Originally Posted by Need4spdnb
We had an open house event last night, with the Triton Two's on display. We have had them now for about a week. These towers are absolutely incredible for the price. Bass extension is deep and more accurate than I have ever heard from a def tech tower. The midrange and tweeter are amazing at this price, I just kept turning the volume up and felt no listening fatigue what so ever. They image very well, and that ribbon tweeter is something special. Overall, it is a very neutral speaker, for those that don't believe their specs, you should listen before you comment. Overall, I think that GoldenEar Technology has a great opening product mix with excellent results. I can't wait to get more in stock and out to customers, and more products in the future. You owe it to yourself to get out and listen to them.
I too am enthusiastic with the Trition Two Towers and may buy a pair. I bought the Martin Logan Preface but passed on the Motion 12 (too much cost cutting), even though it has a similar open and detailed treble.
Early last year I wrote extensively about the Heil air motion patents expiring and wondering why more speaker companies did not use them. Hello?
I have never much been impressed with Def Tech products with a few notable exceptions. For starters, the fake depth of the bipolar/(rear firing) tweeters wasn't realistic. Now years after decades of sub-standard soundstaging, we have true progress, using an updated 40 year-old design.
With little doubt, we really have the Chinese to thank, who know good sound when they hear it. They are now on their third generation of license free Heil designs. Aluminum foil is cheap and they own the worlds supply of rare earth elements/magnets. Which brings up the point: where are the Triton drivers, cabinets manufactured and assembled?
What else is different this time around the block? Are they using new or refined technology?
There appears to be numerous improvements across the spectrum for each of the drivers:
1) Midrange - GoldenEar Multi-Vaned Phase Plug (MVPP) Design
2) Midrange - Extremely Extended Resonant-Free Linear Frequency Response Characteristics
Refined British speakers (like Monitor Audio) knew the importance of low resonant mid-range drivers which allow for smoother response (no waves just below the treble crossover). Good to see American designers are finally catching up
3) Ultra-Long Throw woofers
4) folded tweeter - better than cheap domes used in lazy high-end designs
Their past marketing efforts were well executed and resulted in their speakers winning many positive reviews. Each year they followed a cycle consisting of different variations of thin enclosures, buying lots of advertising, then getting good reviews in the US press. Proof that money does talk. However in the stores, after a quick listen, experienced people always preferred or recommended something else.
One would hope that Golden Ear will also offer full-range, powered-woofer center channel speakers, as I refuse to allow Dolby to surreptitiously mix the channels (and degrade the sound quality).
Note: a check at the Golden Ear website shows the 3C center speaker with a response only down to 80 Hz. Here the designers regress.
The cheap utility black cloth will not win over any spouses.
Over the years the bass amplifiers in powered speakers have been most unreliable and difficult if not impossible to get repaired. Your investment then becomes worthless.
Def-Tech Dealer Experience
I recall trying to audition the $1800 Def Tech Super Cube reference sub-woofer several years ago. The woofer had an auto On/Off circuit which would only power on after considerable time. The dealer was unable to figure out the situation. I even wrote Def Tech/Mr. Gross, but never received a response. When the woofer finally did did power-on, many cabinets in the store rattled! Needless to say, the audition at the high-end dealer was a disaster.
I did end up buying the woofer and found it buzzed given high levels of low deep bass. Hardly reference! The end result it was donated to Goodwill.
Will Golden Ear customers have to go pay up-front, babysit their dealer, and inquire week after week about product availability? Then hear excuses for the delays? In this Amazon age, you need to treat your customers right. Start by having the product in-stock.
All this being said, I will seriously consider purchasing the Triton Two. It does appear to raise the bar in loudspeaker performance, and at a reasonable price. Hopefully it will help redefine the insanity of traditional high-end audio speakers.