Why People Like Tekton

I saw this You Tube clip yesterday and I really think this guy gave one of the most well-reasoned explanations of why some people gave up their hyper-detailed "audiophile" speakers for Tekton.  I've never heard them myself, but I think the same reasoning applies to many other brands like Harbeth, Spendor, Wharfdale, etc.  I personally feel the way he does, but I think he expressed it better than I would have.  Eventually, at some point in the journey, you may get tired of listening to the singer's saliva and chairs creaking and just want to relax and hear music in a more natural manner.and not with your ear 6" from the singer's mouth.  Or maybe you do.  Anyway - take a watch if you have the time.  And I'm guessing most of you do. 



I think this thread, like many others, demonstrates the difficulty of expressing one's ideas in writing so clearly that everyone comprehends what you were trying to say.  I'm sure many of you have experienced the same thing.  This was not meant to be a pro-Tekton thread. I never even saw one.  It was meant to be an explanation of their popularity because they are technically "inferior" to the top-rated audiophile speakers some people value so much.  I've written before how people enjoyed music more on jukeboxes and car radios because they were not overly analytical and allowed the listener to just melt into the music without being distracted by little extraneous sounds.  This analysis applies not only to Tekton, but to many other brands as well. So my point- what Thomas explained so well, I thought, is that when some listeners get tired of listening to saliva, they gravitate towards speakers like Tekton, but there are many other speakers he could have mentioned that are in this category.  So it's not about the speaker, it's about the listener.  As stated above, the best speaker is the one you like best.  Absolutely. 

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I love my archaic Harbeth Super HL5+ (resonant panels! inneficient! mundane tweeter materials! a fxcking port!) They are just a joy for listening; I don’t think about them when I am using them

Beautiful sound, and wonderful levels of detail, but not in your face; if you want to listen deeper, more is always there (Stevie talking to his horn players at beginning of Superstition; the beautiful work by Brian Jones on Beggars Banquet)

Not a fan of lip-smacking or guitars made to sound like harpsichords.  Diana Krall and Nils Lofgren recordings *not* on my speaker audition list - too manufactured (I respect the artists, it’s the recordings that aren’t to my taste)

“Mining for Gold” by the Cowboy Junkies is my idea of a speaker audition song. Just Margot, that pure, pure voice, and the clunky church HVAC system in the background

Yes, I’m from the Dionysian school of audio, though I respect the Apollonian approach

Have a great day!

@jonwatches - Funny you brought up the SHL5s, because back when I had my big Naim rig years ago, the SHL5s were fully capable of delivering every nuance of Nora Jones' saliva and lips, so it's really about what they're connected to.  Probably the same with Tekton.  That was a great system.  But I think one has to come to the point to where they are honest with themselves about what they like to listen to and not what the audiophile magazines tell them is good.  Some people never get there. 

Some funny comments here! What I don’t understand & hopefully someone can help is how many speakers have only one tweeter & sound relatively balanced w/ nice extended high end & others like Tektons , McIntosh etc have many tweeters & also sound more or less balanced too??