Triton 8" Full Range
Triton 8" Full Range
Triton speakers, the messengers of the sea (of music), are adept at the refined, emotive playback of every musical style between classical music and hip-hop. They create a warm, lush, and smooth. soundscape This is due to their reliance on a vintage style; they create softer than average sound with an all paper cone for the primary frequencies up to 10khz. From 10khz up, a soft dome super tweeter takes over. Tritons are extremely versatile, yet handles over 10x the wattage that an Orca 3" full range can do.
Tritons are well suited for versatile use within a small to larger living room, garage shop, dance party, warehouse, backyard, outdoor party, small vocal PA system, and stage monitors. In almost any setting, the Triton will deliver a pleasing mix. Due to the design of the cabinet volume, this tweeter and 8” driver combination delivers a smoother and gentler sound that will not overwhelm a smaller space.
The Triton's 8" paper dual cone full range drivers run without signal filtration. The tweeter implementation is similarly designed to align properly with the driver at either low or high volumes. The combined sound of the Triton drivers’ wide range/full range plus super tweeter is smooth, detailed, organic, and dynamic. The high frequencies are completely non-fatiguing, yet well defined.
You can enjoy an extra smooth lower range with the support of the Benthic Subwoofer tuned lightly with the Triton, however we engineered the Tritons to work well independently.
Tritons Perform Best:
Ranging from medium sized living rooms to large open venues as a vocal PA
For folks that enjoy warmer creamier sound quality, at delicate to higher volumes
Pioneer 8" paper cone driver
1" ferrofluid-cooled neodymium magnet super tweeter
Dimensions: 17" H x 13" W x 12" D
60-watt RMS power handling
sounds great with 1 watt per channel SET amplifiers or high power solid state or digital amplifiers
Bass goes down to 45Hz, so they can be used with or without a subwoofer
Excellent sound quality at very low or extremely high volumes
Selection of any material will yield nearly identical acoustical qualities due to internal bracing
“Can't say enough about all my wonderful Blumenstein instruments (orcas first then the Tritons)! Recommended these to anyone who will listen. “- Allen J. March 2017
“When you purchase the hardware Blumenstein [Audio] creates, you are actually accessing a priceless assemblage of experience, soul, intuition, and dedication (obsessiveness) focused on the experience of music and the history of its reproduction. Blumenstein [Audio] is a remarkable convergence of entrepreneurship, craftsmanship, and art. I highly recommend you partake.”- Chris
“Of all my systems, this one comes the closest to offering true sonic nirvana. ”- Jim
Amplifier Power Recommended
1 watt - 300 watts available per channel depending upon the desired kind of performance. Low powered SET tube amplification will more than liven up your living room, and with higher power solid state and digital amplification technologies, Tritons will play all the way up to the levels needed for public address systems, live rock or even dub reggae music. Just a pair of Tritons will handle most dance parties. But if you have larger audiences, a 4 pair array like the revolutionary Octopus cabinet design does not lose pace, and will lay out a massively clean mix to satisfy larger parties.
The Whole is Better Than the Sum of the Parts
An Initiative Since 2003
The Tritons are the result of finding the right combination of pieces around these drivers to make the best sounding bookshelf speaker suited for higher volumes. As it turns out, Terry Cain actually had a pair of these 8" pioneer drivers as the shop HiFi speakers and had installed them in hundreds of his projects from the 70's thru the 90's. So it is notable that even before I'd apprenticed with him, Terry had been a fan of these drivers a long time before that. During the course of our listening to these drivers together in the woodshop during his lifetime, we both knew that there might be something in these drivers that had a little bit more than just "shop speaker" credentials.
When I began apprenticing at Cain & Cain, there were many other promising big full range drivers out there. Over the years, I had chances to own an array of full range models from various manufacturers. Often, there would be so much about the sound that I would initially gravitate towards, but then eventually a wrinkle in the sound would come to light and then that would eventually become all I could hear in that driver. For a variety of reasons, the Pioneer 8" full range somehow continue to strike the ever elusive balance of always sounding good with any music - anything between Classical and experimental electronic. This likely has to do with the original and reproduction Pioneer 8"'s prodigious historical and ongoing production numbers in parallel with generations of music history.
Unparalleled Performance at Low Volumes
While the 3" full range driver designs like the Orca and Marlin have better imaging, dispersion, flatter frequency response, are more compact, one must also consider that all of Blumenstein speakers, including the Triton, excel at low volume performance. It is the common performance attribute. The Triton should be thought of as a speaker that sounds mostly like an Orca yet that simply goes up to much higher volumes.
Subwoofers with Tritons
The trick with properly setting up a subwoofer with the Tritons is to know that the Triton's already robust bass will not need much additional support. So tuning the subwoofer in lightly is key.
Many folks surmise that a speaker that responds as low as the Tritons would make a subwoofer unnecessary, and for their own tastes in music, they might be right!. If you chose to add a subwoofer to your Triton setup, rest easy knowing that you can use either a cheap major manufacturer brand of a subwoofer, all the way up to a high-end audiophile or studio subwoofer.
Their lower bass cutoff means that you are less likely to need a subwoofer (that said, the Benthic Bass Unit design does a phenomenal job of covering the narrow band of lower frequencies that the Tritons do not get to - below 45 Hz). If you wish to go further than the 5 1/4" Benthic subwoofer for the Triton, and venture into an ultimate subwoofer arrangement, I would recommend any of the options from SVS brand Subwoofers.
However. If you go with a Blumenstein subwoofer system, you should consider at least a pair of Benthic Bass Units - these are great at low volume subwoofer support for the Tritons because of the cabinet acoustics and the neodymium magnets.. Larger subwoofers may become available from Blumenstein in the future, but for now, I'd invite you to peruse the offering of SVS or any other leading subwoofer manufacturer for larger diameter subwoofers for use at high volumes with the Tritons.
The Creamy Upper Midrange Journey
By now, I have owned dozens and dozens of different 12", 10",9", 8", 7", 6.5", 6", 5", 4.5", and 4 inch full range drivers, from almost every price-point and from nearly every pertinent full range driver manufacturer domestic and abroad. I typically tried out these drivers in more than one test enclosure of my own design, after building what the factory recommended. Eventually, I realized that I was going to get nowhere if I kept hopping on other peoples' bandwagons - chasing after ever improving specification figures and ever more exotic construction and flavor-of-the-month design methodologies like most of the competition in the speaker industry does.
The main drivers used in the Triton are still the same newly produced classics of a 40+year-old classic 8" paper cone full range driver design originally produced by Pioneer in the millions of units sold. The new Tritons are some of the finest sounding enclosures ever made for these 40+year-old classic full range drivers or the new GRS reproduction units that get modified in-house to become the Triton drivers.
Each time I kept circling back to the Pioneer 8" design I was able to tune them to ever higher levels of performance. This process of refinement too place gradually over the past 12 years, which has been incredibly gratifying to me as a designer to be present for each stage of improvement. The Pioneer's inherent cone construction is light and simple. The most important trait - rarely for almost any 8" full range, the Triton driver does not sound too bright in the upper midrange. This gives me plenty to work with. This chameleon-like, creamy midrange, gave me the ideal foundation upon which to dial in a super tweeter into a balance of nuance and additional transparency.
The "Sandwich" Design of the Sound Aesthetic
The Triton's uniquely creamy midrange, just like that of the Orcas, comes in part from its delicate sounding, thin paper cone and soft suspension construction. Yet, counterintuitively, this smooth quality in midrange also comes from its relatively "normal" ( i.e. not-exotic), ferrite magnet. The creamy midrange from the 8" driver gets sandwiched between the incredible speed of both the Triton's own rare earth neodymium magnet super tweeter and also the rare earth neodymium magnet sound quality of the Benthic Bass Unit. This effect of stretching the dynamic qualities of only the frequency extremes serves to increase the communicative power of the music coming from that smooth sounding 8" in a stealthy way that is indefinitely enjoyable.
Full Range Driver and Super Tweeter Combo
The Triton's 8" full range drivers are being run without any signal filtration. The natural 8-octave range of the 8" paper dual cone full-range driver is subtly augmented for the last octave (10000 Hz and up) by a 1" ferrofluid-cooled neodymium magnet super tweeter which is elegantly crossed with a single, high-quality Solen capacitor. The tweeter implementation is similarly designed to align properly with the 8" wide band driver at either low or high volumes. The combined sound of the Triton drivers wide range/full range plus super tweeter is extremely smooth, detailed, organic, dynamic.
Fans of the original Thrasher designs from 2006 to 2016 stayed in touch and kept pushing to take that design further, and the Triton (2016 - ongoing) is the fulfillment of that quest.
The Cain & Cain Audio Connection
Operating as Blumenstein Audio, as I continued to keep tabs through the years listening around to what sort of esoterica everyone else out there in the wide-ranging audio community is enjoying, I have kept circling back to these also popular Pioneer/GRS 8" drivers. They have a devoted following beyond Terry Cain's work or my work with them, and for good reason. What I kept hearing from my clients is that the midrange out of the 8" full range design is strikingly beautiful once the cone is fully broken in.
The Feastrex-Triton Connnection
When designing luxurious sounding full range speakers, it is good to have a long-term musical benchmark. Fortunately for me, I've had that ideal kind of collaboration with a higher end full range speaker driver company. Feastrex drivers employ guaranteed pure and entirely custom metallurgy, custom paper making, and skilled, low volume machining and assembly methods in Japan that simply cannot be compared to the other so-called "high end" full range driver companies out there using off the shelf magnets and high-speed assembly line style production techniques. Feastrex, on the other hand, takes a purely artisanal approach, and this has informed much of the direction we have taken my production (non-custom) loudspeaker brand in general, and especially so with the Triton.
The Feastrex drivers constructed during my apprenticeship to Feastrex in Japan in 2007 have also been installed in several different cabinet iterations made by Blumenstein Audio and have always stayed in close orbit to the listening room. Feastrex drivers have been an undeniable influence on my production loudspeaker designs.
I currently make Feastrex loudspeakers by custom order only, (email to inquire)
Recent Design Changes
Various iterations of the Thrasher were in continuous production since 2006 under the Blumenstein name, however, the history of the Thrasher goes back much further than that. As a quick point of reference, the early Thrashers became known for their "skater punk" rough particle board finish but excellent sonics. Solid Douglas fir wood for internal bracing, a better neodymium super tweeter, internal wire, and crossover capacitor gave additionally undeniable improvements from the Thrasher model. The Triton is the fulfillment of a long quest for a rock solid living room filling large bookshelf size speaker. Serious audiophiles who were fans of the original Thrasher started to ask for what is now the standard fine finish quality of the Triton along with the upgraded internal parts customary to any Blumenstein design currently in production.