Well, spring has arrived and summer is knocking at our door (unless you are on the other side of the globe, in which case, sorry, winter is coming). We hope everyone has been enjoying plenty of great music and movies on their GoldenEar systems while hiding out from the cold and snow.

This issue of our newsletter focuses on a necessary part of our hi fi enjoyment, the source. Articles include some ideas about how to deal with less than great recordings, and all about the new high-definition source material becoming so prevalent. And lastly, Sandy shares his thoughts on Renaissance man, and friend, David Chesky, in this issue's Sandy's Corner..

As always, we hope you'll find this stuff interesting and informative. And don't forget, we truly value your thoughts and feedback concerning these newsletters. Shoot us an e-mail at and let us know what you're thinking.

Happy listening!

The GoldenEar Team
It All Begins With The Source...

Through all the years we've been involved in the high performance audio industry there's been one most important constant. The quality of an audio system's output is, to a significant degree,

dependent upon the quality of the source material. The old saw about "garbage in = garbage out" 

Vinyl Playback Turntable
Vinyl Playback is Considered By Some to Be the Best Music Playback Source

applies in just about every field. Certainly, because we want to accurately reproduce whatever source material we listen to, better equipment (speakers in particular) will get us closer to the original. And on that level, having the best system you can assemble will make any source sound as good as it can. But what if the source is really flawed?...


Consider tone controls...


If the source is acoustically flawed, even simple tone controls can potentially enhance its reproduction. We know that many audiophiles disdain the use of tone controls but when they're applied judiciously they can significantly help less than stellar source material. Just a simple bass or treble control can significantly enhance some poorly recorded material. Just remember whenever you turn up part of the frequency spectrum you're using more of your amplifiers reserve power and reducing the "headroom" available from your amp and speakers. This is particularly true if you crank up the bass, which uses the most power to reproduce. GoldenEar powered Triton towers with their built-in subwoofers are capable of prodigious bass output that won't tax your receiver or power amp. Their built-in amplifiers are extremely powerful and performance-matched to the drivers in the speakers. And as an added benefit, you can raise and lower the bass level with the speakers' subwoofer gain control eliminating the need for using your receivers bass tone control.



If It's a Poor Recording Do You Listen Anyway?

Now here's a topic related to the first article in this newsletter: Does it bother you to listen to poorly recorded/engineered music on your system? For example, we have a multi-disc Crosby, Stills and Nash compilation with recording quality that's mediocre at best. Very limited dynamic Sounds Bad

range, truncated bass and high frequencies, little in the way of soundstage or location clues. As much as we like the music, it annoys some of us to listen to it because it just sounds so bad. Yes, using a high quality system will deliver every iota of sound quality that's there but if you start with a poorly recorded source there's only so much great equipment can deliver. Some of us find that we listen to poorly recorded content less frequently than we do to "the good stuff". 



Sandy's Place - My Friend David Chesky: Renaissance Man

David Chesky in Concert
The classic Renaissance Man is Leonardo DaVinci. Artist,  paintings, drawings, scientist, inventor, architect and the list goes on and on. I believe the term was coined to describe men like Leonardo who emerged during the Renaissance and excelled in a multitude of creative activities. When I think of the term, I think of my friend David Chesky, who is my idea of a modern example of this rare breed. 

I first met David back in the 80s, when he and his brother Norman started Chesky Records. I believe that initially, they were doing ultra high quality re-release re-pressings of classical recordings. Then they began to do their own recordings, building a rather huge catalog of superbly recorded and mastered pop, jazz and eclectic recordings, many of which, like his first Ana Caram recording, have become staples of my demo repertoire. Of course Chesky Records made the transition to CDs and now have made a dramatic expansion, as HD Tracks, into high res downloads of a wide variety of many companies popular recordings covering all genres.

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