As I mentioned, an over the top review from Ed Mullen highlights everything
about this pair of subwoofers. Triad's Powersubs are available with built-in
or separate rack mountable amplifiers supplied to me.
The unit is simple, boxy with a front driving 15" woofer. Like all Triad
Gold subs, there is no port. Sitting on self-leveling feet, the Gold
subwoofer is heavy at 74 pounds. Other than a pair of binding posts recessed
into the base, no other connections are present because of the supplied
Triad sent an external rack-mounted 500 watt subwoofer amplifier.
Because I had two subs, the amplifiers were daisy-chained. The unit is modest and cleanly designed. An on/off push-button
switch is located on the face, and the only indication that the subwoofer is
receiving the signal is the green light. Otherwise, a blue light indicates
the unit is powered on and ready for a signal.
Removing the front panel gives you adjustments for phase control, low pass,
and crossover bypass. Removing the panel is not that convenient, so make your
best adjustments upfront. The amplifier has both line-level and speaker-level outputs.
This amplifier/subwoofer combination proved to be worth their weight in
Gold, sorry. Puns aside, having two on hand made a world of difference in my room,
and I was able to get a smooth in-room response, a true luxury.
I didn't feel my modest listening room(s) would do justice to the breadth
and power the Triad Gold offered, but much time was spent with them in my 12
ft wide x 17 ft deep room. And although most of the evaluation was spent in
this room, I had the opportunity to set up the package in a new dedicated
home theater a friend recently completed. In fact, this review was delayed
waiting for the space to be complete as I chomped at the bit to hear the
potential of the room and the Gold series.
The three front Monitors were identical, although I placed the center
horizontally. The remaining four mini-monitors were placed approximate equal
distance to the side and behind me. The subs were placed non-symmetrically,
sometimes both on one side and other times one front left, and the other
I listened to the Triads significantly with the powerful equipment from ADA, including their new
flagship Cinema Reference Mach III controller, and amplifiers, the MP-502
five-channel, and two-channel 2502. What a sound!
I most certainly will give the ADA equipment driving this package full
credit, but evaluating the Triads on their own merit, I plugged the Gold
into more modest equipment like the 55 wpc integrated amp from Onix which
I've come to love for two-channel splendor.
Let's face it: simply, the Triad Golds are built for performance. Anything I
challenged this package with was thrown back at me in spades. Form delicate
piano and strings to driving rock and swinging jazz, to quiet dramas and
earth-shattering action movies.
My second immediate and final impressions – dispersion, so critical these
days with odd rooms, and many people scattered around non-sweet spots. There
truly is no bad sitting location, as the Gold has an effortless wide and
Typical of what I've heard from Triad, dynamics – top to bottom. Soft voices
and subtle wind blowing were as effectively portrayed as explosions. Yet
what I've come to enjoy, music in movies, was reproduced with character and
distinction. Musically in surround-sound both from DVD-Audio and SACD and
live DVD music in DTS or Dolby, Triad's Gold series floored me with
incredible dynamics and a fluid range!
Recently, I acquired a demo disk from Mark Waldrep's AIX Records (I've since
purchased a couple of DVDs), a company that produces lesser known musicians
recorded in high quality High Definition DVD Video/Audio, 96/24/5.1 and
Lowen and Navarro's, Carry On Together DVD is an intimate studio performance
from AIX. The songwriter's acoustic based music is splendid, and
Triad delivered the live performance spatially.
The duo is joined by three other musicians, as each is nicely located and
articulated. Their voices compliment each other, yet the Gold allowed the
baritone voice of Navarro and the lighter soprano Lowen space and air.
As I mentioned, two-channel evaluating was also auditioned with an integrated
amplifier. I felt the high sensitivity of the LCR and the warm, lush tone of
the tube amp proved the combination worthy.
SACD and DSD recording of the unfinished Mozart Requiem from Nikolaus
Harnoncourt with the Concentus Musicus Wien, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, is an
emotional and soulful recording. Haunting images and powerful presence from
the horns to the vocals were revealed with dimension, space, and clarity.
Despite the sheer size of Triad Gold speakers, they never "placed
themselves", that is,
identified their location and footprint in my space – soundstage was wide and
deep. Always looking for an excuse to pull out The Two Towers DVD, I was in
awe of the magnitude and sheer size of the soundstage. The combination from
the ADA/Triad package was impressively dynamic and yet the subtleties
The confidence shown by Paul Scarpelli early was solidly based in
performance, and I came to admire the way Triad Gold speakers simply executed. Bass was
deep, defined, and wonderfully meshed with the monitors. Voices reproduced
naturally without intrusion or coloration. Highs were surprisingly sweet and
delicate, and never bright or metallic.
This package probably did more to get out of the way than most I've
auditioned. Very few speakers can devoid themselves from a sonic signature,
warm, cold, bright, dark – you get the picture. I could easily see the
monitors used in a professional studio. I was impressed with the versatility
of these speakers and how they delivered all types of music from demanding
symphonies, chamber music, acoustic, vocals, and every single movie I
Lastly, I was impressed with the power handling delivered mercilessly by the
ADA equipment - no small feat, yet Gold survived and conquered.
Every reviewer will tell you they hate to see a particular speaker go, and this package left a benchmark for me. It's very likely
all other speakers that
come along for my review will be measured by the high standard set by the Triad Gold.
Piero Gabucci -
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