Originally Posted by Dan Hitchman
Because of this march towards object based audio, is Triad looking at ways of designing matching monopole overhead speakers and perhaps going to monopole wall-mount and in-wall surrounds with the same drivers as the front. As you may know already, object based audio has positional sound cues embedded into the mix itself and relies primarily on multiple arrays of timbre matched speakers. Depending on the sophistication of the rendering processor, each attached speaker becomes a "channel" for 3D-spacial object positioning.
Triad has as many as four versions of the same speaker, with the same drivers, crossover, cabinet volume, and performance, in inwall, inroom, inceiling, incorner, and onwall configurations, so they already offer those options. Additionally, there are many smaller Triad speakers that use the same drivers (or smaller versions) as their front speakers, opening up even more options for direct-radiating surrounds. The Silver Sat models use the same 6.5" driver (but only a single) and the same tweeter as the Silver LCRs. Same with the Silver Monitors and Silver MiniMonitors. The Gold Omni SE uses the same tweeter and a similar mid as the Gold LCR models. And so forth. No manufacturer offers more combinations of speakers designed for more locations within a theater that are as closely matched. And, for the record, I am not a universal fan of dipoles, except that in a tight theater, they are a good compromise that allows a broad surround field without the very annoying "hot-spotting" you get from a direct-radiating speaker four feet away from your head.
Another thing to consider... a "budget" line of quality surround speakers that would allow for more "regular" people to experience multiple speaker arrays in their home, so that the transition to object surround would be a lot smoother and economically palatable to a wide range of income levels.
Some companies aren't set up well to do entry level products. The BMW 318 a few years ago turned out to be too much money and not enough car, for example. Triad's strength is not in $1,000 5.1 systems, and they would get killed in that market. Most Triad products are built to order in America, and that's usually the wrong business model for budget products. That said, one can do a $2,050 Triad 5.1 system of high quality (and modest output) with five "made in U.S.A." speakers and a sub.
I appreciate your astute comments, and you are always welcome in this thread. Good info.