New Focals Praised by Reviewers
Gold Sound had the U.S premier of the new Focal 948 speaker. STEREOPHILE praised the naturalness of its sound. We're the only Colorado dealer stocking Focal's new 906 bookshelf & 926 tower speakers, as well as the 948. The 906, $1500/pair, the smallest & most affordable Aria speaker, was just called "Terrific" by ABSOLUTE SOUND. The 900 speakers have quickly become our most popular quality speakers. European magazines have awarded the 926 & 948 "Product of the Year" awards. 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 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.
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 & bass response to only 69hz.
The $1500 Focal 906 bookshelf speaker has higher efficiency, 10hz deeper bass response & is less than half the height of a B&W for $400 more.
The $1500 Focal 906 bookshelf speaker also has 35hz deeper bass response & is smaller than a Klipsch for $1,000 more.
We now have the new Focal 700 models on display. People love their sound. We have had many speakers traded in, including five different B&W models & Paradigm & Klipsch towers. We now have on display: *Asterisk means that this product has been favorably reviewed by STEREOPHILE, ABSOLUTE SOUND, etc. Reviews are on the "RECOMMENDED" pages.
CAMBRIDGE 351A USB Integrated amp,
651A USB Integrated Amp
851A Integrated Amp
DAC Magic* & DAC Magic+
Stream Magic 6 * DAC / Server
Minx Xi DAC / Server / Integrated amp
10 & 3 bookshelf speakers
551P & 651P Phono preamps
FOCAL Bookshelf Speakers: 705*, 706*,
Tower Speakers: 714, 716, 726
Aria: 926 & 948
Powered Bookshelf Speakers: XS Book
Center Speaker: 700CC
GRADO Headphones: iGrado, SR60*,
SR80*, SR125*, SR325*
JBL In-wall Speakers: SP6C
KEF In-wall Speakers: 130F
KIMBER: 4PR, 8PR, 4TC*, 8TC* & 12TC*
Hero*, Silver Streak*, Timbre* &
MARANTZ AV Receivers: SR5009
DVD: UD5007 Blue Ray / CD / SACD
MONITOR In-wall Speakers: 165, 265
MONITOR RADIUS Bookshelf Speakers: 45*, 90*, 180* NHT In-wall speakers: IW1, IW2
Center Channel 180*
MUSICAL SURROUNDINGS NOVA II
PARASOUND HALO POWER AMPS:
PARASOUND HALO PRE AMPS:
P3, P5, JC2*, JC3*
PARASOUND CLASSIC PRE AMP:
PRIMA LUNA, all tube
Classic Integrated amp, 35W/ch
Four power amp, 35W/ch
QUAD Speakers: L center*, L lite* & L sub*
REL T Zero Subwoofer
ROKSAN Kandy CD player
K2 Integrated amplifier
WHARFEDALE DIAMOND Speakers:
Bookshelfs: 10.0, 10.1*, 10.2
Towers: 10.5 & 10.7
Center Speakers: 10CC, CS & CM
ACHROMATIC WAS-1, AV system,
5 satelites & subwoofer
YAMAHA CD Players:
CRX332, CD/iPod/AM/FM mini receiver
CDC600, CD Changer
YAMAHA iPod docks:
YD10SL & YD12SL
YAMAHA Stereo Receivers:
RN500, RS300, RS500 & RS700
YAMAHA Surround Receivers:
RXV377, 477 & 577
YAMAHA Outdoor Speakers: Nsaw190,
194, 294 & 592
YAMAHA Soundbar: YAS101
YAMAHA Subs: YSTSW215PN, 216 & 315
AMPS, MULTI-CHANNEL: Marantz, Parasound
A-V PREAMP-PROCESSORS: Marantz
CABLES & Gold Connectors: Apature, Cambridge,
Kimber, Pangea, WBT
CD: Cambridge, Marantz, Yamaha
CD Player / Mini Stereo Receiver: Yamaha
CD RECORDERS: Denon Pro, Marantz Pro
DIGITAL-ANALOG CONVERTER: Cambridge, Music Hall, Pro-Ject
DVD Player: Cambridge, Marantz, Pioneer, Yamaha
DVD Player / Mini Stereo Receiver: Yamaha
HEADPHONE AMPS: Creek, Dared, Grado, Lehmann, Music Hall, Vincent
HEADPHONES: AKG, Audio-Technica, Grado, Sennheiser
HDMI SWITCHERS: Apature, Marantz, Parasound
HDMI CABLES: Apature, Kimber, Pangea
HOME THEATER in the box SYSTEMS: Yamaha
IN-WALL SPEAKERS: Focal, Gold Sound, JBL, KEF,
Mini Stereo Receiver / CD Player: Yamaha
OUTDOOR SPEAKERS: Focal, JBL Pro, Monitor
PHONO PREAMPS: Cambridge, Parasound,
PHONO PREAMPS with USB output: Parasound,
POWER AMPS, MULTI-CHANNEL: Marantz, Parasound
POWER CONDITIONERS: Furman, Panamax
POWER CORDS: KimberKable, Pangea
POWERED SPEAKERS: Focal
RECEIVERS: Cambridge, Marantz, Yamaha
REMOTE CONTROLS: Marantz
SOLID-STATE RECORDER: Marantz Pro
SPEAKERS: Cambridge, Focal, Gold
Sound, JBL Pro, Monitor Audio, Quad, Rogers,
SPEAKER COMPONENTS: Gold Sound, JBL Pro,
Morel, Seas, Vifa & more...
SPEAKER SWITCHERS: Niles, Parasound
SPEAKER WALLPLATES: Apature
SUBWOOFERS: Focal, Monitor Audio, Quad, REL
DVDs: Cambridge, Marantz, Pioneer, Yamaha
HOME THEATER SYSTEMS
Below are a few Gold Sound Home Theater Systems. Many more are available. Systems include receiver; front, center & rear speakers; powered subwoofer & cables.
1] YAMAHA VALUE, list $1000; now $899
YAMAHA RXV377 Receiver [100 watts per channel, all 5 channels, 4 HDMI inputs], plus Wharfedale Achromatic WAS1, speaker system with 4 satellites, center & subwoofer. HOME THEATER BUYING GUIDE rated these a TOP-PICK over JBL, Klipsch & other systems for over $2000! "Beautifully designed & can navigate the subtleties of recordings & movie soundtracks; really doing it right."
2] FOCAL & MARANTZ QUALITY, list $2400; now $1798
MARANTZ NR1405 Receiver, 4 FOCAL 705 bookshelf speakers, 700 center & 100W Yamaha sub. MARANTZ BD5007 Blue Ray DVD, $599 additional
3] YAMAHA & FOCAL PERFORMANCE, list $3300; now $2798
YAMAHA RXA740 Receiver, Top-rated FOCAL speakers, 4 bookshelfs, center & sub, all with rosewood, walnut or black.
4] MARANTZ & FOCAL PERFORMANCE
How to Improve your Home Theater System
MARANTZ SR5009 Receiver, 2 FOCAL 714 bookshelf speakers, 2 Focal 705 rear speakers, 700 center & 270W Yamaha sub., all with wood veneer or black lacquer.
Most home theater receivers have power ratings that melt away like a snow man in the hot sun. HOME THEATER, 12/12, tested a $600 Denon receiver rated at 125W/ch. With all channels running, the tested power is under 53 watts/ch. However, you can easily fix this problem.
If your receiver has preamp outputs, hooking up a good separate power amp makes your system come alive. Beyond getting a larger quantity of watts, you'll get far better quality watts. Power amps have more robust power supplies, which enable them to have richer & deeper bass, plus imaging that you can touch & feel.
HOME THEATER compared a $5200 Denon & $7000 Lexicon receiver with a $2000 Marantz power amp. The amp "easily won in every department, especially treble transient clarity, transparency & resolution, with an airy, open & extended yet sweet top end; far superior to Denon, which was closed in & opaque. The Marantz amp produced complete sonic satisfaction at any volume; combined delicacy, detail, transparency & a velvety overall sheen. Bass more supple, subtle, better textured & less mechanical than the Denon. I doubt any receiver at any price can match the amp's sonic performance."
The Parasound A21 stereo amp, 125-200W/ch & $949, improves most receivers. The 125W is the 8 ohm power; 200W is the 4 ohm power. The A21, 250-400W/ch & $2299 has far more wattage & better quality watts than any AV receiver. The new Parasound A31, $2999, has the same power as the A21, but has three channels, for the front left, right & center.
Parasound makes several fine five channel power amps. We have a special on the Parasound 5250vII five channel power amp, 250-385W/ch. The list is $2850, but we have only one left, reduced to $2299. This amp is new, in a sealed box, with a 3 year warranty.
Big TVs are not home theater systems. Over 80% of all big screens sold over the past 5 years were sold without an audio system. The speakers in a $1000 TV are only 2-4" across & cost under a dollar. The amps inside big screen TVs have very low power, often under 10 watts & very high distortion, 10% or more. Even our smallest & least expensive speakers [under $100 / pair] sound far better than the speakers in big screen TVs.
The sound system is an essential part of the home theater experience. Much of the enjoyment of action movies comes from hearing the soundtrack. We have new home theater systems with a Yamaha HDMI receiver, 5 speakers & a subwoofer, starting under $900. Our better home theater systems can sound better than systems in movie theaters.
HOME THEATER & many other magazines recommend MARANTZ. PLAYBACK magazine top-rated a Marantz above all other AV receivers tested. "What made it a standout design is just how easy it was to install & use. We never had to consult the owner's manual to get the job done. The remote deserves special mention. It's just so darn well laid out & easy to master; it also helps that it's completely backlit, so we could actually see all the buttons in our darkened home theater." It was the only receiver earning the highest grades for user interface, plus movie & music sound quality.
MARANTZ AV receivers have seven discrete amplifier channels, plus HDMI 1.4a, which is necessary for Blue Ray & 3D DVDs. The NR1403 is only 4" high, the same size as Marantz Blue Ray players. Most Marantz AV receivers include HDMI video upconverting, pre outs for every channel, A/B speaker switching, front panel AV inputs & a front panel USB input.
All Marantz CD's, amps, receivers & DVD's have 3 years parts & labor warranties. Reviewers praise MARANTZ for its sound, ease of use & comprehensive, intuitive remote controls. DVD's, plasmas & projectors are a reference standard.
YAMAHA AV receivers start with the $249 RX373 with four HDMI inputs.
MARANTZ & YAMAHA AV receivers are renowned for their features & flexibility. Most Marantz & Yamaha receivers feature:
1] HDMI video inputs for HD picture quality & simpler, easier connections.
2] A/B speaker outputs for two rooms with double banana speaker jacks for better sound with quality cables & connectors. The $149 Parasound speaker switcher lets you connect up to 10 speakers throughout your home.
3] Learning remotes that run most any TV, DVD, satellite, cable, etc. Your home theater experience is much more enjoyable with one remote control running everything, rather than fishing between seven different remote controls.
4] Multi-zone; different music can play simultaneously in different rooms. While you are watching a surround sound DVD in one room, the FM radio, for example, can play in another room. The only things needed are another pair of speakers & the wire to connect them.
5] Preamp outputs for easy upgrades. The receiver becomes a tuner-preamp. If you want more power, you can plug a 200W or 400W / channel amp or whatever power you prefer directly to the receiver. Parasound power amps have deeper bass, more power & better quality power than any receiver. The $949 Parasound A23 has 200W into a 4 ohm load. The $2300 A21 has 250W, 8 ohms & 400W, 4 ohms. This is far greater than any AV receiver.
With most other receiver brands, you'd have to replace the receiver to get more power. Preamp outputs are included in most Marantz receivers & some Yamaha receivers.
6] Video up-conversion to improve video quality. While DVD players can use an HDMI connection, VCR's use a composite video connection. With most receivers, you would have to use the this sort of cable between the receiver & TV, reducing the video quality. Video upconversion enables you to use the highest type of cable, noticeably improving video quality.
7] On-Screen Display enables you to see any changes you make on the remote control or receiver's front panel on your TV screen. This greatly helps when first setting up your system.
8] A Built-in Equalizer automaticly adjusts all the channels when you first set up the receiver. A microphone is included, which you can place at your favorite listening seat.
HOME THEATER & STEREOPHILE magazines praise PARASOUND's high performance, high value power amps. The Parasounds have more power & better sound quality than any receiver. Parasound's warranty is 5 years labor & 10 years parts, also far better than any receiver.
AV PRE & POWER AMPS
Some people need more power & better sound than any receiver can deliver. Preamp processors & power amps have more features, greater flexibility, better bass, smoother sound & vastly more power than any receiver. The Parasound A51 has 250W/channel 8 ohm, 400W, 4 ohm with all channels running. Even the most expensive receivers can't do this. Regarding a $5200 Denon AVR5308CI, HOME THEATER stated, "Don't expect the power & punch that only separate, more powerful amplifiers can provide."
MM8003, 8 channel power amp, $2399 "Tested power, one channel, 192W, 8 ohm; 289W, 4 ohm."
AV8801 Surround Processor, $3,599PARASOUND HALO A51 power amp, EDITOR'S CHOICE "Powerful & flexible power amp with impressive sound. Excellent value." HI-FI CHOICE,
(Home Theater, May 2013): Marantz’s new top-of-the-line performed so well in reviewer David Vaughn’s system, it earned a place as his new reference.
A52, $1999 "This 5x125 watt amp has warm, natural sound."
ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE, 10/06
"Those who prize flexibility will appreciate RCA & balanced inputs & individual channel level controls . Warm, natural, never edgy sound."
CX-A5000 Surround Processor, $3,000,
(S&V, January 2014): The first dedicated preamp/processor for the premium Aventage line delivered up fabulous sound, tank-like build quality, and more features than you can shake a stick at for a quite reasonable price.
THE FOLLOWING WON
HOME THEATER & SOUND&VISION 2013 TOP PICKS / PRODUCT of the YEAR AWARDS
CAMBRIDGE AUDIO AZUR 751R
$2,999 (S&V, June; Home Theater, June): What the Azur 751R lacks in whiz-bang features, it makes up for with natural, effortless sound that reviewer Mark Fleischmann deemed “worth every penny of its price.”
MARANTZ SR7008, $1,999, (S&V, Oct): A fully loaded AVR with nine integrated amp channels, Audyssey’s top-of-the-line room EQ, and the excellent sonics Marantz is known for.
Most speaker companies buy their parts from a few generic manufacturers & put these in a cabinet. Every speaker we carry is from a company that designs, engineers & manufactures
every component in their own factory. The benefits include better sounding, more durable speakers of higher value, since you are not paying for multiple companies' markups. We choose our speakers for superior sound quality & best value, not for the biggest advertising budget. Over the past few years, we've tried over a dozen U.S. & European speaker brands that didn't pass our high standards. Most of these speakers are now available at local competing stores.
WHARFEDALE speakers received PRODUCT OF THE YEAR AWARDS, for bookshelfs, subs & floor-standing speakers. PERFECT VISION calls Wharfedale "Best of Show" & "costs half of what you'd expect". Reviewers exclaim, "HI-FI BARGAIN of the YEAR, an absolute steal; sensational; superb".
HOME THEATER BUYING GUIDE rated the Wharfedale Achromatic WAS1 [$699, for 4 satellites, center & sub], a 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."
MONITOR AUDIO has made well engineered, high-quality speakers in England for over 30 years. Their unique engineering includes woofers & tweeters made of C-CAM, ceramic-coated aluminum / magnesium originally developped by the aerospace industryfor use as blades in jet engines. Sonic benefits include increased efficiency, clarity & reduced distortion. Monitor speakers include mini-monitors less than 4" square, bookshelf speakers, towers, home theater models & subs. All are known for high value & exceptional sound. The exquisite cabinet finishes include walnut, oak, cherry & other real wood veneers.
The Radius are an attractive, small lifestyle home theater system. Most include metal wall brackets. "Stunning; audiophile grade components at a consumer friendly price. Remarkable; precision & detail I'd only expect from much larger speakers." HDTV, etc.
"A serious bang for the buck system; awesome power-to-weight ratio; innovative design." HOME THEATER
Hear JBL, NHT, KEF, GOLD SOUND & other in-wall & in ceiling speaker systems here. Installation is available.
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OUR BRANDS WILL BE HERE MANY YEARS
YAMAHA & THORENS
have been in business over 125 years.
ORTOFON, QUAD & WHARFEDALE, over 70 years.
JBL, CROWN & MARANTZ, over 60 years.
AKG, AUDIO-TECHNICA, & GRADO, over 50 years.
REGA & ROGERS, over 40 years
DBX, MONITOR, REGA & SUMIKO, over 35 years
FOCAL, PARASOUND & VPI, over 30 years
CAMBRIDGE, ROKSAN & VPI, over 25 years
DARED, CLEARAUDIO, BENZ, 20 years
REL, 18 years
MUSIC HALL, PRO-JECT & VINCENT, over 15 years
PRIMA LUNA, 12 years
WARRANTIES, all parts & labor
CAMBRIDGE: electronics, 2 years; speakers, 5 years
DARED, 2 years
FOCAL: 5 years
GRADO HEADPHONES & CARTRIDGES, 1 year
MARANTZ: 3 years
MONITOR Audio: 5 years
PARASOUND CLASSIC: 3 years
PARASOUND HALO: 5 years
PARASOUND JC HALO: 10 years
PRIMA LUNA: 2 years
QUAD Dynamic speakers: 5 years
ROKSAN: 5 years
VINCENT: 2 years
WHARFEDALE: 5 years
YAMAHA: receivers, amps, speakers & subs,
2 years; CD & DVD, 1 year.
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