This year I took the GoldenEar demos on the road to show off
Triton Reference to consumers at the big
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 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:
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
"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?