4285 South Broadway
Englewood, Colorado 80110

Hours: Tuesday thru Friday: 11AM to 6PM - Saturday: 11AM to 5PM
( 7 Blocks South of Hampden; 6 Blocks North of Belleview )

( Broadway & Quincy )
Serving the Denver area for over 37 years...

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  Gold Sound Understands Value...
All equipment is selected upon a quality to value ratio weighted towards very good quality and a good price.
We're proud of what we sell... Unlike big box stores, we offer personal service and no hassle sales.

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.


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.

List price NOW 905 Bookshelf $1000 $699/pr


Yamaha is famous for great value & reliability. All receivers shown below are new in sealed boxes with 2 year parts & labor warranty & have USB & many video jacks, [HDMI, RCA component & composite], plus include YPAO & a standard microphone to analyze the room acoustics & automatically adjust for best sound. All but the RXV381 include wired & wireless internet connections for Airplay, Internet radio, DLNA Music Streaming & Spotify. The RXV579 can power 5 speakers in one room & 2 in a second, plus has 6 HDMI inputs.

YAMAHA SURROUND RECEIVERS HDMI In/out list now RXV381 70Wx5ch, 4/1 $300 $279 Bluetooth & USB RXV579 80Wx7ch, 6/1 $550 $449 internet & A/B speakers RXV681 90Wx7ch, 6/1 $650 $599 "& phono preamp, Dolby Atmos 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. ROKSAN CD SALE! 5 year warranty, Made in England. 5 STAR TEST WINNER, WHAT HI-FI

KANDY K2, list $1925; now $998

SAVE MORE on the pair! ROKSAN K2 CD & K2 USB Integrated Amp, list $3800, now $2449 / pair with 5 year parts & labor warranty.

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.

Recently, an audio-technician from another Denver "high end" dealer called Prima Luna the best sounding amp that he had ever heard. His store has amps for over ten times the price of Prima Luna's HP amps, that he thought did not sound as good.

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.

Gold Sound is now Colorado's exclusive dealer for the two leading brands of affordable tube equipment, Prima Luna & Dared, plus the famous Rogers monitor speakers. Prima Luna has won more great reviews than any other amp. Dared has many affordable products, including tube hybrid amps with built-in DACs & USB inputs, from about $500. Everyone who has heard our Rogers speakers loves their great imaging & dynamics.

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.

Gold Sound is now Colorado's exclusive dealer for the two leading brands of affordable tube equipment, Prima Luna & Dared, plus the famous Rogers monitor speakers. Prima Luna has won more great reviews than any other amp. Dared has many affordable products, including tube hybrid amps with built-in DACs & USB inputs, from about $500. Everyone who has heard our Rogers speakers loves their great imaging & dynamics.

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.

Gold Sound had the U.S premier of the new Focal 948 speaker. At RMAF Gold Sound had the U.S premier of the new Focal 948 speaker. We stock Focal's new 906 bookshelf & 926 tower speakers, as well as the 948. ABSOLUTE SOUND praised the 906 as Terrific" in its May/June 2014 issue. The 906 is the smallest & at $1500/pair, the most affordable Aria speaker. The 948, the largest & best Aria speaker, is $5000/pair. The 926, the smallest & most affordable Aria tower, is $3299/pair.

Customers tell us that the new Focal 948 for $5000/pair has far better imaging, bass response & dynamics than other stores' $10,000 speakers. People have traded in late model B&W, Paradigm & Klipsch towers for new Focal bookshelf speakers.

All of the 900 Focal Aria line feature all new, better sounding drivers. All Aria speakers feature better sounding drivers with flax-cone woofers & midranges, plus new aluminum-magnesium tweeters, reducing distortion by 50%. Arias are 8 ohms & about 92db efficiency, or four times as efficient as many competitors. You can use solid state amps or tube amps, like our 35 watt/channel Prima Luna amps. The Arias have sleek, attractive styling with black lacquer or walnut wood veneer.

STEREOPHILE recommends over 60 of our products. The Focal 900 was just highly recommended by ABSOLUTE SOUND. We stock Cambridge, including the DAC Magic, now on sale for $299. "Ergonomically brilliant; glorious sound, well-defined bass, exquisitely extended highs & natural midrange; astonishing measured performance; has killed DACs selling for 2 & 3 times the money." Exceptional value, in same class as $1,000 models, STEREOPHILE. The DAC Magic plus adds a better DAC, plus a headphone jack & volume control, so it can be used as a digital headphone amp or preamp, switching between RCA, optical & USB [computer, Ipod, etc.] inputs.

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 Benz, Clearaudio, Grado, Kimber Kable, Marantz, Ortofon, Parasound Halo, Pro-ject, Rega, Roksan, Sumiko, Thorens, Vincent, VPI & 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, 2/11, page 54, said "Gold Sound simply had too many turntables to even begin to judge them. VPI Classic, 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." In 2009 & 2010 STEREOPHILE reported on our products. No other Colorado store has received this attention, three years in a row.

For 40 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.

All Thorens have electronic speed control; unlike many turntables, you don't have to change the drive belt to a different pulley. All our Thorens turntables have solid wood or MDF bases. This helps the sound, appearance & durability. Thorens is one of handful of world audio companies that has had the honor of a full-sized book devoted to their history. Thorens began in Switzerland in 1883. In 1966 Thorens moved to Germany. Thorens turntables over 50 year old, like the TD124, originally $99 in 1957, now sell for one to two thousand dollars.

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.

Stereophile's on line report of the 2009 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest has a photo of our room. "Wonderful sounding. Great highs, excellent midrange, ear opening depth & three dimensionality. The sound was sensational enough to live for." The website gave a favorable review to the Wharfedale Opus 2.2 they heard in our display room.

We had a world premier of a top of the line Wharfedale speaker & the U.S. premier of a state of the art, moving coil Ortofon cartridge. Richard Schram, CEO & founder of Parasound, plus John Curl, Parasound's chief engineer, were at our room with Parasound's JC-1 monoblock power amps & JC-2 preamp, both A rated in 10/09 STEREOPHILE & highly recommended in 10/09 Absolute Sound.

We showed the new VPI Classic turntable, winner of ABSOLUTE SOUND's 2009 Golden Ear Award & HI-FI+ "TURNTABLE OF THE YEAR," & is the only turntable earning a place on HOME ENTERTAINMENT'S top ten list of all audio equipment for 2010. This is the best turntable we've ever displayed. ABSOLUTE SOUND editor Harry Pierson said the $2800 VPI Classic holds its own against the $150,000 Clearaudio Statement. We had the U.S. premier of Ortofon's $2380 moving coil Cadenza Black cartridge with a boron cantilever & shibata stylus. This cartridge played through Ortofon's $949 Verto step-up transformer, which is Stereophile recommended.

In October, 2008, we introduced to Denver VPI, Vibrapod & the Stereo Stone Base. VPI is the most famous American-made turntable & highly rated by STEREOPHILE & ABSOLUTE SOUND. The Scoutmaster is a tremendous value & available with pre-installed Grado or Dynavector cartridges. Vibrapod's round rubber feet help absorb unwanted vibrations. They'll improve the sound of CD players, amps & turntables.

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.

Ron 12/12/17

Visitors since Jan 2001
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