I’ve just received feedback on the Triton Seven. A friend (and customer) had been waiting to hear them so he came over for a listen. On hearing them he was very positive in his praise, and said that he will use them in his home as soon as a remodel is finished. As he left, knowing him to have a good ear and a good writing style, I asked if he would email me with his comments, so I could put them out for others. Here is his email.
Thanks for the demo of the Triton Sevens, Wylie. And thanks for letting me bring my Denon receiver, so I could hear them with the amps I use at home. It makes evaluating speakers that much easier for me. My high resolution HD Tracks music demo material told me everything I needed to know about the Seven’s.
Had I heard the Triton Seven’s before I bought the Triton Two’s, it would have made for a more difficult decision. Here’s some history, just as a reminder of my experience with GoldenEar speakers. I started with Aon 3’s, because I had heard them at a friend’s house. They’re remarkably good bookshelf speakers. I went with 3 Aon 3’s across the front for my bedroom system, with two SuperSat 3’s as rear surrounds and a ForceField 3 sub. I was so happy that I decided to try the Aon’s in my main home theater room. I’m sure there are many, many people who would be perfectly happy with that configuration, even in a large-ish home theater. They’re that good. But I was used to larger towers, with more impact. I had Energy RC70’s in the room at the time. They lack the GoldenEar’s refinement, but they were great speakers for that space. The little Aon 3’s couldn’t quite fill the space the way I wanted.
As you may recall, I demoed the Triton Three’s and Triton Two’s on the same day at your house. I didn’t find it difficult to select the Triton Two’s over the Three’s. They suit me better. It wasn’t a direct A/B with the Seven’s and the Two’s the other day, but I thought the Seven’s were amazing. Your listening space is even larger than my dedicated home theater room, but the Seven’s filled them easily – which the Aon’s couldn’t quite manage to my satisfaction. They were also more open and airy than the Aon’s, as though the beautifully packaged sound of the Aon had been opened up and allowed to breathe even more freely. The Seven definitely has “big speaker” sound, with absolutely remarkable bass. With no sub connected, IMO the Seven’s easily managed the same low level as my Aon’s and ForceField 3 sub in the bedroom system.
I know I would have been happy with the Seven’s in my main home theater. They beat the Energy RC70 speakers in every category I hold dear. They don’t best the Triton Two’s, which open up the sound stage even more and image beautifully. So, the Seven’s are going to take a place in my bedroom system, where they’ll serve as mains for home theater, and for two channel music listening. Two of the Aon 3’s will move to the main home theater room alongside the Triton Two’s, to serve as Audyssey “wide” speakers.And by the way, I’m finishing up a remodel of my home theater room, thanks to GoldenEar speakers. My old configuration had the right main speaker crammed up against a wall. As incredible as the Triton Two sounded in my “old space,” I had to figure out a way to let it “breathe” more easily. In the end, the best way to do this meant gutting the theater room, cutting a hole in the wall and placing the projector in an adjacent room. Much of the summer has been taken up with this transition. I expect it to pay big dividends in terms of sound quality. In terms of the image, I wouldn’t have tackled such a makeover. My “old” home theater room was plenty dark enough. But the Triton Two’s begged me to give them a better home. In the process, their little brothers, the Seven’s, will provide me with an even bigger sound for my secondary home theater room.
I realize this isn’t a review as such, just a sketchy overview of my experiences. Regardless, I’ve fallen in love with GoldenEar speakers, and primarily for two huge reasons. First, the ribbon tweeter that all the GE’s share is a thing of aural beauty. It’s unbelievably smooth, and I’m sure it’s a big reason reviewers are so profuse in their praise of GoldenEar speakers. But just as important, the crossovers of all the GE’s I’ve listened to are completely seamless, making a warm and creamy transition from the tweeter to the midrange. And the speakers cross just as cleanly to the bass in the Aon’s and Triton’s. In many other speakers, the drivers don’t sound as pristine, or the transitions are more ragged or abrupt. Not so with GoldenEar. This makes for remarkable listening.