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Tekton Double Impact
02/10/17 at 21:16:32
 
Another high efficiency design 4 Ohms @ 98.82dB (2.83v @ 1 meter).  

Is this pretty strong hyperbole? Or can this be the "obsolescence" of all other speakers? Shocked

Our revolutionary U.S. patent #9247339 (issued January 26th, 2016) allows us to literally align the moving mass of speaker cones to the harmonic spectra of the musical instruments being played. This means that, in theory, we’ve now made every other high fidelity loudspeaker on earth obsolete in one fell swoop! Again, I believe I can make a strong case for claiming that every other high fidelity loudspeaker is now obsolete or (for models that do try to mitigate moving mass) at least subtly obsolete. I’m quite confident in stating that we’re now producing the most accurate and best sounding loudspeakers ever built – period!

7 tweeters, 2 6" mid-range transducers and 2 10" Pendragon Transducers for $3000.   Hmm, you have basically 11 drivers, in a fairly big speaker cabinet for 3k.  I'm not complaining about the price, but it kind of makes me question the quality of drivers that are being used.  I'd love to hear them though! Smiley



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“Eric had communicated with me his excitement/joy for the last year and a half regarding his new revolutionary speaker design, he was waiting for his U.S. patent to be approved, that he was starting to build into his speaker models. He sent me for review a pair of standard Double Impacts, $3,000.00, and I have to share that with first listening session I was patently shocked at the performance of this speaker! The Double Impact Speakers were not just great for the money or price point, they are world class reference level speakers, regardless of price! I have had as my reference speaker for over five years a highly regarded $19,000.00 transducer that was outperformed by the Double Impacts in all important sonic parameters. The Double Impact Speakers are amazing at creating the illusion of real music with all the purity of the colors of instruments, space/air, and the “pop” and dynamics that you find in live music.”  -Terry London
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Re: Tekton Double Impact
Reply #1 - 02/11/17 at 00:25:02
 
Hmmm. Would love to give 'em a listen. Then work on trading in my current tektons if all is good!
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Reply #2 - 02/11/17 at 01:55:32
 
I'd like to hear them too.  But in the interest in balancing out some of the hyperbole, here's some interesting banter regarding his patent regarding use of low moving mass drivers:

http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=146174.0

Eric Alexander seems to generate more than his fair share of skepticism.  I read the whole patent and struggled to understand definitively what it is he's patented.  Don't get me wrong, I'm sure they sound great.

Rob
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Re: Tekton Double Impact
Reply #3 - 02/11/17 at 15:01:22
 
Bright an nasty, bombastic, with no room treatment as usual. Yick, and way to many Tweeter's. But hey, they probably sound good with all of four audiophile recordings.
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Reply #4 - 02/11/17 at 19:12:21
 
http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=146174.0

Looking at the first post, didn't Donnie do this with his open baffle/double driver speakers?
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Reply #5 - 02/11/17 at 22:08:55
 
Archie,
From how I read it, my speakers are similar but not quite the same. My OB's baffles are around 6" apart.
My design isn't based on any science other than looking at other peoples designs and stealing ideas.
The funny thing is that these things sound pretty dog gone good. I'd rather be lucky than good.
Here is a view of how I have the drivers mounted.




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Reply #6 - 02/12/17 at 00:56:48
 
Intuitive designing is an Art!
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Reply #7 - 02/12/17 at 05:39:30
 
 I gotta tell you, making your own is always more fun. The results are mostly surprisingly good as well.
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Reply #8 - 02/27/17 at 23:39:16
 
If I was ambitious, I would go to the Chicago Audio Society meeting next month and hear these.  I think it is actually over in Munster Indiana though.
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Reply #9 - 03/22/17 at 07:22:34
 
Bumped this up for a glowing review from Home Theater Review.  According to the author, the $3000 Tekton Double Impacts bested the (1) Lawrence Audio Cello Speakers @ $18,000, (2) Acoustic Zen Crescendo Mk2 @ $22,000 and (3) YG Acoustics Carmel 2 @ $24,300 to become the author's reference speakers to which all others will be judged upon! Shocked

Downsides were "overwhelming in physical appearance. With its ability to produce thunderous, deep, and powerful bass frequencies, it could overload a small room sonically"

Tekton Design Double Impact Floorstanding Speaker Reviewed
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Reply #10 - 03/22/17 at 13:10:08
 
my buddy just got a pair of these last week.  he has a pair of the  tekton cinema subs too.

i haven't stopped by to listen to them yet, but will soon and report back.
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Reply #11 - 03/22/17 at 22:00:17
 

I saw that review, but was too busy with this work thing to read more than a paragraph into it.

I'd love to hear what you think once you get a listen to them! Very interesting concept!
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Reply #12 - 03/23/17 at 18:00:35
 
Okay, what I said in my reply #3 was a bit harsh. However, Room treatment is needed in ALL Rooms, IMO.

I just got off the phone with Eric Alexander.

I ordered the Impact!
http://www.tektondesign.com/tektonimpact.html


He told me you are getting the Double Impact signature (U.S. patent #9247339) with less parts.

I love the black/soft gloss finish and wanted to enjoy them for 60 days and hear and see what I think?!  

I have tried higher efficiency before with Zu Unions (8 ohm). They did not float my boat. However, never say never and time I try again with The Tekton IMPACT.

Eric, said he will get them on the road to me in 2 or 3 days/painting me up a fresh pair.  Sweet!


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Reply #13 - 03/23/17 at 18:16:13
 
Hey Stone...definitely share your thoughts on the Tektons.
P.S. Tekton also makes it in a smaller design for smaller rooms.
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Reply #14 - 03/23/17 at 18:19:34
 
Ahhh yes, that is why I bought the Impact and not the Double Impact.   Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Grin

Who knows? Maybe, I sell my Modified Adagio's. I kept the original x-over's to retrofit them back for the layman purchaser.   Cheesy
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Reply #15 - 03/24/17 at 14:05:37
 
Yeah Acetone, I'm excited to get these. It will be interesting to hear where the ring radiator's are crossed, for their part in the midrange, into > the 6 inch driver. Plus, this whole low/light mass cohesion among the Driver's. They sure look like light fast low mass driver's....... .
http://www.tektondesign.com/images/impactbig.jpg

I have no problem with having the original x-over's put back in my AZ Adagio's and listing them on AgoN......at a price to sell. With the modded caps in my Adagio's....they are at 92 or 93 at one watt and I love um.  However, I would love for the Impact's to dethrone them and I could run a UFO Zen too.  Time will tell....... .

I had 13 Pair of Speaker's through 2015 (from over the years). Sold a bunch of Gear and Speaks' that year - I only have 3 pair now. Time to bring the Tekton's in.
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Reply #16 - 03/24/17 at 23:13:36
 
A fellow on Audiogon "Mac" has the Double Impacts and uses a Torii MKIV. He absolutely loves them but says don't be fooled by the efficiency rating. They are a little harder to drive than you would think.
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Reply #17 - 03/25/17 at 01:52:11
 
If a Tori mk4 has difficulty driving them, they can't be rated correctly, can they?
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Reply #18 - 03/25/17 at 02:23:28
 
... and should be cool to compare to pair of Alnico HO from Omega I'm listening to. If on the right side of 3k they would be a nice comparison
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Reply #19 - 03/25/17 at 16:35:21
 
Reviewing things about this Speaker.....it is a three way design and you chew up some watts in his x-over design. So, I can see it....no little UFO for my Impacts or Torii's. My ZMA should do fine.

60 days is a fair accommodation. I'll figure out if I'm keeping them in 45.
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Reply #20 - 03/26/17 at 15:42:55
 
Tekton seems to overstate their sensitivity ratings.  Stereophile measured the Enzo's at 6 do less than Tektons rating.  That's pretty significant.
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Reply #21 - 03/26/17 at 18:44:44
 
Fortunately, I will have the power to run my Impacts with my ZMA. More so than a Torii IV, that is getting the job done for Mac. Plus,  I'm getting the Impact. Double Impact is overkill for me.

I like Terry London's knowledge of the Acoustic Zen Timbre and Tone. However, the increased transient speed and aliveness of the Impacts is more palpable. I helped my Acoustic Zen Adagio's achieve the more sense of aliveness with the mod I had done/single caps, etc.... .

I look forward to my comparisons.
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Reply #22 - 03/28/17 at 16:54:56
 
I just got off the phone with Eric Alexander and my IMPACTS ship today! Whatever x-over magic he is mojo working in the Double Impact ~ is in my smaller Impact too. This guy knows how to work a Tweeter array (read the AgoN Thread on the D-Impacts) and tonal balance the collective with un-etched detail. As stated in the AgoN thread....they an I, can let marketing hyperbole go.....when the Speaker has sonic merit. It only matter's how it sounds.

Smaller, well as compared to the Doubles, yes. My Impacts are still 47 inches tall and weigh in at 71 pounds each. Nice wt. to move around myself. My Adagio's come in at 78 pounds each and are easy to navigate.

Anyway hope to have something to say about them soon. I will use the 8 ohm taps first on my ZMA for break in and then the 4 ohm taps.
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Reply #23 - 03/28/17 at 17:10:45
 
S o Tone, Enjoy the process. I hope the Impacts are everything they say they are.
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Reply #24 - 03/28/17 at 17:29:11
 
Hi Ace. Always a risk. However, I am pleased with the impressions of the 2 and 3 owner's on the AgoN Double Impact/Thread. Plus, Terry London's response and input on the Thread as well.

Now, I am getting the Impacts and not the DI's....I have high hopes for them though.

As one poster stated/whom ordered a pair of DI's: "He/I have spent 300 bucks on worse things over 60 days."
(Referring to the cost of shipping them back~if he does not like them. It would be more like 220 to 250 for me from here to Orem with my lighter wt./size Impacts).

However, I did not order them to return them. Only, if I decide to upgrade to the DI's! Damn my room size.....I'll move it downstairs.  8-)
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Reply #25 - 03/28/17 at 17:45:24
 
Stone, don't forget to post some photos after you unbox them!
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Reply #26 - 03/28/17 at 18:24:12
 
Hi Tommy. You know I think it is about time I figure out how to post pic's here. My quote function here on the forum does not work at all, but that is no bother to me.

Anyway, I wish it was as easy here to post pic's as it is on AudiogoN. I'm sure I can figure it out.
I think someone/someone's have posted the steps.....to a photo-bucket then.....etc... .

Always plan B > you can PM me your number and I will gladly text you pic's.
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Reply #27 - 03/29/17 at 18:26:13
 
They arrive on Friday!  Kid in a candy store am I........ .   Grin Grin
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Reply #28 - 03/29/17 at 18:48:54
 
Perfect time for a 3-day weekend!
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Reply #29 - 03/31/17 at 16:19:16
 
I've heard several different pairs of Tekton's - they were all competent designs and at least "good".  I would expect the Impacts to be nothing less.  However, like others have stated, I have found their stated efficiencies to be a bit optimistic.  I have also come to learn, from personal experience, that crossovers "eat power" like a hog eats slop... and crossovers suck life and dynamics out of the music as well.  Even the best passive parts you can buy to build the crossover with, will still do this to some extent.  No crossover = best crossover, just like the best insulation on your wires is no insulation at all - air.
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Reply #30 - 04/01/17 at 14:34:14
 
IMPACT's in the house!

Okay, got them and despite a stomach flu Thursday night into yesterday.....I recovered enough to unpack them and carry the beautiful beasts into my Listening Room.

Packaging was A++ and a cool way of opening the carton's.
Perfectly fit/finished/flawless they both are.
Driver's and Tweeter's are stunning to look at and top notch installation.

Hooked up/fired up. First 1.5 hour's roughly, they were getting the cobb webs out of the caps, wiring and driver's..... .

The next hour got interesting.....they started to bloom and focus locked in with images. Tonal balance is spot on, allowing detail not to be tainted by the very taunt and delineated bass...... . Soundstage superb. Timbre/Tone were shinning through in this hour too. With further burn in, their might be no need to upgrade to Mundorf Mcap Supremes.....time will tell.

I had to shut down at 2.5 hours. Whatever, mojo Eric has going in this Tweeter array fine tuned to the other Driver's......I like it! More efficient too, only slightly over my modified Adagio's.....judging by the gain needed on my ZMA knob.....but welcomed.

All I have for now. Can't listen today.....I'm off to work.  :'( Cry Tomorrow, I look forward to putting 6 to 8 more hours on them.

PS, and of course, you know I had to go there....and get some extra SPL's out of them....before I had to shut down yesterday (damn prior agreed commitments). Oh yeah, they can go there...so can my Adagio's.....but these guys can go nuclear colossal/.....so an fitting name ~ Impact!






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Reply #31 - 04/02/17 at 17:01:24
 
Sorry, whizzer coner's. The Impact Series from Tekton Design is an whole other level.

The delicate minimalist x-over points in this 3 way, are spot on and coherent and efficient. The decay of instruments is superb with ambiance with detail.....yet, all the impact and texture of the respective instruments comes beautifully through.

I am far from having these guys burned in and also looking forward to the comparison to my Mundorf Mcap/Adagio's texture ability to differentiate NOS input tubes.  But, as it stands listening right now to my Impacts.....they are going to be up to the task.

Soundstage is bigger and better than the Adagio's. Acoustic treatment is important folks. The basic's will get you 8 or 9/10th's of the law. Palomino's efforts are to be admired/and you know it sounds good with his treatments.

Enough for now, Marcus Miller M2.....beken's for my full attention from these wonderful Impact's.

PS-not even tempted to try the 4 ohm/ZMA taps yet........... .
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Reply #32 - 04/02/17 at 17:52:07
 
Modifying my Acoustic Zen Adagio's (like my Parker Crusader's were wired)....brought a next level of aliveness. However, the aliveness Terry London refers to.....is apparent even more next level in the Impacts.
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Reply #33 - 04/02/17 at 18:16:18
 
Nice to already know, I won't be sending these back or selling my modified Adagio's. Two pair in the Listening Room Stable.


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Potentially Pending, Mundorf  MCap Supremes - NOT touching the wonderful x-over points. ONLY, putting equal value matched Caps/replacing current ones. Eric, offers an upgrade..... But, I will have done here with a local house call (saving time and shipping $$ to and from).
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Reply #34 - 04/02/17 at 23:27:28
 
Tekton Double Impact @ 98.82 dB 2.83V @1 meter sensitivity and 4 ohms, is 95.82 dB 1 watt @ 1 meter.  I think this makes sense given what Stone is hearing in loudness vs. his modded Zen Adagios.  

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Reply #35 - 04/03/17 at 01:12:18
 
I'm less than that at 97db @ 2.83v for my Impact.

Anyway, my ZMA drives my Adagio's and Impact awesomely.

Those on the www......reading this Thread....I would not take the time to write about these speakers read: they are good.....I need to upgrade to the Mundorfs....cause I'm running Kimber Select IC's and Speaker Kable..... And the Zen Mystery Amplifier .... So I hear a difference and their is a difference.

You? These Speakers are damn good stock...... Get a Pair.

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Reply #36 - 04/03/17 at 17:15:47
 
Moving into my 14th hour (Forum follower's and www./readers)
on them this morning (just a reminder/I have the Impact.....not Double I's).

................they continue to open up! Timbre shading and coherence just keeps getting better (they are plenty worthy of running on my KS6063 Speaker Kables). Questioning, if I will be upgrading the Caps! Sensitivity efficiency is perfect with my ZMA and as previously mentioned/slightly more so than my modded' Adagio's.

I ran my Kimber 8TC on the 4ohm and 8ohm taps of my ZMA yesterday. I prefer the 8ohm taps (...I will revisit with more hours on them). Kimber 8TC is wonderful with these Speakers and gets 7/10th's of the law compared to my KS6063. So, recommended.

Anyway, you can tell I am pleased with these Speaker's. I won't challenge them with my modified Adagio's until I put 50 hours on them by mid next week.

Okay, I'm going to chill on my first 15 hours with these Impact's. I will put an estimated additional 25 hours on them by this Sunday and come back.............. .








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Reply #37 - 04/06/17 at 17:56:54
 
Said I was going to wait until Sunday to comment. However, with only 22 hours now on my Impact Speakers.....the treble has settled down (no longer worried at all) and the timbre has improved to beautifully live sounding and accurate and detailed. Man, I mean musical and balanced detail locking into the images and improving the soundstage over my Adagio's in depth and equaling their broadness across the front. These certainly must share its big brother DI's attributes, written about.

I did put my Adagio's back in yesterday for a spell to confirm what I'm saying above. My modded' Adagio's are detailed without being etched, as are now the Impact with 22 hours on them (and counting with more improvement to come I bet). However, the Adagio's are a different animal in their warmth of presentation and transmission line bass vs. the impactful integrated bass of the Impact speakers and their overall portrait that has improved with the right amount of warmth yet more detailed.

So, subjective-I know. I have two wonderful, yet different Transducer's, is what I'm trying to say. I won't part with either.

I put a call in to Eric about what Caps are in the Impact. I know the board mount is located inside of the Woofer. I removed the screws, to open up and flashlight examine. However, the Woofer is glued adhered quite tightly to a felt gasket. I don't have the time to continue today. So, I will wait for Eric's call and find out what is in there, what he provides/recommends for Cap upgrade vs. me doing here. He offer's Clarity Caps or Mundorf S/Oils and Jansen Coil's for the DI's. Maybe it's a prefabed/hot glue board I saw on AgoN Thread....and sent to me and makes my life quite easy to install/solder a few lead wires here and hot glue to the speaker cab again.


Or, the way they are seasoning in.....I leave well enough alone. I'll see/hear at my standard 100 hour mark and further Adagio comparison that has Mundorf Mcap Supremes. The Adagio's offer a reference even though these Speaker's are quite different.....which makes it great to have both the Adagio and Impact!    ......time to shower and go to work, I owe, I owe, .....I owe.
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Reply #38 - 04/06/17 at 18:23:30
 
Hi Stone, well I guess it's  my fault your bank account is shy a few $$$$ since I started this thread LOL!  But I'm glad you're enjoying the new speakers and I'm living vicariously through your posts 😄

I'm curious to know what brand tweets are used with your Impacts?  Since I'm a treble sensitive person ...I'm wondering if there may be other options ... that is if the ones that are in there are too hot?
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Reply #39 - 04/06/17 at 19:22:15
 
Yeah, it's your fault beo.  ;D  I am glad you started this....this Impact is something.

I  have gone the way of no x-over's....when I modified my Adagio's with single caps. So, I was skeptical to try these. However, this 3 way design Impact, must be darn minimal in scope.

Good questions on the Tweeter's. Are they OEM to him or inhouse? I will find out. They were a little bright the first 10 hours.....and that has all changed to smooth and continued coherence which is influenced of course by the Caps too. They look like a polymide silk blend Tweeter. Tweeter's are big deal to me too. The in-house custom ones, from Mr. Lee, of his design, are pretty special in their timbre/tone abilities in my Adagio's. I freed them up from being set so low and set them higher according to the sweep and brought the two mid-woofers, up to what they were capable of. Man, they are good. So, you know I'm holding these Impact Tweet's to a high standard and how they are crossed is turning out to be beautiful sounding and coherent.

I won't get to speak to Eric today, but hopefully tomorrow (about Tweeters, Caps, Inductors + Resistors.  .....can I just change the Caps, without messing up x-over proprietary 3 way points)? I know enough to be dangerous.... . So, my guys at Midwest Speaker enlighten me on the gaps in my brain to fully get and they do the work/solder sling.

...got to get to work.   .....more in the coming days....... .
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Reply #40 - 04/06/17 at 19:40:10
 
That's great to hear! I'm glad those are working out for you...I really like the design concept...it does follow the simplicity and speed that you and I appreciate!

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Reply #41 - 04/07/17 at 04:42:32
 
They are fast. The whole moving mass aligned deal here is very good. Heck of a good Speaker for the money. Ultimately though, do I want to have two Pair, or stick with my modified Adagio's.
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Reply #42 - 04/08/17 at 13:32:22
 
well finally got over to my buddies house to listen to his double impacts with 2x 18" passive cinema subs.  hes had these for 3-4 weeks now with prob around 100hrs.

he driving the subs with a bryston sst and impacts with manely 250 classic mono's.  with some room eq'ing going on.  speakers in background are dunlavys (i didn't honestly think these tektons be in the same league)

we listened to various lps and cd's for 2-3hrs.  

wow!  the mid bass, mid, and highs are very smooth, articulate, and effortless.  the subs blended (crossing around 60hz) surprisingly well, to the point of not knowing they were in the room.  being a maggie/ob guy now, i didn't find anything boxy sounding about these at all.  they were fairly forgiving of the room config and responded well when moved around a bit.

going in i figured those tweeters would wear me out... just the oposite.  they are very smooth and detailed.  cymbals sounded like they were right there.  

despite the poor room dimensions the sound stage was very broad/high and deep.  instruments had good separation too.  

all in all i was quite impressed with them and felt i could live with them.

Stone sounds like your thoughts are similar.
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Reply #43 - 04/09/17 at 00:12:46
 
Speaker looks like an armament.
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Reply #44 - 04/09/17 at 14:41:24
 
Rr, the tweeter array looks like a gatlin ready to rotate and fire 😃

Trip, I can live with them too. Wish I could have heard the big guys there. My baby Impact continue to burn in nicely. As I mentioned and you heard/listened too-I will be keeping them. I like the little extra efficiency as well. Bells and Cymbals, are coming in exquisitely. Staying with the stock caps for now too.

1800 bones (delivered), heck of a good Speaker. Are my modified Adagio's better at twice the price? Ahh, yes. However, the Impact take no guff from them and deserve to be in the same room for rotation.
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Reply #45 - 04/09/17 at 17:54:51
 
I can't say enough about the tonal balance and detail -yet- it is relaxed. Real bass (the way it should be). 30+ hours now. Not laid back and not forward. Oh boy, dynamic.....I'm pushing 88db SPL RIGHT NOW ......with peaks of 92.....and no fatigue either.  Killer stage........ .

Lightning has struck twice for me in the place here!

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Reply #46 - 04/09/17 at 18:38:45
 
However, to be fair to them and me......I need to recap them with Mundorfs. I waited 5 months to recap my Adagio's.....I'm going to season in these drivers and recap in the fall.

'Nough said.
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Reply #47 - 04/11/17 at 23:42:05
 
I am so enjoying these Impact Speakers. I'm glad Eric A incorporated a 6 inch driver with his tweeter array and the one Eminence 10".  The detail, musicality and soundstage are just beautiful. With 41+ hours, they continue to grow in. The SB Acoustics Tweeters are very good. Not Mr. Lee's incredible Ribbon Tweeter found in my Adagio's, but, still quite good are the SB's.

My Adagio's have a little more red juicy meat on the bone and speak the Romance languages .....as one put it. The Impact however, are in no way thin .... They need to be heard!

I'm listening at my wheel house SPL of 79 to 84db, with an Ear's to Lip's Grin.

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Reply #48 - 04/13/17 at 17:10:12
 
What to choose?

To be fair to the impressive SB Acoustics Tweeters and the mid woofer and woofer + Eric Alexander's Design of the Impact Series......The Caps need to be ungraded now instead of later. I am impressed with this Speaker stock....it merits the upgrades to see where I can take them.....as I did my Adagio's.

My ears to brain for two years now, are wired for Mundorf MCap Supremes in my Adagio's. I can either recap my Impact here local/shop that did my Adagio's, or send back to Eric (or have him send me a new pair all done-I'll return ship my current Impact).

I will call Eric first and see what I/we want to do.

I am considering Duelund VSF-Cu Loudspeaker Capacitor's too.
http://www.humblehomemadehifi.com/Cap.html

But, the Mundorf MCap Supremes are such a proven winner for me..... .

Here is Eric's standard upgrade/from the Agon Thread....I will discuss with him first as I said, before I go local upgrade work.....all options (inductor coils - internal wire - resistor's too).

Caps matter! I am the stone of tone....I hear it......and the not so subtle, but sometimes subtle differences between the best of the best Input Tubes......because of my mod to my Adagio's.
OF COURSE, + the ZDSD with Steve's Output Tranny's and the ZMA with Jupiter Caps with his genius topology/voicing.
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https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/tekton-double-impacts?page=4


"There seems to be some confusion surrounding Double Impact upgrades.

Here's clarification:

1. The 'standard' Double Impact - a true expression of extreme performance within the niche of 'affordable hi-fi and home theater'. The cost is $3000 delivered for the pair. This speaker is available in any color under the rainbow and is featured in my "Soft Gloss" finish. This is the loudspeaker reviewed by Terry London

2. I have one upgrade option package to the 'standard' Double Impact and it's been available since day one. This upgrade is very popular accounting for 40-50% of all production as of today. I see that many clients posting on here own this option. This upgrade uses Cardas inputs, upgraded internal wiring, ClarityCap on the tweeter section, and an oversized Jantzen coil on the woofer section. The cost is $3300 delivered for the pair. This model is available in any color under the rainbow and is featured in my "Soft Gloss" finish."


PS-now with 50+ hours in them: The 4 ohm Taps from my ZMA seem to be the winner! The fluctuation of the impedance around this 4 ohm Impact Speaker......glad I have the 4 ohm Taps.
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Reply #49 - 06/02/17 at 14:50:40
 
Stone_of_Tone, what size is your listening room?
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Reply #50 - 06/02/17 at 17:24:15
 
Small, 12 X 13, however, with proper room treatment...it sounds very good. I had the Impact too....not the Double Impact. I liked them....but I could not keep them and my Caintuck Audio OB Bass Alpha 15", modified Acoustic Zen Adagio's, DM947 Monoliths ....and be on my current journey with an NT-503 with ZBIT coming.

It pained me to return my Impact's.....with my ZBIT coming....I'm in lock down and pay my bills.  
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Reply #51 - 08/11/17 at 18:39:26
 
Hey Stone,  I know your Impacts have been gone for a little while now but wonder if you wouldn't mind sharing your experience in regards to placement.  My room is similar in dimension and I have always worried about 'rear' ported speakers and honestly stayed away from them.  I am currently using a modified pair of Zu Omens (which work really well) but am overly intrigued with this new Tekton design.   Having just read completely through your experience, I am even more so now.   Did you find that with the rear ported design (I am assuming it is as the others) placement was somewhat finicky with keeping the bass from being boomy, etc,..   I also noticed you have some OB's,  do they work well in that smaller room?  I have considered trying some Spatials as well but am not sure they would be done justice in my room.
Many thanks for any light you can shed!  -Best, Johnny
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Reply #52 - 08/11/17 at 20:45:52
 
I had the Impact as you know, not the Double Impact. Yes, the Impact are finicky just a tad....they needed to be a good 1.5 feet out from the back wall further than my Transmission Line Adagio's and they were fine. I must mention too....I do have Acoustic treatment in my room and of course for the back corner's/bass.

The Impact are fine Speaker's. Ultimately though, my modified Acoustic Zen Adagio's buried them. The Tweeter(s) alone, in my Adagio's,  Crushed them and the DM947 Monoliths.....the Adagio's destroyed as well. The timbre, treble extension and being able to handle the extreme when called upon.....Adagio's, including driver's can't be beat, by these two Speaker's mentioned. However, for 1800 bones the Impact is a value.  

Anyway, I digress, ......my OB does a lock, just behind my right Adagio front firing....with rear OB....draining to acoustic treatment behind. Randy's OB, is an absolute steal.


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Re: Tekton Double Impact
Reply #53 - 08/11/17 at 22:40:18
 
I appreciate the response.  I figured that being rear ported they would be a little finiky.   That surprisingly has been a nice trait about the Zu's and how they are ported,..  From a bass standpoint placement in relation to the back wall isn't so much a problem.  I do have treatment in my room as well as builtin books shelves to the ceiling on two walls that act as a natural diffuser.  Works extremely well!     I have been wondering if treatment directly behind some OB's would work well in my case.  Guess I wont know until I buy some and try,  lol!  As much as I want to like the Tektons something is really drawing to the OB design...  Ah,  decisions, decisions,..  life could be worse.   Shocked  my other dilemma is whether or not to sell the behemoth 219 and go for a ZMA,..  I really love that 845 SET sound though,..  It was actually the little Zen-84CS that put me on that path, and look where it got me  ;D  Thanks again for the input!  Go enjoy some vinyl,  I think I'll do the same,..  maybe a little Seth Walker to get the evening started right!  -Peace
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Re: Tekton Double Impact
Reply #54 - 08/12/17 at 00:42:24
 
Oh , I would put my ZMA up against the 845 SET sound. Especially with some of the best Kimber Select I use and NOS PLAT' tubes from my uncle Kevy. I'm turning into a bit of a snob I guess. Why I also proclaimed Mr. Lee's Adagio Tweeter and Driver's where I crossed them over to be best.
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Reply #55 - 08/12/17 at 02:17:26
 
LOL,  I bet you would (ZMA>219).,.  I gotta say though,  two different beasts,..  I've owned the 84CS,  Rachel and a MKIII,...  each I loved and each had it's merits but different still from that 845 sound,...  to each his own,...  I still think about that D. sound and the ease of ownership though,....  Alone to replace the tube set in the 219 is ~$900 and that's good tubes but not 'special'!  plus,  it isn't something your just gonna move around at 145lbs.   The ZMA's really have appeal to me I'm just afraid I'm gonna miss the 845 sound like last time when I sold the LM-518 for the Ayon,... and I would say the Ayon was more in the Decware camp sound at least Tori sound wise (I haven't heard he ZMA) compared to the 845,..  either way all good stuff,  I can/could live happily with any of but yet I still find myself looking around..    for one reason or another.  For now though,  speakers are the next endeavor..
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Re: Tekton Double Impact
Reply #56 - 08/12/17 at 02:21:41
 
Meant to add,...  I have bought my fair share of tubes from Uncle Kevy,  def a good source and quality you can trust.  Have you ever dealt w/ Andy at Vacuum Tube Services?   If not check him out,...  you talk about one meticulous OCD individual  (just the type you want picking your tubes),...   Got a great supply of highly graded and selected stuff!  No ties here,  just great experience. Fair pricing too.   Figured it was worth passing the word.  Anywho,... be well
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Reply #57 - 08/12/17 at 02:47:31
 
Thanks Js, for the tip about Andy. I will check him out.
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Reply #58 - 08/12/17 at 03:00:20
 
I miss spoke, it is http://vintagetubeservices.com  Andy is a character but the kind that polishes the pins (the only correct way i might add).   He is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the years they were made and the tooling diferences.   Call him though,  his email sits like grandpa's cell phone voice mailbox,..  lol. Full and unanwsered for months!!!  In all Honestly, call him, tell him what you have and like and where yiu want to go and he'll put you spot on it!
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Reply #59 - 08/12/17 at 15:14:28
 
Thanks again js, I did find it (Andy).

I have been tempted over the last half decade to bring in, an Line Magnetic and a Ayon. However, I have been so happy with the Zen Mystery Amplifier (close to four years now)........no need.

You should try Randy's/Caintuck Audio OB.....I am very pleased.





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Reply #60 - 08/12/17 at 15:24:58
 
Stone, your equipment tag is getting a little overwhelming...
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Reply #61 - 08/12/17 at 15:33:06
 
Yes mark! Steve is going to charge me a fee.  ;D Grin
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Reply #62 - 08/12/17 at 15:55:55
 
Ya know,  they are both really great amps, albeit different,..  from a fit and finish standpoint,   the Ayon is one of the nicest I have ever laid hands on.  Line Mag is solid and nice and I prefer it's sound on efficient spkrs,  but the Ayon takes no back seat to anyone in the cosmetics dept.  and for less sensitive spkrs it is killer.  The 845's are great but knowing that your running 1kV on the plates can be a little nerve wrecking knowing that if something goes wrong,  you could fry a whole lot inside very quickly,...  I honestly will prob keep the LM for another 6-12 months and in the meantime be looking for a used ZMA if one happens to pop up,...
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Reply #63 - 08/13/17 at 01:37:51
 
Tekton is trying to come in at a certain price/performance point.  However my only concern is that the quality of the drivers that he uses.  For the amount he charges they look like a great bargain, but I wonder how much more competitive they would be if he used TOTL tweeters.

For instance there are 11 drivers on the Double Impact and $3000 is a heck of a price for all that.  But how good could those drivers be at that price point?  I wonder how much the could be improved upon by using better ones?
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Reply #64 - 08/13/17 at 03:36:46
 
Beo, my thoughts exactly.
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Reply #65 - 08/13/17 at 14:48:15
 
Exactly, the driver's were not up to snuff....nor were the fit and finish of the Tekton's. For example, no router circle that the mid and woofer sit in. They were just screwed in on top of the hole.

But, they are at a price point as I mentioned in my value statement (Reply #52) and of course they are not my modified Adagio's.....Mr. Lee's in-house custom made Adagio Tweeter alone, crushed the Tekton Impact an DM947 Tweeter's.
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Reply #66 - 08/14/17 at 23:32:32
 
I have the Double Impacts in my system now and they sound fantastic. They have an electrostat type quality. I have rolling different amps in and out to experiment. I currently have a SS Benchmark AHB2 and it's very good. Even more impressive is the 1 watt Micro ZOTL sounds,incredible and plays as loud as I ever want to listen.

Eric does have a DI coming with upgraded drivers called the Double Impact SE (special edition) for a more audiophile sound as he says. It's twice the price. I think I will stay with the DI's, very satisfying sound.
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Reply #67 - 08/15/17 at 02:42:01
 
ILance,..  do you prefer the DI's with the AHB2' over the ZMA?   Assuming you've run'um w/both.
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Reply #68 - 08/15/17 at 03:12:03
 
Jslateiv,  unfortunately I sold the ZMA before I got the Tektons. I wished I still had it but a I knew I would say that. My final stop will be a new LTA amp a few months away that will be 20 watts. I borrowed a prototype and it was the best I've heard with the DI's.
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Reply #69 - 08/19/17 at 11:07:38
 
Just when you thought 11 drivers were enough for the Double Impacts ...

The new TektonUlfberht:



I had to count these things  like 3 times to make sure ... there are 21 drivers shown  for each speaker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cheesy
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Reply #70 - 10/06/17 at 20:13:46
 

jslateiv;

Have you bought your speakers yet. If not; I have a pair of Impacts in new condition, that I will make you a good deal on. PM me if interested.
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Reply #71 - 10/09/17 at 13:36:44
 
Thanks for the offer,..   I'm in the process of upgrading my Zu's w/new drivers and some other various internal mods recommended by Casey.  I have a friend that lives nearby who just bought a pair of the Electrons.  His initial impression has not been overly favorable BUT they are still breaking in.  I hope to hear them later this week or weekend.  If they do settle down and I like,  then I could be interested but honestly, don't wait on me,  if you can sell or have another buyer then don't think twice.   Thanks for letting me know!
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