|Triad In-Room Silver System|
|Home Theater Loudspeakers Speaker Systems|
|Written by Brian Kahn|
|Sunday, 01 May 2005|
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You know you are nitpicking when the biggest complaint you can come up with is, “The manuals are bad.” For speakers of this caliber, I expect more description of the technology and design influences, detailed discussion on positioning and more. The Triad manuals are very brief booklets that do little more than provide basic hook-up and positioning diagrams. While this speaker is primarily sold through custom installers who are well versed in the installation, as a consumer, I like to go through the manuals of my new electronics and learn more about them. Moreover, if Triad wants to grow their audience, they will need to make the speakers a bit more consumer-friendly, a phenomenon that starts with a manual.
With all smaller speakers such as the LCRs, which are likely to be stand-mounted, I would also like to see mounting holes on the cabinet bottom to securely attach the speaker to the stand. (Note: There is a stand mount provision in the back for Triad stands only.)
Without question, the Triads are extremely well made and good-sounding speakers. The LCRs disappear into the soundstage like good monitors should and blend well with the detailed and extended Silver PowerSub to form a solid, full-range system. The OnWall Surrounds provided a well-balanced combination of detail and diffusion. The Triad speakers deserve a close listen if you are looking at speakers in this price range or even a bit above. For those of you with difficult rooms that may require a combination of in-room, on- and in-wall speakers, Triad’s wide range of options will be especially appreciated when trying to recreate a consistent, enveloping sound within your architectural limitations.