About the GoldenEar BRX
Not your average bookshelf speaker
Not your average bookshelf speaker
GoldenEar's BRX (Bookshelf Reference X) speakers have turned heads in the audio world for delivering fidelity, bass response, and a huge soundstage that smaller speakers usually just can't give you. They're a testament to GoldenEar's effective research and development and their incredible effort to create an affordable speaker (all things considered) that rivals others costing thousands more.
The BRXes are built with trickle-down technology from GoldenEar's high-end Triton speakers. The cast-basket used for the midrange/woofer is almost exactly the same as what the Triton Reference has, as is the HVFR™ (High Velocity Folded Ribbon) tweeter. Two flat passive bass radiators are mounted on the left and right sides to give the low-end some punch.
A pair of these stand-mount speakers can deliver three-dimensional, audiophile-grade sound for your two-channel music system, and they don't take up a lot of space —perfect small-to-medium-sized rooms, or even near-field desktop listening. Or, if you're rocking a set of Triton towers, you can use them as your side or rear surround speakers and have a world-class home theater system.
GoldenEar's proprietary HVFRT tweeter is one of the company's favorite achievements. It uses neodymium magnets to squeeze and pressurize the air between its high-density Kapton film diaphragm's folds.
The no-resonance and low-distortion design helps the tweeter reach an astonishingly high 35,000 Hz while keeping a smooth, detailed response at all volumes. There's almost no moving mass and, as a result, the tweeter isn't subject to the piston-like issues (namely, "wobble" or distortion) of traditional dome-style tweeters. Since it has a much larger surface area, the tweeter dispersion is much wider and the soundstaging is excellent.
The 6" midrange/woofer is made of a special polypropylene blend specifically developed by GoldenEar for their high-end Triton towers. It also features a proprietary cone curvature. Both of those help to keep the cone light, quick, and excitingly clear. On the back of the driver, you'll find a powerful, high-gauss magnet that keeps the in-and-out movement of the speaker strong and stable.
Twin rounded rectangular bass radiators mounted on the left and right sides of the cabinet help the BRX achieve its surprisingly strong bass output, and they give the speaker what GoldenEar calls an "inertially balanced configuration." By that, they mean that cabinet vibrations are minimized since the two bass radiators' frequencies cancel each other out inside the box, keeping internal resonances very low.
Being the speaker junkie I am, I had to see what all the praise for the BRX speakers was about. Thankfully, GoldenEar was kind enough to send a pair out for me to demo. The speakers looked stunning in person. Their gloss black finish was immaculate, catching my eye the moment I took them out of the box.
I hooked the BRXes up to my SVS Prime Wireless SoundBase and started up a few songs from a critical listening playlist I'd made on TIDAL some time ago. All tracks were streamed over Wi-Fi and played at 16-bit/44.1kHz.
The first track I played was “All the Pretty Colors” off Sturgill Simpson's stripped-down Cuttin' Grass – Vol. 1. Simpson recorded this album with some of the finest bluegrass musicians he could find. The BRXes brought every bit of their talent, energy, and emotion into the spotlight.
From the blazing banjo and mandolin riffs to the thumpy standup bass, every instrument had its own rightful spot in the soundstage and was easy to pick out. There were tasty amounts of depth and detail to the sound of each instrument, which caught me by surprise.
I could hear picks gliding across strings and subtleties and inflections in Sturgill's voice that I hadn't picked up on before. The speakers did a great job of immersing me in the song. By the end of it, I felt I'd just heard them perform the song live.
Next up was “Rebels” by Call Me Karizma, a bouncy, well-recorded pop track with super-heavy bass. Normally I let one of my subs handle the low-end, but I wanted to put the GoldenEars through a torture test of sorts to see how well they handled lower frequencies all by themselves.
The passive radiators on the BRXes helped a lot, and the speakers did great — way better than I expected, given their size. The sound remained articulate and punchy while digging into and coming out of bass notes. Of course, that's not to say they'll rumble your room. For maximum impact, I still recommend using a dedicated subwoofer with them.
I had a lot of fun with the last track: the ever-funky “Count Me Out” by Chromeo (which I totally didn't sing along to). David Macklovitch's playful vocals were front and center, carefully interwoven with Patrick Gemayel's slap bass and synths. The clarity and separation that the BRXes put on display was magnificent and helped heighten the song's energy. The highs came through without a hint of shrillness while the midrange remained punctual and accurate without being lost in the mix.
Who is GoldenEar?
Since their founding in 2010, GoldenEar has racked up rave reviews across the audio industry for their high-tech speaker lineup and cutting-edge design philosophy. The company's goal is to create speakers that sound better than comparable models costing three, four, or even five times more. Their signature sound includes pinpoint stereo imaging, a spacious three-dimensional soundstage, and ultra-low distortion. Each of GoldenEar's custom-designed drivers, passive radiators, and carefully tuned cabinets help create an ultra-immersive listening experience with your favorite albums and movie soundtracks.
- 6" cast-basket reference mid/bass driver
- High-Gauss Reference HVFR™ (High-Velocity Folded Ribbon) tweeter
- two rectangular side-mounted passive radiators
- frequency response: 40-35,000 Hz
- recommended amplifier power: 10-250 watts
- sensitivity: 90 dB
- impedance: 8 ohms
- 5-way binding post speaker terminals
- removable magnetic grille
- 8-1/16"W x 12-1/8"H x 12-1/4"D
- weight: 12 lbs.
- warranty: 5 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # GKWA
What's in the box:
- Bookshelf loudspeaker
- Owner's Manual
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Features & specs
|Tweeter Type||Folded Ribbon|
|Tweeter Size (inches)||---|
|Midrange Size (inches)||N/A|
|Woofer Size (inches)||6|
|Frequency Response||40-35k Hz|
|Connector Type||5-Way post|
|Mounting Bracket Included||No|
|Recommended Stand Height (inches)||24-26|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
2-Way Bookshelf Loudspeaker: The GoldenEar Technology BRX is a two-way bookshelf loudspeaker engineered to deliver superior reference level performance for both two channel music applications and mutlichannel home theater setups with extraordinary three-dimensional (3D) imaging and high-resolution clarity. The GoldenEar Technology BRX speaker is extremely efficient and can be driven to loud listening levels with moderate amplifier power, but is also able to handle the output of a very powerful amplifier.
High-Gauss Reference High-Velocity Folded Ribbon (HVFR) Tweeter): The BRX bookshelf speaker features GoldenEar Technology's High-Gauss Reference High-Velocity Folded Ribbon (HVFR) design tweeter for silky smooth high frequency respons and ultra high resolution capability. The HVFR tweeter propagates sound waves and moves the air by squeezing it with its accordion-like pleated diaphragm, rather than pushing it as conventional drivers do. Greater efficiency, lower distortion, improved dynamics and superbly detailed sound are the result of this amazing technology.
6" Polypropylene Woofer: The GoldenEar Technology BRX bookshelf loudspeaker incorporates a 6" cast-basket bass/midrange driver with a focused-field magnet structure. The cone is formed with a proprietary curve, from a special formulation of polypropylene, which combines superior internal damping with a high speed of wave transmission through the cone for exceptional midrange performance. The 6" polypropylene cone woofer also provides exceptional long-throw with tremendous dynamic range for deep bass response from a compact bookshelf speaker.
Dual Planar Infrasonic Radiators: A pair of inertially balanced 6.5" planar infrasonic radiators located on either side of the cabinet (one on each side), acoustically load the active 6" driver as well as couple the internal bass energy to the room for tight, quick, extended bass response.
Curved Cabinet Shape: The BRX's unique curved cabinet shape is both acoustically purposeful as well as strikingly attractive. Its narrow front baffle and curved corners, in conjunction with a complex crossover, align the driver array precisely for a coherent wave-launch directed at the listening position, as well as results in non-parallel walls for better control of internal standing waves.
Binding Post Terminals: The GoldenEar Technology bookshelf loudspeaker is outfitted with a set of 5-way binding post terminals that will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana plugs (single or dual).
Mounting & Placement Options: The GoldenEar Technology BRX speaker is designed to fit and sound beautifully in a wide variety of room applications. The speaker can be placed on a stand (sold separately), shelf, bookcase, or other piece of furniture with a solid flat surface. Integrated rubber feet help to isolate the speaker from your mounting surface. The BRX is designed to allow flexible placement while providing a very large window of sound throughout your listening room.
- For the most accurate and natural timbre, the speaker's high-frequency drivers should be at approximately ear level. A pair of BRX speakers should form a equilateral triangle between each other and the main seated listening position. To further optimize imaging, turn a pair of speakers inward (toe-in) so they point toward the listening position with their axes crossing just behind it.
- Placing the speaker in a corner will over-emphasize bass and reduce overall clarity. If possible, position the loudspeaker 8" or more from the wall behind the speaker and as much as possible from either side wall. This will ensure better bass performance and optimal midrange clarity.
- When used as surround speakers, the BRX speaker may be located on the side or behind the main listening area. When used on the sides, take care never to locate the speaker forward of the main listening position. If the speaker is placed along the rear wall as surrounds, it is suggested that the speaker be positioned fairly wide apart if possible.
Note: The GoldenEar Technology BRX does not include any mounting bracket, keyhole-slot, or threaded insert to mount the speaker on the wall.