A good speaker does something ‘best’, be it a part of the frequency response or deliberately tailors the response to make it sound ‘good for rock’ etc. A great loudspeaker expands that best to suit more types of music or more aspects of the speaker’s performance. The really top loudspeakers in their categories do something more; they make everything you play through them sound ‘best’. And that’s what’s happening with the Borea BR08: put on rock and it’s the rockingist loudspeaker you’ve ever heard. Play jazz and if it were any jazzier, it would be shooting up heroin in the green room. Play some Shostakovich and the KGB will kick down your door. And so on. This is not unheard of, but few loudspeakers do such things, and never at the price.
I’d like to pitch in with the “criticisms are churlish at this price” cliché, but in fact criticisms are little more than observations here. At the price this is a revelation, and I’m holding back from introducing a bit more graphic language between those words. What’s separating the Triangle Borea BR08 from loudspeakers costing considerably more is the good, but functional cabinet. More upmarket loudspeakers often have a little more ‘candy’ to their appearance. Instead, Triangle has concentrated on putting fine drivers and great tech into a good cabinet that will sonically outlast many of those shiny boxes of bling. This is a refined masterpiece at a price that’s a complete steal!
Type: three-way, four-driver floorstander monitor with front-ported bass reflex enclosure
Driver complement: 25mm EFS silk dome tweeter; 1× 160mm cellulose paper midrange driver, 2× 160mm fibreglass bass units
Frequency response: 40Hz – 22kHz ±3dB
Impedance: 8 Ohms
Minimum Impedance: 3 Ohms
Dimensions (H×W×D): 1020 × 206 × 314mm
Finishes: Black; White; Walnut
Price: £999 per pair
UK distributor: Elite Audio
Tel: +44(0)1344 570 666