Summer's hard upon us and you may be spending lots of your free time outdoors. We certainly are. But don't forget, your audio system is one of those rare interests that you can enjoy 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, rain, snow, or in the middle of a heat wave. And the immediate access to relaxation, pleasure and emotional involvement good music can bring to you is pretty hard to find elsewhere.

So enjoy your summer for sure. But while you're at it, please take a few moments to read the interesting articles in this edition of our newsletter, including one about sub/sat systems compared to full range speakers and another with lots of in-wall/in-ceiling speaker tips.  And lastly, Sandy shares his thoughts on his recent concert experience at The Jazz Standard, 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
Why You Can't "Build a Triton" Using Satellites and Subwoofers

The concept of building active subwoofers into full-range speakers has evolved over many years. When the first products with active bass sections were introduced, it was thought that the idea was to get the the subwoofer box (or boxes) out of the room. But that is merely just a side benefit of this design. In reality, the purpose and benefit is (and always was for Sandy) to achieve much better integration of the subwoofer with the rest of the system. In fact, the subwoofer section in the Tritons is more than just a subwoofer, it is a powered bass section that goes down deeply into the sub bass. With separate subwoofers, even a pair, you can never achieve the integration that we have in the Tritons. And now, with the advanced DSP that we are using, the results are extraordinary. And, of course, having dual subwoofers is also a tremendous advantage in terms of bass dynamics and bass in-room performance.

That's not to say we are not strong supporters of the sub/sat speaker system concept as they offer several benefits, not the least of which is "aesthetic" or "fit" in one's home environment. Of course GoldenEar sub/sat systems can certainly sound very good, and are a good solution for certain particular applications. And its a great way to build your system in stages (beginning with Triton Fives or Sevens and then adding a separate subwoofer later, for example). Or when shelf mounted speakers are a requirement, or when wall mounted speakers or soundbar are desired, to go along with a wall mounted TV, for instance.

The Benefits of the Triton Design
The powered-bass-section Triton models deliver spectacular performance from deep bass to sparking highs, all from amazingly compact, unobtrusive enclosures. As opposed to the vast majority of speakers that will legitimately reproduce bass frequencies down below 40 or 50Hz that are very large, heavy, visually imposing and really expensive. These extreme performance Tritons eliminate many of those typical large floorstanding speaker issues, at prices that almost seem to good to be true (they're not, honest). The Triton series provides a group of benefits that are rare in the world of high performance, full-range, audio speakers:

In-Wall and In-Ceiling Speakers - "Invisible" Hi-Fi Sound 

Distributed Audio for Music in Every Room

GoldenEar makes a line of very high performance in-wall/in-ceiling speakers that have been designed and manufactured to the same engineering and build standards as the rest of our speakers. Unlike the many "throw away" low end flush mount speakers on the market, ours are designed to bring you the same audiophile sound quality and enjoyment as our enclosure models. We thought a few tips and recommendations might be helpful if you're considering adding in-ceiling/in-wall speakers to your Music and/or Home Theater system, or getting a distributed audio system for "whole house" audio.

Some thoughts on placement
Always consult with your GoldenEar dealer concerning in-wall and in-ceiling speaker placement and installation. The following are some suggested guidelines but like all suggestions, your circumstances may require other options.

The GoldenEar Invisa Models
Distributed audio speaker placement
If you're installing speakers primarily for background listening it may be beneficial to locate them out of direct line of sight (hearing wise), off axis from the area where people most often congregate in the room. For example, although it may seem most logical to put ceiling speaker directly over the dining room table, located there they can be distracting to diners and interfere with conversation during the meal. Better to place them off to the side(s) of the table or put in-wall speakers above or below seated ear height where they'll provide background music without calling attention to themselves.
Multiple speakers in a room, playing at low volume will give you better coverage than one or two speakers turned up louder. Of course, budget always comes in to play so there may have to be a compromise between excellent, smooth coverage and dollars spent. (Also see "Single-point Stereo" paragraph below.)

Sandy's Place - Omar Avital Quintet at The Jazz Standard

Omar Avital Quintet at The Jazz Standard
Those of you that are familiar with my musical taste know that it leans heavily in the jazz direction. This basically developed back in the early 70s, when I was attending college at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In addition to avidly collecting discarded tube amplifiers, like McIntosh 60s, 275s, Marantz 8s, 9s and the like that people were selling in the Sunday classifieds, as they "traded up to solid state", I was also developing my musical taste and moving from rock to jazz. I had the opportunity, in those days, to hear most of the rock legends, like Hendrix, Joplin, the Airplane, Santana, Canned Heat, etc., etc., live at the Fillmore East in NY (followed by late night dinners in Chinatown), among other venues.

But one day, while driving North up Charles Street, passing the Famous Ballroom, I saw on their marquee, that Pharaoh Sanders would be playing that Sunday at the Left Bank Jazz Society. Now, what was the Left Bank Jazz Society? Simply the best place to hear jazz on the planet in the late 60s and 70s. On Sunday, the Famous Ballroom was home to the Society, which held concerts from 5-9 in the evening, BYOB, bring your own food, sit at the picnic tables and groove. The Famous Ballroom, up on the second floor, was a classic 40s ballroom with blue painted ceiling and floating clouds. 

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