I listened to the Moab speakers at RMAF on Friday. I’ve
owned Klipschorns, Spatial Audios (still have them), B&Ws, and most
recently, Tekton Impact Monitors – which for me have bested all the others.
Then I heard the Moabs, and I was floored.
The first room I went to at RMAF was the Wilson room. I
listened and they sounded great, as they always do. And I told the guy
demonstrating them that I was going to compare everything else I heard that day
to the sound of the Wilsons. From there I walked the three steps across the
hall to the Tekton room, and took the prime seat, front row and center. The
first track played was Fields of Gold, by Eva Cassidy. I have played that song
dozens of times, so I’m very familiar with it. As I listened to that song over
the Moabs, I was stunned. It sounded so much better than I’d ever heard before,
I wondered if it was some kind of specially enhanced recording – a trick of
some kind. It wasn’t just an incremental improvement, it was a dramatic
improvement. I didn’t think that was possible. The voice was so detailed and natural
and had a three dimensional quality about it. I’ve never been so taken aback by
what I heard from a speaker before.
The next selection was a song intended to show off the bass
(I don’t know the name of the track). The Eva Cassidy song, as you know, has no
bass instrument, only acoustic guitar. I was already gobsmacked by the speakers
before hearing the bass, but the bass alone was enough to impress. It was
incredibly deep and visceral. It was tight and textured all the way through.
Next up was Keith Don’t Go, by Nils Lofgren. I’ve played
that song a hundred times, but it never sounded like this. The guitar, which can
often sound a bit thin, and even plastic, on many speakers, was rich, full, and
vibrant, as were the vocals. It has never sounded this good. It was like
hearing an entirely different performance than the one I’ve heard so often.
With all the tracks, the sound stage was large, spacious,
and precise. Those huge speakers actually disappeared in that tiny room.
I my opinion, the Moabs sounded better than the Wilsons. I was totally blindsided by what I heard.
I’ve been quite satisfied with my current system, but after hearing the Moabs,
I likely won’t rest until I can have a pair of my own. And don’t call me a
fanboy (that seems to be the “go to” tactic people who have never heard Tektons
use to dismiss positive reviews). I’ve been very skeptical like many of you. If
something sounds too good to be true, it usually is (no pun intended). It wasn’t
easy, but Tekton has won me over. Actually, after what I heard last Friday, go
ahead… I guess I am now a fanboy!