Rant mode disengaged. The Antal Anniversary extends its live sound fun zone to the top and bottom of the frequency range, with a clear and clean and ‘extended’ treble, and a tidy, enjoyable bass. The word ‘extended’ here is often misunderstood, it doesn’t mean ‘more treble’, it means ‘better treble accent’. It means you are more able to hear the music rising into the upper registers, better defining horn sections and the upper regions of pianos and wind instruments. Meanwhile, the bass is deceptively big and powerful and entertaining. It’s not transient-led and rim-shot precise, but it gives a sense of order and circumstance to the music that makes it hard not to like.
There are two ways of making a good loudspeaker, in my opinion. The first is to make one that satisfies the most number of people possible (nothing wrong with this, and it is one of the reasons why brands like Bowers & Wilkins are so successful). Then, there’s the other way; make something idiosyncratic, but good. Not everyone will like it, but those who do, absolutely love it. And that’s what Triangle does so well. It makes loudspeakers that don’t tow the party line, but those who get the sound (and, in fairness, it’s a sound that is extremely easy to ‘get’) will not be satisfied with anything else. Put simply, if you listen to most loudspeakers and think they lack a spring in their step, the Antal Anniversary could be your next loudspeaker.
Type: Floorstanding bass reflex three way loudspeaker
Drive unit complement: 1x TZ2500 25mm titanium dome compression tweeter, 1x custom paper 165mm midrange cone, 2x 165mm fibreglass T16EF100SGC1 bass units
Frequency response: 40Hz-20kHz ±3dB
Minimum impedance: 3.4ohms
Power handling: 120W
Dimensions (HxWxD): 108x20x38cm
Finishes: Black, white, or rosewood piano gloss
Price: £1,995 per pair
Manufactured by: Triangle Electroacoustique
Tel: +33(0)3 23 75 38 20