Sandy Gross has quite a reputation as a speaker designer. His new flagship model, the Triton One, cements that reputation with a speaker that is sure to shake up the industry, especially when you consider the price point: $5000/pair.
Sandy Gross with the Triton One
For a flagship product of this capability, $2500/speaker is quite a bargain. A common refrain in the world of speakers is "it sounds like a speaker that costs three times as much." However, with the Triton One a comment like that is totally justified, if not an understatement. The only speakers at the show that I auditioned which sounded substantially better all cost over $20,000. Furthermore, the Triton One sounded better than some speakers that cost ten times more (that I also auditioned).
The One is a tall speaker, but it won’t take over a living room because it is slender, and compared to many audiophile speaker, not overly deep. The secret sauce in the Triton series is the inclusion of integrated self-powered subs in the speaker cabinets. Bass integration is seamless, and for many listeners there will never be a need for a separate subwoofer, thanks to the generous power and displacement of the Triton One's built-in capabilities—three 7.5-inch x 9-inch drivers—coupled to passive radiators—and 1600 Watts of power per speaker. The result is a rated frequency response of 14Hz-35Hz.
When listening to the Triton ones, the most striking aspect of their performance was an ability to replicate a soundstage with a proper sense of scale. Sounds have a size as well as a position. A Tringle is a pin-prick, but a harp is a larger, more enveloping sound—pianos are even larger. When elements of a composition are presented at a proper scale, each instrument occupies the proper amount of space and that boosts the believability of the illusion that the performance is taking place in the space before you. The Triton one performed this trick flawlessly, and that's why it deserves the sort of praise typically reserved for speakers that cost far more. As a bonus, the new flagship Tritons are 8-ohm speakers and sport 92dB efficiency and 650-Watt power handling—enough power handling and efficiency to get them well past reference level in a moderate-sized home theater.
The Triton One is Truly a Towering Achievement
Here are the full specs:
Dimensions: Speaker: 5-3/4" W (front) x 8" W (rear) x 16-1/2" D x 54" H (with base)
Base: 12-1/4" W x 19-3/4" D.
Frequency Response: 14 Hz – 35 kHz.
Efficiency: 92 dB.
Nominal Impedance: Compatible with 8 ohms.
Built-In Subwoofer Power Amplifier: 1600-Watt ForceField digital/DSP amplifier
Driver Complement: Three 5" x 9" long-throw quadratic sub-bass drivers coupled to
Four 7" x 10" planar infrasonic radiators
Two 5-1/4" high-definition cast-basket MVPP mid/bass drivers
One High-Velocity Folded Ribbon (HFVR™) Tweeter.
Rec. Amp: 20 – 650 Watt/channel.
The price of entry to the top tier of audiophile speaker performance just dropped dramatically. If I upgrade my own speakers, it would be hard to ignore the value offered by the Triton One. What do you think?
Edited by imagic - 1/19/14 at 6:46am