"Our filter controls four drivers made by Mundorf in Germany and Seas in Norway. All of them are fully customized to have exactly the behaviour we specified. Our version of the AMT tweeter features a unique rear chamber and unusually large magnet to exceed the power handling of ordinary ribbons. We selected an air-motion transformer for its very light mass and extension well beyond 20kHz. We set this driver into a short horn carved out of the baffle to control its efficiency and lateral dispersion beyond 45°."

More prototypes.

"Thanks to our friends Claus and Marthe at Seas, these mid/woofers were inspired by their Prestige range and benefit from new custom die-cast metal baskets with Italian hand-crafted aluminium phase plugs and an internal demodulating double ring for superior linearity, higher efficiency and lower distortion. Our woofers too are modified, here on their spiders which eliminate the usual plastic ring to increase the surface and attenuate vibrations which accelerates the energy transfer."
"Our cabinet is built in Italy by probably the best wood shop in the world specialized in loudspeakers. Our enclosure uses solid HDF with separate chambers and extra-thick baffles for perfect tuning. The incline of the front baffle locks in driver time alignment for perfect phase."


"The head and bass cabinets are completely separated and stuffed with a compound filler including wool foam to increase damping. Our bass reflex port was modeled in software and terminates in an unusually large flange to avoid the organ-pipe resonance of typical tubes. The wireframe drawings indicate how complex the XT7's construction had to become to achieve the performance we wanted."
As a compound-slope design, Gold Note's XT7 belongs to a smaller group of speakers which also include Apertura from France. Their Christian Yvon stacks 1st, 2nd and 4th-order slopes so that the crossover hinge starts at a shallow 6dB/octave for minimal phase shift at the transition point but then progressively accelerates to avoid the broad overlap of pure 1st-order designs. That's different from the 50dB/octave Gauder Akustik concept which rolls off extremely sharp right from the start. Compound slopes are thus hybrids. They combine elements of shallow and steep slopes. A natural byproduct is a higher parts count for their networks. That this can equal easier load behaviour seems counterintuitive but isn't a claim unique to Gold Note.


Palletized delivery was in three double boxes, two big ones for the speakers, one component-sized one for the separate plinths which slip on like shoes, are guided by two dowels and screwed down with six deeply inset bolts.


The back of each speaker sports a chromed XT dress plate with a mission statement for this range on top; a fist-sized aluminium port in the middle; and a biwire terminal plate below whose posts were connected with twisted solid-core copper strips. The front says "sorry, no grills, miss". With flawlessly executed matte black paint, equally perfect tricky scallops and wavy veneer edging plus that shiny silvery metal strip to cosmetically divide head and bass halves, Gold Note clearly struck out when they secured their very gifted cabinet supplier Stefano De Santi.