well-engineered speaker; the midrange and treble sounded quite clean..."
in particular, sound surprisingly uncolored..."
recommend this speaker to anyone..."
Pinnacle® Classic Gold Surround Speaker
Home Theater May 1999
Is this the
surround speaker Gandhi and Einstein would choose?
look, I see these Apple ads with a picture of some maverick like Einstein,
Gandhi, or Jim Hensen, and the words "Think Different"
alongside.It may be easy to get dead
people to endorse your product but in the real world, it's not so easy to
Speakers tried years ago to solve the problem of dipolar versus
direct-radiating surround speakers with a radical corner speaker design; I
thought the speaker worked very well, but the idea was so different that it
never took off.
has introduced a revised, improved version, now called the
Surround. It mounts against two side
walls, not wedged up against the ceiling like the original. It certainly looks more normal this way, and
the white finish and small size definitely make it decor friendly.
corner surround used a single 3-inch "woofer" and a cone tweeter; the
new one uses two 3-inch "woofers" and a 3/4-inch metal-dome tweeter.
Adding a second 3-inch driver doesn't
exactly make this speaker a bass powerhouse, but adding a real tweeter does
make for a big improvement.
I tried the
Classic Gold Surround mounted in the back corners of our L.A. listening room,
in a system comprising a Yamaha RX-V2095 receiver, Paradigm Monitor 3 main
speakers, and a Paradigm CC-350 center. To better evaluate the speaker's sound quality, I also mounted them in
the front corners of the room and listened to stereo CDs.
recordings with discrete sounds (as opposed to ambience and reverb) in the
surround channels, like the DTS CD of Marvin Gaye's Forever Yours or the new King Crimson DTS DVD
> Deja Vroom, dipolar surrounds sound wrong--they make instruments
sound artificially diffuse, when in real life you would easily be able to
pinpoint the location of an instrument playing behind you. But the Classic Gold Surround reproduces
this type of material perfectly. The
instruments sound distinctly placed, and quite realistic, thanks in large part
to the Classic Gold Surround's excellent tweeter.
direct-radiators very distracting for movies--the effects in the surround
channels tend to blare out at your and call attention to themselves in an
unnatural way. But with the Classic
Gold Surround, the reflections coming off the two walls directly adjacent to
the speaker give it a more spacious sound than you'd get with a
direct-radiating speaker on a stand.
Even though I think a good pair of dipolar surrounds gives you the best
sound on movies, the Classic Gold Surround gave me a sound that was diffused
enough that it never distracted me. I
felt like I was hearing a natural ambient soundfield, rather than a pair of
Gold Surround is a well-engineered speaker; the midrange and treble sounded
quite clean on stereo music CDs. Voices, in particular, sound surprisingly uncolored; the crossover
between the little "woofer" and the tweeter is obviously well
executed. I found that the speaker
sounds best when it's positioned high on the wall, so that there's about a
15-degree angle between your ears and the speaker.(For aesthetic reasons, that's where you'd probably want to mount
it in the first place.)
this speaker to anyone, even those who don't own PINNACLE® front speakers. I don't think matching between the front and
surround speakers is all that critical--thanks to the differing acoustical
environments that the speakers will occupy, and to the filtering effects of
your ears' pinna, it's nearly impossible to get your front and surround
speakers to sound the same, anyway. If
you're looking for the perfect compromise between dipoles and direct radiators,
you should "Think Different" and go hear these.
Home Theater May 1999