Floor-standing Speakers

GoldenEar Technology TritonCinema Two Home Theater Speaker System

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The GoldenEar Technology TritonCinema Two Home Theater Speaker System On the Bench

The distortion measurements were taken with the microphone at one foot from the mid/bass driver for the 100 Hz, 1 kHz, and THD+N vs. Frequency tests. The measurements were taken with the microphone at one foot from the tweeter for the 10 kHz test.

Triton Two Tower Measurements:

At 100 Hz and 90 dB output, THD+N measured 0.45317%.

Since the Triton Two Towers have built-in subwoofers, I wanted to see how the speaker performed at a much lower frequency. At 50 Hz and 90 dB output, THD+N measured at 0.87512%.

At 1 kHz and 90 dB output, THD+N measured a low 0.33780%.

At 10 kHz and 90 dB output, THD+N measured 0.47793%.

This graph shows THD+N vs. Frequency with 1 kHz set to 90 dB. Distortion is generally low throughout the spectrum but rises as the frequency approaches the lower limits of the built-in subwoofer at 20 Hz.

SuperSat 50C Measurements:

At 100 Hz and 90 dB output, THD+N measured 5.53330%. This gives you a sense for the limits of the passive radiators. Although the speaker is rated at 60 Hz, it has higher distortion values at lower frequencies. GoldenEar recommends that a high-pass filter be used with the SuperSat 50C to redirect bass to the very capable Triton Two Towers. In this case, a filter of approximately 120 - 140 Hz would be appropriate.

At 1 kHz and 90 dB output, THD+N measured a low 0.39071%.

At 10 kHz and 90 dB output, THD+N measured a low 0.39596%.

This graph shows THD+N vs. Frequency with 1 kHz set to 90 dB. Distortion rises as the frequency goes below 140 Hz.

SuperSat 3 Measurements:

At 100 Hz and 84.6 dB output, THD+N measured a high 34.09903%. Although the speaker is rated at 80 Hz, it was not able to produce low distortion output at low frequencies in my tests. I did not drive the speaker to 90 dB in this test since I was very close to clipping. These results weren't surprising since the SuperSat 3 is not intended to drive bass frequencies. GoldenEar recommends that a high-pass filter be used with the SuperSat 3 to redirect bass to the Triton Two Towers. In this case, a filter of approximately 160 - 180 Hz would be appropriate.

I wanted to see how the SuperSat 3 performed at a more reasonable low frequency, so I re-ran the test at 160 Hz and 90 dB output. THD+N measured 5.60427%. This result reinforces the benefit of filtering bass away from the SuperSat 3 and to the Triton Two Towers.

At 1 kHz and 90 dB output, THD+N measured a low 0.34857%.

At 10 kHz and 90 dB output, THD+N measured 0.50947%.

This graph shows THD+N vs. Frequency with 1 kHz set to 90 dB. Distortion rises significantly as the frequency goes below 200 Hz.