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Am I the only one that was not impressed with the Triton 1, 2 & 3?
OK guys, don't think I'm trolling here. I've done a lot of research on the Triton 1s, and was all set to purchase a pair. I decided to go hear them. I just spent the afternoon listening to Paradigm Reference 85F tower speakers, as well as the Paradigm Signature S6, GoldenEar Triton 1, 2, and 3. The Paradigms, while impressive, crisp, and detailed, had a metallic, almost edgy sound to them that was a little fatiguing. For $2,000 and $3,400 EACH, I was a little disappointed, especially since they are Canadian made (Canada makes some of the best speakers, IMHO. The low end Paradigms you buy in Best Buy are made in China, and are NOT Canadian made). I also heard the Paradigm Signature 15B "bookshelf" speakers for $799 each. Those are VERY transparent. It sounded as though the person singing was right in the room, and the impression stayed even when I walked into an adjoining room.
Next I listened to the GoldenEar Triton 1, 2, and 3 towers. The sound was very smooth and laid back, bass was very articulate and deep (down to 16Hz!) BUT voices sounded like you were talking through your hand. I was really trying hard to like them at $2,400 EACH, but I just could not. On the way out I was like, hell let's try the new small GoldenEar Triton 7s. Holy. Sh-t. Those babies sound Amazing. Highs are nice and smooth, bass doesn't need a subwoofer unless you want to go down low for movies, and voices sound very much like the Paradigm Signature 15Bs. The Triton 7s have none of the things I hated in their bigger Triton 1s or the Paradigms, and everything I love in both. Ready for the best part? I asked the guy the price. They are $699 each. Yea. You don't always get what you pay for, especially with speakers. I was all ready to eventually shell out 5 grand for a pair of speakers. Now I can get seven for that price! I did walk out with the GoldenEar SuperCenter XL center channel. Listening to it now. Sounds freakin’ awesome, and no piercing high frequencies, and it sounds like Ne-Yo is in the room. Best of all, it goes from 36Hz to 35,000 Hz. Very smooth! I can't wait to watch a movie with the thing.
So, yea, I really did not like the Triton 1, 2, or 3. My reaction when switching from the Triton 7 to the Triton 2 was one of disbelief. I couldn't believe voices sounded so god-awful and nasally on the larger Tritons... Thoughts?