Tekton Design Moab

Ordered a pair just now. In Dark Gray, to which Tammy immediately said, "Oh the Charcoal is beautiful!" Charcoal sounds better than Dark Gray (even though we are talking about the same color!) so Charcoal it is!  

My beloved Talon Khorus do still sound awfully good. It will be interesting to see how the Moabs stock out of the box compare with these tweaked and modded warhorses. Both the strength, and the weakness, of the Khorus is using the 10" woofer to cover so much midrange. Its a strength because it makes for a very smooth and cohesive sound. But its a weakness because its asking a lot of such a large driver to go so high. Talon makes up for it with their isobaric design. Mounted inside and directly behind the woofer is another identical driver facing the opposite direction. The idea is this relieves the front facing driver of having to compress the air inside the cabinet. This does allow for a much faster response, and is a big reason for the wonderful music the Khorus produces. 

I have a feeling however it is no match for Eric Alexander's ultra-low mass driver array solution. Only one way to know for sure. So we will just have to see!  


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 I just put in an order for a dark gray pair of Moab’s yesterday with Tammy!  I ended up getting the eight ohm version secondary to having a 300b integrated amplifier that only has an 8 ohm tap.  I’ll be alternately driving it with a 300 W solid-state.  I know, two amplifiers on the complete opposite ends of the spectrum!   They will be placed in a somewhat small room, 16 X 11.  I have had a pair of Thiel 2.3’s for 20 years, and didn’t feel the upgrade bug until they saw all the new technology and scores of glowing reviews.  I also have a Velodyne DD 10 subwoofer, but I’m not sure I will need it.  
@millercarbon  The woofer is being 5 feet apart what is one of the factors are used to make the purchase of the Moab over the encore.  Also the extra 2 dB of sensitivity.  Might not get the resolution of the superior drivers in the encore though.  And also, since my room is small, I don’t think I’ll miss the mid bass drivers,  I don’t listen at super loud volumes anymore, I already have some age related hearing loss.  That is on top of high frequency hearing loss from a right ear infection.  
@charles1dad I almost ditched the Thiel 2.3’s, bryston 4bsst, and a PrimaLuna prologue 3 for the Woo WA5 with an old pair of fairly cheap Acoustic Research 308 HO’s. The latter is 1/2 the price of the former. It was my first taste of SET in a 2 channel set up.  It left quite a pleasant aftertaste!  Did not even bother hooking up the 300b to the merciless Thiels.  Certainly the best headphone amp I ever listened to. Can’t wait to hear the SET amp with the Moab’s! Sarah McLachlan’s “gloomy Sunday” will be my gold standard test. I suspect I will be an full SET convert. Currently using genalex 300b’s, as I have worn out my Sophia 300bc’s. Would love to get the majestic EML 300b-xls! Maybe the xls will improve on the poor power ratings JA gave it on Stereophile.
@teajay Thanks for the well written review of the Moab in 6moons. Love that website. 
Aw man! I just can’t wait for my moabs! Ordered 5 weeks ago. I even ordered a Beresford TC-7220 mkiii to allow me to easily switch between my 300b Woo Audio and my Bryston 4bsst. I hope it does not degrade the sound, however. It looked the best of the amp selectors I looked for. I will be using my Moabs for HT use also, so Dis not want to be fiddling with cables every time I wanted to switch from music to HT. Those 300b’s can be expensive!  Any of y’all use an amp selector? 
Oh, and another thing, anyone hear much about the Brisance sub? $2000 for a massive, highly adjustable, and amp included sub seems too good to be true. Also, anyone need warranty work? Eric seems so overworked that I suspect it may take 7 weeks to get any follow up on repairs/replacement.