Welcome to the latest GoldenEar newsletter. In this issue we're talking about that most pleasurable of topics, bass response. Most of us listen for great bass from our audio systems but many don't fully understand the ins and outs of getting great bass. Hopefully we can help below.

Hand in hand with the first article is setting the right Bass Management parameters in your system. This article details that process with GoldenEar speakers and more. If after reading this issue you're still confused about all this or can't seem to get it right, feel free to contact us at

In Sandy's Corner, Sandy shares his thoughts on his recent concert experience with Jazz legend Pharoah Sanders.

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
Let's Talk BASS-ics ...
  The Award Winning GoldenEar SuperSub XXL

Before we get into it please note that above all, set your system up however it sounds best to you, playing the music and movies you enjoy. Use common sense and a respect for the demands you're placing upon your speakers, amplifiers and subwoofers to ensure long term enjoyment and reliability from your system.
A Little History
If you browse the GoldenEar forums ( ) you'll quickly find that bass performance in general and surround sound bass management* remain a source of confusion, generating lots of questions and messages. To further complicate matters, it seems some electronics manufacturers have been changing their bass management implementation (see below). We thought it might help to re-visit these topics as they relate to GoldenEar speakers, subwoofers and the Triton series with their built-in powered low frequency sections.
*Bass Management is the setting of speaker types and crossover points for a system that includes a subwoofer. This is typically accomplished on the "speaker setup" menu of the typical home theater receiver or processor. See next article for a full discussion of this topic.

General Bass Management Settings for GoldenEar Speakers

Scene from Interstellar  (See comment in the article)
Although the following information is based on our speakers, the guidelines and information are relevant to most other speakers as well.
For stereo-only systems: Connect the speakers using using speaker wires from your amplifier (for powered  Triton One, Two/Two+, Three/Three+,   also plug in the AC cord for the speaker's amplifier). On built-in sub models, for Triton One, Two+ and Three+, start with the speaker's bass level control at 12 o'clock. For the Triton Two and Three, start with their bass level control at 9 to 10 o'clock. (Note, if your stereo is connected to a home theater receiver, make sure to use bass management controls to connect only Front Left and Right speakers, and set them to Large.)
For surround systems with built-in bass management: For built-in sub Triton Systems, run the "LFE" subwoofer cables to the Triton sub inputs using an RCA "Y" connector if necessary. Set bass management to L/R Main = Large and Sub = Yes. Set the Triton subwoofer level controls using familiar stereo music and set the LFE level using the appropriate controls in your electronics. (We have consistently found movie special effects benefit from an extra 3dB or so of subwoofer level while most music is better with the sub turned down from that level.)
If you're using additional subwoofers with powered Tritons, connect the LFE output from your electronics to the separate subwoofer input(s) using "Y" connectors, if necessary. Set bass management to L/R Main = Large, Sub = Yes. Another option is to utilize both the subs and the Triton built-in subs by connecting the electronics' LFE output to the Triton sub inputs too.

Sandy's Place - Pharoah Sanders at Birdland 2016
Sandy with New Triton Three at CES 2012
Those of you that are familiar with my musical taste know that I listen mainly to jazz, and that my favorite musician still playing is Pharoah Sanders. Albert Ayler (another great jazz musician of the era, listen to his Love Cry album) said that Coltrane was the father, Pharoah was the son, and that he, Albert, was the holy ghost. Maybe a little blasphemous, but I'm just quoting. Actually, I just listened to Ayler's Love Cry last night, and while Anne said that it sounded pretty wild, I actually thought it was much tamer and easier to follow than when I first heard it in the early 70s. 
Anyway, I digress. I first heard Pharoah at the Famous Ballroom in Baltimore in the early 70s. The Famous, home of The Left Bank Jazz Society, held jazz concerts every Sunday from 5 till 9. The fans brought their food, drinks, and whatever other intoxicants were appropriate (I'm sure you know what I mean) and sat back and enjoyed the best jazz on the planet. Duke, the Count, Dexter, Chet Baker, Mingus, Johnny Hartman, Elvin Jones (oh, he did leer at my wife), Freddie Hubbard, the list goes on and on. MC Vernon Welch taped all those concerts, but only a few, like Stan Getz, ever got released. So, that Sunday, Pharoah Sanders, played, and he was AMAZING!!!

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