- Written by John E. Johnson, Jr.
- Published on 24 February 2011
Design and Setup
The Titan Tigris speakers arrived via freight service on a pallet. I was barely able to wrestle the giant boxes inside the house, and there was no chance I could get them upstairs to my listening room without the help of a friend. Once I got them upstairs, unpacking was straightforward due to excellent instructions provided on the outside of the box. The speakers come double-boxed with foam separating the two boxes. Inside the inner boxes, three pieces of foam secure the speakers, which come enclosed in a velvet bag. Cloth gloves are provided to prevent scratching the piano black lacquer finish during setup. The speakers need to be handled carefully to avoid damaging the top mounted tweeter enclosure. I found the gloves a bit slippery in trying to get a grip on the super smooth finish. I just removed my watch and wedding ring and moved them around with bare hands.
The Tigris is a very well made and handsome speaker. The sculpted and curved MDF case is finished in very high quality 3mm thick piano black lacquer paint, with silver colored trim encircling the drivers. Beefy, gold plated dual binding posts with gold plated copper jumpers allow for bi-wiring and bi-amping. The binding posts do accept banana plugs. No grilles are supplied, and there is nowhere to mount them, with the exception of the tweeter. A permanently mounted perforated grille protects the 1" neodymium magnet silk dome super tweeter. The main tweeter is a 2" silk dome with ball loading, and the midrange and woofer are Kevlar cone long excursion drivers 8" in diameter. A port vents to the rear of the cabinet just above the binding posts. The base accepts four low profile carpet spikes, which are invisible once set up.
This speaker certainly needs to make no apologies when it comes to fit and finish, component quality and design. I have a small listening room, and from the look of the Tigris, it is obvious they are designed for big rooms that will encompass their very large sound production.
The speaker is rated at a nominal impedance of 4 ohms, with frequency response from 25 Hz to 40 kHz. In my room, I got good response down to 20 Hz, as we'll see later.
I set up the speakers near the location where my Gallo Reference 3.1s normally live. This is about three feet from the sidewalls and four feet from the back wall of the listening room, with the speakers separated by about seven feet. I toed the speakers in toward the listening position, which I found to give the best imaging. I ended up moving my listening position about two feet farther back from normal to about twelve feet from the speaker plane to get away from room modes in the bass (more on this later). I broke in the speakers with several weeks of TV and home theater use before getting down to the listening tests.