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GoldenEar Adds Bookshelf, Custom Speakers

GoldenEar Technology will unleash its second wave of high-end speakers at the CEDIA EXPO, where it will show its first bookshelf and architectural speakers and additions to its powered subwoofer line.   GoldenEar's Aon 2 and Aon 3 bookshelf speakers are priced at $399 and $499 each,
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GoldenEar Technology will unleash its second wave of high-end speakers at the CEDIA EXPO, where it will show its first bookshelf and architectural speakers and additions to its powered subwoofer line.

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GoldenEar's Aon 2 and Aon 3 bookshelf speakers are priced at $399 and $499 each, respectively.

All are projected to ship late this year.

The company's first speakers, introduced at last year's EXPO, consisted of five in-room speakers and two subwoofers.

The company was founded by Sandy Gross, co-founder of Polk Audio and Definitive Technology, and Don Givogue, another Definitive co-founder.

Golden Ear's first two bookshelf monitors are the Aon 2 and 3 at $399 and $499 each, respectively. Both are projected to ship late this year.

The two-way Aon 2 features 6-inch bass/midrange driver in a 12-inch by 8-inch by 10-inch enclosure that delivers frequency response of 42Hz to 35kHz. The Aon 3 with 7-inch bass/midrange driver is 14 inches by 9 inches by 11 inches and delivers 38Hz to 35kHz.

The shelf- and stand-mountable speakers were designed to deliver accurate high-definition sound with imaging comparable to that achieved by GoldenEar's larger Triton Two Towers, said co-founder Sandy Gross. Both Aon models incorporate cast-basket bass/midrange drivers using technology derived from the midrange drivers in the Tritons. Both also feature the Tritons' accordion-like High Velocity Folded Ribbon (HVFR) ribbon tweeters, said to deliver the dynamic range and smooth extended response of a bigger flat ribbon tweeter, thanks to their ability to push air at higher velocities than a traditional ribbon tweeter, Gross said. They also deliver wider dispersion than traditional ribbon tweeters.

Each Aon also features two side-mounted planar low-frequency passive radiators that properly load the bass/midrange drivers and extend bass response. The radiators are 6.5 inches in size in the Aon 2 and 8 inches in the Aon 3.

The Aon speakers' truncated pyramidal cabinet is designed to enhance sonic performance, the company said. The non-parallel cabinet walls minimize internal standing waves while also reducing the width of the baffle around the tweeters, thus minimizing distortion from diffraction.

Unlike the smaller SuperSat3 satellite and SuperSat 3C center-channel version already available, the Aon speakers do not require a separate powered subwoofer to deliver deep bass, the company said. The SuperSat models are 12 inches by 4.75 inches by 2.7 inches.

Three models in the Invisa in-wall/in-ceiling custom series are the Invisa 650, Invisa 525 and the Invisa Home Theater Reference 6500, all with magnetically attached grille that hides the flange to make them virtually invisible, the company said. Prices haven't been set.

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