Triangle Borea BR03 Review

by Bruno Brozovic

I was excited to try the Triangle Borea BR03 bookshelf speakers and was immediately impressed by their solid build, sleek design, and impressive sound quality. These speakers offer a balanced and enjoyable listening experience with clear highs, detailed mid-range, and sufficient bass, making them an excellent choice for a wide range of music lovers.

Intro

As a fan of Triangle’s wide range of speakers, I’ve noticed they offer something for everyone, from the affordable Borea series to the prestigious Magellan Grand Concert model. While high-end models boost the company’s reputation, the real challenge is in the lower categories, which sell in larger volumes and are crucial for financial stability. Any flaws in design or build quality can be costly, so affordable models must compete effectively. That’s why I was excited to try the Triangle Borea BR03 bookshelf speakers, known for their value and performance.

Triangle Borea BR03 Review

Construction & Design

As the second-largest model in the initial Borea series, the BR03 are medium-sized bookshelf speakers. Designed for rooms of 15 to 30 square meters, they are ideal for the average living room. The design is simple yet elegant, with regular lines and flat cabinet surfaces. The perfectly measured proportions and tasteful details enhance their appearance, while the quality finish complements any decor. Available in black, white, walnut, and light oak, the BR03 blends modern and classic styles, making them a versatile choice for various ambiances.

The separation of channels, but also of individual tones, far exceeds the price class to which these speakers belong.

The Triangle Borea BR03 speakers use a two-way system with a tweeter and mid-bass unit on the front panel. The tweeter features EFS (Efficient Flow System) technology for improved cooling and stability during heavy use. It has a 25 mm silk dome and a neodymium magnet. Below the tweeter, the 160 mm mid-bass unit is made of natural cellulose paper and framed by a thin chrome ring. The larger membrane excursion allows for a better bass range. Two smaller bass-reflex ports in the lower front corners enhance performance in tight spaces.

triangle Borea BR03 Hi-Fi Bookshelf Speakers (Black Ash, Pair)
  • High-Quality Drivers: A bookshelf design to be placed on a dedicated stand (S02 or S04), the Borea BR03 is equipped with...
  • Frequency Response: The vocal range keeps all its intensity and the low frequencies their usual dynamism without ever...
  • Design: This size is especially recommended for dedicated listeners looking for the performance of a floorstander in a...
  • Benefits: From the very first notes, the BR03 impresses with its energy, delivery of deep notes, and power handling
  • Ideal Space: The speakers are perfect for rooms ranging from 15 to 30m2

With the bass reflex ports on the front, the back of the Triangle Borea BR03 features a high-gloss black panel with connectors at the bottom. The metal speaker terminals are of high quality, accommodating all connection types. The panel also includes labels with the model’s basic technical features. The BR03 pairs best with amplifiers up to 100 watts per channel and has a frequency range of 46 Hz to 22 kHz. With a sensitivity of 90 dB and a nominal impedance of 8 ohms, these speakers are easy to drive. The crossover frequency is set at 3.6 kHz, though there are no details about the cabinet construction.

Triangle Borea BR03 Sound Test

As medium-sized bookshelf speakers with front-facing bass-reflex ports, the Borea BR03 can be placed close to the rear wall—about 30 centimeters is sufficient for optimal sound quality. The distance from the side walls isn’t critical; they perform well even when half a meter away. This supports the manufacturer’s claim that these speakers are suited for small to medium rooms. For the best positioning, I placed them in a triangle configuration, about two and a half meters apart, with a slight toe-in towards the listening position.

The Triangle Borea BR03 speakers stand out for their pronounced musicality and enthusiastic approach to various musical genres. They have a slightly warmer tone, especially noticeable in the upper and middle ranges, giving a pleasant touch to neutral tones. The treble creates a wide and deep soundstage, though it doesn’t perform miracles in this regard. The upper range is slightly emphasized, and the deepest bass is absent, which may require some adjustment to the altered balance. Overall, the BR03 offers a delightful listening experience with its unique sound signature.

Triangle Borea BR03 With and Without the Grilles

 

However, the BR03 excels in presenting high tones, which are clear and present and can be penetrating when needed. The French designers have ensured that the highs remain pleasant at all times. This balance between the ranges is not bothersome in the long run. If you need the deepest bass, a few bookshelf speakers will meet your needs. The BR03 offers a balanced and enjoyable sound, making it a great choice for most listeners.

The mid-range of the Triangle Borea BR03 is sophisticated and rich in detail, creating an impressive ambient display and effectively evoking the atmosphere of the music. This was evident with Edgar Froese’s album “Aqua,” where the speakers effortlessly presented various sound effects, spatial movements, and a well-defined hierarchy of notes. The channel separation and tone distinction far exceed their price class. The BR03‘s musicality is enhanced by a liquid sound and finesse, always retaining a playful sophistication, whether playing electronics, club jazz, or stadium rock.

Triangle Borea BR03 Back Side View With Connectors

The lower part of the spectrum is the weakest point of the Triangle Borea BR03, but this isn’t entirely true. The deeper bass is present, though it’s more withdrawn and subtle, reminding me of the Epos M12i. Interestingly, after a few hours of listening, the speakers’ sound improved noticeably, particularly in the deeper bass, enhancing the overall balance. The takeaway is to let them play for several hours before forming any conclusions, allowing the sound to fully develop.

On the other hand, the BR03 handles upper bass exceptionally well, similar to Triangle’s more expensive models. The agility and rhythmicity are impressive, showing the manufacturer’s focus on achievable quality rather than forcing deep bass. Fast percussion transitions are smooth, whether from electronic or live instruments, with clear texture and expressiveness. The speakers distinctly highlight the differences between instruments. So, while the deepest bass might not be their strength, the BR03 excels remarkably within its range.

Triangle Borea BR03 Video Review

Triangle Borea BR03 Specifications

  • Type: Two-way, bass-reflex
  • Tweeter: 25mm EFS silk dome
  • Midrange/Bass Driver: 165mm (6.5 inches) cellulose paper
  • Frequency Response: 46 Hz – 22 kHz (±3 dB)
  • Sensitivity: 90 dB/W/m
  • Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
  • Minimum Impedance: 4.2 ohms
  • Power Handling: 100 watts
  • High-Frequency Roll-off: 3600 Hz
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 380 x 206 x 314 mm (14.96 x 8.11 x 12.36 inches)
  • Weight: 6.26 kg (13.8 lbs) per speaker
  • Port Position: Front-firing port
  • Cabinet Finishes: Black, White, Walnut, Light Oak
  • Included Accessories: Magnetic grilles, adhesive rubber pads, user manual
  • Recommended Room Size: 15 to 30 square meters

You can download & view the manual here -> Triangle Borea BR03 User Manual

Final Verdict

The Triangle Borea BR03 speakers have truly impressed me. Their balanced nature and enthusiastic musicality make them a joy to listen to. The mid-range is sophisticated and detailed, creating a vivid ambient display that enhances the listening experience. Although the deepest bass is somewhat subdued, the upper bass is agile and rhythmic, delivering a remarkable performance. The BR03 excels in clarity and expressiveness, handling various genres with ease. For an audiophile on a budget, these speakers offer exceptional value and a premium listening experience. They are a testament to Triangle’s dedication to quality sound across all price points.

Are Triangle Borea BR03 speakers any good?

Triangle Borea BR03 Review and Sound Test

The Triangle Borea BR03 delivers a huge sense of scale, much larger than rivals such as the formidable B&W 607s. They can also boast impressive separation and precision. There's detail and insight across the frequency range and, given their size, the quantity of bass is perfectly acceptable.

Where are Triangle Borea speakers made?

For 40 years, TRIANGLE is a team of passionate technicians who develop, design and assemble high fidelity speakers, Made in France.

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