How Do You Do, Digital?
GoldenEar CES New Products
Sandy's Place - Pete Seeger's Last Concert


As you know, we ask in every issue that you tell us if there's something you'd like us to cover in these newsletters. After the last edition we received a couple of excellent questions that we're covering (at least partially) in this edition. We'll continue with digital storage compression schemes next time.

Read on to learn about: Digital recording process in How Do You Do Digital article; Pete Seeger's final concert in a great Sandy's Place article; and some exciting news about brand New GoldenEar Products we introduced at the January 2014 CES show. (You may have already seen some of the glowing first reports about them in the audio press - we'll give you the lowdown below.)

Send your comments and suggestions (and if you have any questions regarding this content) to right away and we'll address them in the next issue. Of course, if you have immediate set-up questions regarding your system you can call our Tech support line at 410-998-9134, or email them at

Happy listening!

The GoldenEar Team
How Do You Do Digital? 
(The first in a 2-part article series dealing with digital recording ...)

Audio aficionados may have several musical libraries available to them. CD or LP collections, Internet radio, local streaming and storage sources, the "cloud", portable devices like MP3 players, cell phones, tablets and more. The list seems to be constantly expanding and our media access is enormous compared to just a decade or two ago. If you look back at that list you'll find  most current sources are digital and many are compressed. A GoldenEar owner who avidly 

reads these newsletters sent in a question concerning the benefits and drawbacks of compressed digital music storage. Before we go into that, we thought a fairly simplified description of the digital recording process and information about data reduction might be interesting and helpful. We'll do that in this edition and in the next issue we'll cover digital formats and compression schemes. So put your "geek" hat on and let's see.


Analog Versus Digital

An analog recording takes the electrical signal (waveform) coming from one or more microphones (or other signal source) and records it using an analogue storage medium (tape recorder, vinyl record, etc.) without changing it into a digital format. If you were to look at the voltage output pattern from the source and the stored recording they should be identical, assuming a quality transfer with low distortion. For example, the vinyl record making process uses a mechanical reproduction of that musical voltage carved into a "lacquer disc". Through successive processes eventually those groves are pressed into hot, soft slabs of vinyl. When the cooled record is played back, the phono needle traces the grooves and (hopefully) re-generates the identical electrical signal to be amplified for your listening pleasure.



Big New Product News from CES 2014


Triton One Tower
CES 2014 has come and gone. We had a great show as we impressed lots of folks with our introductions of two spectacular new products.

First up, our new top-of-the-line Triton One tower, a larger version of the award winning Triton Two. The 6" taller and 1" wider tower ups the ante with its midrange/tweeter array of dual 5-1/4" MVPP (Multi-Vane Phase Plug) drivers straddling our HVFR (High Velocity Folded Ribbon) tweeter. The Triton One's subwoofer section utilizes three front-firing 5 X 9-inch racetrack woofers and four Quadratic Planer Infrasonic Radiators (two on each side of the enclosure), driven by a built-in 1600-watt GoldenEar ForceField digital amplifier.

As always, our goal in designing the Triton One was to create an attractive, decor friendly loudspeaker capable of delivering the performance of audiophile speakers costing many times its price. Have we achieved our goal? It would be easy enough for us to say, "Of course". But instead we'll share a few quotes from the CES press response: 
Sandy's Place - Pete Seeger's Last Performance

Sandy with New Triton Three at CES 2012

Anne and I were blessed and privileged to be able to attend Pete Seeger's last public performance in November at the Cutting Room in NY. We go to hear a lot of great live music in NY, and I will be sharing some of these experiences with you in the future. After all, love of music is what got me, as well as many of you, involved in audio. Anne and I love it and spending time in NY lets us indulge to the fullest. 


Pete Seeger, who passed away at 94 in January, had his last public performance at the Cutting Room in NYC on November 14th. The Cutting Room is a unique, intimate venue, owned by Chris Noth (you remember, Big, Sarah Jessica Parker's boyfriend on Sex in the City) which was originally located next door to our loft in NY, but moved last year. Luckily I am on their email list, so I was informed about Pete's appearance and, of course, bought tickets immediately. It was actually a WBAI radio station fundraiser. WBAI is a non-profit radio station which was, back in the 60s, one of the first underground radio stations.



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