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Nagging Question!

This is a question that has been nagging me since I auditioned a pair of Triangle Esprit Australe EZ speakers early last March. I was just about ready to hand over my checkbook and buy them until I heard what they did with vocals; female more than male. It was something I've never heard a pair of speakers do in my life, not even cheap ones, and I've been doing this since 1972. You didn't have to be an audiophile or in critical listening mode to hear this! It was right there, in your ears!

For their price point and beyond (incidentally, this is all going to be based on "for their price point and beyond"), these speakers were phenomenal in virtually all respects, except for what they did with vocals. Their ability to reproduce instrumental music was virtually jaw-dropping. Bass, mid-range, high-end, sound-staging, imaging, separation, speed, etc. were outstanding and they were able to quite competently handle the sounds of many unconventional instruments like those used by a modern jazz group called "Hiroshima". However, when vocal performances would come into the mix it was as if the sound engineer decreased the gain on the vocal performers' microphones and left everything else untouched. Comparatively speaking, this was more noticeable for female vocals than male. Regardless, it was easily audible for male vocals, as well. A friend I was with and the stereo shop salesman heard it, too. He thought it was a question of room placement and this speaker's peculiar "DPS or Dynamic Pulse System technology" which, basically, amounts to a front-firing horn loaded tweeter and a rear-firing one both with different cross-over points. So, we played with room placement and nothing really made that anomaly go away. Source equipment was not the issue because I auditioned these and 3 other brands at the same time through the same equipment (i.e. big McIntosh tube stack & Oppo CD transport).

I had read several reviews of these speakers before I went out to hear them. None of the reviewers mentioned anything even remotely approaching this anomaly. There was the usual room placement mentions, of course, but nothing like this. I wrote to Triangle to see what they might have to say and got a response that, basically, amounted to room placement guidance. The stereo shop salesman has kept in touch and sent me photos of a different room he put them in, advised he had been experimenting with various room placement dimensions and said they were sounding great. However, when I emailed back and asked if his experimentation had resolved the anomaly we heard I didn't exactly get a hard & fast "yes", if you know what I mean. All of this leads me to believe there was/is something wrong with this particular pair of speakers (e.g. tweeter problem? Cross-over unit? Driver(s)?).

Has anyone out there heard anything like this in a speaker audition or had a similar experience? I'd be interested in knowing what could cause something like this. Inquiring minds would like to know.

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Why is it nagging you? There

Why is it nagging you? There are so many speakers in every price and size range and, among them, there they also vary from decent in both directions. So, no, I haven't heard these speakers, yes, it is possible that this pair was defective but it is also possible that you guys have focused in on a fault in this model. I can't say which but why not just move on?

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Wrong Word Choice?

Perhaps "nagging" was the wrong choice of word. From a purely personal education or curiosity point of view, I was/am more interested in what malfunction(s) or damage could possibly occur in a loudspeaker that could account for a phenomenon like this. I am just hard-pressed to believe this anomaly was/is exclusively attributable to room placement issues, especially since I've never heard anything like this in over 48 years and when none of the reviewers picked up or commented on it in their respective analyses. And, yes, I have moved on from this speaker. Even if there was nothing wrong with this particular pair and this audible quirk was exclusively related to room placement issues, I've decided it would be too finicky a speaker for my room.

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Why To Move On

At the heart of every intellectual is the intrinsic “need to know.” In few places does this burn brighter then for audiophiles. Having heard considerable other speakers the Triangle Australe did many outstanding things. Covid-19 prevented the ability to investigate further some questions: What caused the VERY recessed voices in the midrange? Could the very unusual 2 facing tweeter have anything to do with the problem heard or is there something wrong with this particular speaker? Hard to know but it was worth asking if anyone in the audiophile community has experience with this speaker and also the problem noted. At the end of the day my instincts just don’t trust this speaker, especially it's longevity with such a radical tweeter and what appears to be basic paper cone design.

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