GoldenEar has released a new flagship at CES 2017: Triton Reference, which has already been awarded a CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award.

Like previous Triton models, the new Reference is a hybrid model, combining an active subwoofer with passive drivers for the higher frequencies. The subwoofer section combines a DSP-controlled Class-D amplifier rated at 1,800-watts with a trio of elliptical 6” by 10” bass drivers in a sub-enclosures that also houses four passive radiators. The passive section of the Triton Reference uses two 6 inch bass/midrange drivers and a folded ribbon tweeter.

We knew that our Triton One would be a very hard act to follow,’ said Sandy Gross, of GoldenEar. ‘We even thought about producing a speaker that would cost over $100,000 to compete with the  most esoteric and expensive loudspeakers on the planet. However, after much soul-searching, rational minds won out, and the decision was made to create a new GoldenEar flagship that would joust with the best, but would still stick to our trademarked slogan, “We Make High-End Affordable.” 

Gross told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine that all the individual drivers used in the new Reference were totally new drivers designed specifically for the Reference and that although the DSP controller for the subwoofer amplifier was similar to the DSP used in the Triton One and GoldenEar’s range of subwoofers, it had new programming parameters. ‘The new upper/bass/midrange drivers are cast-basket units that incorporate a low-mass voice coil and a newly developed cone with unique low-mass bonding to the butyl rubber surround for improved transient response,’ said Gross. ‘In addition, they have a large, newly designed, specially engineered “Focused Field magnet structure, which better directs the magnet flux to the voicecoil gap. ‘

Gross also says the active low-frequency drivers for the built-in powered subwoofers have 40 per cent more surface area than the active drivers used in the Triton One, along with a larger diameter voice-coil and larger magnets. The planar magnetic tweeter, which GoldenEar refers to as a High-Velocity Folded-Ribbon, or HVFR, has a larger, and thus more powerful neodymium magnet material than any other HVFR tweeter in GoldenEar’s range.

Other refinements in the Reference that are not available in other GoldenEar models include film capacitors to bridge the high-pass section on the upper-bass/midrange drivers, and the use of a proprietary mix of long-fibre lamb’s wool and Dacron for internal damping.

The most obvious difference between the Reference  and previous  Triton models is the hand-rubbed piano gloss-black lacquer finished one-piece monocoque cabinet in place of the somewhat grungy-looking cloth-covering of previous models. ‘Sonically, the Reference has been engineered to perform with a dramatic and authoritative voice, comparable to speakers that sell for more than ten times their price,’ said Gross. ‘They have superb three-dimensional imaging that stretches from wall to wall and beyond, and depth that makes the wall behind them seem to vanish. The astonishing bass is rock-solid with low-frequency performance that is tight, quick, highly impactful and musical with extension flat to below 20Hz plus, of course that GoldenEar signature silky-smooth high end that extends to 35 kHz with a lifelike sheen but no trace of of the hardness, sibilance or stridency that’s so common with lesser tweeters.’ Gross said the Reference will be available in the USA later this year at $US8,498 per pair. For local Australian pricing and availability, contact GoldenEar’s Australian distributor, Kedcorp.

Manufacturer’s Specifications: Triton Reference 

Frequency Range: 12Hz – 35kHz
Sensitivity: 93.3dBSPL
Impedance: 8 ohms
Dimensions:  9.25 x 18.75 x 58 inches (WHD)
Price: $US8,498 per pair (RRP)

For more information, contact Kedcorp Australia