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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?

 

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I can't wait until my local store has these guys in so I can check them out. I was impressed with the other Tritons!


Thanks for sharing.


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I wish there were passive. I just don't have any more electrical outlets available in my listening room and adding more would stress the circuit that runs there.
(And, yes, I have considered adding a circuit, but, in an old lath and plaster house, it's both tough to find someone to do it at all and to pay for it.)
 

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Originally Posted by Mike Rubin  /t/1511825/goldenear-triton-one-at-ces-2014#post_24221761


I wish there were passive. I just don't have any more electrical outlets available in my listening room and adding more would stress the circuit that runs there.
(And, yes, I have considered adding a circuit, but, in an old lath and plaster house, it's both tough to find someone to do it at all and to pay for it.)

You might consider the Triton Seven. It's a completely passive design that some people like better than the former GoldenEar flagship model, the Triton Two. I have both. I like the Seven a little better for music, and the Two for home theater. I have the call in to be among the first to audition the One when it ships. I've recently replaced most of my speakers with GoldenEars.
 

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Originally Posted by Joseph Clark  /t/1511825/goldenear-triton-one-at-ces-2014#post_24221794


You might consider the Triton Seven. It's a completely passive design that some people like better than the former GoldenEar flagship model, the Triton Two. I have both. I like the Seven a little better for music, and the Two for home theater. I have the call in to be among the first to audition the One when it ships. I've recently replaced most of my speakers with GoldenEars.

Thanks I was aware of the Sevens, but haven't yet heard them. They probably belong on a short list, though, when it's time for me to upgrade.
 

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Make sure you hear Sevens that are broken in. The passive radiators take some time to loosen up, and they mellow out dramatically. I like the Sevens more and more.
 

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I would think that if you choose, you can drive them with your amplifiers. Def Tech designs of this type let you do that; they have powered subs built-in but you can drive them full-range using your own amps. I haven't seen full specs or a manual, but I would hope that's the case with the Triton Ones. Surely they realize some will want to do this. I would much rather have my amps drive whatever speaker is on the other end of them.
 

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I'm sure you'll be able to do that. I run my Triton Twos full range for home theater and music. I prefer that to running them as small and letting the sub handle the mains' frequencies under 60-80hz.
 

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I was dissappointed with the GoldenEar line after hearing all the hype. They sounded boxy and vague compared to a lot of other speakers at the show.
 

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I use my Triton 2s for music only and have them crossed at 60hz to stereo svs pb12 pluses through an aseq1 and they sound fantastic.
 

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Originally Posted by tonys10  /t/1511825/goldenear-triton-one-at-ces-2014#post_24222946


I was dissappointed with the GoldenEar line after hearing all the hype. They sounded boxy and vague compared to a lot of other speakers at the show.
that's interesting as I have gone through a lot of speakers over the decades and these are the best I have had yet in my humble subjective opinion.
 

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I was expecting something wonderful but it just wasn't happening. The MBL line is incredible but very expensive. I was very impressed with the butt-ugly ESS speakers, closer to the pricepoint of GoldenEar but still sounded really nice.
 

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Originally Posted by tonys10  /t/1511825/goldenear-triton-one-at-ces-2014#post_24222946


I was dissappointed with the GoldenEar line after hearing all the hype. They sounded boxy and vague compared to a lot of other speakers at the show.

I saw the room where the Triton Ones were being demoed, and it looked really small. The space could have played a part in what you heard. That said, most of the tech reviewers were comparing the Ones to MUCH more expensive speakers. As usual with GE, they gushed about them.
My Twos and Sevens are anything but boxy or vague. They're open and airy and they image beautifully. They play as "outside the box" as any speaker I've heard. It's hard to imagine that the Ones won't sound even better. The Ones are based on the same mid/bass driver technology as the Sevens, and they invested even more in the crossovers. IMHO, the crossover technology is just as impressive in the GEs as that sweet tweeter.
 
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I try and listen to female vocals singing in the lower octave when evaluating speakers that's where I heard the boxiness
 

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T.H.E. Show in Newport Beach is better than what they had in Vegas, I will definitely give them another listen if they are there.
 

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I try and listen to female vocals singing in the lower octave when evaluating speakers that's where I heard the boxiness

Now I know I'm going to have to hear Cassandra Wilson sing Another Country on the Ones.
It'll be a good test, because it's a transcendent experience on the Sevens. While she sings clearly front and center, the instruments soar outside the boundaries of the speakers. It's a far cry from boxy on the Sevens.
 

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I understand. You should listen to the Sevens, too. Hope you find a better space to audition them.
 

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I want impressed with them either, and I thought they were ugly. reminded me of def tech too much. I actually liked the aon 3 better. I ended up going with Martin Logan Electromotion ESL's, blew the tritons out of the water.
 
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