening to music with this or that component? The detailed, dynamic, and full-range sound put out by the Triton Reference had the effect of turning me into a music junkie (that audio crack thing I mentioned earlier). I’m a regular music listener, but once I had the Reference up and running, I found myself wanting to do little else. Blu-rays, Netflix, the internet, exercise—it all went by the wayside, and I found myself sitting up late, night after night, playing music. I also invited non-audiophile friends and neighbors over to listen, blowing numerous unsullied minds in the process. And when I mentioned how much the Reference costs, not one person blinked. To them, $8,500 for a pair seemed a fair price for such excellent sound.

    What to do next after creating a speaker called the Reference? I’m sure that Gross and his engineering team will find plenty to do to keep busy. For now, though, they’ve earned fair rights to rest a while on their laurels. If true reference-quality performance at a very fair price was the goal here, GoldenEar Technology has succeeded in a huge way.” – Al Griffin
     

    Digital Trends: "These speakers are meant to be a model for sound quality, accuracy, transparency, realism, and they are. The only problem is that the price is somewhere between 2-3 times less than the speakers that they compete against...They are flat-out incredible, knock-your-damn-socks-off, jaw-droppingly realistic, enrapturing speakers...The GoldenEar Triton Reference loudspeakers aren't an evolution or a revolution, they're both!" – Caleb
     

    Home Theater Review: “The phrase "statement piece" is used and misused quite frequently in our industry, often to mean an unrealistic, cost-no-object proof of concept that may or may not make it to market, and is usually only attainable by the one percent if it does. In every meaningful respect, the GoldenEar Triton Reference speaker is a statement piece, but not in that way. Yes, it does deliver the sort of performance previously delivered only by cost-no-object speakers. And yes, if you have room for these speakers in your living room, you're certainly making a statement.

    But as hard as it is for me to describe a $4,250 speaker as an exceptional value and expect to be taken seriously--after all, I know that's far outside the budget range of many of our readers--when you get down to brass tacks, this truly is, above all else, an incredibly high-value speaker that simply doesn't sounds like price was considered at all in its design process. If anything, I think it's underpriced.” – Dennis Berger  
     


    The Absolute Sound: “In short, the Triton Reference is one of the few speakers I’ve encountered that can actually produce truly low musical bass and warble test tones down to the lowest subwoofer depths and do so in ways that that are properly integrated into the overall response of the speaker. It really does bring out the deepest notes a recording allows with tight detail and without exaggeration.”

    “Highly recommended. Well worth auditioning and fully competitive with some substantially more expensive speakers” – Anthony Cordesman



    SPECIFICATIONS:

     

    Dimensions:  9-1⁄4˝ (23.36 cm) W x 18-3⁄4˝ (47.6 cm) D x 58˝ (147.27 cm) H (height is with base installed, no spikes). Base: 13-5⁄8˝ (34.5 cm) W x 22-1⁄4˝ (56.4 cm) D

    Weight: Product: 108 lbs (49 kg) /Shipping: 150 lbs (68 kg)

    Frequency Response: 12 Hz - 35 kHz

    Efficiency: 93.25 dB

    Nominal Impedance: Compatible with 8 ohms

    Driver Complement: Three - 6˝ x 10˝ Long-Throw Quadratic Reference Subwoofers, coupled to: Four - 9-1/2˝ x 10-1/2˝ Quadratic Planar Infrasonic Radiators. Two - 6˝ High-Definition Cast-Basket Reference Mid/Bass Drivers. One - High Gauss Reference High-Velocity Folded Ribbon (HVFR™) Tweeter

    Recommended Amplification: 20 - 750 watt/channel        

    Built-In Subwoofer: Power Amplification - 1800 watt ForceField digital/56 bit DSP Subwoofer Amplifier

    Power Requirements/Consumption: Low Voltage Version - 120 V at 60Hz / 1800 Watts. High Voltage Version - 240 V at 50Hz / 1800 Watts (Approved for NA (TUV

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Golden Ear Triton Reference Speaker System


Not available online, please call to order.
210-805-9927

Description


 

MY TAKE: Think you’ve heard Golden Ear? Think again. The Reference is unlike any previous model in the line. While all the Golden Ear speaker represent outstanding value, the Reference takes a giant leap forward in resolution that distances it from the other models by an order of magnitude. Quite a speaker. – Galen Carol

 

The Triton Reference is an evolution of everything that we have achieved with the Triton One, but taken to a stunning new level of sonic performance and sophisticated visual design. All the components in the Reference - the active sub-bass drivers, upper-bass/midrange drivers, and high-velocity folded ribbon tweeter - are new, and have been specifically developed for use in the Reference. The fully balanced crossover is, of course, specially engineered for the Reference, and the powerful subwoofer amplifier and 56-bit DSP control unit are an evolution of those used in the Triton One and our SuperSubs.


The new 6˝ upper/bass/midrange drivers are cast-basket units that incorporate a low-mass voice coil and a newly developed cone with unique low-mass bonding to the butyl rubber surround for improved transient response. In addition, they have a large, newly designed, specially engineered "Focused Field™" magnet structure, which better directs the magnet flux to the voice coil gap. The newly engineered 6˝x10˝ active low-frequency drivers for the built-in powered subwoofers have 40% more surface area than the active drivers used in the Triton One, along with a larger diameter voice coil and an even more massive magnet structure which also utilizes our Focused Field technology. The new Reference High-Velocity Folded-Ribbon tweeter incorporates 50% more rare-earth neodymium magnet material than do our other HVFR tweeters, for improved transient response and higher efficiency. The four inertially balanced 10.5˝x 9.5˝ side-mounted (two on each side), planar, infrasonic radiators are similar to those used in the SuperSub X, but have been retooled to allow for even greater excursion.


There are a myriad of other significant upgrades and refinements, including: new internal wiring with a specially developed twist, further development of our signature balanced crossover including film capacitors bridged across the high-pass section on the upper-bass/midrange drivers, a unique proprietary mix of long-fiber lamb’s wool and Dacron for more effective internal damping, intensive work with a high-resolution accelerometer to determine the most effective implementation of complex internal bracing, a 3/32˝-thick steel plate built into the medite base to further stiffen it for increased stability, which results in higher resolution of subtle details, new stainless steel floor spikes and cups ... and the list goes on and on.


Visually, the Reference offers a strikingly beautiful upgrade to the classic Triton styling, with a gorgeous hand-rubbed piano gloss-black lacquer finished one-piece monocoque cabinet. Sleek, statuesque and refined, the Reference is simply a gorgeous statement piece that will excite listeners with its dynamic visual presence, as well as its extraordinary sonic performance.


Sonically, the Reference has been engineered to perform with a dramatic and authoritative voice, comparable to speakers that sell for 10 and more times its surprisingly affordable price. They completely disappear, with superb three-dimensional imaging that stretches from wall to wall and beyond, and depth that makes the wall behind them seem to vanish. The astonishing bass is rock-solid with low-frequency performance that is tight, quick, highly impactful and musical with extension flat to 20Hz and below. Another GoldenEar signature is a silky smooth high end that extends to 35 kHz with a lifelike sheen but no trace of hardness, sibilance or stridency so common with lesser tweeters. Tremendous time and energy has been put into the voicing of the speaker and the seamless blending of the drivers, for unmatched musicality with all types of music, and home theater perfection. Rarely do speakers excel at both, but with their world-class neutrality, the Reference absolutely does. A special bonus is the Reference’s extremely high 93.25 dB sensitivity, which gives them tremendous dynamic range and allows use with almost any high-quality amplifier, including many SET tube amps.

 

REVIEWS:

Sound & Vision: One thing that often gets lost in audio equipment reviews is the fun factor: Did the reviewer enjoy listening to music with this or that component? The detailed, dynamic, and full-range sound put out by the Triton Reference had the effect of turning me into a music junkie (that audio crack thing I mentioned earlier). I’m a regular music listener, but once I had the Reference up and running, I found myself wanting to do little else. Blu-rays, Netflix, the internet, exercise—it all went by the wayside, and I found myself sitting up late, night after night, playing music. I also invited non-audiophile friends and neighbors over to listen, blowing numerous unsullied minds in the process. And when I mentioned how much the Reference costs, not one person blinked. To them, $8,500 for a pair seemed a fair price for such excellent sound.

What to do next after creating a speaker called the Reference? I’m sure that Gross and his engineering team will find plenty to do to keep busy. For now, though, they’ve earned fair rights to rest a while on their laurels. If true reference-quality performance at a very fair price was the goal here, GoldenEar Technology has succeeded in a huge way.” – Al Griffin
 

Digital Trends: "These speakers are meant to be a model for sound quality, accuracy, transparency, realism, and they are. The only problem is that the price is somewhere between 2-3 times less than the speakers that they compete against...They are flat-out incredible, knock-your-damn-socks-off, jaw-droppingly realistic, enrapturing speakers...The GoldenEar Triton Reference loudspeakers aren't an evolution or a revolution, they're both!" – Caleb
 

Home Theater Review: “The phrase "statement piece" is used and misused quite frequently in our industry, often to mean an unrealistic, cost-no-object proof of concept that may or may not make it to market, and is usually only attainable by the one percent if it does. In every meaningful respect, the GoldenEar Triton Reference speaker is a statement piece, but not in that way. Yes, it does deliver the sort of performance previously delivered only by cost-no-object speakers. And yes, if you have room for these speakers in your living room, you're certainly making a statement.

But as hard as it is for me to describe a $4,250 speaker as an exceptional value and expect to be taken seriously--after all, I know that's far outside the budget range of many of our readers--when you get down to brass tacks, this truly is, above all else, an incredibly high-value speaker that simply doesn't sounds like price was considered at all in its design process. If anything, I think it's underpriced.” – Dennis Berger  
 


The Absolute Sound: “In short, the Triton Reference is one of the few speakers I’ve encountered that can actually produce truly low musical bass and warble test tones down to the lowest subwoofer depths and do so in ways that that are properly integrated into the overall response of the speaker. It really does bring out the deepest notes a recording allows with tight detail and without exaggeration.”

“Highly recommended. Well worth auditioning and fully competitive with some substantially more expensive speakers” – Anthony Cordesman



SPECIFICATIONS:

 

Dimensions:  9-1⁄4˝ (23.36 cm) W x 18-3⁄4˝ (47.6 cm) D x 58˝ (147.27 cm) H (height is with base installed, no spikes). Base: 13-5⁄8˝ (34.5 cm) W x 22-1⁄4˝ (56.4 cm) D

Weight: Product: 108 lbs (49 kg) /Shipping: 150 lbs (68 kg)

Frequency Response: 12 Hz - 35 kHz

Efficiency: 93.25 dB

Nominal Impedance: Compatible with 8 ohms

Driver Complement: Three - 6˝ x 10˝ Long-Throw Quadratic Reference Subwoofers, coupled to: Four - 9-1/2˝ x 10-1/2˝ Quadratic Planar Infrasonic Radiators. Two - 6˝ High-Definition Cast-Basket Reference Mid/Bass Drivers. One - High Gauss Reference High-Velocity Folded Ribbon (HVFR™) Tweeter

Recommended Amplification: 20 - 750 watt/channel        

Built-In Subwoofer: Power Amplification - 1800 watt ForceField digital/56 bit DSP Subwoofer Amplifier

Power Requirements/Consumption: Low Voltage Version - 120 V at 60Hz / 1800 Watts. High Voltage Version - 240 V at 50Hz / 1800 Watts (Approved for NA (TUV