The SuperCinema 3D Array is a 3-channel speaker with each L/C/R channel featuring a Heil-type HVFR (high velocity folded ribbon) tweeter and two 4.5-inch MVPP mid/bass drivers. More importantly, the 3D Array also incorporates interaural crosstalk cancellation technology—technology that Sandy Gross helped pioneer back at Polk Audio, further refined at Definitive Technology, and is now applying in GoldenEar’s SuperCinema 3D Array. The upshot is that the 3D Array, which is only 49 inches wide, can produce unusually wide and coherent soundstages, sometimes creating the uncanny illusion of precisely focused sound source that emanate from far to the left or righthand side of the array.
In a sense, GoldenEar has tried a less-is-more approach, here, in the interest of sound quality. The SuperCinema 3D Array does not attempt to provide a self-powered solution, nor does it attempt to re-create surround-channel information. Instead, it strives to provide three shockingly good-sounding front channels—a mission it accomplishes with real refinement and grace. If asked to recommend a soundbar likely to please finicky, hypercritical audiophiles, this one would be my hands down choice. It’s that good.
Integra was showing its full line at CEDIA 2012, but the highlight had to be the impressive, hyper full-featured DTR-70.4 A/V Network receiver ($2800). The 11.1-channel receiver provides full 11.1-channel support for DTS Neo:X, plus support for Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz. Interestingly, the DT-70.4 can stream high-resolution 192/24 audio both via the network and USB, while a front-panel MHL-enable HDMI port can, says Integra, “stream video from Android devices and Roku’s new Streaming Stick, with other devices on the technology horizon.” What is more, the DTR 70.4 provides Zone 2 HDMI support. The receiver is offered with an optional DMI-40.4 iDevice dock ($250).