This is the first in a series of blogs that will delve into the manufacturers of products that we showcase. At Hermary’s we are very selective about the products we chose to support. Each one must pass several strict criteria, including performance, quality, value and integration capabilities. Before a product is brought into our store or specified on a proposal, it is evaluated by our entire team. This is why you will only find some of the best products available when you walk into our showroom.
WHO THEY ARE
You’ve probably never heard of GoldenEar Technology, unless of course you read audio/video publications. Or visit A/V websites. Quite simply, GoldenEar speakers are universally praised for their stunning performance and unbelievable value. These reviews aren’t merely positive, it’s almost as if there is an unwritten contest to see who can write the most glowing review! Of course, when a product line is this good, that task is quite easy.
So while you’ve probably never heard of GoldenEar Technology, you’ve probably heard of Polk Audio and Definitive Technology. These are two excellent speaker lines founded by Sandy Gross, the man who happens to be one of the founders of GoldenEar. Some might call him Mr. GoldenEar. This guy is an industry legend, and he really knows his stuff. You would be hard pressed to find a more knowledgeable or passionate person in the industry. In the summer of 2010, Sandy announced the launch of his newest speaker line – GoldenEar Technolgy. And the rest, as they say, is history.
WHY WE LIKE THEM
Value, bang-for-your-buck, a great deal. These labels are overused and quite often false, but they truly describe one of GoldenEar Technology’s strongest assets. The performance you get from these speakers, across the entire line, is far greater than the price they sell for. But what good is value if the speakers don’t sound good to begin with? Fear not … this is one of those rare products lines that exceeds expectations. In fact, a well-respected audio journalist described listening to a $3000/pair of GoldenEar speakers, and compared them to speakers costing $50,000. That is unheard of!
What makes them so good? I could bore you with talk of high-velocity folded ribbon tweeters, quadratic planar infrasonic bass radiators, multi-vaned phase plugs, and more. But really – it’s the sound. It’s the rare occurrence where technology and science meet imagination and passion, and a product that is greater than the sum of its parts is created. They sing. They rock. They swoon. They thrill. They transport you to another time or place. They do what a high-end speaker should do, only they do it for a lot less.
WHAT WE LOVE
“Everything they make” would be the easy answer, but would also be cheating a bit. So let’s talk about two of our favorites.
The Tritons are the speaker that put GoldenEar on the map – and the road to success. There really has never been a speaker like it. It plays equally well in a home theater AND an audiophile’s listening room. The home theater nuts love them. The audiophiles love them. Even cats love them (that’s a cheap joke – they kind of look like a giant scratching post!)
Very few speakers in this world can be considered “full-range”, meaning they can reproduce the entire audio spectrum from top to bottom. And those that are full-range typically need a massive power amp (or multiple amps) to allow them to produce deep bass. The Triton Two’s are full-range speakers, and you can drive them with any decent receiver. That’s because each speaker has its own integrated 1200 watt powered sub-woofer built right in. You want bass – this speaker has it in spades. But it’s so much more than the room-shaking bass it can produce. This is a speaker that has the finesse to reproduce the subtle textures of the finest acoustic guitar, yet can rock the Foo Fighters with the best of them. And don’t forget home theater – from the raindrops on the roof of the jeep before the t-rex attacks to the Death Star blowing up, these speakers shine. And for smaller rooms or smaller budgets, GoldenEar makes the Triton Three, a slightly smaller version of its big brother for a third less pocket change.
A personal favorite, the Aon speakers are basically a non-powered, bookshelf version of the Tritons. I reviewed the Aon 3’s back in February 2012. I’m happy to report that I still have my pair of Aon 3 speakers, and I love them more than ever. Quite simply, I have never heard a pair of $1000 speakers sound anywhere near as good as these do. And like any good high end speaker, the Aon 3’s have gotten better as I’ve upgraded my electronics. To this day I enjoy blowing friends away by how good, and how big, these small bookshelf speakers sound.
Want more? I’ll let the reviews posted on GoldenEar’s web site fill your brain with every audiophile adjective known to man. Peruse them, then grab your favorite CDs, LPs, or digital files and head on down for an audition!