Triad Mini Monitors Conclusion
The Triad Gold MiniMonitors and Gold PowerSub may have what some consider a simplistic exterior, but their complex interior and stunning performance make them an Olympic Contender in the bookshelf and PowerSub combination speaker market. Triad's philosophy for the Gold MiniMonitors and their other line of speakers is to focus on build quality, performance and craftsmanship of their products without hyping them with flashy aesthetics. This philosophy is the reason why Triad is so successful with dealers and custom installers who have customers that are looking to make a statement about the performance of their system, not necessarily aesthetic appeal.
When analyzing the speaker into the sum of its parts as we have done in this review, it helps to appreciate the MSRP of the Gold MiniMonitors at $3,400 per pair (in black) and the Gold PowerSub at $1,500 (in black). Triad's Bill-Of-Materials and Manufacturing Costs for these products help to justify their price especially when considering the stellar performance they produce. Keep in mind that several other speaker manufacturers utilize similar drivers such as the Scan Speak Revelator mid/woofer and Seas Tweeter in their designs however those companies also have a higher priced and not necessarily better performing products than Triad.
Triad has over 350 dealers throughout the US, but their website does not provide phone numbers or addresses. Their reasoning is that they want interested customers to contact via email a local Factory Representative. After initial consultation about the Triad products, the Factory Rep then directs a potential customer to an appropriate Dealer in their area where they can audition the products of interest. It is also important to note that Triad has multiple versions of all their products, including an InCeiling and an InWall version of the Gold MiniMonitor, for different applications. So you can enjoy their great sound regardless of physical room or installation constraints.
In some cases, the Dealer may not have the exact model in stock that the customer is looking for. In this instance, Triad can send the Dealer a product they have in stock for demonstration purposes. As with most custom speaker manufacturers, products are not always waiting on the shelf ready to be drop shipped upon order. Triad stocks no inventory of finished goods, and all products are made custom, in batch sizes of one. Standard orders ship to the dealer within three days. This creates a longer turnaround time for your speakers than going the typical commercial route however the advantage of purchasing an outstanding performance product such as these in a premium veneer or custom color that matches your furnishings should outweigh the wait time. Anticipation will only make you more appreciative of the final product once it arrives. While Triad's speakers may be a bit challenging to find initially, they are worth the research and effort to locate, audition and purchase if they are right for you.
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Triad Gold MiniMonitor Measurements
The Triads measured frequency response was fairly smooth with a 1dB dip from 1kHz to 8kHz and an emphasis in high frequency response of 3dB from 10kHz to about 20kHz. Off axis frequency response was very smooth in the midrange. We found the most pleasing sound of these speakers was with a slight toe-in of about 15-20 degrees.
Given the moderately low efficiency of these speakers (86dB @ 1wattmeter) and their 4 ohm impedance, we recommend powering them with a least a 100wpc amplifier in small to medium sized rooms. The impedance curves indicate the usable bass extension of these speakers based on the first impedance peak is about 55-60Hz. Phase is kept within a +45 to -60degree window which can be a bit more of a demand on a lesser designed amplifier.
The Score Card
The scoring below is based on each piece of equipment doing the duty it is designed for. The numbers are weighed heavily with respect to the individual cost of each unit, thus giving a rating roughly equal to:
Performance × Price Factor/Value = Rating
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