Golden Ear speakers

Golden Ear speakers have been popular for some time. What you should know is that while they are not the first to do so, they incorporate a powered subwoofer.

Triton 7 Tower

Like the Five, the Seven’s strikingly attractive and acoustically purposeful cabinet provides the same performance benefits, as well as looking great. The Seven’s precise and totally boxless imaging characteristics are further enhanced by the narrow front baffle. A complex Linkwitz/Riley crossover perfectly blends the D’Appolito Arrayed twin 5-1/4″ cast basket bass/midrange drivers specifically designed for exceptionally long-throw, for tremendous dynamic range and extraordinarily deep bass response. These surround the same signature High Velocity Folded Ribbon (HVFR™) tweeter for high-resolution reproduction of both music and cinema. And dual side-mounted inertially-balanced, planar sub-bass radiators deliver impactful, superbly detailed, subwoofer-quality bass performance. Continue reading

Spatial Audio speakers

Finally something I have heard. I first heard of and heard Spatial Audio speakers last year (2015) at The Show Newport. It is also the first time I had seen and heard open baffle speakers that I recall. That year I personally considered them one of best of show and this year’s past show in June (2016) is no different.

I heard the M3s and found them delightful. Bass goes low enough and most importantly is musical, punchy when needed, smooth when needed and accurate. Mid-range is spot on and detailed, not veiled or lost and has presence without being overwhelming. Highs are very non-fatiguing and were slightly rolled off.
Staging was f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c! Very wide sound stage without sounding unnatural or contrived, nice separation as well. Off axis listening was fabulous partially due to the design of open baffle speakers.
The 2016 show I heard the M3 Turbo S version and not much has changed except the fact that Clayton Shaw made some slight tweaks and improved them even more. The one thing I noted is that the highs no longer sounded slightly rolled off, but more present without being fatiguing at all. Everything else was the same as last year, fantastic! Whether the turbo version or not or the M3 or M4, they all sound very nearly the same. The only real difference outside of price and size in the M4s is that they have slightly less deep bass extension according to Mr. Clayton Shaw, the designer, engineer, etc. I have not heard the M4s so I have no personal notes on what my ears detect. I do think it is safe to say that you may be hard-pressed to hear a difference among the model line though. (The M4 holograms are a few hundred less than the M3 as well).

Every time I have sat and heard these speakers I end up spending time going over them in my head trying to justify getting a pair. I even try to convince myself to buy a pair just as spares. If I did not already have another pair of speakers I love in one room or could fit these in my other smaller room, I’d have a harder time not buying a pair. Of course, eventually present reality takes over and says I really can’t afford to spend the money for that right now.

Oh, did my money statement leave you wondering why I would write about unaffordable speakers? Well, I didn’t. Spatial speakers are for many budgets from the low four digits to five digits. They currently have two lines, the Lumina, which is five figures and the hologram, which is in the low four figures. On top of that they are engineered and made in the US, have a 60 day trial and a limited 20 year warranty. The Spatial speakers are just one of those items that have exceptional value and little to no diminishing returns making them an easy purchase if everything else is lined up for you.

Here are the basic M3 hologram specs:
Type: 2-way, point source, open-baffle, dynamic driver, controlled directivity
Chassis:: Two Layer HDF (High Density Fiberboard)
Driver compliment: Two 15 inch mid/woofers, one wide bandwidth compression driver
Frequency Response: 32Hz – 20kHz +/- 3dB in room response
Sensitivity: 94dB – averaged across 200Hz to 5kHz at 1M – on axis
Impedance: 4Ω nominal, 3 Ω minimum, low phase angle.
Dimensions: 42T x 17W x 3D inches, 65 lbs net each

Spatial Audio Hologram M4

M4 hologram specs:
Type: Precision Point Source 2-way coaxial design, open-baffle, dynamic driver, controlled directivity, low noise design
Chassis: Super HDF – 3 inch thick – low vibration monocoque structure
Driver compliment: Two 12 inch mid/woofers, one wide bandwidth compression driver
Frequency Response: 45Hz – 20kHz +/- 3dB in-room response
Sensitivity: 93dB – averaged across 200Hz to 5kHz at 1M – on axis
Impedance: 4Ω nominal, 3 Ω minimum, low phase angle
Dimensions: 36T x 14W x 3D inches, 44 lbs.

Here are a couple of videos from New Record Day on these:

Revel Concerto 2 speakers

dscf0075 The above is a picture I took at The Show Newport of the F36 and C25 center channel speakers.
I’ve heard of Revel speakers before, but never had the chance to hear any of them until June this year (2016) at The Show Newport. That is where I heard the Revel Concerto 2 speakers……twice in the same room. Let me explain, I did the same thing last year with the Spatial speakers, ended up visiting the room twice for a good 20 minutes each time…..yes, they are that good in my opinion and that is also why I had to have a second helping. Not just to confirm my notes, but to also enjoy some exceptional gear at more friendlier cost. Continue reading