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I would recommend the Cain & Cain Abby, possibly with a sub for rock music
- very lively, very engaging presentation.
I ran my Abbys with a Fi 2A3 amp for several years, which made for a great
combination. I also heard another 2A3 from Bottlehead which worked equally
well - the 2A3 seems to be just the right tube for the Abbys.
I have owned the Tekton Lores, Standard Zu Omen Defs, a Highly modded Omen Def, and Now Tekton Pendragons. The Modded Omen Defs are maybe a little better with vocalists, but the Pendragons are fantastic with good and bad recordings, rock, electronica etc. The bass on the Pendragons is much better also. The P Dragons are a definite keeper.
Charles1dad - you could certainly say the Tonians are more susceptible to sounding brighter, possibly leaner, but what you're feeding them with makes all the difference. True - it's more difficult to get away with feeding garbage to the Tonians.
As for tone and timbre, the Tonians are superior by far - a much more natural and convincing presentation that makes the Lores sound like a couple of drivers stuck in boxes (the sound of MDF, as opposed to the layered plywood cabinets of the Tonians).
Mind you - I think the Lores are great speakers for the money, and don't really know that they can be beat at their price point and efficiency rating. They're about a third of the price of the TL-D1s. But you certainly do get something substantial for that extra money, IMO. They're a deal in their own right.
Tonian speakers would be a nice fit for a 2A3. We ran the TL-D1's with a 2 watt 45 amp at THE SHOW 2011 and they were outstanding. Yes they can be a little bright but some of that comes from improper set-up, as well as what you might be feeding hem. As mentioned previously these speakers are not so forgiving. Tonian speakers work best IMO with very little if any toe in and at shows I have seen Tony rakes the front some. I have heard some of the other Tonian models as well and they get better as you move up the line.
The Audiokinesis suggestion is good one too. I have owned the Jazz Modules for a few years now and their ability to reproduce natural timbre is outstanding. They work well with my SET amps. I owned the TL-D1's simultaneously and in comparisons, while the Jazz Modules were clearly better in the lower bandwidth, and I preferred their mids as well, the TL-D1's held up very nicely against them, especially in the timbre area.
Bradluke - I don't own the Lores, but I convinced a friend of mine to buy a pair, and I hear them pretty regularly at his place. I have heard his Leben 300x amp driving both his speakers and my Tonians, so I think I have a pretty decent sense of the comparison. Of course, it should be mentioned that my buddy is very happy with his Lores.
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