Well, I've had the Electrons (#15 and
#16) for two months, and am ready to review them.
For benefit of readers, I'm pretty
experienced, having 15 years in audio retail and being a mid-price
"audiophile" for 35 years. Without all the blah-blah-blah,
I've owned (or sold at the retail level) Revel, Martin Logan, ESS,
B&W, Kef, Tannoy, Quad ESL, etc, speakers and good electronics,
such as Levinson, Crown, Nakamichi, Rogue, Audio Research, Classe,
Decware... I also listen quite loudly at times, and have the system
in a medium-to-large, open floor plan living room with cathedral
ceilings. The speakers are on a long wall, several feet from any
corner. I mostly listen to rock, female vocalists, some jazz and a
My first statement re the Electrons:
LET THEM BREAK IN! This is necessary for two reasons: to let
the drivers smooth out and increase detail, punch and clarity; and so
you (the listener) can get used to this unusually open type of sound.
Don't judge them (or, likely, any Tekton speaker) on the first few
days of listening.
When I first set them up, I
immediately heard a very forward midrange with exceptional, though
"horn-like," detail, but without corresponding bass and
treble detail. I, of course, wanted immediate gratification;
however, instead of jumping to a quick conclusion that the Electrons
were "peaky" in midrange or "rolled-off" in bass
and highs," I backed off and decided to listen to a lot of
different music and to let the speakers break-in. While break-in
periods may seem to be voodoo to some people, such a period is
absolutely necessary here.
After a week or so, I realized I was
hearing more midrange detail and openness than I had with my
most-recent speakers (B&W 805 and Revel 208 - no slouches in
their own right) -- and, frankly, it took some time listening to
realize this. Whereas my initial listening suggested a pronounced
midrange "bump" in frequency response, I was now
discovering not a "bump," but rather a remarkably
clear and detailed sound. After a few weeks, the treble and bass
also opened up, smoothed out and began producing equally tight,
well-integrated and detailed sound. I guess I would describe the
overall sound as "totally unmuffled," as compared to any
other speaker I've heard in this price range or up to 3-4 times (or
more) the price range; it's like someone took a sheet or blanket off
the other speakers. In fact, they blew away my Revel 208's, and I
love those speakers. Needless to say (but I will, anyway), I am
truly impressed with these speakers and am enjoying my
music collection as if brand new to me.
During this period, my non-audiophile
girlfriend, who had listened a lot to my B&W's and Revels (but
who doesn't know a woofer from a dachshund or a tweeter from a
terrapin), also noticed "much better sound - really clear,"
although she could not explain it in audio terms. Using the
Electrons, I also compared my 3 amplifiers (20 watt tube, 35 watt
tube, and 500 watt SS monoblocks), and within several songs, even she
could hear the differences in the amps as exposed by the Electrons.
That's a pretty revealing test! (My 20 watt Decware Tori Jr. won the
contest, and drives the 95dB Electrons with ease.)
While having only 2 6" woofers,
the Electrons go amazingly deep with great speed and detail
(Eric told me the cabinets are tuned to 30Hz). Lots of speakers go
deep, or have a low-frequency peak to mimic depth, but few have such
detail. Would I switch them for Double Impacts? Probably not
(although I thought about it a lot). While I imagine the Double
Impacts provide more "slam" in the lowest registers with 2
10" woofers (almost 2.5 greater area than 6" woofers), I
would hate to take the chance of altering the seamless coherence,
articulation and soundstage I'm experiencing with the Electron's 6"
woofers and 4" midrange drivers. (If Eric wants to send me a
pair of Double Impacts to try out, I would accept the offer!) A few
days ago, I hooked up my 2 Kef subwoofers to see if I could increase
the "slam" from 60Hz down. I wasn't surprised when they
added that gain, but unquestionably muddied the overall bass
response. If I determine that I really need more bass "slam,"
I'd then likely purchase a Tekton subwoofer to retain the speed and
Just one last thing -- another pretty
revealing test. I listened to my AKG 240 headphones to a couple of
albums, but stopped because I lost so much detail and openness
compared to the Electrons. Usually, one listens to headphones to be
more immersed in the detail of the music, but not here. I think I
need better headphones!
I think Eric is on to something with
his patented design and is justified when saying: "I personally
guarantee there are subtle nuances and details contained in your
favorite recordings that you’ve never heard until now and that is
flat-out exciting for an audiophile or music lover! ... I invite you
to literally hear what you’ve been missing!" It's true.
These are remarkable speakers.