Auditioning Hegel Power and Triangle Speakers
We have brought in two new manufactures of luxury audio gear to audition in our showroom. These brands are well known through out the hifi world, so we thought we would give them a try to see if they offered anything for our clients. Hegel, a Norwegian power company, has a well established brand with many patents that is evidence of their commitment to sound. And there is Triangle, a French manufacturer and one of Europe’s leading brands.
After we wrangled all the wires and connected a digital source from our Autonomic Mirage Media Server, we sat down for our first listening session. First up is our Monitor Audio Platinum II 300 speakers paired with the Hegel H160 stereo receiver. We have been listening to these speakers for quite sometime paired with a nice Yamaha Aventage stereo receiver, so we are very familiar with the sound signature. First impression: Simply amazing.
Right off the bat with an acoustic guitar song recorded by Allan Taylor, the rich sound of the guitar opens up and the nuances of Allan’s voice are more detailed than I have ever heard. Going through several tracks from 16 bit to 24 bit and across styles, it is clear that the Hegel is a better power generator for the Monitor Audio speakers. Not to take anything away from the Yamaha which performs nicely, the price gulf is substantial. For those clients looking to get the most out of their music and speaker investment, Hegel is a choice that most anyone would be happy with.
Stereophile had this to say:
What the Hegel H160 did better than any but the absolute best amps I have heard was to generate correct-feeling tonal and structural balances in every loudspeaker I connected it to… The H160 is ready to make a diverse lot of audiophiles very happy…
Now, we move on to the Triangle speakers. We have a pair of Titus EZ in the Esprit series which is a small bookshelf speaker. As far as their size, they are a far cry from the Monitor Audio tower speakers we had been listening to, but the Titus delivers big sound for its size and price. There’s not much that can touch it in your average big box store and would probably be a better value than an equivalent model found in the high end room of said big box stores.
This beautiful speaker would find a nice place in a small living room or office with or without a subwoofer to fill in the bits below 55 kHz. These speakers would work great as a near field monitor on a computer desk too. That would certainly make you the envy of your friends while you gorge your ears.
Triangle says this about the Esprit series:
The latest ESPRIT creation features a major breakthrough in mid-range driver technology, which creates an astonishing delivery of sound. The mid-range driver, the key element of loudspeaker, reproduces the frequencies most audible to the human ear especially the lead vocal of your favourite tracks.