Triangle Borea BR08 5.1
What Hi-Fi Sound and Vision|December 2021
This surround system is an exacting but engaging speaker package

Speaker package | POR

There are plenty of tried and tested methods out there for how to best layout a surround sound system; however, we’ve come to find that no matter how precisely you measure the dimensions and angles of your listening space, some speakers are just slightly more demanding and require a bit of additional tweaking. And some require a lot.

This is the case with Triangle’s Borea BR08 5.1 surround system, the setting up of which is a rather finicky business – but one that ultimately pays dividends. Putting in the extra time to shift speakers stands, and even your sofa can make you start to doubt your hearing and sanity, not to mention put your carpet at risk. Still, the Borea BR08 5.1 system reminds us that, when you hit upon an arrangement that works and the individual speakers seem to melt away magically, it’s well worth the hassle and the spike marks.

Borea is French brand Triangle’s most affordable range of hi-fi speakers and consists of three floorstanders (BR07, BR08, and BR09), two standmount options (BR02 and BR03), a center speaker (BRC1), and height surround units (BRA1).

For this review, we’ve combined a pair of the large BR08 towers upfront with two BR03 stand mounters performing surround duties. A Tales 340 subwoofer, the cheapest in Triangle’s four-strong sub-range, provides the low end. And with the addition of the BRC1 center. You can also supplement the system vertically with the upward-firing BRA1 height speakers to create a 5.1.2 or even 5.1.4 Dolby Atmoscapable system.

Clean lines, simple finish

There is more than a hint of the Scandinavian to the Borea’s design, with its clean perpendicular lines and simple finish. The bulk of the package is available in a choice of black ash, white, walnut (with black baffle) or light oak (with white baffle) finishes. The Tales 340 sub comes in just matt black or white.

They may look a little boxy, but the cabinets feel substantial and sturdy, with the neat build giving the sizeable units an unassuming appearance. Inside, the enclosures are braced to help with rigidity, and high-density EVA foam holds the rear of each driver against the internal brace for extra stability.

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