GoldenEar Technology has released a budget, less costly follow up to its flagship Triton Reference speaker. The Triton One.R is designed to carry the technology, cosmetics, and performance of the Flagship Triton Reference into a smaller speaker that only costs $2,999 for each speaker which is 30% less than the Flagship in price.
Its 54-inches tall, the One.R’s beautiful piano-black finish could be mistaken for the Triton Reference Speaker. It’s only 4 inches shorter than the Flagship and users the same driver design but with smaller drivers: Three 5 x 9-inch active woofers coupled to four 7 x 10-inch passive radiators (two per side) plus two 5.25-inch mid/bass drivers and the same High-Velocity Folded Ribbon (HVFR) tweeter. The Triton Reference has three 6 x 10-inch active woofers, four 9.5 x 10.5-inch passive radiators, and two 6-inch mid/bass drivers.
The One.R’s built-in subwoofer amplifier is rated to deliver 1,600 watts — instead of 1,800 watts — and uses the same 56-bit digital signal processor, which is designed to flatten and extend the low-frequency response as well as optimize blending the bass section with the rest of the system.
GoldenEar announced that it’s new woofers and mid/bass drivers are new, improved designs. The active woofers, however, has a polymer impregnated Nomex cones which were designed to minimize cone breakup when driven hard. The mid/bass drivers come with a formulation of polypropylene which combines superior internal damping with high speed of transmission through the cone.
“Voicing has been painstakingly worked on to mirror that of the Triton Reference,” according to the company, with careful attention paid to critical measurements made in an anechoic chamber and “long listening and voicing sessions…with all kinds of music.”
The Triton One.R’s large cabinet is tightly braced and constructed of multi-density mediate, which was done with the intention of making it as non-resonant as possible. Similar to the Triton Reference, the baffle is very narrow to minimize diffraction issues and the sides of the cabinet are not parallel. To minimize internal reflections, The mid/bass drivers have a separate internal enclosure.
The Triton Reference frequency response is down to 12 Hz and with a sensitivity rating of 93.25 dB, the One.R comes pretty close with a rated low-frequency limit of 13 Hz and sensitivity of 92 dB.