GoldenEar has introduced a new flagship to the Triton Series, the Triton One, premiering at CES 2014, Venetian 29-131, 29-132.
Ideal for two-channel music or multi-channel music and home theater, The One is a 54-inch 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-inch x 9-inch 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 1800 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-inch x 10-inch 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.
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.
The upper-bass/midrange and high frequencies are 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-inch drivers that surround our signature High Velocity Folded Ribbon (HVFR) tweeter. The bass/midrange drivers incorporate GoldenEar’s unique Multi-Vaned Phase Plug, which combined with GoldenEar’s proprietary cone shape, assures smooth extended response out to 20kHz, well beyond the crossover point.
GoldenEar’s HVFR tweeter, which generates high-pressure by squeezing the air, rather than pushing and pulling it like conventional domes or ribbons, achieves an 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 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 cut down and smooth internal reflections to further eliminate midrange coloration.
Suggested US retail price is $2499.99/ea. Projected availability is late March 2014.