I've spent time this week listening to it.
The Goldenear is definitely very good, but on the other hand although I definitely liked it off the bat, I wasn't blown away (...yet) - so I'm not sure if I'm going to keep it.
I'm deciding between
(a) keeping my full towers - Klipsch RF82-II, RF-64IIC, RF62 II surrounds + SVS 23-39CI+ sub
(b) Goldenear soundbar.
My reason for thinking of this is (a) WAF (b) currently the towers are blocking part of my screen
For my source material - I'm using the type of movies that I normally watch (action) -
(a) e.g. Batman part II (with Heath Ledgler as the Joker) - the scene where Batman is on the motorcycle revving up right at the Joker, and the Joker is saying - hit me, hit me, - I like to see how it does the increasing revving of the engine - high pitch, and the rumbling lows at the same time
(b) Phantom of the opers - end scene where the Phantom smashes the mirrors - want to see how acuractely the glass smashing sounds
(c) Star Wars Revenge of the Sith - opening scene - want to see how well the sound stage and surround effects are - if you hear the ships flying around the room
(d) Music - via Amazon cloud - e.g. Beyonce - if I were a boy - nice intro voice; TIm McGraw, etc
(e) and any any scene to see how clear the dialog is
So with that said, the review may be different based on your tastes in source materia
Envirmoment = 12x24' room- thick carpet, w/GK Acoustics soundtreatments at rear of room and first reflection point., Denon AVR 2809 CI, and I had it auto calibrate with the soundbar
I hope to have more info soon
Also to point out some things hat are very apparent:
- I demod this in a shop in NYC with a testing room not much bigger than my HT room- and was VERY turned off - absolutely no sound stage. However, after listening in my HT - that's TOTALLY not the case - it does a great job of filling up the room
- w/music - - There's good clarity , and I can hear nuances. Hope to give more details soon.