The GoldenEar Triton Reference is designer Sandy Gross’ latest statement, and it’s got exclamation points written all over it.

The monster is $8500/pair, and did I mention it’s a monster? Over 100lbs per side, the speaker is 58″ tall. Frequency extension is a mind-boggling 12Hz-35kHz. Perhaps it’s obvious, but the Reference is a partially-powered speaker — there are 3 subs per tower, with a “1800 watt SuperSub digital/56 bit DSP Subwoofer Amplifier” getting you into the down-lows. Two 6″ mids and a high-velocity folded-ribbon tweeter rounds out the set.

Driven here at RMAF by a stack of Hegel electronics, wired with AudioQuest cabling, the Reference is astonishingly capable — and could have easily filled even the very largest rooms at the hotel. Which might have been helpful as all my prior visits had found the room stuffed with attendees. I took a risk and came back at the very end of the last day — and finally got lucky. A very popular demo room. this.

In the small room, here, the Reference was physically imposing but sonically intimate, with an immediate presentation that was balanced and fulsome and even delicate. Imaging was excellent. Bass performance was life-threatening. I am very much looking forward to spending more time with them — which is good, because they’re apparently coming for a visit this fall. Hee hee!