Got some news from my friend Sandy Gross at GoldenEar (website) about a new speaker that has a lot of the characteristics of the Triton Reference. SPOILER ALERT: The Reference is an Editor’s Choice winner for 2018, and will be named accordingly in the upcoming The Occasional 2018 Buyer’s Guide. The associated review will be coming along shortly — stay tuned for that.
What struck me so spectacularly about the Reference is the sense of majesty and scale — that speaker throws oceans of sound at you. Yes, part of that is the majesty and scale of the speaker itself (it’s pretty big), but most (I would wager) is the way it’s put together. Fans will know that Mr. Gross, whose design expertise reaches way back to Polk Audio’s very first days, favors “imaging” — works to ensure that his speakers can image like bandits (who are on fire and chased by hungry bears) at a price that’s at least aspirationally attainable to average people.
So, here we are with the newest Triton — the One.R. It will slot just below the Reference, and features the same tweeter. Prices for the One.R are set at $2,999 each/$5,998 for a pair, or $3,000 less per pair that the new prices for the Reference. Sounds like a bargain, to me.
More details available after a message from The Who.
(Baltimore Nov. 27, 2018) GoldenEar Technology is pleased to announce the introduction of the new Triton One.R. This extraordinary new reference quality loudspeaker is a smaller, less expensive follow up to the Triton Reference, which has had a remarkable response in the marketplace from both music and hifi enthusiasts as well as the press and reviewers from around the world, who have bestowed upon it innumerable Speaker-of-the-Year and Product-of-the-Year awards. It will be shown at CES at the Venetian Suite 29-221. It is shipping now!
The goal of the Triton One.R project was to bring the advanced technology, luxurious cosmetics and state-of-the-art performance of the flagship Triton Reference into a more compact and less expensive speaker. Its monocoque cabinet is constructed of multi-density medite, engineered with the goal of making it as non-resonant and inert as possible, thus eliminating extraneous vibration that could detract from the pure sound of the drivers. To do this, an elaborate system combining bracing and damping pads, optimized with the use of an accelerometer-generated cumulative spectral decay analysis, is utilized. The baffle is as narrow as possible, minimizing diffraction issues, which is effective in helping to make the cabinet disappear, both sonically and visually. The sides of the speaker are not parallel, in order to minimize internal reflections, which again, purifies the sound. Similarly, the separate, internal enclosure that houses the upper bass/midrange drivers is designed with no parallel walls, for the same purpose. The chamber is filled with an inert mixture of Dacron and long fiber wool in order to critically dampen it. We have an integral built-in high-powered subwoofer in order to better integrate it with the rest of the loudspeaker. Also, utilizing its 56-bit DSP gives us the ability to dramatically flatten and extend the low frequency response (much deeper than achievable in an enclosure this size with a passive bass section), as well as to enable us to achieve near ideal blending of the bass section with the rest of the system, especially in terms of phase response.
There are three newly designed racetrack shaped active subwoofer drivers on the front of the cabinet, which have special polymer impregnated nomex cones, in order to minimize cone breakup when strongly driven. Huge magnet structures are utilized in order to better control cone movement and improve transient response. There are four quadratic planar infrasonic radiators. They extend the low frequency response and are inertially balanced (two on each side) in order to minimize cabinet movement, resulting in clearer, more detailed sound. The High Velocity Folded Ribbon tweeter, the same as used in the Triton Reference, is a new design that incorporates 50% more neodymium magnet material than previous units, for higher efficiency and greater control. The folded ribbon technology combines improved impedance coupling to the air of horn drivers (for greater efficiency), with the superior transient response and lack of coloration of ribbon drivers, and the dispersion of dome drivers. The two 5.25” upper bass/midrange drivers are also new, incorporating a special formulation of polypropylene, which combines superior internal damping with a high speed of transmission through the cone (Young’s Modulus). A new focused field magnet structure, developed for the Triton Reference, has been incorporated for improved control. A unique “balanced” crossover, with a floating configuration, places components on both sides of the drivers, which has an improvement in sound quality that cannot be measured but can be clearly heard. Very high-quality bridging capacitors, as used in the Triton Reference, are also used. New internal speaker wire, which has a unique twist, as in the Triton Reference, is used with an advanced new topology. Careful attention in the development process is paid to critical measurements, conducted in our own large-scale anechoic chamber, as well as long listening and voicing sessions in the listening room, with all kinds of music. Voicing has been painstakingly worked on to mirror that of the Triton Reference.
The gorgeous cabinet is painstakingly finished in hand-rubbed piano black lacquer. It presents itself as an exquisite, sleek, ultra-high-performance lifestyle loudspeaker that delivers extraordinary sound quality comparable with speakers selling for many times the Triton One.R’s remarkably affordable $2999 US/each price. The Triton One.R is shipping now.
Triton One.R Specifications
- 8″ (20.3 cm) W x 165⁄8″ (42.3 cm) D x 54″ (137.2 cm) H (is with base installed, no spikes)
- Base: 123⁄8″ (31.4 cm) W x 1913⁄16″ (50.3 cm) D | Weight: 80 lbs (36.3 kg)
Frequency Response: 13 Hz – 35 kHz | Efficiency: 92 dB | Nominal Impedance: Compatible with 8 ohms
- Three 5″ x 9″ long-throw subwoofers coupled to
- Four 7″ x 10″ quadratic planar infrasonic radiators
- Two 5 1⁄4″ high-definition cast-basket mid/bass drivers
- One High-Gauss Neodymium Reference High-Velocity Folded Ribbon (HVFR) Tweeter
- 20 – 650 watt/channel
Built-In Subwoofer Power Amplifier:
- 1600-Watt SuperSub Subwoofer digital/DSP amplifier
- 120 Volt at 50 or 60 Hz / 1600 Watts | 240 Volt at 50 or 60 Hz / 1600 Watts (Approved for NA (TUV) and the CE market.)
For more information about GoldenEar Technology, visit our website.