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Welcome to the latest GoldenEar newsletter. This edition is about some of the complexities involved in designing high performance loudspeakers. In our case they can be even more challenging as we're trying to deliver exceptional performance at affordable prices.

Our second article continues with this theme by describing one specific aspect of design that you don't hear discussed often; enclosure caused diffraction. It can have a significant impact on sound quality and you'll read about how we deal with it.

In this edition of Sandy's Place, he shares his experience at this year's Axpona show in Chicago. Sandy had a ball entertaining thousands of visitors with his demos of the Triton Reference system.

And make sure to check out the latest reviews (see Quick Links, on the left), the Triton Reference continues to get some incredible reviews from the industry's best reviewers.

If you have any questions regarding GoldenEar give us a shout at . 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.
Happy listening,
The GoldenEar Team
Engineering a Truly Great Loudspeaker
How Deceiving Simple Appearances Can Be...
When you look at GoldenEar Triton tower enclosures you see elegant looking sock covered cabinets (or in the case of T Ref, a beautiful piano gloss black finished cabinet). But in reality there's much more than meets the casual observer's eye going on here. You might be surprised at how much goes into designing and building the GoldenEar speakers. People often ask if the speakers' narrow design is for good looks or good sound. Actually it is for both. Allow us to explain...

There Are Reasons They're Built and Shaped Like That

The vast majority of speaker engineers agree that enclosures shouldn't contribute to or detract from the drivers' output. To that end most enclosures are designed with internal bracing, relatively massive walls, and possibly multiple constrained layers of material. Constrained layer damping usually employs glued layers of materials having different resonant properties to reduce cabinet "talk". (As a brief comical aside, it's not "dampening" we're looking for, as that would just make things wet. We want "damping". Makes us nuts to see the wrong word used all over in audio mags and forums.)
Diffraction Reduction and Superior Performance
The interaction of fluid waves is the same as acoustic waves

It's a Lot More Than Screwing Some Drivers into a Baffle...

In this article we'd like to highlight an aspect of speaker design that is not widely discussed but has significant impact on what you hear; mid and high frequency diffraction. Remembering that sound is a series of pressure/rarefaction waves with low frequencies being the longest and high frequencies the shortest, diffraction is defined as the process by which a system of waves spreads out due to passing through a narrow aperture or across an edge. This is typically accompanied by interference between the original pressure waves and new waves formed as the original waves pass through the aperture or over the edge. If the wavelength is bigger than the size of the obstacle, it passes through it like it's not even there. So for woofers, diffraction is not much of an issue. For higher frequencies however, with their shorter wavelengths, diffraction can and will happen.
Sandy's Place - AXPONA 2018: "Triton Reference Redefines Ultra High-End Performance and Value"

This year I took the GoldenEar demos on the road to show off Triton Reference to consumers at the big  Axpona 2018 high-end audio show in Chicago. We received a lot of great comments from the 1000's of consumers who got to hear the Triton Reference, many for the first time. For those that HAD heard them before, what we heard the most was  "these sound so much better than when I heard them at the dealer's store" . As most of you have experienced, the speakers rarely sound their best in the difficult store environment.

We also received some unexpected and great press at Axpona - including a wonderful, comprehensive wrap-up from  Scot Hull at Part-Time Audiophile Scot really liked the first demo he heard, describing how...

"Sandy fired up 'Life In The Bubble' by Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, and the room was once again shaking. This is not the Triton One, this is a whole new creature. Cymbals and organ trickle in from the beginning, warm and delicate, bongo drums and snare rush in to a window washing effect... The first thing that comes to mind is how much bigger this speaker sounds than the Triton One. How can you take a container of almost the same size and squeeze in so much more performance? What wizardry is this? Along with the hefty output, it comes at you refined as well as anything costing $60K at the show. It's that good."

Thanks Scot - great stuff!!

Other audiophile press was on hand too and the raves and awards for the GoldenEar Demo room came rolling in. Here are a few highlights:

From The Absolute Sound :

Best Sound (for the money)

"I finally got around to getting a good listen to the GoldenEar Triton Reference loudspeaker ($8500). What AHC concluded in the pages of TAS and many folks on the Internet echo, it's really hard to do better without spending substantially more. A true giant-killer."

Some comments from Herb Reichert of Stereophile:

"I never mention age, but GoldenEar's Sandy Gross has been designing, manufacturing, and presenting loudspeakers at audio shows-since before there were audio shows. More than anyone I know, Sandy knows how to position his loudspeakers in a room. He consistently generates easily enjoyable audiophile sound, in even the most hostile hotel environments. Best of all, Sandy Gross plays real music."

And some music that moved him...

"Sandy is the man when it come to playing not audiophile pap, but music made by real artists. Big beats and head-bopping rhythms stole the show, as did one life-changing recording: Pete Seeger singing Tom Paxton's 'Ramblin' Boy,' live at Carnegie Hall, 1963. Every time the audience sang along, 'Well here's to you my ramblin' boy, may all your rambles bring you joy,' I sobbed, choked up, and I swore, when I got home, I'd buy a copy of this profoundly moving music."

And a quick note from Scot Hull of  Part-Time Audiophile after his first visit:

"Sandy Gross has put his thumbprint on many a great speaker branding, and it sounds as if GoldenEar history stands to repeat itself. The Triton reference speaker is all-new from the ground up, and boy does it have the minerals to take on some really esoteric and, to be honest, very expensive competitors. You'll be hard pressed to find a better value and cure for upgrade-itis."

A good time was had by all attendees, and me! I always enjoy talking to people about their systems and showing off our latest GoldenEar products. I think I'll go again next year, will I see you there?
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