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Welcome to the latest GoldenEar newsletter. The opening article in this edition continues our series on the vinyl record resurgence. This time we talk about "care and feeding" of your vinyl collection. We think you'll find some interesting information in here.

Our second article is all about the amazing GoldenEar HVFR high frequency driver. We explain a little of its history, how it works and why it's so good.

In this edition of Sandy's Place, Sandy talks about his recent appearance at the 3-day RMAF 2018 show in Denver. He shares his thoughts about the event as well as some of the press comments GoldenEar received from the great sounding, simple and extremely affordable setup.

And make sure to check out the latest reviews (see Quick Links, on the left),  there's a great new SuperSub X review from The Absolute Sound 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 . 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
Listening Is Only Part of the Vinyl Experience...
There's Also the Care and Feeding of Those Vinyl Records
An Automatic Record Cleaning Machine
Last issue we talked about the small but significant resurgence of vinyl records in the high performance audio community. A downside of record technology is their tendency to be degraded by contaminants. Dust, dirt, skin oils from handling and more all can play a role in producing clicks, pops, and background noise. Fortunately, vinyl records can be cleaned fairly easily. But, as our research has shown, you have to know what you're doing to avoid the pitfalls that can arise from the cleaning process. Particulate matter left in the groves is of special concern because the tiny stylus contact area results in dramatic pressure on the groove walls. Actually, the stylus exerts in excess of 300 pounds per square inch of pressure while playing a record! This is surely enough to damage any record grove.

The stylus also generates significant heat while playing a record and the combination of heat and pressure can do significant damage. Physical damage can include groove deformation, reduction of high frequencies and impact pressure embedding debris into the groove walls. All this means you want to follow the cartridge manufacturer's guidelines and set the tracking force as low as possible without mis-tracking or distortion evident in playback. And you want to keep your records meticulously clean as any debris in the groves becomes a weapon that the stylus uses as a battering ram or embeds it in the groove wall.

Several Cleaning Possibilities

If you Google record cleaning you'll find 165,000,000 results. Buried within are thousands of recommendations and stories concerning how to clean your precious records. Unfortunately, as with everything else on the Internet, thousands of conflicting opinions can make your head spin (we assume at 33.3 RPM). We've evaluated and researched quite a bit and have developed some safe and simple suggestions on the care and feeding of vinyl records. But first a list of more common methods, some good and some questionable:
The Best Tweeter Ever? Exceptional Upper Midrange and High Frequency Performance Starts Here
It's a High-Frequency Squeeze Play
The Folded Ribbon Diaphragm of the GoldenEar Reference HVFR is Apparent in This Photo
The GoldenEar HVFR (pictured left in its Reference version) is a type of driver originally known as an Air Velocity Transformer (AVT), Air Motion Transformer (AMT) or JET transducer. The inventor of this type of driver was Dr. Oskar Heil, who introduced it to production in 1972.

It operates in a very different manner than other, more typical loudspeaker drivers. In the case of the GoldenEar
HVFR driver, the diaphragm is a very thin, flexible resin based film with a conductive circuit printed on its surface and folded into a pleated shape, similar to a bellows (think accordion). The diaphragm is positioned within a powerful magnetic field created by rare-earth Neodymium magnets. 
Sandy's Place - GoldenEar at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest
15th Rocky Mountain Audio Fest
 - October 5-7, 2018

One of the biggest and best audio shows for consumers is the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest held in Denver each year. Manufacturers, large and small come to set systems up and make their best sound. As is usual, GoldenEar participated as an exhibitor with yours truly playing the demos, conversing with everyone who came through and answering questions. The system we played was simple compared to many but did we ever make a great sound and blow people away! The system consisted of our Stereophile Class A Full-Range rated Triton Reference speakers on Stillpoints, all cabling and power conditioning from Audioquest and electronics were the Hegel H590 integrated amp and Hegel Mohican CD player. That's it!

We played my favorite demos and many attendees brought their own music to hear on the mighty T-Refs. It was great to see peoples' expressions and hear their great compliments on the system's sound. Many said we sounded better than other systems that were far, far more expensive. This show also attracts many reviewers and the press, below are two of the great press comments from a visit to GoldenEar's RMAF 2018 exhibit room.

As is always the case at these shows, I was surprised by how many people had heard OF the T-Refs, but never actually heard them. If you haven't heard the T-Refs, contact your closest displaying dealer and go have a listen to what everyone is raving about!

From Jim Hannon of The Absolute Sound  -  Best of Show: Best Sound for the Money

"...the GoldenEar Triton Reference driven by Hegel's new H590 integrated and Mohican CD player with AudioQuest cables and Niagara 1000 was another winner."

From Carlo Lo Raso of Secrets "Cave"

"Dropped by GoldenEar where Sandy Gross had set up a surprisingly simple but insanely effective 2-channel rig for the show. A pair of Triton Reference speakers were configured, in an almost comically small room, with a Hegel H590 integrated amp (300 watts/channel) and a Hegel Mohican CD player. With the speakers  toed in to converge directly on the sweet spot, the system threw a huge and detailed image with an almost endless dynamic reserve. The theory that you can overpower a room with too-large a choice of speaker was squarely being turned on its head!"

From tesseract of AVNirvana

"I love simplicity in a 2 channel system, which is exactly what we get here. Hegel CD player and integrated amplifier into the Triton Reference loudspeakers. Add some well-placed room treatments and BINGO, high fidelity realized! While the entire system is simple, the Triton Reference with multiple drivers is not. Few people can homogenize drivers into one cohesive speaker like Sandy Gross can. Well done!"
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