It is so nice to read all those fancy and polished reviews at Stereophile Magazine and the likes but, we know these guys are professionals, using only very high end electronics in a carefully designed environment. After reading e-very-thing about the Triton 7 I decided to hear them myself and went to a local dealer. All the hails and wows from the reviews were there, alive coming from the two little speakers (compared to the mammoths around) but again, pumped by $40k electronics and $5k cables.
Well, I couldn't stand on the bouncing question of "how good they would be in my real world" and took a pair of them home.
Home is an average 3 bedroom, 1600 sq. ft. apartment in Florida with one of the bedrooms open to the living room and used as a music and TV room (please, don't home-theater me). There, sound is created through a Yamaha A-S500 amplifier, a PS3 to play CDs and Blue Ray shows, a Logitech Squeezebox to bring content from my computer and Pandora. Very simple $1000 rig. When the Tritons arrived I welcomed them with a pair of $80 Advanced Cables (very well) handcrafted in Fort Lauderdale. There is no acoustic treatment whatsoever and the speakers were positioned as better as the doors and furniture pieces allowed.
Most of the time we are not in front of the equipment but working in the office or over conversations in the living room. My wife and I like to listen to cool music (Jazz, Bossa Nova, light Classics, etc) in a low to moderate volume that allow us to talk naturally.
Play On. Suddenly and subtly we start feeling the presence of other people in the house. There is always a Bebel Gilberto, an Oscar Peterson, a Michael Bubblé, a Lee Ritenour - all of them - there, in the other room, playing alive for us. We can FEEL them there.
Now, how cool is that?
I don't need to tell you about seating in the recliner and seriously listening to music or watching a show. You already read all about it, right?