- Written by Chris Heinonen
- Published on 24 April 2013
The Triad Gold Monitors and Silver Subwoofer On The Bench
All tests were performed in the middle of my listening room on 30" stands, putting the center almost perfectly between the ceiling and floor. The microphone was placed 1m away and test tones were fed through a Marantz AV7005 and then a Halo A31 amplifier to the Triad speakers.
With a 1 kHz test tone at 100 dB, we saw 0.7% THD+N. The 2nd harmonic was over 40dB down from the primary, and all harmonics beyond the 3rd were well below 70dB under the test tone.
With the 10 kHz tone, the 2nd harmonic was less than 30 dB below the primary tone. Our output here is 98.5 dB for the primary, and the THD+N rises up to 2.90%.
Triad designs all their speakers to be used with a subwoofer for the lower octaves, but I still tested it out to see what it could do. It did manage to get 92 dB on a 50 Hz tone, but with 11.8% THD+N. Triad doesn't design the Gold to play that low, and you can see that in the data.
At 100 Hz, above the subwoofer crossover point, we can easily hit 100 dB and distortion drops down to 3.74% THD+N.
Measuring the Frequency Response, we see that it is really quite flat until a gentle roll-off starting around 17 kHz, at the edge of our hearing. If I switch from log (graph shown above ) to linear (graph shown below) scaling, it is easier to see how flat the overall response is.
Most people won't play music at sustained 100 dB levels, but if you want to, the Triad's didn't have an issue keeping up.