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GoldenEar SuperSub XXL Delivers Bottom End Thump

The latest product from GoldenEar is a subwoofer designed to provide the necessary low frequencies that make home theater appealing.


Demonstrasting the depth of its product line at CES 2016 last month in Las Vegas, the Stevenson, Md.-based audio company GoldenEar Technology showed its latest floorstanding loudspeakers, the Triton Two+ and Trition Three+, and its new SuperSub XXL powered subwoofer.

Focusing on the SuperSub XXL, the company says its goal with the sub was to create a beautifully finished, reasonably priced subwoofer that could produce accurate and deep low frequency signals. 

To meet its performance criteria GoldenEar utilized its proprietary 360-degree dual-plane inertially balanced driver and sub-bass radiator topology, and it combined this design concept with its latest electronics. 

Starting with an enclosure made of thick, high-density medite and finishing it in a black, high-gloss lacquer, the heavily braced subwoofer incorporates two inertially balanced 8-inch long-throw drivers in the horizontal plane, and two inertially balanced 10-inch by 11-inch planar infrasonic radiators in the vertical plane. GoldenEar explains this driver array preserves and focuses the energy produced by the drivers to effectively move air within a room, while maintaining the definition of the content. 

Driving the sub's transducers is a 1,500-watt Class D digital amplifier that is controlled by a 56-bit DSP device with a 192kHz sampling rate. GoldenEar explains this programmable logic state machine offers an almost instantaneous 278ns update time to manage functions that include frequency response, soft clipping, DC offset control, discrete multi-band limiting and phase perfect equalization.

GoldenEar adds that it also employs advanced reconstruction filters to maximize the system's dampening factor, which in total results in a subwoofer that produces a “rock-solid bass response that is both exceptionally fast and tuneful for music, and extraodinarily deep and powerful, in order to effortlessly reproduce the most extreme movie sound effects.”

GoldenEar specifies the SuperSub XXL to produce a frequency response of 12Hz to 200Hz, and it points out the sub offers a direct-coupled, unfiltered LFE input and low-level left and right channel inputs to provide dealers a choice of setup options.

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Robert Archer
Robert Archer:

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass.


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