After 25 years of chasing the dragon, the Triton One brought back our first hi-fi high

Some have called my passion for great sound an obsession — others have called it an illness. Whatever you want to call it, it’s absolutely an addiction.

After 25 years of trying to score the same high I got when I heard my first high-end audio system (at a boutique shop called Fred’s Sound of Music in Digital Trends’ hometown of Portland, Oregon), I finally found my fix: the GoldenEar Technology Triton One loudspeaker.

And that’s no hyperbole, people. I’ve heard a lot of great speakers over the years, some of them costing upwards of $30,000, and while many sounded excellent, none managed to evoke the feeling I got as a 14-year-old kid helping my dad buy our first really nice stereo system. Not only did the Triton One deliver that feeling, it exceeded it. Seriously, I might be ruined forever — the Triton One is just that great.

What’s more, this flagship speaker is priced like its competition’s entry-level fare. At just $5,000 a pair, the Triton One lays waste to speakers costing several times more. How? To find out, we talked at length with Sandy Gross, the co-founder of such esteemed speaker brands as Polk and Definitive Technology, and now, GoldenEar Technology. It turns out, there’s so much going on behind the One’s black shroud, we don’t have room for it all right here.

Fortunately, that’s what reviews are for! To get the whole scoop, you’ll need to visit us in a couple of week, but for now, you can whet your appetite with our video, where we get up close and personal with one of the most majestic speakers we’ve heard in some time.