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GoldenEar Triton 7 Listening and Conclusion

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GoldenEar Triton 7 hero shotFor listening, I drove the GoldenEar Triton Seven with my standard Onkyo TX-SR706 THX Select rated AVR, and the more modest, but fantastically versatile, RBH BT-100 which is a 2 x 25 watt Class D bluetooth amp.  I listened in smaller, closed rooms similar to a bedroom or office, and a larger, open family room.

The Triton Seven worked well in all these environments, but worked really well in the smaller room due to the tonal character I heard.  If I were asked to describe the sound of the Triton Seven in two words it would be “spacious” and “smooth”.  In both rooms, the Triton Seven cast a huge, spacious image.  This was especially apparent in the small room where narrow spacing, and close walls can make a system sound small and constrained.  That was not the case with the GoldenEar Triton Seven.  The stereo image extended far to either side of the speakers, and created a wall of sound that filled the front of the room and beyond.

That spacious sound was especially apparent on my go to track, My Brightest Diamond’s “Be Brave.”  Through the Triton Seven, the placement of woodwinds and strings trading riffs before the bridge unfold in a wide soundscape that sounded so much bigger than these slender speakers in a small room should.

 My Brightest Diamond - ALL THINGS WILL UNWIND: Be Brave

Of course, in that same track, the smooth sound of the Triton Seven all render the delicate bells with a natural decay, clear harmonics, and appropriate air, but without a hint of harshness, no doubt due in large part to the HVFR tweeter.  Ribbon tweeters are know for limiting high-frequency breakup above 10kHz, which can be common with dome tweeters.  As a result, all GoldenEar speakers feature a clear and clean high-frequency reproduction.

That natural sound reproduction extends to the low end of the frequency spectrum as well.  While the Triton Seven will lose in a low-end tug-o-war to the larger Tritons with powered bass sections, the fully passive Triton Seven feature a robust mid-bass reproduction before rolling at the lowest bass frequencies.  In Bjork’s “Hyberballad”, there’s a repeating bass line that is essentially three heavy synth bass notes.  Through the Triton Seven, these notes were all present and resonant, and while the track would have benefited from the addition of subwoofer like the GoldenEar ForceField series, I found the Triton Seven alone perfectly acceptable for bass-heavy styles of music, as long as you temper your expectations from these slender speakers.

 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Official Trailer – “We March Together”

Two words to describe the sound of the Triton Seven are "spacious" and "smooth".

The same held true for movies.  While the dialogue in the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 was clearly reproduced by the articulate mid woofers and accurate tweeter, and the snap of artillery fire in action scenes was dynamic yet non-fatiguing, the modestly sized towers were adequate, but not visceral in the low frequencies.  All of this is well within expectations given their size and price point.

Conclusion

GoldenEar Triton 7 TerminalsThe Triton Seven tower speakers represent a low barrier of entry to the highly praised GoldenEar sound.  They offer a remarkably spacious stereo reproduction, and smooth frequency response.  Their low-frequency reproduction is understated, but far from anemic, and the Triton Seven make for a terrific 2.0 system in smaller rooms.  While their looks may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it’s tough to argue with the performance for the price, assuming the landscape of the modest priced tower doesn’t change too much in the coming year.

Do you own any GoldenEar speakers?  If so, please share your experiences in our related forum thread below.

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

Audioholics.com note: The ratings indicated below are based on subjective listening and objective testing of the product in question. The rating scale is based on performance/value ratio. If you notice better performing products in future reviews that have lower numbers in certain areas, be aware that the value factor is most likely the culprit. Other Audioholics reviewers may rate products solely based on performance, and each reviewer has his/her own system for ratings.

Audioholics Rating Scale

  • StarStarStarStarStar — Excellent
  • StarStarStarStar — Very Good
  • StarStarStar — Good
  • StarStar — Fair
  • Star — Poor
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Bass ExtensionStarStarStar
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ImagingStarStarStarStar
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About the author:
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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 01:25
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 20:39
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 14:17
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 22:03
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 01:46
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