In their suite in the Venetian Towers at CES 2018, GoldenEar Technology showed the prototype for the DigitalAktiv™ 3 (DA 3) ultra-high-performance compact bookshelf loudspeaker, powered and equipped for wireless Wi-Fi and Bluetooth reception. The DA 3 is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of 2018. (Seeing it in person at the end of my last day after a loooooong show was a personal highlight for yours truly, your HRAC CCO.)
The DA 3 is housed in a hand-polished piano-black monocoque cabinet. It incorporates a 6-inch cast-basket bass/midrange driver, based on the one used in the company’s Triton Reference loudspeaker, along with the same HVFR tweeter used in the Reference and two inertially balanced 8-inch passive radiators.
The active drivers are biamped with direct-drive of the bass/midrange driver by a 200-watt amplifier and direct-drive of the tweeter with a 60-watt amplifier. Direct drive of the drivers is said to reduce distortion by an order of magnitude and dramatically improve control of the drivers for tighter bass and improved transient response. In addition, all crossover functions, including frequency response and phase optimization, are handled in the digital domain and precisely tailored by a 56-bit DSP engine. Power amplifiers are fed from high-current voltage regulated DC rails, in order to guarantee zero voltage sag during demanding musical transients.
Built-in Bluetooth reception is provided, along with Wi-Fi reception handled by Chromecast, for high-quality hassle-free performance with all popular streaming services from any Cast-capable device, such as a smart phone or computer. The built-in Cast module supports both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands for exceptional tolerance to interference. When used as a stereo pair, the two DA 3s are wirelessly linked by a high-quality, low-latency WISA radio.
In addition, one DA 3 may be used by itself as a single speaker playing stereo program material. Voice command control is possible utilizing any Google Home device. Multiple independent zones are also possible with separate control of level as well as program material. Network software updates are supported.
More information will be available later in 2018, when the DigitalAktiv™ 3 is ready for full production.