GoldenEar is teasing information on its exciting new product, despite a scheduled release in the fourth quarter 2018. The DigitalAktiv 3 (DA 3) is an ultra-high-performance compact bookshelf loudspeaker which is powered and equipped for wireless Wi-Fi and Bluetooth reception. The DA 3 is housed in a beautiful hand-polished piano-black monocoque cabinet. It incorporates a 6" cast-basket bass/midrange driver, based on the one used in the Triton Reference, along with the same HVFR tweeter used in the Reference and two inertially balanced 8" 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 tremendously reduces distortion by an order of magnitude and dramatically improves control of the drivers for tighter bass and improved transient response.
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. In addition, multiple independent zones are 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.