In this review, we will be comparing Triton Seven and S55, two Passive Floor-standing speakers from GoldenEar and Polk Audio. Let's have a brief look at the main features of GoldenEar Triton Seven and Polk S55 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 Polk S55 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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Both Triton Seven and S55 are 2-way speakers. Triton Seven features a " Folded Ribbon Tweeter and 2 x 5.25" Polypropylene Woofer . On the other hand, S55 features a 1" Terylene Dome Tweeter and 2 x 6.5" Mica-reinforced polypropylene Woofer with a Crossover frequency at 2500Hz.
Triton Seven has a frequency range of 29-35k Hz whereas S55 has a frequency range of 32-40k Hz. With a minimum frequency of 32Hz, the S55 can go slightly deeper then the Triton Seven's min frequency of 29Hz.
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 S55 has the same Impedance of 8 ohms but where they differ is the sensitivity levels. Triton Seven sensitivity is rated at 89 dB and S55's is at 90 dB. This 1 dB difference makes Polk S55 a more sensitive speaker compared to GoldenEar Triton Seven, hence will play louder with the same amount of watts.
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 S55 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
S55 features 5-way 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
Triton Seven has a rear firing port whereas S55 has a bottom firing ports. Polk S55's bottom-firing port gives more flexibility in placement in regards to proximity to walls compared to GoldenEar Triton Seven with its rear-firing port.
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 Polk S55'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 Polk S55 has external dimensions of 1056.0 x 299.0 x 315.0mm ( 41-9/16 x 11-3/4 x 12-3/8inch) .
GoldenEar Triton Seven is 32mm narrower and 27mm shorter than Polk S55 but it is also 54mm deeper.
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 Polk S55 is approximately 941.9cm2 / 146.0inch2. The Triton Seven requires 5% more surface area than the S55 which gives it a small disadvantage on placement in tight spaces.