Originally Posted by AltaHomeTheatre
Read through the entire thread today, very interesting and amazing system that you have. I was most interested in reading the comments about the Traid speakers. I was wondering if you could give your comments of the Triads compared to the Seaton Catalysts?
First, thanks for reading my thread and the kind words about my system. Much appreciated.
In terms of comparing the Cats to the Plats, I'm not sure exactly what you're looking for. They are both sealed "LCR" designs that are intended for use with subwoofers and 80 Hz crossovers. They both use large woofers, but limit their extension to about 60 Hz. They both have very high output capabilities and excellent dynamics. They both have wide horizontal dispersion with limited vertical dispersion. In all these respects they are more similar than different.
Of course, there are differences. The Cats use a compression driver tweeter mounted co-axially with the midrange; the Plat's use a silk dome tweeter mated to a very unique horn, (or "dispersion lens" as Triad calls it.) The Cats are active speakers with active crossovers, internal DSP, and amplification built-in and dedicated to each driver or driver system. The Plat's are traditional, passive designs which require external amplification, and use passive crossovers. Finally, the Cats are half the price of the Plats... and that *includes* the amplification, crossovers and DSP.
In terms of sound quality, that will have as much to do with setup and the room as it will the speakers. I've heard the Cats in an *excellent* room, very well designed and executed in terms of acoustic treatments and room correction, (audioguy's system.) In that system, the Cats sounded incredible, very dynamic, uncompressed, smooth and just plain FUN! However, in a different room, one that was not designed as a listening room, and completely untreated, the room overwhelmed the "goodness" of the speakers, and the Cats didn't come off so well in that system. If you've read my comments about the Plats, you already know what I think of the sound quality of those speakers.
I am not going to make a judgement about which of these speakers is "best." I think they're both great speakers. Some folks don't like the sound of horns; some folks don't like the sound of compression drivers, so neither of these speakers will be perfect for everyone. Certainly some will see the Cats as the "value" choice at the lower price point AND with built-in amplification, and that POV is impossible to dismiss. Others will see the additional required A to D and D to A conversion steps as added intrusions in the signal chain.
I got a great deal on a set of Triad Platinums, and I couldn't be happier. I have heard nothing that I like better than these speakers, and I have zero desire to change speakers at this point. If I did, I think I would like to hear some of the new designs using Air Motion Transformer tweeters, either the Triad Cinema Reference Line or the Legacy Audio AMT tweeter/midrange designs.
What speakers and subs are you using?