Stereophile review of the $30,000 tekton speakers

We have had many discussions/arguments over tekton speakers in the past, mainly involving a couple posters who thought their $4000 tektons sounded better than the highest price Wilson’s and other high budget speakers.

In the latest Stereophile magazine, they did a review of the $30,000 tekton’s. In this Steteophile issue, they rate these $30,000 tekton’s as class B. When you look at the other speakers that are in the class B section, you will notice most of these speakers range in price from $5000-$8000. So it looks like you have to spend $30,000 on a pair of tekton’s to equal a pair of $5000 Klipsch Forte IV’s sound quality. 
If I compare these $30,000 class B tekton’s, to some of the class A speakers, there are some class A speakers for 1/2 the price (Dutch & Dutch 8C, Goldenear triton reference), or other class A speakers that are cheaper (Magico A5, Kef blade 2).




I've only ever heard these in a showroom.  They were fine, but I don't have any particular strong emotion.

Plus, I have B&W800D3s, so I'm not one to pick on the looks of speakers.  I know a lot of people hate their look.  And they do look suspiciously like a pair of Daleks from Dr. Who.  But I like the sound.

That said, I am an engineer by training, if no longer advocation, and am deeply skeptical when people overcomplicate designs.  Reminds me of a Jaguar engine from the 1970s.  It was like they never got rid of a part when they went on to a new design.  Tells me they don't really know how to overcome whatever problem with which they are dealing.

That's my impression with these speakers.  They may be fantastic, but there are easier and cheaper ways to get to the same place.


Hmmm... wondering what showroom you auditioned them in as we don't have a single dealer on planet earth.

IMO, "overcomplicating" a design is using a classic midrange to reproduce the 440Hz note of a violin; it's the equivlivant to an F1 car with 1000lbs of sand in it; damped and diminished overtones in acoustical physics terms is how the patent exposed it.    


I’ve only ever heard these in a showroom.

Have you? Where? Tekton sells direct-to-consumer only and I've never seen the brand at hifi shows.