Quality Speakers at Goldm Sound
NEW FOCAL 700 SPEAKERS
"Focal replaced the popular 700 Chorus speakers with entirely new versions with 5 models from the $550 bookshelf 705 to the $1899 floorstanding 726. Focal developed a new tweeter with a suspension system previously found exclusively in the Utopia series. The drivers are all made in France. We were big fans of the original Chorus series & expect great sound at affordable prices from the new models." ABSOLUTE SOUND
The new Focal speakers have higher efficiency, plus deeper bass than many competitors. Almost every Focal speaker has 90db or more efficiency. Some new B&W speakers are only 84db efficient. Most Focals are 4 to 5 times more efficient. The $1899 Focal 726 floorstanding speaker has 91.5db efficiency & bass response to 49hz within 3db. A similar-sized $2200 B&W has less than half the efficiency & only 69hz bass response. The Chorus have four finishes: black lacquer, walnut, rosewood & gloss white. The Arias have sleek, attractive styling with three finishes: black lacquer, walnut & gloss white.
FOCAL CHORUS SALE
All new, made in Europe with 5 year warranty. Limited quantities available. Sale ends in late May.
List price NOW
706 Bookshelf $750 $549/pr
716 Tower $1600 $1199/pr
CC700 Center $650 $499/ea
CC700 Surround $800 $599/ea
FOCAL ARIA SALE
All new, made in Europe with 5 year warranty. Very limited quantities available. WALNUT ONLY
List price NOW
905 Bookshelf $1000 $799/pr
926 Tower, demo $3300 $2499/pr
"Unqualified success; 5 stars / top rated Sound quality, Value for money & Ease of drive; Great speed & detail." HiFi Choice
CC900 Center, $900 $699/ea
NEW FOCAL 1000F Subwoofer
The 1000F is Focal's first subwoofer with a 12" Flax driver, & 24-200hz frequency response. The 1000 watt built-in amplifier is Focal's largest. The flax woofer cone provides superior speed & definition. The cost is $1499 each.
5 year parts / labor warranty
10.mx, 10"Sub, 150W,
list $600, now $349
list $250; now $149/ea
4" & 1" silk dome tweeter
list $450, now $299
6.5", 2" silk dome midrange & 1" silk dome tweeter
Focal Electra 1028BE just arrived, a beautiful audiophile tower speaker that sounds great & are now $6999 / pair, a $2000 savings. The Electras have a berrylium tweeter & 2" thick cabinet walls. Beryllium, the lightest metal, has response to 40khz within 3db, the same as the $190,000 Focal Grand Utopias.
At RMAF Gold Sound had the U.S premier of the Focal 948 speaker. STEREOPHILE praised the naturalness of its sound. We stock Focal's 905 & 906 bookshelfs, plus 926 & 948 tower speakers. ABSOLUTE SOUND calls the 906, $1500/pair"Terrific". The 900 speakers have quickly become our most popular quality speakers. European magazines awarded the 926 & 948 "Product of the Year". 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.
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 35W/ch Prima Luna amps. The Arias have sleek, attractive styling with black or white lacquer or walnut finishes.
The new Focal speakers have higher efficiency, plus deeper bass than many competitors. Almost every Focal speaker is 90db or more efficient. Some new B&W speakers are only 84db efficient. Most Focals are 4 to 5 times more efficient. The $1899 Focal 726 floorstanding speaker has 91.5db efficiency & bass response to 49hz within 3db. A similar-sized $2200 B&W has less than half the efficiency & only 69hz bass response.
The $1500 Focal 906 bookshelf has higher efficiency, 10hz deeper bass & is under half the height of a B&W for $400 more. The $1500 Focal 906 has 35hz deeper bass response & is smaller than a Klipsch for $1,000 more.
SAVE on FOCAL Electra!
New low-luster Dark Walnut and Black Ash finishes
Pair Pair Max Freq Eff, Weight,
Originally Now Type Watts Resp Db pounds
l008Be $5500 $3999 Bookshelf 150W 41-40k 89 33
l028Be $9000 $6999 Tower 300W 28-40k 9l.5 73
l038Be $l3000 $9999 Tower 400W 26-40k 93 ll2
CCl008Be $3750 $2999 Center 200W 50-40k 9l 42
SWl008Be $5000 $4299 Subwoofer 750W l8-150 92
Every Electra Be speaker includes a Beryllium inverted dome tweeter, 2" thick cabinet with curved, nonparallel panels, W cones & are 8 ohms. The W cones are far more rigid & flexible than the materials used in competing speakers: Kevlar, paper, polypropylene or aluminum.
All Focal 700 & 900 models have 5 year parts & labor warranty with in-store service, 1" aluminum magnesium tweeters, 8 ohm & are high efficiency, two to four times many speakers' efficiency. This is like doubling or quadrupling your amp's power, plus lowering the amp's & speaker's distortion.
People have traded in many B&W bookshelves & tower speakers, plus Klipsch, NHT & Paradigm, for Focal. Focal has higher efficiency & deeper bass in the same size or smaller cabinets.
We have every bookshelf & tower speaker model of the the new Focal 700 line in stock. We have had many speakers traded in, including five different B&W models, Klipsch & Paradigm towers.
People love our Wharfedale speakers. We just received the following from a customer from the University of Pittsburgh:
"We want to thank you so much. We are VERY pleased with the speakers & the quality of sound. We've experimented & tried a variety of different types of music. We couldn't be happier!"
We now have on display:
*Asterisk means that this product has been favorably reviewed by STEREOPHILE, ABSOLUTE SOUND, etc. Reviews can be found on our "RECOMMENDED" pages.
CAMBRIDGE 10 bookshelf speakers
DARED SP0-2 Bookshelf Speakers
FOCAL Bookshelf Speakers:
CHORUS 705*, 706*,
ARIA 905 & 906*
CHORUS 714, 716, 726
ARIA: 926 & 948*
700CC Center Speaker
LAWRENCE PARTY Bookshelfs
90 &180 Bookshelf/on-wall Speakers
10CC & CM Center Speakers
YAMAHA Bookshelf Speakers:
Nsaw6490 & NS333
YAMAHA Tower Speakers: NS777
YAMAHA Indoor Speakers: Nsaw6490
YAMAHA Outdoor Speakers: Nsaw190,
194, 294 & 592
YAMAHA Subs: YSTSW215PN, 216PN &
YAMAHA Powered Speakers: Nx50
Most speaker companies buy their parts from a few generic manufacturers & put these in a cabinet. All our speaker companies design, engineer & manufacture every component in their own factory. You get better sounding, more durable speakers of higher value, since you're not paying for multiple companies' markups. We choose our speakers for superior sound quality & best value, not for the biggest ad budget. We've tried over a dozen U.S. & European speaker brands that didn't pass our high standards. Most are now available at local competing stores.
Gold Sound recently was selected as Colorado's exclusive Lawrence Speaker dealer. Here are speakers with amazing sound, precise imaging, gorgeous cabinets & wonderful workmanship. Lawrence speakers have Air Motion Transformer tweeters & midranges, plus are time-aligned for superior imaging. They are highly recommended by ABSOLUTE SOUND & others. The finishes include Natural Cherry & Rosewood, plus Gloss piano black, cherry & rosewood. The higher prices are for the gloss finishes. All prices are per pair.
PARTY Bookshelfs. $3900-4000
In addition to fine electronics, Cambridge makes many affordable, high value speakers, starting with the Minx 10, which lists for $160 & we sell for only $129 / pair. This amazing speaker is only three by three by three inches, yet sounds far larger. The Minx 10 is available in either a gloss black or white. Options include wall mounts, table stands or floor stands.
705 Bookshelf, $549/pair, Similar to 706, below "with a little less bass extension & output," ABSOLUTE SOUND
706 Bookshelf, list $750; now $549/pair, "Bass power & extension of many small floorstanding units. Very dynamic & visceral, it has a forward perspective that puts vocals right upfront. Shines on rock, blues & orchestral music. Highish sensitivity makes it an easy load for an amp - 50W is plenty in a moderately sized room. More bottom end than similar priced B&W." ABSOLUTE SOUND
905 Bookshelf, $999/pair "The midrange was rich & accurate. Music's tones characterized by richness & precision. Unbeatable ratio between musical sound quality & price." STEREO TIMES
906 Bookshelf, $1500/pair "The sonic character is vivid, fast, vibrant & dynamically engaging. Imaging is well focused & the soundstage is broad & unbroken. Commanding prescence; bass was rich & extended ; ideal combination of warmth, articulation & harmonic bloom. The explosive textures & tonal colors were exhilirating. The Aria 906 just gets music right & does so for a song.’ ABSOLUTE SOUND 3/2014
"The 906 is capable of resolving detail that other speakers simply cannot find & manages to do this without losing sight of the performance as a whole." AV FORUMS
926 Tower, now $3299, "The 926s are some of the most direct & communicative speakers I've encountered for a very long time. They're huge fun to listen to. You just put some music on & you think that's how it should be. You turn it up a bit louder than before & it's even more captivating. There's punchy bass, both fast & well-extended; a seamless transition into the midband & a treble that's both sweetly controlled & capable of beautifully clean imaging & ambiance. I can't remember when I listened to so much music. These are gloriously enjoyable. Focal could well have a serious success." Words & Music Andreweverard.com
936 Tower, now $3999/pair
CONCLUSIONS "A big spacious sound, tonally neutral with impressive dynamics & powerful bass. The 936 is more detailed & transparent; highs are particularly clean & extended without sounding forward or clinical [compared to the discontinued 826W.] Soundstages are bigger & images within those soundstages are more precisely defined. The Aria 936 sings with a beautiful voice."
SOUND "Smooth. Very smooth. Bells, cymbal, etc., rang out freely with delicacy & without any harshness. The sound came surprisingly close to $33,000 speakers. Extended highs transparent [but] did not add significant brightness. The treble was clean & extended. The use of flax in the sandwich construction of the midrange & bass drivers & judicious internal cabinet bracing must have played major roles in allowing the Aria 936 to be so free of any charecteristic "speaker sound." The soundstage & the precision of the images were first-rate."
MEASUREMENTS "Bass was extended; midrange & treble are extraordinarily smooth & even. Optimal crossover design; its measured performance [is like a far more] expensive speaker. That it costs just $3999 / pair makes it an extraordinary value." STEREOPHILE 11/14
948 Tower, $5000/pair "Their strong bass foundation, along with the high fun factor; the dynamics & the rich timbre make the Aria 988 an audiophile treat. The 948 do it all." STEREOPLAY
"If you want something better, be prepared for a long search & a higher expenditure." STEREO
XS Book, list $400, now $299/pair, powered small bookshelf speakers, "Work beautifully; offer a lot of sound, flexibility & functionality," ABSOLUTE SOUND 2013 HIGH END AUDIO BUYER'S GUIDE, MOST AFFORDABLE POWERED SPEAKERS
Bird, list $999/pair, now $599. Powered small bookshelf speakers with subwoofer, "There is perhaps no finer (or more user friendly) starting point for the high end audio experience than the compact, self-powered Bird system from Focal. The genius of the system is that it looks disarmingly stylish, simple & small, yet offers an amzingly big, rich, room-filling, focused & three dimensional sound. Very sophisticated." ABSOLUTE SOUND HIGH END AUDIO BUYER'S GUIDE, MOST AFFORDABLE POWERED SPEAKERS with POWERED SUBWOOFER
HI-FI CHOICE chose the top hi-fi of all time. Quad is the highest ranked speaker. "The British Gold Standard; first practical full-range electrostatic; wide dynamics & delicate transparency weaves an unmatched spell." Models can have black grills & tops; or in classic finish with gold weave grills & solid mahogany wood tops.
ESL988, A rated, $6499/pr, black; $7149/pr, classic; in same class as $39,000 models.
"World class resolution, superb soundstaging, spectacular transient response" STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED
"It will play at natural levels with a purity & accuracy will spoil you." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE
Achromatic WAS1, $699, for 4 satellites, center & subwoofer, TOP-PICK over more expensive JBL [$1746 & $2124], Klipsch [$2396], NHT [$1294], Mordaunt-Short [$1470 & $2134] & more. "Beautifully designed & can navigate the subtleties of recordings & movie soundtracks; really doing it right." HOME THEATER BUYING GUIDE
T5, $699; R218, $1399, "A special round of applause is due to this pair of ideal mini-subs for music lovers. Both are fast & tight, yet tonally supple, with well-defined timbres; remarkably potent for a single 8" driver [the T5] or a single downward-firing 10" [the R218]. Sumptuous high-gloss lacquered enclosures; pocket classics both." ABSOLUTE SOUND
T5, $599, "A special round of applause is owed my current choice for the ideal mini-sub for music lovers. Fast, tight, yet tonally replete, with highly defined pitches, the T5 is also remarkably extended - stunningly so for a single 8" driver in a sealed box. Sumptuous enclosure. Musical, superbly natural, robust & durable, as all REL subs are, this is a pocket-sized classic." ABSOLUTE SOUND, GOLDEN EAR AWARD
R218, $1299, "Easily one of the best small subs. It is so small [12x13.6x12"], it disappears in most rooms. The R218 is another in a seemingly continuous parade of exceptional REL performers, one of a handful of small subs that truly satisfies. REL has restyled, adding a luminous, hand-rubbed piano-black lacquer finish. Its footprint is modest & look is elegant & discrete. Build-quality - always a REL hallmark - is even better, with seams so tight they appear to be waterproof. The sonic results are what I've come to expect & admire from REL subs. Most importantly, there's a near seamless transition between sub & satellite. Like every REL, the R218 maintains the chameleon-like ability to disappear into the character of the main speakers. The REL is quick to react to low fundamentals & keeps pace with the unwinding harmonics rather than holding them back like the proverbial sonic boat anchor."
"Missing elements instantly resurfaced, bringing a degree of warmth & resonance easy to overlook in the sub's absence. This is what a good sub does; time & again it returns not only the music but the venue to a recording. It allows notes to hang in the air a bit longer & the deepest notes to sustain & decay. It's an almost subliminal calculation, but once the ear recalibrates to the spatiality that a sub infuses, its removal leaves the acoustic sound space empty & the reverberant field weakened. Like the air being let out of a ballon, music no longer pushes against the boundary of the venue."
REL B3, $1995, "A standout; it has the speed to keep up with most any speaker & it gets timbres right in a way that most subs do not." BUYER'S GUIDE, ABSOLUTE SOUND; PRODUCT of the YEAR; GOLDEN EAR AWARD; EDITOR'S CHOICE
REL B328, $1799, TOP PICK HOME THEATER
R528SE, $2799, SUBWOOFER of the YEAR "A state-of-the-art design in every way. Truly a great product. This sub is very special, offers truly breathtaking bass reach, low distortion & high resolution in a compact package that is standard-setting both at its price & at several multiples above its price. The warmth & richness won me over completely, while the bass drum is genuinely kick ass." ABSOLUTE SOUND
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