- Written by Chris Heinonen
- Published on 24 June 2013
Introduction to the GoldenEar Technology Aon2 Bookshelf Speakers
My first experience with GoldenEar was at a dealer show in Raleigh, NC. Many vendors were in there showing off their new wares: Wilson Audio had the Sasha driven by Audio Research tube monoblocks, Revel was showing off their Salon 2s with Mark Levinson electronics, and John Atkinson from Stereophile was there talking about the horrors of dynamic compression on modern albums. Also tucked away into the smallest room in the store was Sandy Gross, showing off the first speaker from the newly founded GoldenEar Technology.
With some McIntosh gear driving them, the $3,000 towers were incredibly impressive, even after having just listened to $50,000 systems in most of the other rooms. I stuck around the room for multiple presentations, and to get a better seat, and kept watching as people left impressed by the sound and astounded by the price. Once the speakers started shipping and the reviews started coming in, it seemed that the critics were in agreement as well.
As GoldenEar president Sandy Gross says, his desire is to take the sound he manages to get from far more expensive speakers, and engineer that into his own products at a much lower price. With his Triton line of towers he has certainly succeeded, but how good could he really make a $400 bookshelf speaker? They sure sounded good when I heard them at the CEDIA Expo, but those shows are never an environment in which to make any final declarations. With a pair in hand, I was ready to find out.
GOLDENEAR TECHNOLOGY AON2 BOOKSHELF SPEAKER SPECIFICATIONS
- Desiign: Two-way, Passive Radiators (rather than ported)
- Drivers: One High-Velocity Folded Ribbon Tweeter, Two 6.5" Side-Mounted Passive Radiators, One 6" Midrange/Bass Driver
- MFR: 42 Hz - 35 kHz
- Sensitivity: 89 dB/1W/1m
- Frequency Response: 42 Hz – 35 kHz
- Nominal Impedance: 8 ohm
- Power Handling: 10-200 Watts
- Dimensions: 12" H x 8" W x 10" D
- Weight: 12 Pounds/each
- MSRP: $399/each USD
- SECRETS Tags: Bookshelf Speakers, Speakers Audio