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!  

 https://systems.audiogon.com/systems/8367 
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Hey MC! Glad to hear you didn’t kick the bucket. Sounds like it was pretty close. I kind of wondered because I didn’t see you posting anywhere but I didn’t want to be too nosy, I figured somebody would post some news at some point if you were sick. Yeah, I only sold the 410 Because they didn’t match my new MacIntosh speakers. I am happy with the mid range and highs that come from the towers. It has a little more detail than the Moab but it’s so close it’s crazy. I’m glad that I essentially got the speakers for free what is it because if I would’ve paid big money for them I would’ve been really upset. I may wait until after The holidays when Eric slows down and talk to him about a new set of Ulfs
I was at one point on 10 liters 02, which is a lot of oxygen, and even at that out of breath and feeling like I was about 10 feet underwater. That's just lying there. Just to roll over, adjust blankets, was an effort it took a while to recover from. How close I was to being on a vent, I don't want to know. Too close for comfort. 

Its no secret I was originally settled on Ulfs. Only at the last minute I let teajay talk me out of them and into Moabs. No regrets. But his point was the only difference between them is the tiny little bass range covered by the extra Ulf woofers. This for sure is wrong. All the drivers in the Ulf are better quality. I'm sure if you dig into it with Eric you will learn there's better crossover and other parts upgrades as well. Eric always says all his speakers sound the same, they just get more refined as you move up the line. A lot of guys talk the talk of refined, but then when it comes to it they buy coarse ground.

No regrets though because the difference in price is what will get me a Raven amp a lot sooner- and that will for sure be a big step up in refinement. My point is to talk to Eric about it. Now being an experienced owner you'll be in a much better position to figure it out. Its hard before living with Moabs to believe anything could actually be this good, let alone a lot better.

Two big questions I would have for him: All-Be Moabs or Ulfs? And, what about the new statement speakers?

Impression I got last we talked was all-Be Moabs is the killer setup. Not that all-Be Ulfs wouldn't be even better still. Which now you are in a good position to ask him about.

The statement speaker, find out what you can. All I know is he's working on something really groundbreaking. Like now he's made phenomenally good reasonably priced speakers, the next step is ones that go more directly at the cost no object SOTA boutique speakers - and beat them all. He already feels something like his all-Be Moab or Ulf are there, but wants something equally good in looks and build. So they will cost a lot more. But still cheap, as such things go. If I was looking upwards of $20k (which you could be with optioned Ulfs) I'd be real curious to know.
"Kind of lost interest in the blather."

It was not the blather. It has been well wishes ever since you entered the hospital.
Wow, you were in some tough shape. I was there for many many months. I remember being on a ventilator like it was yesterday, I remember every time I see myself in the mirror because of the hole that’s still in the bottom of my neck where they put it directly up. My least favorite thing was when the congestion would get so bad that they would unhook the respirator and stick a tube down into my lungs and suck all the phlegm out. I have days when they would have to do that every half hour all day long. Anyways on to better times thanks for the heads up on the new speaker he’s making. I didn’t know anything about it I think I may give him a call next week and see what they’re thinking about production and availability. I’ll let you guys know any information I find out.Hope you’re back up to 100% soon!
Thanks for the reality check, mine was Club Med compared to yours.

What Eric described to me was something unambiguously SOTA. Like, in the current state of affairs the very best cost no object speakers are getting there by a brute force application of all the old techniques. Its all extremely costly materials and construction techniques. Eric on the other hand is getting his results from a design approach so superior he's able to use off the shelf drivers in rather ordinary cabinets.

This is how it came up, me saying something imagine if you used some of those more esoteric drivers, etc? But yet not having it be a Faberge Egg. That's my term for what Eric calls museum pieces. 

My point is nothing to do with those other speakers. My point is to learn from Eric just how far down that road he's planning on going. Because it has a huge impact on cost. 

If you're really serious about it the hardest part will be getting an answer as to when. Whenever it is, it will be disruptive as all get-out, that's for sure. Meantime, all Be drivers in a Moab or Ulf would sure be nice.