Headphones make great gifts and can have far better sound than much more expensive speakers. We have Grado's most popular headphones, the $80 SR60, $100 SR80, $149 SR125, $200 SR225 & $295 SR325 all in stock. For 70 years, Grado has built great cartridges & headphones in New York. Grado headphones are highly rated by STEREOPHILE, ABSOLUTE SOUND & the leading consumer magazine. The only headphones rated a "BEST BUY" are the GRADO SR60 & SR80, above far more expensive Bose, NAD, Oppo, Shure & Audeze models. The $250 NAD rates lowest of any headphone over $60. The top-rated Grado $295 SR325 & $200 outperformed a more costly B&W. The $100 Grado SR80 & $80 SR60 rate far better than any $300 to $400 wireless headphone.
CAMBRIDGE AMP SALE, 3 YEAR WARRANTY
CX60A INTEGRATED,60-90W/ch, DAC, remote control, WHAT HIFI RECOMMENDED, with ID100 iPod dock, list $1200, demo $629
CX80A INTEGRATED, 80-120W/ch, DAC, remote control, ABSOLUTE SOUND RECOMMENDED, with ID100 iPod dock, list $1400, demo $799
All look & sound great with very few hours of use, have gold RCA inputs, double banana 4/8 ohm speaker outputs, 1 year parts/labor store warranty; tubes, 3 months. Integrated amps & preamps have line stage inputs only. Exceptions: DAREDs also have USB inputs. DARED LP100 is a phono preamp only.
DARED Saturn integrated, single ended, 25W/ch, remote control, KT120, USB input, headphone output, list $2700, demo $2199
DARED MARS integrated hybrid, speaker & pre out, Bluetooth, 25W/ch, USB, headphone list $540, demo $389
DARED LP100 Phono preamp, MM/MC inputs, 20 adjustment settings for gain/volume, capacitance & impedance, list $2000, demo $1299
DARED RD1 Blue tooth radio, 25W hybrid amp, remote control, line level & wireless inputs; built-in speaker; headphone & preamp outputs. Styled like 1950s Grundig table radios. 7.75 H x 13 W x 7.5" deep.
list $650, demo $329
PRIMA LUNA point-point wiring, auto tube bias, removable steel tube cage.
Prologue 3 Stereo Preamp, dual mono, list $1500, demo $1199
Prologue 4 Stereo Power amp, 35W/ch Integrated amp, EL34/6CA7 tubes, list $1100, demo $798
Prologue Classic, 35W/ch Stereo Integrated amp, EL34/6CA7 tubes, list $1800, demo $1499
FOCAL SPEAKER SALE, 5 YEAR WARRANTY
all made in France, 8 ohm, have 1" aluminum-magnesium dome tweeters, very limited quantities, no shipping
705 BOOKSHELF, list $550, demo $469/pair.
ABSOLUTE SOUND RECOMMENDED, Focal's most affordable speaker, 25-100W/ch, 5.25" polyglass woofer, 12x7.6x10", 57-28k, 89db
905 BOOKSHELF, list $1230, demo $849/pair with a free Yamaha 215 subwoofer. 5.25" flax woofer, 25-100W/ch, 12x7.6x10", 52-28k, 89db
906 BOOKSHELF, list $1500, new, $1249/pair.
6.5" flax woofer, 25-120W/ch, 15x9x10", 47-28k, 89db.5
CC700 CENTER, list $650, new, $589/each.
Two 6.5" polyglass woofers, 25-200W/ch, 7x19x7.6", 52-28k, 91db
Gold Sound ~ Ron's Blog
Yamaha is famous for great value & reliability. All have in a 2 year parts & labor warranty.
YAMAHA RXV683, list $650, now $449. 115Wx7
SOUND & VISION TOP PICK! Our most popular AV surround receiver, includes a phono preamp. Many more expensive receivers omit this. Features include 6 HDMI 4K inputs, Bluetooth for smartphones, wired/wireless internet, seven channels, A/B speakers & Yamaha's Musicast, allowing wireless speakers in up to five rooms; learning remote control, 9 speaker outputs, Dolby Atmos & a microphone analyzing room acoustics. The receiver automatically adjusts for best sound.
YAMAHA RN301, new, sealed box, remote control, list $350, now $249. 50Wx2
RN301 stereo receiver includes wired internet, remote control, inputs for four line levels, digital coax & optical, plus outputs for four speakers.
HOW TO EVALUATE SPEAKERS
Speakers are by far the most important part of any system. Since there are far more speakers brands than all sound electronics combined [amps, receivers, servers, etc.] choosing the right speakers can seem like a daunting task. First, have an LP, CD, etc. that is well recorded & that you know well & to bring to test speakers. Ideally the recording should have voice & piano or other acoustic instruments. I do not recommend using an action DVD with many explosions & other noise. We know what a voice or acoustic instruments should sound like. Often the movie soundtrack was created in the recording studio & never actually existed in real life.
Listen for each instrument, both individually & together. An accurate speaker will let you hear everyone performing in a band or orchestra. Each instrument & voice should sound natural & not be over emphasized. The tonal balance should be natural without sounding boomy or shrill. With a good recording on good speakers, the performers will seem to be left, center & right, plus three dimensionally placed in front or back of each other. A speaker should not sound like the music is trapped in the box, but instead have three-dimensional imaging.
Unfortunately, some stores deliberately make the selection process more difficult. The rest of the system should be in the same price range as the speakers. Ideally, the speakers will cost about half of the entire system price. We use $300 to $500 receivers to demonstrate $300 to $500 speakers. Some stores use amps or receivers that cost ten times more than the speakers.
These stores will have an expensive subwoofer playing with budget bookshelf or tower speakers, making the speakers sound far more impressive than they really are. Unfortunately, these same stores won't tell you about the super-expensive amps or subwoofer that is on. Sometimes, despite repeated requests, they won't let you hear their speakers without the subwoofer or mega amps.
These stores can turn up the bass or have the loudness control on [which boosts bass] without informing the customer. Each speaker should play at the same volume. Otherwise, many people will prefer the louder speaker. The same music passage should be heard on each speaker. Some stores will play more exciting music on the speakers that they want to sell the most.
We never use these deceptive practices. Often when we play our small speakers that have good bass response, customers will ask to hear them without a subwoofer. I will then smile & show how we do not even have a subwoofer connected to the system. Since our speakers & other equipment are proven values, we do not need to mislead anyone.
FOCAL ARIA SALE
All made in Europe, 5 year warranty; very limited quantities.
905 Bookshelf, list $1000; demo $699/pr
New PARASOUND HALO INTEGRATED AMP in Stock in black & silver!!
$2495; Remote Control
DAC: USB, RCA & Optical PHONO Input: MM/MC [100 or 47k ohms] SUBWOOFER / SATELLITEOUTPUT: Adjustable Crossover, 20-140hz; HOME THEATER BYPASS
Line inputs: 5 RCA, one XLR;
Bass & Treble controls
Outputs: XLR balanced & RCA
POWER AMP FEATURES:
Toroidal power transformer
Dual mono power supply
High bias Class A/AB topology
160W/ch, 8 ohms
240W/ch, 4 ohms
This amp's features, sound quality & power are far above other integrated amps. The Parasound has more power & features than 8 competitors, including $4700 amps. Only Parasound has a 384k DAC USB input, DSD decoding, an XLR preamp output & dual mono power amps with over 200 Watts/ch, max. RMS. The competing brands include McIntosh, Bryston, Musical Fidelity, NAD, Arcam & Rotel. Parasound's 5 year parts & labor warranty is longer than most of its more expensive competitors. Parasound is available with silver or black front panels & optional rack mounting hardware.
"The Parasound Halo integrated amp uses the latest generation ESS Sabre 32 Reference DAC for decoding PCM up to 384khz / 32 bit & DSD & has a full complement of digital inputs including asynchronous USB 2.0." ABSOLUTE SOUND 4/15
DEMO SALE all equipment below has full manufacturer's warranty & is in excellent condition.
Gold Sound continues as Colorado's only dealer still dedicated to high quality, high value sound. After reading pages of ads from some other Colorado stores, one could think that the only remaining sound equipment are five, seven & nine channel AV receivers or "whole house" systems with mediocre sound in every room.
Yes, we still have affordable systems that sound great. We have new receivers & amps with phono preamps built-in from $300 & up. We have new hybrid tube amps from $500 & up. We have new European-made speakers that are quick, dynamic & image well from $400 & up. We have new automatic turntables with diamond needles & preamps built-in from $119. We stock 20 new turntables, including Pro-Ject, Rega, Thorens, Marantz, Pioneer, VPI & Audio-Technica. We have dozens of new diamond needle phono cartridges in stock from $40. Most are U.S. or European made, including Grado & Ortofon.
Yes, we have used receivers & amplifiers with phono preamps built-in from $100 to $200, including vintage Marantz, Pioneer, Kenwood & Sansui models. We have used vintage U.S. made tube amplifiers with phono preamps built-in $300 on up, including U.S. made Dynaco, Fisher, Scott, Dynaco, Eico & Heath models. We have used speakers under $200/pair from JBL, B&W, Bose, Infinity & other popular brands. It is difficult to find other stores with any of this equipment. No other Colorado store has all or most of this equipment.
At the 2014 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, Gold Sound had three displays & was the only Colorado store leading an audio seminar. "Totally Tubular" demonstrated classic & new tube electronics. Prima Luna's president, Kevin Deal spoke about their new products. Gold Sound had U.S. premiers of new Dared tube products, including a Single Ended Tube amp with KT-150 outputs & a high-end phono preamp.
We now have the Rega Planar 3 turntable, which is a great value, made in England. & highly recommended by STEREOPHILE & ABSOLUTE SOUND in the same class as much more expensive competitors. WHAT HIFI awarded this turntable PRODUCT of the YEAR & calls it the single best value of all turntables.
STEREOPHILE recommends over 60 of our products. The Focal 906 is highly recommended by ABSOLUTE SOUND. The 7/14/11 DENVER POST South Hub section has a full page about Gold sound, including three color photos. The article on page 6L is titled "Quality Sound is Music to the Ears."
STEREOPHILE & ABSOLUTE SOUND rank the best audio values with over 100 recommendations for equipment we carry, including Grado, Kimber Kable, Marantz, Ortofon, Parasound Halo, Pro-ject, Rega, Sumiko, Thorens & more.
Though electronics sales are down nationally, sales at Gold Sound remain strong. Our sales have been up every month by over 10% over the same month last year. We have more customers than many much larger stores that heavily advertise. Thanks to your support, we stay very busy. Here's some recent customer comments.
"At last, I've found a real store."
"Gold Sound is the only store to buy from."
"You're real friendly and consumer-oriented."
"You're the value-performance leader."
"Other high end stores just want to take my money & won't speak to me afterwards. You are always helpful."
"Thanks for keeping the vinyl love alive! I'm going to stop there to peruse through your LPs."
"Your willingness to teach me about taking care of my records and my turntable made a great impression on me and I'd love to keep going to you guys for my analog needs!"
"Every other store won't give me the time of day. You actually help people."
"I've never heard sound so clear."
"Am I glad we found you. We bought this today & will be back to buy more."
"You're the first person I've spoken to who understands in your heart & brain what I need. Why did I waste my time at other places?"
"It's great to find a high-end store without the attitude. You're very knowledgeable."
"I've gone to many other stores, but only buy here, since you have the sound & values."
"You're the only place in Colorado with a good selection of stereo & home theater equipment."
"You're a smaller shop & more focussed on customer satisfaction than any big box store."
"I went from Fort Collins to Denver to Colorado Springs visiting every audio shop. I was so impressed with your speakers that I bought two pairs. There's no speaker for this kind of money that can beat them."
"They are very experienced & knowledgeable in audio, not like some short timer at a box store. They took their time to determine what would work best for me & didn't seem driven to getting the largest sale they could. I'm very happy with my purchase & how it has worked. I highly recommend Gold Sound."
"It is so nice to hear all of the music again. You did an outstanding job of repairing my set! I will be back soon. Thank you so much for everything." J.H.
STEREOPHILE recommends Parasound & Prima Luna amplifiers, plus Elac & Focal bookshelf & tower speakers.
ABSOLUTE SOUND, said "Gold Sound simply had too many turntables to even begin to judge them. Rega P3, Thorens TD158, Pro-Ject Debut III - the list is seemingly endless. Gold Sound premiered the Thorens TD309. It sure looked awesome & offered further testament to the boom in vinyl." STEREOPHILE has reported on our products. No other Colorado store has received this attention, three years in a row.
For 42 years, customers looking for the best values in new & used home stereo equipment, home theater & pro audio have come to Gold Sound. Over 253,000 people have seen our website. Customers include people in all 50 states & about 50 nations, plus many government & corporate customers, including NASA, Disney, Lockheed & Boeing.
At the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, listeners regularly exclaimed, "Your $6000 system sounds better than others for $20,000." In January 2010 Stereophile, page 32, Michael Fremer has two paragraphs on Gold Sound's 2009 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest display, including the premiere of the Ortofon Cadenza cartridge & the Parasound phono stage. There's a good photo of our VPI Classic turntable. Gold Sound is the only Colorado dealer to earn a Stereophile show review, or any 2009 or 2010 press, in either the magazine or blog.
Our Stereo Stone Base is a 1.2" thick, 30 pound custom machined granite slab with vibration absorbing feet. The stones look beautiful & improve the sound of turntables, amps & CD players. The imaging, coherence, clarity & detail all improved. Using two European turntables, from 25 to 250hz, we measured over 10db reduction of acoustic feedback. At many frequencies, there was a 15db reduction. Stereophile Magazine called Moscode's room the best sounding at the RMAF. Their display used a Stereo Stone, which is shown on Stereophile's website.
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