Sandy's Triton Two and Three Setup Tips

The Tritons are relatively easy to set up, but I wanted to give you a few tips from my personal experience and perspective.

First, if they have just come off the truck or from a cold warehouse, let them come to room temperature before playing. Regarding placement, I like to set them up fairly far apart (even further apart than you are from the speakers) and toe'd in right at, or pointed a little behind, the listening position. If possible, locate the speakers a foot or two out from the rear wall and away from the side walls. Try not to have them the same distance from the side and rear walls. Spikes are included and we recommend them for installation after you have the Tritons properly positioned in your room.

The speakers include an LFE input, however, we always prefer them wired up with just a pair of high quality speaker cables. If you are using them with a processor or receiver that offers an LFE out, set the bass management to Large Left and Right speakers and No Subwoofer. This will properly channel the LFE information into the right and left front channels where it will be well handled by the Tritons' built-in subs. The Tritons are easy to drive, but they definitely appreciate (and will show off) the very best sounding electronics.

We would recommend starting with the bass control on the back of the speaker set at:

  • 9 to 10 o'clock on the Triton Two
  • 11 to 12 o'clock on the Triton Three

and then adjusting for optimal overall bass level in your room after you are satisfied with their position in the room. You may prefer it set higher in larger rooms, and keep in mind it will change as the speaker breaks-in (it will produce more and more bass throughout the break in period). The speakers should sound good right out of the box but will continue to sound even better and better as they fully break in (about 50 hours of playing time). If you plan on using a room correction system, start with the bass control set at the lower of the ranges above, resetting to taste after completing the room correction process.

When Should I Use the LFE Input?

When a Triton-based system is used for movies and music and the user wants to be able to adjust the LFE channel volume (i.e. sound effects etc., turned up/down and louder/quieter than normal reference), which some listeners may want, or situations may merit, you'll want to use the LFE Inputs. In this case, you now also connect the LFE output of the receiver/processor to BOTH Tritons' LFE input jacks (use a "Y" connector if you have only one LFE output) and set the processor as above but with Subwoofer set to Yes. Then the sub level on the back of the Tritons can be set properly for well balanced music reproduction and the LFE channel level goosed up (or down) to taste on the receiver/processor for movie sound effects. We have also found that on some receivers/processors this setup could result in more LFE channel extension and/or output.

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