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!  

MC, I give you credit for bringing in a pair of 135 lb previously unheard loudspeakers for a trial period. Pressure’s on to like them lest they require re-crating and return shipping expense. Odds are with you, but still...

You don't know the half of it. Odds are the Talons will be sold before the Moabs arrive. Also pretty sure only the standard version speakers are eligible for return. These will be optioned out, probably too much to qualify. It has me a little concerned. But only a little. 

Back in the beginning, 1990's, I was a solid believer in never buying anything I hadn't heard first heard in my own home. I went to great lengths to home audition everything. My ARC PH3SE phono stage was only bought after trying nearly a dozen phono stages at home. I did buy the Talons without home audition, but heard them first at a dealer and with a system I was very familiar with. 

But for well over a dozen years now since my dealer retired I have come to rely on the interweb. Since then I have become very adept at reading reviews. So much so that even with something like my DIY DBA that was built not bought it completely exceeded all my expectations. Koetsu, Herron, Synergistic CTS and Euphoria, HFT, ECT, PHT, fuses, TC, Omega Mats, eCards, even fo.Q tape- each and every one of these has performed exactly as expected, and usually much better than expected. 

But there is another reason I don't worry overmuch. Its on my system page. The ideal component does nothing. Its not there. It neither adds nor subtracts. No component ever really meets this perfect ideal, but that is the standard. Everything I've done for some 30 years now has been with that standard in mind. Never once have I bought one thing to go with or match or compliment or integrate with another. Its simply not the way it works. 

So all the Moabs really have to do is... nothing. And my system will do the rest.


Your Woo Audio amplifier is the classic example of a component  that  measures not so well yet completely  captivated the ears and soul of a very experienced reviewer. The subjective review is much more relevant to me. Keep us posted.


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I have become very adept at reading reviews.

Please develop this further!

Seriously? Okay. Its a big complicated subject but I will try. Like our systems there's a lot of different components involved and no real way of saying one is any more important than any other. This is at best the Cliff Notes version.

Understand the subject matter. At a minimum this means everything covered in Robert Harley's Complete Guide to High End Audio. Not everything comes up in every review but the better your understanding the more deeply you are able to read into a review. Briefly, this means understanding not only all the different components (turntables, amps, etc) but their component parts (bearings, tone arms, etc) and how they work- power supplies, caps, diodes, transformers. 

Audio terminology. Reviews are verbal descriptions of sounds. Learn the words that describe the sounds. As many as you can. 

Learn to listen. Many of the sonic characteristics that separate the good from the not so good components are the same or similar to the differences between directionality, RFI, warm up, and burn-in, etc. Listeners of good faith can debate endlessly the reasons, time frames, etc of WHY. Not being able to hear THAT THEY ARE is a serious obstacle to being able to make full use of reviews. 

Understand the economic realities of high end audio. Money spent on advertising, reviews, and fancy face plates is money not spent on quality parts. Components built in-house indicates accountability and confidence. 

Then, sorry to say, but it helps a lot to have done some of this stuff. Because anyone can read about upgraded caps, wires, connectors, transformers, etc. But when you have actually swapped them out and heard the difference with your own ears and in your own system, well then and probably only then do you have a real appreciation for what all the fancy words really mean. That's what I did. That's how I became adept at reading reviews.