Tekton Design Electron SE



Dear Audiogoners: I recently purchased one of the first of Eric Alexander’s Tekton Design Electron SE speakers. Here is a letter of appreciation I wrote him. Here’s hoping it will start a conversation regarding this speaker system. Questions or reactions are welcome as always:

Dear Eric:

Two years ago I wrote:

You’ve developed a family of speaker systems which fundamentally differ from the technology of all others that preceded them.

As I sit in my sweet spot enjoying the Tekton-Design Brilliance speakers I’m enjoying a clarity and balance that I’ve never heard before. All of your innovations in the Brilliance work together to present music as close to the live performance as is possible in 2016 and possibly for years to come, from Alexander to Alexander, (Alexander Graham Bell to Eric Jay Alexander) there’s no one like Alexander! I have drawn closer to the holy grail of musical recreation. I’ll leave it to others to describe the technical reasons for this wonderful sound. For myself, I can say that the clarity both in highs and in lows, the detailing, and the sound stage is better than anything I’ve ever heard.

Since then, my audiophilia has struck once more. It’s one disease that blesses the victim. Now I’ve put about 40 hours of break-in on my new Electron SE’s. I’ve noticed the following improvements:

· Wider polar response

· Greater sensitivity to the nuances in every recording

· More natural bass and highs, especially in more complex music

· Less coloration and greater purity in high as well as low volume music

· Greater dynamic range through my 10-15 watt amplifier

FYI I play through a First Watt F-3, a VPI Classic 2, a Sound-Smith Voice Cartridge mated to a Sound-Smith preamp and an Oppo Universal Player. All of these feed to a passive line stage coupled to an active pre-amp by Placette. I listen to classical music constantly. My speakers are placed about twelve feet apart and I listen at the apex of an equilateral triangle with slight toe in.

From a single flute to grand opera, it all sounds like perfection. Thank you, Eric from the bottom of my heart.

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mazikrav
Since the tekton website tells us nothing about the electron se, what can you share with us about the drivers, the specs, the size, the price.... etc.??
Dimensions are on the site but not much more.
  • Height 48" x Width 10.125" x Depth 13.75"
All I know is the following: Eric says he's using different, better  parts than the standard Electron.
I've traded my Brilliance + some cash.  The final retail price is Eric's to tell. Sorry I can't be of more help.
Still loving my Electrons.  The detail and imaging i get from them is fantastic.  They surprise me at how good they sound even 8 months later after purchase.  I am running a VPI Prime turntable with them with a hana slmc cart.  They sound so good with this rig. 
I am interested in the Electron SE but wanted to know if anyone can compare the sonic difference with the DI's. Price wise they are close to each other but I have not found any reviews comparing the two. 
Take a look at the rave review on the Electron SE Speaker on STEREO TIMES for details about how this reviewer loves the speaker.
Teckton will be showing at Rocky Mountain Audiofest  October 5-7.
Room 3004 . Should be fun!

David Pritchard
To all on this thread: I am new to this site.

 I am the person that purchased the first pair of the Teckton Electron SE speakers.  A leap of faith for sure. I waited a long time for the delivery since they we the first pair engineered by Eric. I ordered mine in the BMW mineral gray color (beyond my expectations)  a beautiful finish for these speakers, but extended the delivery by 4 or 5 weeks. 

Ok about the speakers and my set up, I am driving them with a McIntosh 8900 Integrated Amp and a Aurender music server N100H (4 TB) running through the DAC in the 8900. My speaker cables were provided by Eric, so I opted for theses Mogami cables. (Tekton makes them for a very reasonable price if you are interested.)

I was in an odd situation of having a brand new amp and ordering these speakers.  I had no speakers and relied on headphones until these came through. (using Mr Speakers, AEON) Initially I was somewhat, naturally,  skeptical, I wanted to have the same faith and experience as the DI reviews I had read about. 

I received the speakers about 3 months after I ordered them, in May of 2018.  Initially they sounded good, but not what I was expecting.  I actually spoke with Eric after I had what I thought was 150 or so hours on the speakers.  I initially mentioned the bass, feeling it did not have what I was looking for. Eric broke out his specs defending the speakers.  I opted to give it more time (good thing).  Fast forward to Dec 2 and these are different speakers.  I am not sure if it was the speaker break in or the amp break in, or both, but these Electron SE's are impressive.

I am looking for a tube amp to add to my system and visited the Linear Tube Audio, in Tacoma Park Maryland (great products) and they had a pair of Tekton DI's, basic model, not the SE version.  So I had the opportunity to hear them, albeit they were new.  My first impression is they were large, but the mid range and bass were impressive as was the LTA components I was hearing.  

Based on that listening session, I will say this,  I think the Electron SE's  I have, sound better. They have an amazing mid range array like everyone else mentions, you here details you won't hear on other listening sessions (depends on the source quality) the base is impressive (my initial gripe with these speakers) it comes across as percussive, you can feel it in the room not just hear it.  The mid to upper range is the magic with this speaker, amazing detail and it captures everything in the recording.  

So I am clear, the upper and mid range reveals details I have never heard before, but the combination with the low end is phenomenal, this speaker is amazingly tight, very quick, and the details of the recording are amazing and made me a believer.  

I never got a full definition of my speakers technical specs but I was informed the mid range array are the same as the DI SE, mid range speakers.
To add to my previous post: The Electron SE is a slightly different cabinet size than the standard Electron  which measures: 48"(121cm) H x 10.0"(25.4cm) W x 13.625"

The SE version measures: Height 48" x Width 10.125" x Depth 13.75"​

The vents on the front end of the speakers are different as well. The vents on the top edge, left and right remain, but the ones adjacent to the lower 5 inch mid range driver are not there on the SE, like the base model, it is a different cabinet.  The four inch vents on the back of the cabinet remain.  

iIf  you  have a higher quality recording, even on the lower quality stuff the speaker cranks, it is very impressive. I am listening to a MQA 32 bit 96 kHz of Van Morrison, as I write this, absolutely spot on, great sound.  Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stadium Arcadium is another incredible recording.... with this set up :-)

TerpStation were neighbors if you want to hear these speakers?