GOLD­ENEAR DIG­I­TALAK­TIV 3

Australian HIFI - - SHOW REPORT -

Many com­pa­nies use CES to demon­strate pro­to­types and con­cepts. Why? Some­times be­cause they re­ally don’t have any­thing new; some­times be­cause they want feed­back from in­dus­try buy­ers, and some­times just to run up a flag. What Gold­enEar ran up the flag­pole at CES 2018 was its Dig­i­talAk­tiv 3 wire­less pow­ered book­shelf loud­speaker.

Not due for re­lease un­til ‘the fourth quar­ter 2018’, ac­cord­ing to Sandy Gross of Gold­enEar, the new Dig­i­talAk­tiv 3 uses the same 152mm driver used in many other Gold­enEar mod­els and the same ‘HFVR’ tweeter. It has a 56-bit dig­i­tal sig­nal pro­ces­sor that han­dles all cross­over func­tions, in­clud­ing fre­quency re­sponse and phase op­ti­mi­sa­tion, with low fre­quen­cies go­ing to a 200-watt Class-AB am­pli­fier, and high-fre­quen­cies to a 60-watt Class-AB amp. ‘ Di­rect-drive of the driv­ers re­duces distortion by an order of mag­ni­tude and dra­mat­i­cally im­proves con­trol of the driv­ers for tighter bass and im­proved tran­sient re­sponse,’ Gross told Aus­tralian Hi-Fi Mag­a­zine, ‘ and the power am­pli­fiers are fed from high-cur­rent volt­age-reg­u­lated d.c. in order to guar­an­tee zero volt­age sag dur­ing de­mand­ing mu­si­cal tran­sients.’

‘Wire­less’ means wi-fi and Blue­tooth, with the wi-fi han­dled by Chrome­cast, for has­sle-free op­er­a­tion with any Cast-ca­pa­ble de­vice. The built-in Cast mod­ule sup­ports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.

As with al­most all Gold­enEar de­signs, there is no bass re­flex port—en­ergy from the rear of the bass/midrange driver is har­nessed by two 203mm pas­sive ra­di­a­tors, each mounted either side of the cab­i­net. Like Gold­enEar’s top-line ref­er­ence de­sign, the Dig­i­talAk­tiv 3 is housed in a hand-pol­ished pi­ano-black mono­coque cab­i­net rather than Gold­enEar’s more com­mon ‘cloth wrap’.

When used as a stereo pair, two Dig­i­talAk­tiv 3s are wire­lessly linked by a high-qual­ity, low-la­tency WISA ra­dio, but it’s also pos­si­ble to use a sin­gle Dig­i­talAk­tiv 3 to play both chan­nels of stereo pro­gram ma­te­rial. It’s also pos­si­ble to link mul­ti­ple in­de­pen­dent zones while main­tain­ing con­trol over vol­ume level as well as pro­gram ma­te­rial in each zone. Gross said that when the Dig­i­talAk­tiv 3 de­sign goes on sale, own­ers will able to use voice con­trol in con­junc­tion with Google Home de­vice to con­trol the speak­ers.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Gold­enEar’s Aus­tralian distrib­u­tor, Ked­corp: www.ked­corp.com.au

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