GoldenEar Technology SuperCinema 3D Array Soundbar System HT Labs Measures

HT Labs Measures

L/R Sensitivity: 88.5 dB from 500 Hz to 2 kHz

Center Sensitivity: 90 dB from 500 Hz to 2 kHz

Surround Sensitivity: 90 dB from 500 Hz to 2 kHz

This graph shows the quasi-anechoic (employing close-miking of all woofers) frequency response of the SuperCinema 3D Array L/R (purple trace), SuperCinema 3D Array center channel (green trace), SuperSat 3 surround (red trace), and ForceField 3 subwoofer (blue trace). All passive loudspeakers were measured with grilles at a distance of 1 meter with a 2.83-volt input and scaled for display purposes.

The SuperCinema 3D Array’s left channel listening-window response (a five-point average of axial and +/–15-degree horizontal and vertical responses) measures +2.00/–4.06 decibels from 200 hertz to 10 kilohertz. The –3-dB point is at 147 Hz, and the –6-dB point is at 125 Hz. Impedance reaches a minimum of 4.78 ohms at 3.8 kHz and a phase angle of –30.19 degrees at 197 Hz.

The SuperCinema 3D Array’s center channel listening-window response measures +1.11/–4.39 dB from 200 Hz to 10 kHz. An average of axial and +/–15-degree horizontal responses measures +1.19/–5.84 dB from 200 Hz to 10 kHz. The –3-dB point is at 168 Hz, and the –6-dB point is at 144 Hz. Impedance reaches a minimum of 6.25 ohms at 6.8 kHz and a phase angle of –31.09 degrees at 216 Hz.

The SuperSat 3’s listening-window response measures +3.35/–3.01 dB from 200 Hz to 10 kHz. The –3-dB point is at 177 Hz, and the –6-dB point is at 155 Hz. Impedance reaches a minimum of 4.72 ohms at 370 Hz and a phase angle of –40.27 degrees at 252 Hz.

The ForceField 3’s close-miked response, normalized to the level at 80 Hz, indicates that the lower –3-dB point is at 33 Hz and the –6-dB point is at 28 Hz. The upper –3-dB point is at 140 Hz with the Lowpass Crossover control set to maximum.—MJP

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pras's picture

Hi Darryl,

Firstly, thank you for the well-written and detailed review.

I am in the market for a new 5.0 speaker system (happy with my sub for now) for a small room (15 x 18) to match with my Yamaha RX-V2700 Receiver, SVS PB10 Subwoofer and Oppo BDP-103 Blu-Ray Player.

I have a few options available to me: GoldenEar SuperCinema 3D Soundbar + SuperSat 3s, GoldenEar SupeCinema 3 System, KEF T305 System and the Paradigm MilleniaOne and possibly the Jamo D500 LCR/SUR speakers and Monitor Audio Silver RX1 AV System - I would assume all would be a massive upgrade from my aging Wharfedale Diamond 8.3/8C/8.1 system.

Considering sound quality only (throw cost aside) how would these systems compare in my room for music/movies? Any pitfalls with high volumes and distortion, either option provide more impact/ambiance etc?

I do not have the chance to audition as buying direct so any positive / negative feedback from yourself or any other readers to help narrow down my shortlist?

Thanks in advance.

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