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GoldenEar Triton Seven Tower Speakers Review

by May 16, 2016
GoldenEar Triton Seven HVFR Tweeter

GoldenEar Triton Seven HVFR Tweeter

  • Product Name: Triton Seven Tower
  • Manufacturer: GoldenEar
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: May 16, 2016 00:00
  • MSRP: $ 1400/pair
  • Buy Now
  • Tweeter: One - HVFR™ High-Velocity Folded Ribbon Tweeter
  • Mid/Bass: Two - 5-1/4˝ High-Definition Cast-Basket Drivers
  • Passive Radiator: Two - 8˝ Planar
  • Width: 5-3/4˝ (front), 7-1/4˝ W (rear), 10-1/2" (base)
  • Depth:11˝ (tower), 14-1/2" (base)
  • Height: 39-3/4˝
  • Weight: 32 lbs (product) / 42 lbs (shipping)
  • Frequency Response: 29 Hz - 35 kHz (manufacturer ratd)
  • Efficiency: 89 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: Compatible with 8 ohms

Pros

  • Spacious sound that casts a huge image and makes them easy to place
  • Smooth, non-fatiguing response across the frequency range

Cons

  • Looks can be love it or hate it depending on who you talk to.

GoldenEar Triton Seven Introduction

The GoldenEar Triton Seven speakers are the least expensive tower they offer at about $700 each ($1,400 for a pair).  GoldenEar has gained a lot of buzz in audiophile circles for offering audio quality that rivals many much more expensive speakers.  Additionally, they produce truly flagship speakers like the large Triton One which features a large powered bass section.  Because we have a soft spot for the audiophile “gateway drugs”, we wanted to see what GoldenEar could offer folks on a tight budget, and how much of that Triton One tech might have trickled down to the Triton Seven.

 GoldenEar Triton Seven Tower Speakers Review

One thing that the Triton Seven have in common with the other GoldenEar models is the tweeter which is a folded ribbon tweeter that GoldenEar calls the HVFR or High Velocity Folded Ribbon.  This is the exact same tweeter featured in all of their tower models, all the way up to the flagship Triton One.  The tweeter is flanked on the top and bottom by a 5.25” cast basket woofer.  Cast baskets are usually a sign of great build quality as they are more rigid, and thus, can handle high dynamic drivers better than most stamped baskets.  There are no powered drivers in the Triton Seven, but on either side of the speaker enclosure is an 8” Planar Sub-Bass Radiator and no other ports, which make the tower a quasi-ported design.  The full driver compliment is rated by GoldenEar to reproduce a range from 29 Hz - 35 kHz (no tolerance given).

These drivers are hidden behind a sock of speaker cloth that wraps the entire enclosure and is gathers with a drawstring below the glossy black, plastic top cap and anchored at the bottom by a non-removable glossy black, wooden base emblazoned with the GoldenEar logo.  The base is threaded on the bottom for use with the included spikes or rubber feet.  The speaker cloth can be removed with some effort, but it’s not designed to be used that way.  The enclosure under the cloth is not finished in a way that is aesthetically perfect, so you’ll just want to leave the cloth on.

Triton Seven Grill Cloth

The Triton Seven Grill Cloth

Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder?

The appearance and aesthetics of the Triton 7 is a divisive conversation.  The shape of the speaker is a 40” tall, narrow column that is slightly wider at the back than the front with slightly curved edges.  The design is decidedly minimalist, which some folks like and others don’t.  Personally, I like the fact that they disappear into a dark room with few reflective surfaces, which makes them perfect for home theater.

Looking for second opinions, I showed them off to some visitors.  I was told they look like “skyscrapers”, which is a good thing if you have a modern decorating scheme, but a bad thing if your home is finished in something more traditional.  One thing is for sure, all GoldenEar speakers have an appearance that is uniquely their own and won’t be mistaken as anything other than GoldenEar Speakers.  From a functionality standpoint, the finish choices are polished, yet economical, no doubt allowing GoldenEar to deliver sound that punches above their price point by focusing investment in the sound-producing materials.

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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:

Johnny2Bad posts on October 26, 2018 00:25
I agree, they are not lookers by any means, in fact a little crude in appearance. But I don't need to please anyone else, and I've seen uglier speakers. It's a bit off-putting to look at plain unattractive speakers you've spent hard-earned money on, but if the performance justifies the cost, it's easier to forgive how much they've thinned your wallet. GoldenEar spends an inordinate amount of effort to cut manufacturing costs on non-essentials and design right from a blank sheet to minimize manufacturing outlay. It shows, but can be forgiven.
MWD posts on May 19, 2016 19:39
I think it would be a good idea to make it clear that the “Planar Sub Bass Radiator” is nothing more than a passive radiator. Basically a mass loaded port.
Cos posts on May 18, 2016 13:17
Jose Mercado Gonzalez, post: 1138015, member: 79285
I have a pair of Triton Seven, SuperCenter XXL, a pair or Aon 2 (for the rear), and a pair of HTR 7000 (in ceiling as Atmos configuration). And for the bass I have a pair of SVS SB-2000. My AV receiver is an Denon X6200w for a 5.2.2 configuration. I don't know what to say. I'ts amazing, superb, incredible… the soundstage, the quality sound, the smoothness, the highs, the lows, the mids, everything!!! My room is just 12 x 15 x 9, and it's completely close. For music and movies I recommend GE products!!!

7s matched with a solid sub like yours are an excellent setup. I just really like their HVFR Tweeters. It was also good to hear from the reviewer that their off access is very good. It's a little more tricky with the T1s.
Jose Mercado Gonzalez posts on May 17, 2016 21:03
I have a pair of Triton Seven, SuperCenter XXL, a pair or Aon 2 (for the rear), and a pair of HTR 7000 (in ceiling as Atmos configuration). And for the bass I have a pair of SVS SB-2000. My AV receiver is an Denon X6200w for a 5.2.2 configuration. I don't know what to say. I'ts amazing, superb, incredible… the soundstage, the quality sound, the smoothness, the highs, the lows, the mids, everything!!! My room is just 12 x 15 x 9, and it's completely close. For music and movies I recommend GE products!!!
gene posts on May 16, 2016 00:46
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