We listened to the new GoldenEar T66 loudspeakers in Munich earlier in the year, and we were impressed with their stunning low frequency performance–especially coming from such a slim and appealing floorstanding enclosure.
Here’s the official press release for the GoldenEar T66 speakers:
Introducing the T Series
The GoldenEar T66 is the first model in GoldenEar’s new T Series. While it boasts several significant refinements of our time-tested design concepts, the T66 is undeniably a GoldenEar loudspeaker, placing beautiful sound and music before all else.
Honoring the Triton Series
The GoldenEar T66 honors the critically acclaimed Triton Series, sharing a similarly tall, slender profile; built-in DSP-controlled subwoofer amplification; and a driver complement comprising GoldenEar’s High-Velocity Folded Ribbon AMT tweeter, cast-basket mid/bass units, quadratic planar radiators, and long-throw powered sub-bass section.
Onward and Upward
Several important cosmetic and sonic refinements distinguish the new GoldenEar T66 from previous GoldenEar speakers. These include a dramatically augmented crossover design, high-quality internal wiring, a new cast-aluminum base and metal grille, and, in addition to GoldenEar’s Gloss Black cabinet finish, a vibrant Santa Barbara Red.
Designed for performance and beauty, the T66’s tall, slender cabinet contributes to the speaker’s holographic imaging and is proportionately the strongest cabinet GoldenEar has ever made.
Reference AMT Tweeter
A powerful magnet and motor assembly, along with many other internal details, make this folded-planar-magnetic tweeter clean, clear, and very efficient.
Critically finessed wool felt on the mounting plate and elsewhere minimizes diffraction and bounce distortions.
Crossover and Internal Wiring
GoldenEar’s most sophisticated crossover ensures flat, +9-octave frequency response. Bypass-caps subjected to AudioQuest’s proprietary PMO (Permanent Molecular Optimization) process bring unprecedented clarity.
The GoldenEar T66 is internally wired with signal-preserving AudioQuest Perfect-Surface Copper+. The wire is also direction-controlled and employs a Carbon layer for maximizing RF-Noise Dissipation.
High-Definition Mid/Bass Drivers
Cast-basket mid/bass drivers employ Multi-Vaned Phase Plugs, improving drivers’ ability to produce exceptional off-axis response for a cinematic soundstage and immersive listening experience.
Long-Throw Quadratic Subwoofers
Optimized subwoofer arrangement (one high and one low on the cabinet) produces better coupling of sub drivers to the passive radiators for approximately 1dB additional output.
Quadratic Planar Back-Wave-Driven Radiators
Acoustically coupled to the subwoofers to deliver extended low-frequency response, improved low-frequency impact, and minimal distortion for surprisingly deep, well-controlled, room-filling bass.
Separate Bass and Treble binding posts enable BiWiring. Separate Treble and Bass cables significantly reduce current-modulation distortion
For convenience, the speakers arrive with high-quality gold-plated PSC+ jumpers.
Robust, Efficient Subwoofer Amplifier
New-generation GoldenEar SuperSub-inspired DSP and amplification produces flat, extended frequency response for clean, articulate bass with low distortion.
Sturdy and attractive cast-aluminum base features conical aluminum feet that are easily adjustable from above. The bottoms of the cones are flat for when a solid (but not spiked) foundation is best.
Steel Spikes — or Rubber Tips
Conical feet can be fitted with either steel spikes (best for carpets) or rubber tips (best for tile, wood, or other smooth surfaces that might be easily scratched).
GoldenEar T66 Technical Specifications
Efficiency: 91dB 1W/1M @ 4Ω (2.83V/1M)
Frequency Response: 29Hz–25kHz typical (-6dB on axis @ 29Hz, anechoic bass response)
Nominal Impedance: 4Ω
Recommended Amplification: 20–500Wpc
Built-In Subwoofer Power Amplification: 1000W peak/500W RMS, DSP-Controlled
Weight: 60lbs (27.2kg)
US Retail: $6,900/pair (Gloss Black); $7,200/pair (Santa Barbara Red)