Most home audio companies exhibiting at CES have to post up in the Venitian hotel where individual rooms allow a reasonable amount of the privacy and noise isolation necessary for demonstrating speakers, subwoofers and amplifiers. The problem is, traveling between the Las Vegas convention center and the Venitian is extremely time consuming, as is jockeying for elevator position at the Venitian tower. As a result, we get to visit very few audio companies – and that’s unfortunate, because we know there are some real gems hiding out there.
But this year, we made it a point to root around in search of something special. And we found it.
GoldenEar Technology is the latest project launched by Sandy Gross, co-founder of Polk Audio and Definitive Technology – both respected audio brands in the industry. With GoldenEar Technology, Gross aims to deliver high-end audio at prices anyone can live with. That’s not a new idea. Lots of people give lip service to the value proposition, but we have found that few of them deliver. Today, we learned that GoldenEar Technology is delivering… big time.
We heard several speakers in GoldenEar’s product portfolio during our visit, but one of its newest efforts, the $1500/pair Triton Seven tower speaker, was especially impressive. It’s the smallest floor-standing speaker from the company yet, but it sounds massive.
Big sound isn’t the Triton Seven’s finest attribute either. It is one of the more dynamic and revealing speakers we’ve heard in a lwhile and, much to our delight, presented acoustic music with depth that is difficult to describe, yet magical to witness. It’s the kind of sound you have to pay more than $5,000 for with competing “high-end” speaker makers.
The Triton 7 should be coming early in the second half of this year. We’ll be receiving a set for review and look forward to giving you a more detailed analysis. Until then, consider paying GoldenEar Technology’s website a visit. The company is worth a closer look.