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Goldenear Triton Two+, Three+ Speakers & Sub X Preview

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Summary

  • Product Name: Triton Two+ and Triton Three+
  • Manufacturer: GoldenEar Technology
  • Review Date: January 18, 2016 08:30
  • MSRP: $1749/ea Triton Two+ and $1249/ea Triton Three+
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool
  • Buy Now

Triton Two+ Specifications:

  • Enclosure Dimensions: 5-1/4" (13.3 cm) W (Front) x 7-1/2" (19 cm) W (Rear) x 15" (38.1 cm) D x 48" (122cm) H
  • Base Dimensions: 11-1/2" (29.2) W x 18" (45.7) D
  • Weight: 60 lbs
  • Frequency Response: 16Hz-35KHz
  • Efficiency: 91 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: Compatible with 8 ohms
  • Driver Complement:
  • Two 5” x 9" long-throw high-output quadratic bass drivers coupled to
  • Two 7” x 10”quadratic planar infrasonic radiators
  • Two 4-1/2" high-definition cast-basket mid/bass drivers
  • One HVFR™ High-Velocity Folded Ribbon tweeter
  • Rec. Amplification: 20-500 Watt/channel
  • Built-in Subwoofer Power Amplifier: 1200 Watt ForceField subwoofer digital/DSP amplifier

Triton Three+ Specifications:

  • Enclosure Dimensions: 5-1/4” (13.3 cm) W (Front) x 7” (17.8 cm) W (Rear) x 13” (33 cm) D x 44” (111.8 cm) H
  • Base Dimensions: 11-1/2" (29.2) W x 16-1/4" (41.3) D
  • Weight: 40 lbs
  • Frequency Response: 21Hz-35KHz
  • Efficiency: 90 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: Compatible with 8 ohms
  • Driver Complement: 
    • One 5” x 9" long-throw high-output quadratic bass drivers coupled to
    • Two 6-3/4” x 8”quadratic planar infrasonic radiators
    • One 4-1/2" high-definition cast-basket mid/bass drivers
    • One HVFR™ High-Velocity Folded Ribbon tweeter
  • Rec. Amplification: 20-400 Watt/channel
  • Built-in Subwoofer Power Amplifier: 800 Watt ForceField subwoofer digital/DSP amplifier

Executive Overview

It’s only been six years since speaker company Goldenear and Sandy Gross (Formerly of Definitive Technology) emerged on a rebounding speaker market. Since then the reviews of the Triton One, Two, and Triton Three models have been extremely positive.  Goldenear continues to surprise us with the release of two new and improved models: The Triton 2+ and Triton 3+ at CES 2016 in Las Vegas.

goldenear triton front     goldenear triton side

The new models are based on the original Triton One innovations such as GoldenEar’s High Velocity Folded Ribbon tweeter. A high-powered built-in powered subwoofer For low end sound, (incorporating quadratic active sub-bass drivers, inertially-balanced sub-bass radiators, and a high-powered digital amplifier controlled by an in-house precisely programmed DSP). In addition to these features, Cast-basket drivers incorporate a polypropylene cone for additional bass and mids. Other features found in the original Tritons include butyl rubber surround and multi-vaned phase plugs, and a linear phase crossover.

Goldenear Triton Two+, Three+ and SupersubX Interview with Sandy Gross at CES 2016

Goldenear says about their new speakers:

A successful loudspeaker design is much more than just the sum of both an excellent concept and the high quality parts incorporated in it. More importantly, it is the commitment to get it right, schedule be damned, and the knowledge and perseverance to execute this. In other words, making the effort and taking the time to get all the thousands of little details right, is the real key that makes the difference.

goldenear tritonThe speakers were designed at Goldenears Arnprior Engineering Facility, utilizing their full-size anechoic chamber. Some specific components that were changed include new upper bass/midrange drivers, which incorporate a new cone, surround, spider and voice coil.  Additionally, a completely new balanced crossover with polypropylene capacitors, similar to the one developed for the Triton One, is incorporated.

Additionally, the DSP low-level control unit is, in effect, new, as it has been completely reprogrammed. The goal of all this reengineering was to have the Triton Two+ and Three+ sound more like the Triton 1 at a lower cost and a smaller size.

The complex crossover to the powered bass section of both speakers, which critically controls both the phase and amplitude transition, was optimized by utilizing the DSP software to as closely match the Triton One in acoustic presentation and characteristics as possible. Special focus was placed on enhancing the soundstage and clarity to more closely match the Triton One. The DSP software was rewritten using the methodology developed with the Triton One project. This reduced the number of filter stages in the signal path, yet at the same time, flattened the low frequency response, especially in the important sub-woofer/mid-range crossover area between 100 and 250 Hz, as well as in the lower bass and sub-bass regions.

The two new speakers are scheduled for availability in February 2016 with the retail Price for Triton Two+ and Three + are $1749/ea and $1249/ea respectively.

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About the author:

Marshall is an Educator by trade, and currently lives in Oregon. He was lucky enough to grow up in a musical household, and though the AV equipment wasn't the greatest, it was always on. His dad introduced him to Queen, Paul Simon, and Sgt. Pepper's, and his mom played Lionel Richie and Disney Soundtracks. When Marshall was 14, his uncle passed down a pair of JBL towers and Marshall finally had his own system. Having enjoyed podcasting and video production over the past 10 years, Marshall is happy to be contributing at Audioholics.

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Recent Forum Posts:

GIEGAR posts on September 15, 2016 16:39
^ Thanks for that Slippery.
slipperybidness posts on September 15, 2016 14:40
GIEGAR, post: 1153087, member: 64516
Slippery, how have you got the Rythmik integrated with the T2's, in terms of hook-up and bass management etc? Thanks.
The T2s are hooked up with speaker level connections only, this is the recommended connection from GE.

My Rythmik is on the LFE channel of my AVR.

I typically run my L/R T2s full range, and send signal to the sub (Pio calls this sub-plus setting). For my Pio, I can run Direct which sends signal to the sub, or Pure-Direct which does not.

I have it all tuned in by ear–yeah, I know that there are better ways to do it, just not gotten around to it yet, and it does sound quite good.
GIEGAR posts on September 14, 2016 22:46
slipperybidness, post: 1148258, member: 56559
In retrospect, if I had it to do over again, I probably would have gone with the T5 and a pair of Rythmik subs, instead of the T2 and a single Rythmik sub. But, the T2 was the ONLY GE tower on the market when I bought mine, and I've certainly been quite satisfied with the SQ on the T2.
Slippery, how have you got the Rythmik integrated with the T2's, in terms of hook-up and bass management etc? Thanks.
slipperybidness posts on August 02, 2016 17:40
Just returned from the dealer, with a healed T2. Took about 1 hour for the swap, and I didn't pay a dime!

This was a small hassle, cost me a couple of hours of time. But, no $ and it was done fairly quickly, it could have been a lot worse so it's tough to complain.

In retrospect, if I had it to do over again, I probably would have gone with the T5 and a pair of Rythmik subs, instead of the T2 and a single Rythmik sub. But, the T2 was the ONLY GE tower on the market when I bought mine, and I've certainly been quite satisfied with the SQ on the T2.
slipperybidness posts on July 29, 2016 10:37
Well, I had an amp failure in 1 of my GE T2s! (not the T2+, but the original T2).

They are not technically in warranty. I'm pretty sure that it had been out for a couple of weeks before I even noticed it……that is a nod to the quality of the Rythmik F15HP! I bet I could run the T2 without the amps at all as long as I have that F15HP.

But, I called the dealer, they called GE, and it looks like this will be repaired “under warranty” and it looks like the dealer will actually do the swap and not charge me any labor either! I may end up having to pay some sales tax on the deal.

I had waited until I heard back from the dealer before posting, I think that was the fair thing to do–see how they intend to handle it before taking it on the forums.

If this all plays out like I have been told it will, then I will be quite a happy customer! The swap shouldn't take too long, and I will likely hang around the shop and check out some T1s and other new gear while I wait.

The only downside right now, it did take about 2 weeks from my call until the amp arrived at the dealer.

In the meantime, my P363 towers have been pulling the HT duty. If anyone had any doubts—The P363 is nowhere near the same league as the T2s.

I have also put my Philharmonitor (i.e. Alexis Rebecca) BS speakers into service in the HT for a while. Now, those speakers are definitely in the same league as the T2. Add the F15HP to the mix, and they are real contenders. I think the Phils are a bit more smooth response. But, the T2 digs deeper (with the built in amps), has better dynamics, and the imaging and soundstage on the T2 remains some of the best that I have ever personally heard. In a smaller room….I may take the Phils + sub over the T2.
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