About the only area where I felt the Triton Reference was not quite the equal of premium priced top-tier speakers involved upper midrange and treble resolution and focus—an area where the Triton Reference is extremely good (as good if not better than anything near its price range), but where the best offerings in the £20,000–£50,000/pair range are just that small Nth degree better. I can’t say for sure, but I suspect this subtle sonic difference may be attributable to the fact that the crossover networks used in premium-priced speakers routinely feature pricy, best-in-class capacitors, resistors, and so forth—exotic parts choices that GoldenEar obviously did not have sufficient construction budget to explore for the Triton Reference.
If you have yearned for top-tier speakers costing many tens of thousands of pounds per pair, but don’t have the discretionary funds to acquire them, then GoldenEar’s Triton Reference floorstanders will be must-audition loudspeakers for you. In fact, the Triton Reference is so good that it offers all the performance most listeners will ever need or want (and then some). But even jaded and well-heeled high-enders who can afford pricier fare would do well to consider the Triton References, because few speakers at any price offer a more well-rounded balance of sonic virtues.
Type: three-way, six-driver, floorstanding speaker with quad passive radiations and a built-in active subwoofer system
Driver complement: One Heil-Type HVFR (High Velocity Folded Ribbon) tweeter, two 150mm mid/bass drivers, three 150 × 254mm bass drivers, four horizontally-opposed 241 x 267mm passive radiators, 1800-watt Class D subwoofer amplifier fed by a hybrid passive/active balanced-mode crossover network implemented via a 56-bit DSP engine
Low voltage version: designed for 120V/60Hz mains. (1800 watts)
High voltage version: designed for 240V/50Hz mains. (1800 watts)
The high voltage version is approved for NA (TUV) and the CE market.
Frequency response: 12Hz–35kHz
Impedance: 8 Ohms
Speaker: 147.27cm × 23.36cm × 47.6cm
Plinth: 34.5cm W × 56.4cm D
Weight: 68kg/each (shipping weight)
Finishes: Gloss black lacquer with black fabric grilles
Price: £9,500 per pair (inc VAT), US$8,499 per pair (exc taxes)
Manufacturer: GoldenEar Technology
Tel: +1 (410) 998-9134
UK Distributor: Karma AV
Tel: +44 (0) 1423 358846