Loud­speak­ers of the Year over $10,000

Loud­speak­ers of the Year over $10,000

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The sky is the limit in our top speaker award, but we didn’t need to go too high to find this year’s win­ner, the truly re­mark­able Tri­ton Ref­er­ence. As is Gold­enEar’s oeu­vre, it’s par­tially ac­tive and par­tially pas­sive... a so-called ‘hy­brid’ de­sign. Am­pli­fiers (each rated at 1800W) are built in to power the mul­ti­ple bass driv­ers in each cab­i­net, but you use an ex­ter­nal stereo am­pli­fier to drive the midrange driv­ers and the tweet­ers.

The con­fig­u­ra­tion is com­plex enough that the ‘cut­away’ image here can be help­ful! — the three front-mounted 6×10-inch sub-bass driv­ers are sup­ple­mented by four 10x9-inch side pas­sive ra­di­a­tors that are driven by the rear en­ergy from the ac­tive driv­ers. Midrange is de­liv­ered by two 153mm driv­ers that in­cor­po­rate a low-mass voice coil and a newly-de­vel­oped cone with a butyl rub­ber sur­round, flank­ing the High-Ve­loc­ity Folded-Rib­bon tweeter with its extra-large neodymium mag­net.

One of the most ob­vi­ous dif­fer­ences be­tween the new Ref­er­ence and pre­vi­ous Tri­ton mod­els is the hand-rubbed pi­ano gloss-black lac­quer fin­ished one-piece mono­coque cab­i­net in place of the black cloth cov­er­ing used on pre­vi­ous mod­els.

The re­sult is a pair of truly ‘high-end’ loud­speak­ers which, al­though $17,995, are far, far more af­ford­able than al­most all their high-end com­peti­tors, and sound a whole lot bet­ter than many of them as well. Gold­enEar’s fa­mous claim of ‘mak­ing the high-end af­ford­able’ is en­tirely re­alised in the Tri­ton Ref­er­ence.

More info: www.net­workav.com.au

JUDGES’ COM­MENT “Truly high-end speak­ers which nev­er­the­less de­liver on Gold­enEar’s claim to ‘make the high-end af­ford­able’.”

Net­work AV’s Claver Harper col­lects the Award for Gold­enEar.

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