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GoldenEar’s Triton Floorstanding Tower Loudspeakers have redefined the concept of ultra-high-end performance at remarkably affordable prices. They have won virtually every significant award and are best sellers all around the world. Now GoldenEar Technology is pleased to announce a new flagship to the Triton Series, with the auspicious title that has been held in reserve for it: introducing the highly anticipated Triton One. World premier at CES 2014, Venetian 29-131, 29-132.
The Triton One is an evolutionary speaker that includes and builds upon all the advanced technologies that have made the Tritons famous. Perfect for two-channel music or multi-channel music and home theater, The One is a sleek 54” tall tower that, like the Triton Two and Triton Three, houses a superb built-in powered subwoofer. The One’s powered subwoofer section consists of three forward-facing 5”x9” quadratic sub-bass drivers in a semi-line-source array configuration (for less deleterious room interaction and more effective coupling of the low-frequency energy to the room), driven by an 1600 watt DSP-controlled ForceField Class D digital amplifier. The GoldenEar designed amp has a Programmable Logic Device based state machine with nearly instantaneous 278 ns update time to perfectly manage a myriad of functions including soft-clipping, DC offset control, output-stage saturation control, discrete multi-band limiting and phase perfect crossover to the midrange. The active sub-bass drivers are coupled to two pairs of horizontally-opposed, inertially-balanced 7”x10” planar sub-bass radiators, which are located on the sides of the cabinet and down near the floor boundary for optimum bass coupling to the room. The computer-optimized frame for the sub-bass radiators is newly tooled and utilizes many small support members arranged to provide distribution of any bending loads for a structure that is both totally rigid, while allowing maximum airflow. Likewise, the unique sub-bass radiator cones are also newly tooled with a complex computer-generated structure which is both extremely rigid and inert.
Our newly developed Frequency Dependent Bass Loading Technology, utilizing open-cell polyurethane foam damping pads, as well as special hollow-fiberfill, further optimizes low-frequency performance. GoldenEar founders Sandy Gross and Don Givogue pioneered the concept of built-in powered subwoofers in 1995 and have been refining it ever since. Although the elimination of separate subwoofer boxes from the listening room is certainly a desirable benefit, the real reason for building in the subs is the achievement of far superior integration of the low frequencies with the rest of the loudspeaker system. While clearly important for movies, this is a tremendous benefit and absolutely critical for music.
The upper-bass/midrange and high frequencies are perfectly handled by a D’Appolito Array of two GoldenEar engineered spider-leg, cast-basket (for improved rear flow through and minimal reflection) 5-1/4” drivers that surround our signature High Velocity Folded Ribbon (HVFR™) tweeter. The bass/midrange drivers incorporate our unique Multi-Vaned Phase Plug, which combined with our proprietary cone shape, assures smooth extended response out to 20kHz, well beyond their crossover point. Our extraordinary HVFR tweeter, which generates high-pressure by squeezing the air, rather than pushing and pulling it like conventional domes or ribbons, achieves an exceptional impedance match to the air for smooth response extending beyond 35kHz, without the break-up modes and zingy sounding distortion common to other tweeter types. Greater control also results in improved dynamic range. A unique new crossover network, incorporating a special balanced topology (which reduces stray capacitance in the magnetic circuit), precision film capacitors and special internal wiring, perfectly blends the drivers for seamless homogeneous sound, also a GoldenEar hallmark.
The cabinet itself builds upon the superb construction of the Triton Two, incorporating even thicker cabinet walls and baffles, improved bracing and additional damping; all optimized with advanced accelerometer analysis at our engineering facility. The sleek, narrow cabinet, with its non-parallel walls (which dramatically reduce internal reflections and standing waves), is not only a gorgeous form factor, but results in noticeable performance benefits including very low coloration as well as the superior box-less imaging that all GoldenEar speakers are justifiably famous for. The dual discrete midrange chambers are quite large, allowing for a very low crossover point between the sub-bass and upper-bass/midrange, which also yields important sonic benefits. In addition, the precisely angled rear cabinet walls of the midrange chambers dramatically cut down and smooth internal reflections to further eliminate midrange coloration. Of course, our advanced anechoic chamber, which is a duplicate of the famous chamber at the Canadian NRC, was fully utilized in the development process, along with untold hours dedicated to the voicing process.
The result is a superb reference home audio and home theater loudspeaker, already honored by the prestigious 2014 CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award, that has performance equal to, and in many cases surpassing, speakers selling for ten times its cost. Remarkably precise 3D imaging with a huge soundstage of exceptional height, depth and breadth is a notable characteristic of the Triton One. And, of course, a pair’s dual powered subwoofers deliver remarkably deep, tight, bass performance, perfect for music as well as dynamic home theater; bass that is superior to separate subwoofers that are alone priced higher than the complete Triton One loudspeaker.
There are a variety of perfectly matched shelf and wall- mounted GoldenEar center channels and free-standing, on-wall, in-wall and in-ceiling surrounds available. The entire GoldenEar team is justifiably proud of this landmark accomplishment. Suggested US retail price is $2499.99/ea. Projected availability is late April 2014.
Triton One Specifications
• Dimensions: Speaker: 5-3/4″ W (front) x 8″ W (rear) x 16-1/2″ D x 54″ H (with base)
• Base: 12-1/4″ W x 19-3/4″ D.
• Frequency Response: 14 Hz – 35 kHz.
• Efficiency: 92 dB.
• Nominal Impedance: Compatible with 8 ohms.
• Built-In Subwoofer Power Amplifier: 1600-Watt ForceField digital/DSP amplifier
• Driver Complement:
• Three 5″ x 9″ long-throw quadratic sub-bass drivers coupled to
• Four 7″ x 10″ planar infrasonic radiators
• Two 5-1/4″ high-definition cast-basket MVPP mid/bass drivers
• One High-Velocity Folded Ribbon (HFVR™) Tweeter.
• Reccommended Power: 20 – 650 Watt/channel.
Source: Press Release