Being an audio writer is a curious occupation. The average reader thinks we have one of the coolest jobs on earth. Of course our job is really cool, but there's another side to what we do. We listen to so much gear, month in and month out that we unfortunately tend to lose some enthusiasm for what got us into home theater in the first place. I've seen many reviewers who have lost their joie de vivre, as it were for audio and I always thought they were nuts. However, I do understand where they're coming from. They just haven't heard Coincident speakers.
On multichannel movie tracks, I was thrown back in my seat by the sheer size of the soundstage elicited by the Coincident system. The Triumph center speaker reproduced dialogue very cleanly. The Triumph surround speakers also performed admirably. While I'd probably choose another pair of Super Conquests for the rear for improved bass extension (if sufficient money were in my account) the Triumphs did a great job. Surround effects were very effective.
On stereo music performance, such as the Gipsy Kings, the flamenco guitar really jumped out of the front soundstage. It had a sparkle that I don't regularly hear making for a very pleasing listening experience. The imaging was fantastic, tricking me at times into thinking that there was really a performance occurring ten feet in front of me. Guitar picks were ultra-realistic, resulting in a spine-tingling result.
On Francis Cabrel's Sarbacane record, the first track "Animal" is an amazing test for bass extension. The well-recorded bass drum hits resonated with great force, just the way I like it. The Super Conquests produced quick bass extension, with little or no reverberation or echo, with very quick transient response. This is very important for music listening, in that it makes for a much cleaner and more open soundstage.
If you want to return to your roots, and remind yourself what makes home theater so much fun, and what's so magical about transporting yourself to another place through music listening, do yourself a favor and listen to the offerings of Coincident Speaker Technology. You'll love them and appreciate your neighbors to the north that much more.
Performance-90% -Outstanding-Among The Best
Home Theater Magazine- Jan/99
On slipping the Super Conquests out of their shipping cartons, I was very pleasantly surprised by their nice finish, graceful shape and maneuverability.
The tonal balance from the lower midrange to the extreme treble was now smooth and well integrated and the soundstage was huge and structured. One of the most significant tests of speaker performance is whether the system can create a soundstage that has width and depth, but that is not focused in any way on the drivers or enclosures. To accomplish this disappearing act, the drivers responses must be balanced and their in-room spatial characteristics well controlled. A few speakers have done this in my listening room: the EOS Signatures most consistently, the Genesis 500s usually, the Apogee Duetta often. The Super Conquests did it too.
There was no unnatural highlighting or brightness. Listening to Ry Cooders LP, the Super Conquests conveyed all the nice details, from the sound of finger on guitar string to the bizz of the muted trumpet, while voices and piano were appropriately clear. Performers were arrayed around the room behind the Super Conquests and solidly placed.
Low male voices were as well-balanced as the female ones and Thomas Hampson and Leonard Cohen were resolutely macho. Returning to the Buena Vista Social Club, I could follow the bass lines easily and distinguish the various drums by tonality as well as by position.
I got a good look at the Super Conquests innards: very solid construction with braced, asymmetric chambers for woofer and midrange; a few robust, high-quality crossover elements; and substantial hex-socket machine screws to secure the drivers. Well done.
The Super Conquest is fairly efficient; I drove my pair consistently hard with Reference Recordings [Exotic Dances from the Operas], to which they responded without complaint, unleashing a huge orchestral torrent. Bass quantity and extension per se were fairly impressive with organ pedals and string bass.
My left brain states that the latest evolution of the Super Conquest is a wide-range system capable of generating a satisfying soundstage. It is easy to drive and can play quite loudly. The Super Conquest Series II has a slightly warm tonal balance and somewhat limited definition and slam in the bass. It may not pound your chest with Telarc's bass drum but it will definitely reproduce it.
My right brain says forget all that. The Super Conquests will array a wide, deep soundstage in the virtual space behind them. Instruments and voices will live in that space and rarely draw attention to the speakers themselves. The speaker will reproduce human voice convincingly. For the 2 months that the Super Conquests were in my main system, their unassertive demeanor and generous imaging permitted me to listen through them and into the music. If your thing is acoustic music, classical or otherwise, you can buy a pair of Super Conquests, set them up right and virtually forget them. Isn't life complicated enough?"
-Stereophile Magazine-June 1999
We found these speakers not only have distinct technical resemblances to the top-of-line Millenniums, but also share some of their sonic characteristics. The Millenniums deliver smoothly accomplished high frequency information-so do the Super Conquests; similarly the clear, very open midrange data comes across almost as well as their larger siblings. Upper bass is resolute and steadfast. The Moon integrated amplifier/SC combination sounded rather captivating, delivering great highs, explicit intelligible midrange info and bass. It's safe to say that the Super Conquests lean toward sonic neutrality just like the Millenniums.
Well, here we have it, a pair of loudspeakers with a close sonic resemblance to the Coincident Millenniums. When' we compared the sound quality of both models it became evident that they originated from the same designer. The Editor compares audio to cognac as a way to establish awareness of the senses. He states that cognac, when properly aged, elicits a certain smoothness, "nose" and superior potency, yet its fundamental taste still allows recognition as a brandy. Thus, if you are a perfectionist and like expensive cognac, you may opt for the Millenniums and one hundred-year old Hennesy. If other priorities forestall this choice, ten year old cognac and the Super Conquests can hardly be considered a compromise.
-The Inner Ear Report-Vol. 12 #4-1998
Substantially more expensive than other Coincident models, the Super Conquest nevertheless seems to share a common trait with the rest of the line: good value for the money. Furthermore, the Coincident Technology traits of see through transparency and pristine detail have been improved upon with this model, along with impressive grunt and grumble in the low-end.
With so many home theater speaker systems on the market, the consumer has the uneviable task of finding one that strikes a balance between music and film. The Coincident Speaker Technology system
(Super Conquests/Triumph Signatures) does both and at a price many will find hard to resist.