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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:

    HiFi+ (Excerpts): "...a loudspeaker that could directly challenge the performance of top-tier competitors selling for low to mid five-figure sums."

    "...a dead serious high-end loudspeaker, but one that was very keenly priced and that could easily fit into real world systems."

    "The basic question I wanted to answer was whether or not the Triton Reference could deliver sound quality competitive with that of loudspeakers several times its price. The answer is that it could and did..."

    "The Triton Reference offers performance that is likely to surprise and delight its owners."

    "The Triton Reference proved to be an extremely wide-bandwidth loudspeaker that offered essentially unlimited low-end extension and plenty of top-octave 'air' and 'sparkle'...which addresses both the top and bottom octaves with equal parts of authority, swagger and finesse."

    "Notice how the Triton Reference deliver the high-impact notes with enough raw power to shake the walls and windows of your listening room, yet with enough speed and delicacy..."

    "Harmonically rich and complete...Up high the Triton Reference also offers excellent and extension, neatly rendering the high-frequency harmonics of treble instruments that seem to soar upwards beyond the range of hearing-floating delicately in the open air."

    "The T Refs are exceptionally easy to drive, while providing superb resolution of low-level microdynamics along with an abundant amount of dynamic headroom. As a result, the speaker sounds effortlessly expressive and alive, whether playing loudly or softly or somewhere in between. Few speakers I have heard at any price convey such a vivid impression of freedom from dynamic constraints... The speaker lets you choose whatever material and playback level you wish, since in most rooms the speaker will prove to have more dynamic headroom than your ears do-even on loud rock or other power music."

    "The GoldenEars brilliantly captured the almost hyper-sharp attack of the snare and the sheer energy."

    "...an almost uncanny quality of three-dimensionality that-on the right recording-can make a stereo system sound almost like a state-of-the-art surround sound system."

    "If you have yearned for top-tier speakers costing many tens of thousands of pounds per pair, but don't have the discretionary funds to acquire them, then GoldenEar's Triton Reference floor standers will be the must-audition loudspeakers for you. In fact, the Triton Reference is so good that it offers all the performance most listeners will ever need or want (and then some)."

    "But even jaded and well-heeled high-enders who can afford pricier fare would do well to consider the Triton References, because few speakers at any price offer a more well rounded balance of sonic virtues." – Chris Martens. Full review here.
     

    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

     


    Soundstage!: "I loved the way the References reproduced women’s voices. They inspired me to dig out a recording I hadn’t heard in a long time: Whitney Houston’s cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” from the soundtrack album for the film The Bodyguard (16/44.1 FLAC, Arista/Tidal). I bought the CD when it was first released, in 1992, have played this track with most of my systems over the years, and have always marveled at how beautiful her voice sounds and how powerfully it can be projected through a good system. (Although it now seems common knowledge, I just learned that it was Whitney’s costar Kevin Costner who suggested that she sing the opening unaccompanied. I read it online, but it was revealed in the documentary Whitney: Can I Be Me.) While I was tempted to really crank up the volume, I didn’t. Instead, I played the track at a moderate volume level, and reveled in how powerful it sounded, mostly because of how cleanly it was being sung. The purity of Houston’s voice was captivating through the References -- among the very best I’ve heard. Then the band enters with aplomb, the Reference conveying the full weight and spreading a stage from here to there. It was the kind of room-filling, full-range sound you expect to pay a lot more for."

    Conclusion

    "GoldenEar Technology’s Triton Reference costs 70% more than their Triton One, and for significantly more money you get significantly more. GoldenEar has created a speaker that’s not only bigger than the One, but better in many ways. The improvements in build and sound quality are dramatic.

    "With its metal-loaded plinth and sturdier, more robustly braced cabinet, the Triton Reference is built better than any other GoldenEar. I also prefer its looks, mostly for the move from a fabric sock to a piano-black lacquer. Most important, the Reference sounds better across the board than even the One. In some ways -- the greater clarity and ease throughout the midrange -- the improvement is small. But the resolution of detail, the bass articulation, the treble, and the clarity at high volumes are all greatly improved. Nor does the Reference’s larger size mean that it gives up to the One anything in soundstaging and imaging.

    "Almost everything the One does well the Reference does better. This makes it, to my eyes and ears, not only the superior speaker, but the one I’d recommend to anyone whose budget stretches as far as $8500 -- although not cheap, the Reference can easily be compared to speakers from other brands costing considerably more. It may be that the Triton Reference was never meant to be, but in GoldenEar Technology’s formidable product line it’s now the one to beat. I wonder -- with this success, will they be tempted to go even higher?" - Doug Schneider


    Secrets od Home Theater: "What grabs you immediately when listening to the GlodenEar Triton Reference is the sense of refinement and balanced – the highs are neither harsh nor edgy, the mid-range natural and the bass clean. The Triton Reference is simply effortless in revealing nuance and strength at the same time.

    "Pipes Rhode Island features some of the richest ambient bass sound that captures the surroundings of the various secular venues used for recording. If you’re a fan or organ music, I highly recommend the CD. Track 7, Transports de joie, recorded at Sayles Hall, Brown University in Providence features a range of pipe organ sound from quite deep and penetrating to highs in the upper registry. Again, the space is palpable; T-Ref rewards you with echoes within the chambers, effortless resolving space, volumes of space. The sound intensifies and the and gently releases, the Triton Reference evokes that spirit of richness.

    "A favorite of mine, Sampler disk Super Sounds II from FIM JVC XRCD is beautifully recorded. The opening track from the Magnificent Seven is superbly rendered, forceful open, transparent. The build-up to a crescendo at high volumes never wavers, never distorts. The GoldenEar T-Ref has excellent transient speed, taut and clean.

    "The Shenandoah, track 2 has in addition to some superb music which is delicate and airy from T-Ref, includes lively images of a forest, running water and birds chirping and distant woodpeckers hammering. Through the Triton Reference, the sense of space again is powerful, enveloping and seemingly effortless.

    "For the fun of it I played Elton John’s Honky Chateau SACD DSD. The hammering down on the keys on the opening track Honky Cat is stunningly forceful yet articulate. T-Ref makes easy time of Elton John’s piano playing along with the brassy horn section which is metallic, airy. Yet it is his voice on Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters that I found hauntingly real and transcends the sense of recording. By minimizing the musical arrangements with a sweet mandolin and warm piano in the recording, the GoldenEar T-Ref powerfully features his voice and hangs it directly in front of me.

    "This is how music should sound in your home.

    "Listening to Dean Martin earlier reminded me of a Peggy Lee recording of Fever I had copied and loved. Like Dean Martin’s or Elton John’s voices, Peggy Lee’s also hangs smack in the middle, hovering mid-air between the pair of Triton speakers. Her voice is both throaty and delicate. Her backup stand-up bass keeps beautiful pace with the finger snapping. Here is the evidence of the Triton Reference exemplifying the transient speed of the drivers, exhibited with amazing clarity.

    "I had to listen to more rock. The SACD, DCD Dire Straits, Brothers in Arms would do. I wanted to hear Mark Knopfler’s guitar. Ride Across the River is hauntingly beautiful mixing deep drum beats and distant trumpets. The Triton Reference makes the images colorful, vibrant, and exotic. The flute is exquisitely airy but the star is still the guitar, earthy.

    "One of my favorite contemporary jazz singers is Rene Marie, so I pulled out her CD, Live at Jazz Standards. She does this extraordinary version of Ravel’s Bolero in scat to introduce her arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s song Suzzane. The space and air around her voice is hypnotic through the T-Ref. About two minutes in her sultry voice is joined by drumbeat and builds while her voice climbs. The Triton Reference grabs that sense of timing, melody and passion.

    "I offer no rhetoric, no extraneous wit or hyperbole in my simple and honest admiration for the T-Ref as these are top to bottom, first class reference quality speakers. The GoldenEar Triton Reference s is aural satisfaction at its’ finest; not simply excellent sound reproduction but soulful, engaging and sublime musical art.

    "Easily and highly recommended and my instant selection for speaker of the year for us at Secrets."
    - Piero Gabucci, Co-Editor
     


    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:

HiFi+ (Excerpts): "...a loudspeaker that could directly challenge the performance of top-tier competitors selling for low to mid five-figure sums."

"...a dead serious high-end loudspeaker, but one that was very keenly priced and that could easily fit into real world systems."

"The basic question I wanted to answer was whether or not the Triton Reference could deliver sound quality competitive with that of loudspeakers several times its price. The answer is that it could and did..."

"The Triton Reference offers performance that is likely to surprise and delight its owners."

"The Triton Reference proved to be an extremely wide-bandwidth loudspeaker that offered essentially unlimited low-end extension and plenty of top-octave 'air' and 'sparkle'...which addresses both the top and bottom octaves with equal parts of authority, swagger and finesse."

"Notice how the Triton Reference deliver the high-impact notes with enough raw power to shake the walls and windows of your listening room, yet with enough speed and delicacy..."

"Harmonically rich and complete...Up high the Triton Reference also offers excellent and extension, neatly rendering the high-frequency harmonics of treble instruments that seem to soar upwards beyond the range of hearing-floating delicately in the open air."

"The T Refs are exceptionally easy to drive, while providing superb resolution of low-level microdynamics along with an abundant amount of dynamic headroom. As a result, the speaker sounds effortlessly expressive and alive, whether playing loudly or softly or somewhere in between. Few speakers I have heard at any price convey such a vivid impression of freedom from dynamic constraints... The speaker lets you choose whatever material and playback level you wish, since in most rooms the speaker will prove to have more dynamic headroom than your ears do-even on loud rock or other power music."

"The GoldenEars brilliantly captured the almost hyper-sharp attack of the snare and the sheer energy."

"...an almost uncanny quality of three-dimensionality that-on the right recording-can make a stereo system sound almost like a state-of-the-art surround sound system."

"If you have yearned for top-tier speakers costing many tens of thousands of pounds per pair, but don't have the discretionary funds to acquire them, then GoldenEar's Triton Reference floor standers will be the must-audition loudspeakers for you. In fact, the Triton Reference is so good that it offers all the performance most listeners will ever need or want (and then some)."

"But even jaded and well-heeled high-enders who can afford pricier fare would do well to consider the Triton References, because few speakers at any price offer a more well rounded balance of sonic virtues." – Chris Martens. Full review here.
 

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

 


Soundstage!: "I loved the way the References reproduced women’s voices. They inspired me to dig out a recording I hadn’t heard in a long time: Whitney Houston’s cover of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” from the soundtrack album for the film The Bodyguard (16/44.1 FLAC, Arista/Tidal). I bought the CD when it was first released, in 1992, have played this track with most of my systems over the years, and have always marveled at how beautiful her voice sounds and how powerfully it can be projected through a good system. (Although it now seems common knowledge, I just learned that it was Whitney’s costar Kevin Costner who suggested that she sing the opening unaccompanied. I read it online, but it was revealed in the documentary Whitney: Can I Be Me.) While I was tempted to really crank up the volume, I didn’t. Instead, I played the track at a moderate volume level, and reveled in how powerful it sounded, mostly because of how cleanly it was being sung. The purity of Houston’s voice was captivating through the References -- among the very best I’ve heard. Then the band enters with aplomb, the Reference conveying the full weight and spreading a stage from here to there. It was the kind of room-filling, full-range sound you expect to pay a lot more for."

Conclusion

"GoldenEar Technology’s Triton Reference costs 70% more than their Triton One, and for significantly more money you get significantly more. GoldenEar has created a speaker that’s not only bigger than the One, but better in many ways. The improvements in build and sound quality are dramatic.

"With its metal-loaded plinth and sturdier, more robustly braced cabinet, the Triton Reference is built better than any other GoldenEar. I also prefer its looks, mostly for the move from a fabric sock to a piano-black lacquer. Most important, the Reference sounds better across the board than even the One. In some ways -- the greater clarity and ease throughout the midrange -- the improvement is small. But the resolution of detail, the bass articulation, the treble, and the clarity at high volumes are all greatly improved. Nor does the Reference’s larger size mean that it gives up to the One anything in soundstaging and imaging.

"Almost everything the One does well the Reference does better. This makes it, to my eyes and ears, not only the superior speaker, but the one I’d recommend to anyone whose budget stretches as far as $8500 -- although not cheap, the Reference can easily be compared to speakers from other brands costing considerably more. It may be that the Triton Reference was never meant to be, but in GoldenEar Technology’s formidable product line it’s now the one to beat. I wonder -- with this success, will they be tempted to go even higher?" - Doug Schneider


Secrets od Home Theater: "What grabs you immediately when listening to the GlodenEar Triton Reference is the sense of refinement and balanced – the highs are neither harsh nor edgy, the mid-range natural and the bass clean. The Triton Reference is simply effortless in revealing nuance and strength at the same time.

"Pipes Rhode Island features some of the richest ambient bass sound that captures the surroundings of the various secular venues used for recording. If you’re a fan or organ music, I highly recommend the CD. Track 7, Transports de joie, recorded at Sayles Hall, Brown University in Providence features a range of pipe organ sound from quite deep and penetrating to highs in the upper registry. Again, the space is palpable; T-Ref rewards you with echoes within the chambers, effortless resolving space, volumes of space. The sound intensifies and the and gently releases, the Triton Reference evokes that spirit of richness.

"A favorite of mine, Sampler disk Super Sounds II from FIM JVC XRCD is beautifully recorded. The opening track from the Magnificent Seven is superbly rendered, forceful open, transparent. The build-up to a crescendo at high volumes never wavers, never distorts. The GoldenEar T-Ref has excellent transient speed, taut and clean.

"The Shenandoah, track 2 has in addition to some superb music which is delicate and airy from T-Ref, includes lively images of a forest, running water and birds chirping and distant woodpeckers hammering. Through the Triton Reference, the sense of space again is powerful, enveloping and seemingly effortless.

"For the fun of it I played Elton John’s Honky Chateau SACD DSD. The hammering down on the keys on the opening track Honky Cat is stunningly forceful yet articulate. T-Ref makes easy time of Elton John’s piano playing along with the brassy horn section which is metallic, airy. Yet it is his voice on Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters that I found hauntingly real and transcends the sense of recording. By minimizing the musical arrangements with a sweet mandolin and warm piano in the recording, the GoldenEar T-Ref powerfully features his voice and hangs it directly in front of me.

"This is how music should sound in your home.

"Listening to Dean Martin earlier reminded me of a Peggy Lee recording of Fever I had copied and loved. Like Dean Martin’s or Elton John’s voices, Peggy Lee’s also hangs smack in the middle, hovering mid-air between the pair of Triton speakers. Her voice is both throaty and delicate. Her backup stand-up bass keeps beautiful pace with the finger snapping. Here is the evidence of the Triton Reference exemplifying the transient speed of the drivers, exhibited with amazing clarity.

"I had to listen to more rock. The SACD, DCD Dire Straits, Brothers in Arms would do. I wanted to hear Mark Knopfler’s guitar. Ride Across the River is hauntingly beautiful mixing deep drum beats and distant trumpets. The Triton Reference makes the images colorful, vibrant, and exotic. The flute is exquisitely airy but the star is still the guitar, earthy.

"One of my favorite contemporary jazz singers is Rene Marie, so I pulled out her CD, Live at Jazz Standards. She does this extraordinary version of Ravel’s Bolero in scat to introduce her arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s song Suzzane. The space and air around her voice is hypnotic through the T-Ref. About two minutes in her sultry voice is joined by drumbeat and builds while her voice climbs. The Triton Reference grabs that sense of timing, melody and passion.

"I offer no rhetoric, no extraneous wit or hyperbole in my simple and honest admiration for the T-Ref as these are top to bottom, first class reference quality speakers. The GoldenEar Triton Reference s is aural satisfaction at its’ finest; not simply excellent sound reproduction but soulful, engaging and sublime musical art.

"Easily and highly recommended and my instant selection for speaker of the year for us at Secrets."
- Piero Gabucci, Co-Editor
 


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