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Triton 3, Aon 3, SuperCenter X impressions...
Long time lurker, first time poster,
Just recently picked up a pair of Triton 3s, a SuperCenter X and a pair of Aon 3s. I have a moderately sized living room measuring 13ft wide and 16ft deep with a 9 foot ceiling. I have a lower mid-range Denon AVR-1713 (5.1 with Audyssey MultEQ XT) and a 55 inch Panasonic plasma UT series, Apple TV, SONOS Connect, and a Panasonic Blu-ray player. For those of you considering any of these GoldenEar models, I thought I would share my impressions.
The Triton 3 towers were on back-order so initially the Aon 3s replaced my old Yamaha satellite/subwoofer setup along with the SuperCenter X. The Aon 3s were placed on 30" Sound Anchor stands loaned to me by my dealer pending the arrival of the Triton 3s. After a few days of break-in I sat down and listened critically and was really blown away by the Aon 3s. The clear, unstrained, smooth top end was complimented by the balanced bass which was impressive given the modest size of the speakers. While the deepest bass was not there for home theater, much of it was implied in a very musical and non-bloated way. The Aon 3s will be relocated to the music room (10ft by 12ft) for stereo listening and in that space there will be little need for a subwoofer for my purposes. I could easily see the Aon 3s used for home theater paired with a sub to fill in the bottom octave.
When the Triton 3s showed up I was blown away. All of the sweet, smooth, extended high end was now accompanied by deep and powerful bass for movies but with music the bass was tuneful and accurate. Ron Carter's acoustic bass on, "The Complete Concert 1964: My Funny Valentine + Four and More" was articulate and musical with no sign of heaviness. I run sound for jazz trios/quartets that always use acoustic bass so I have an appreciation for what a real acoustic bass sounds like in a room. The Triton 3s deliver the goods with no embellishments. The Tritons also turned out to be super easy to drive with my modest Denon receiver. With the powered bass subsystem doing the heavy lifting, complex musical passages remained clear and uncongested. The Aon 3s would start to tax the Denon with well recorded big band (Dave Grusin's West Side Story) at elevated volumes. No such problem with the Triton 3s. I'm convinced the Aon 3s would have been more than up to the task with a better amplifier but the Triton 3s really took the strain off the Denon which was one of the reasons I chose the powered Triton 3 over the 5/7 (which I did audition along with the Triton 2s).
With the Aon 3s relegated to surround duties the system is impressive in its ability to present dialogue and sound effects while the soundtrack music appears in its own space. Apollo 13 (20th Anniversary re-mastered edition) shows off this ability to great effect as do Pixar's Incredibles and Ratatouille which feature beautifully recorded scores.
A final thought on the HVFR tweeter; as a jazz fan I listen to more than my fair share of trumpet. With most tweeters, trumpet can quickly become fatiguing but the GoldenEar HVFR eliminates that issue. There is no zinging and the transient response and lack of distortion make extended sessions of Wynton Marsalis possible again!!
As I mentioned, the Aon 3s are destined for the music room so I will need to replace them with either the Invisa 7000s or the 650s in the 5.1 living room set up. I understand the Invisa 7000 shares the same drivers as the Aon 3 but if anyone has had any experience with both the 650 and 7000 for surround duty I would love to know if I can save a few dollars by using the 650s. I also note that the installation instructions for both Invisas suggest placing fiberglass insulation in the space around the speakers but I'm not sure I understand exactly where it should be placed (or if I can forgo it altogether) so any clarification would be appreciated.
Thank you Sandy for the wonderful speakers (I go way back with you starting with the Polk Model 7b!) and your commitment to high quality, high value products. If I can answer any questions for my fellow forum users I am happy to do so.