In this review, we will be comparing Triton Seven and BW 603, two Passive Floor-standing speakers from GoldenEar and Bowers & Wilkins. Let's have a brief look at the main features of GoldenEar Triton Seven and B&W 603 first before getting into our more detailed comparison.
In the following sections, we will get into details in order to better understand how GoldenEar Triton Seven and B&W 603 compares and hopefully end up with enough arguments to decide which one of these loudspeakers is the better choice for you.
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One of the fundamental differences between these two speakers is that Triton Seven is a 2-way design whereas BW 603 is a 3-way speaker. 3-way designs utilize a midrange driver in addition to the tweeter and woofer on 2-way designs. Designing a crossover for a 3-way speaker is a complicated process and generally increases the overall cost of the speaker. Triton Seven features a " Folded Ribbon Tweeter and 2 x 5.25" Polypropylene Woofer . On the other hand, BW 603 features a 1" Tweeter , a 6" Midrange and 2 x 6.5" Paper Woofer .
Triton Seven has a frequency range of 29-35k Hz whereas BW 603 has a frequency range of 48-28k Hz. With a minimum frequency of 29Hz, the Triton Seven can go significantly deeper on the low side and provide stronger bass compared to the BW 603's min frequency of 48Hz.
Below graphs depict how these two speakers compare with the max, min and average values of the Min and Max Frequencies of other speakers under Floor-standing class in our database.
Impedance and Sensitivity
Triton Seven and BW 603 has the same Impedance of 8 ohms but where they differ is the sensitivity levels. Triton Seven sensitivity is rated at 89 dB and BW 603's is at 88.5 dB.
is the range of input power in watts RMS that a loudspeaker is designed to handle. While using an amplifier within this range ensures the nominal performance , inputting a power that is higher than the max wattage can result in a damaged speaker.
Triton Seven can handle a max power of 300 watts RMS from the amp the whereas BW 603 has a max power handling value of 200 watts RMS, 100 watts less than the Triton Seven.
Keep in mind that higher max power handling value doesn't necesssarily make that a louder speaker compared to a lower max handling speaker. Loudness or the sound level is also impacted by parameters such as Impededance, sensitivity and system efficiencies.
Input Type and Bi-Amping / Bi-Wiring
BW 603 features Post posts which makes bi-amping or bi-wiring possible. Triton Seven has a 5-way Post which doesn't feature bi-amping/bi-wiring.
Cabinet Type and Port Position
Both Triton Seven and BW 603 have rear firing ports. Rear ported speakers generlly need more room between the backside of the speaker and the wall compared to sealed and front/bottom ported speakers. Placing too close to the walls may cause the bass to sound boomy.
Size of a speaker can sometimes become an important decision factor due to space constraints or in some cases purely for esthetic reasons. In this section, we are going to compare GoldenEar Triton Seven's and B&W 603's external dimensions. GoldenEar Triton Seven has external dimensions of 1029.0 x 267.0 x 369.0mm ( 40-1/2 x 10-1/2 x 14-1/2inch) whereas B&W 603 has external dimensions of 985.0 x 190.0 x 340.0mm ( 38.7 x 7.4 x 13.3inch) .
GoldenEar Triton Seven is clearly the larger of the two speakers. Its body is 77mm wider, 44mm taller and 29mm deeper than B&W 603.
Base Surface Area Comparison
Base surface area of a loudspeaker may become a determining factor when the space in your room or desk is limited.
The base surface area of the GoldenEar Triton Seven is approximately 985.2cm2 / 152.7inch2 and base area of the B&W 603 is approximately 646.0cm2 / 100.1inch2. The Triton Seven requires 53% more surface area than the BW 603 which gives it a small disadvantage on placement in tight spaces.