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Welcome to the latest GoldenEar newsletter. The opening article in this edition is about the the resurgence of vinyl records and the joys of analog playback systems. We've included several subtopics including analog fidelity, LP disc types, industry experts' comments, places to find them (LP Records, that is), and more.

Our second article is all about soundbars, why they are more necessary now than ever before and why GoldenEar sound bars are a real audiophile solution and among the best you can get.

In this edition of Sandy's Place, take a journey back in time as Sandy revisits a great venue he frequented in his college days and his memorable new experience with a group he had never heard of, The Sun Ra Arkestra.

And make sure to check out the latest reviews (see Quick Links, on the left),  there's a great new Triton Two+ review from Australia HiFi Magazine, and  the  Triton Reference  continues to get some incredible reviews from the industry's best reviewers too.

If you have any questions regarding GoldenEar give us a shout at info@goldenear.com . 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
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Are you Participating in the Vinyl Resurgence?
Records? Vinyl Records?? Why???

There's been an interesting phenomenon happening over the past few years and many audiophiles are participating in it. The resurgence of vinyl records and record players is unique on several levels. After all, it's pretty unusual to see an essentially "dead" technology come back to life and although the rebirth isn't huge it's still meaningful. Many reasons have been suggested for this phenomenon. Here are a few:

Better or at least different sound quality: Many feel that records, which are an analog source, generally deliver a warmer, more natural sound than digital sources. You'll hear terms like "smoother", "less fatiguing", "more involving", etc. Some audiophiles refuse to listen to music recorded and/or stored in a digital format.

Nostalgia: Re-creating the experience of playing vinyl records like they did "in the old days" (pre 1982!!???!). The physical process and involvement of putting the disc on the platter, cleaning it (hopefully), moving the arm over to play, etc. are things missing from digital formats.
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Why Soundbars? And Then, Why GoldenEar 3D Array Soundbars?
3D Array with ForceField Subwoofer
The 3D Array Creates the Perfect Unobtrusive Audiophile-quality Home Theater

Soundbars For Everyone!

In the last few years soundbars have become ubiquitous. The primary reason has been the dramatic decline in sound quality from flat panel TV sets. Those ever thinner TV chassis coupled with speakers that fire straight down or back has led to simply terrible TV sound. Even worse, as Baby Boomers are aging their hearing is declining, compounding the problem. Mainstream manufacturers have responded by introducing relatively affordable soundbars to try and compensate. The vast majority of these are mediocre at best, but they do offer a modest degree of improved sound and intelligibility.

As with every product we make, our soundbar design goal is to deliver exceptional performance at reasonable prices. But with soundbars aesthetic demands are very important as they must blend well with lots of different TV's and not call attention to themselves. By definition therefore, they have to be particularly slim to blend well. Just as with the thin TV chassis this limits their bass capability so most require a subwoofer. Anyone with a flat screen TV is a prime soundbar candidate but those over 55 are especially in need.
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Sandy's Place - Sun Ra Arkestra: Space Is the Place!
Many years ago, in a town named Baltimore, there was an amazing place to go hear jazz. It was the Famous Ballroom. Every Sunday, a loosely organized group called The Left Bank Jazz Society, held a jazz concert. In fact, this is where and how I got turned on to jazz. The Famous Ballroom was a unique space, clouds painted on the ceiling and basically a 1940s ballroom motif. It was set up with picnic tables and benches, and they had all the amazing jazz greats of the era performing: Mingus, Pharaoh, Chet Baker, Ellington, Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Johnny Hartman, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Dexter Gordon, Stanley Turrentine, .....the list goes on and on.


One Sunday they had a group that I had never heard of: The Sun Ra Arkestra. I decided, what the hell, and with a group of roommates from our college rented house, we got suitably prepared and headed down to the ballroom. We were clearly not prepared for what we were about to experience. Sun Ra was an old time jazz musician, born Herman Poole Blount, who had undergone a transformational experience (it was the nature of things in those days) and conceived of himself as a space traveler from Jupiter. He was a prolific composer (over 1000 compositions to his credit) and had put together a rather spaced-out big band. Over the years many famous musicians played with Sun Ra, including my favorite, Pharoah Sanders. The band was then, as now, decked out in outrageous costumes. And the music, then, as now, was equally outrageous- a unique avant garde combination of bebop, free jazz, fusion and conventional swing. And swing it did....I was blown away. After the three set concert, we were very hungry as always, and retreated to the Golden Star Chinese Restaurant for their exceptional Special Dinner, and to discuss what we had heard. 

Sun Ra passed away in 1993, but the band has continued to swing under the guidance of Marshall Allen, now 94 years young. They continue to perform live around the world (they were selling a live recording from Istanbul at their most recent concert), and I have heard them several times since; both times in NY, once at the avant garde Vision Festival (where they were honoring Marshall Allen) and once at Jazz at Lincoln Center. I was lucky to catch them recently, back in Baltimore, performing outdoors at the Baltimore Museum of Art. They were outrageously costumed, as is their tradition, and swinging away as always. And of course up front, driving them on, was Marshall, 94 years young, and actually indulging in some rather out there riffs. Accompanying them was a great female chanteuse, but I didn't get her name, as usual for a jazz performance, no one named the musicians, who were 15 strong.

Unfortunately, even though the BMA is in the same neighborhood as the Golden Star was, the Star had closed some years ago, and I sorely miss it. But the Arkestra continues to swing on. Remember, Space is the Place! I am including a couple of You Tube clips for your enjoyment:
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