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GoldenEar Technology TritonCinema Two Home Theater Speaker System

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Design And Setup of the GoldenEar Technology TritonCinema Two Home Theater Speaker System

The left and right channels in the TritonCinema Two System are handled by a pair of Triton Two Towers, each of which comes with a 1200 Watt GoldenEar ForceField subwoofer built right into the speaker cabinet. The Triton Two Towers arrived securely wrapped on a pallet in two very large boxes. Each speaker carton weighs about 75 pounds and requires a bit of patience to carefully unwrap and cut through a lot of packing tape.

The Triton Two Towers are 60 pounds each and come with a base which screws into the bottom of the speaker cabinet using four screws. Once the base is attached, the speakers can finally be placed upright. The Triton Two Towers are four feet tall including the base, and only 15" deep.The front of the speaker is 5.25" wide and increases to 7.5" wide in the rear. Looking at the speaker from the front, the Triton Two Towers remind me of the edge of an airplane wing, as the front edge of the speaker is curved. The top of the speaker is both slanted and curved, which also helps to minimize the apparent size of the towers.

The Triton Towers are well made and attention has been paid to the little details. The base itself has a piano-gloss-black finish and the GoldenEar logo is inlaid into the base and is smooth to the touch. The base has four rubber feet which I appreciated on my wood floors. A set of spikes comes with the towers if you want to use them on carpet. The top cover of the speaker has a gloss-black finish, matching the base.

Removing the top cover gives you a view of how the speaker cover or sock is secured.

The speaker sock is secured with two independent fasteners. The first fastener allows for the tension on the drawstring to be taken up just by pulling the drawstring and sliding the fastener. Once the sock is tight, you can further increase the tension on the sides by using the small ace-bandage-style clip which provides that last bit of tension to make sure there are no wrinkles in the speaker covering.

You would normally not take the sock off the Triton Towers, but I decided to do so to see just how the speaker was constructed. Pulling the sock down the speaker reveals a perforated plastic cap at the top of the curved baffle.

The speaker cabinet is made from MDF and is only 11" deep without the curved front panel. The perforated front panel is made from metal and reveals the driver complement underneath.

Each Triton Two Tower contains two 4.5" cast-basket mid/bass drivers arranged in a D'Appolito configuration surrounding the high frequency tweeter.

The GoldenEar ForceField subwoofer in each speaker is comprised of two 5" x 9" long-throw quadratic subwoofers.

The subwoofers are coupled with two 7" x 10" planar infrasonic radiators which are mounted on each side at the bottom of the Triton Two Towers.

The radiator has a rigid surface and moves inside a rubber suspension like a traditional driver. The radiators help extend the bass response of the speaker by making use of the back wave generated by the subwoofers. The small panel with all the screws, just above the radiator, allows access to the interior electronics of the speaker.

The rear panel of the Triton Towers provides one set of speaker-level inputs and an input for LFE (low-frequency effects) from a receiver or processor. A volume control for the subwoofer allows for the adjustment of the subwoofer level. An IEC jack is also included for a removable power cord.

Each speaker has an Auto On/Off feature which automatically turns on the 1200 Watt DSP-controlled digital amplifier when a signal is received. The LED illuminates when an audio signal is fed to the speaker.

The next speaker in the TritonCinema Two System is the SuperSat 50C which is used as the center channel speaker in a home theater configuration. The SuperSat 50C is 27" wide, 4.75" high and only 2.5" deep.

The speaker case is made from aluminum and is finished in piano-gloss black and weighs about 7 pounds. The driver complement on the SuperSat 50C is similar to the Triton Two Towers and contains two 4.5" cast-basket mid/bass drivers arranged in a D'Appolito configuration surrounding the high frequency tweeter.

Here's a close-up of the drivers in the SuperSat 50C. You can see the Multi-Vaned Phase Plug (MVPP) on the mid/bass drivers, which GoldenEar says helps the speakers achieve a smooth linear response.

Similar to the Triton Two Towers, the SuperSat 50C also includes two smaller 4" x 7" quadratic planar low-frequency radiators which help to increase the bass response of the speaker.

The rear panel contains one set of speaker-level inputs and has two keyhole slots for mounting the speaker on a wall or cabinet.

Since the speaker enclosure is curved, GoldenEar includes a unique mounting bracket which hugs the curved contour of the speaker enclosure while allowing for height and angle adjustment using a screw leveler.

This mounting bracket allows for the use of the SuperSat 50C on a flat surface and allows the speaker to be angled towards the listener for optimal performance. The SuperSat 50C also comes as a SuperSat 50 which can be mounted in a vertical position. The only difference between the 50C and the 50 is the orientation of the tweeter in the cabinet and the position of the GoldenEar logo.

The other two speakers in the TritonCinema Two System are a pair of SuperSat 3 which can be used for surround or rear channel applications, or both if you buy an extra pair. The SuperSat 3 is 4.75" wide, 12" high and only 2.7" deep.

The speaker case is made from a non-resonant marble-powder -infused polymer and is finished in piano-gloss black and weighs about 5 pounds. The front covers on the SuperSat speakers are held in place by magnets and are easily removed by firmly pulling on the edge of the cover where it aligns with the speaker housing.

The driver complement on the SuperSat 3 is similar to the Triton Two Towers and contains two 4.5" cast-basket mid/bass drivers arranged in a D'Appolito configuration surrounding the high frequency tweeter.

The rear panel contains one set of speaker-level inputs and has two keyhole slots as well as a threaded insert for mounting the speaker on a wall or cabinet.

The SuperSat 3 won't stand up by itself, so GoldenEar includes a very nice curved bracket which installs into the lower key-hole slot on the speaker. The bracket fits perfectly against the bottom of the speaker, contains a small wire guide to help in running speaker cable, and even comes with small rubber feet built into the bracket.

All of the speakers in the TritonCinema Two System share a proprietary tweeter design which GoldenEar calls their High Velocity Folded Ribbon (HVFR).

Unlike a more conventional aluminum dome tweeter, which moves back and forth to push air, the material in the HVFR tweeter squeezes the air between the folds in the ribbon to produce sound. The origin of the HVFR design goes back to the "Heil air motion transformer" which was invented by Oskar Heil and patented in the 70's. While material science has come a long way since then, the diaphragm in the GoldenEar tweeter is a folded high-temperature film which moves inside a very strong neodymium magnetic field. Sandy explains that "the folded material has a much larger surface area than a conventional dome tweeter and this gives the GoldenEar HVFR tweeter greater dynamic range and lower distortion while the smaller folded footprint gives it greater dispersion than an unfolded ribbon of similar diaphragm size.This technology results in better impedance matching with the air in the room."

I followed Sandy's advice on setting up the speakers and kept the connections really simple. I connected my speaker cables, plugged the Triton Two Towers into the wall and told my processor that I had Large left and right speakers with no subwoofer. I then adjusted the volume of each speaker's subwoofer to a blended 75 dB using the test tones in my processor. That's all there was to it. If you haven't used a set of speakers with built-in subwoofers then you might be hesitant to rely solely on the speaker cables as the only connection. The beautiful part of using this recommended approach is that all the work has been done for you by the engineering team at GoldenEar. You don't have to worry about phase or crossover issues and you shouldn't have to worry about what the bass management settings in the processor or receiver are doing if you have set the front speakers to Large without a subwoofer in the system. If you feel like you might be missing something or just have to use two extra cables, the Triton Two Towers do allow for the connection of a separate LFE input from the subwoofer outputs on your processor or receiver. This connection method is supported and does require that you still set your front left and right speakers to Large, but you do get to tell the system that you have a subwoofer.

For speaker placement, I followed the GoldenEar recommendation and placed the Triton Two Towers into a basic triangle configuration with the distance between the speakers matching the approximate distance to the main listening position from each speaker. I pointed both speakers toward the listening position with the speaker axes crossing just behind the listening position. I placed the SuperSat 50C above my TV and angled the speaker down toward my favorite listening position. I used the pair of SuperSat 3 speakers as traditional surround speakers and placed them to the side and slightly behind the main listening position.