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post #31 of 56
I second the JBL L890's. My buddy has them and they sound pretty darn good. Also, Polk RTiA9's, Energy RC70 or Veritas 6.2, Klipsch RF-82II, PSB Image T6.
post #32 of 56
Don't know if anyone mentioned this, but you can buy some excellent condition lightly used speakers on AudiogoN or eBay for 50-55% off retail as well.

Like the $2800 Dynaudio X32 or $2500 Focal 826V. Just another idea.

Here is a pr of new KEF R500 (msrp $2600) asking for $1550, but you can offer $1200.

http://app.audiogon.com/listings/kef-r500-floorstanding-loudspeakers-rosewood-finish

Here is a pair of Revel F12 asking for only $600, you can offer $500. biggrin.gif

http://app.audiogon.com/listings/full-range-revel-f-12-concerta-tower-2012-08-22-speakers-37211

Here is a pair of Dynaudio Contour T2.5 retail $4500, asking $1300 in excellent condition. Offer $1200.

http://app.audiogon.com/listings/full-range-dynaudio-contour-t2-5-chrry-audiophile-full-range-2012-08-21-speakers-60053
Edited by AcuDefTechGuy - 8/23/12 at 10:08am
post #33 of 56
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Originally Posted by AcuDefTechGuy View Post

Don't know if anyone mentioned this, but you can buy some excellent condition lightly used speakers on AudiogoN or eBay for 50-55% off retail as well.
Like the $2800 Dynaudio X32 or $2500 Focal 826V. Just another idea.
Here is a pr of new KEF R500 (msrp $2600) asking for $1550, but you can offer $1200.
http://app.audiogon.com/listings/kef-r500-floorstanding-loudspeakers-rosewood-finish
Here is a pair of Revel F12 asking for only $600, you can offer $500. biggrin.gif
http://app.audiogon.com/listings/full-range-revel-f-12-concerta-tower-2012-08-22-speakers-37211

Damn, someone buy those R500s for me, I'll pay you back in May 2013 when I get home.eek.giftongue.gif
post #34 of 56
Speaking of doing your homework, read this before doing any business with newaudiovideo.com.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/724103/kef-owners-thread/4440

When an online price is too good to be true, your BS detectors should be sounding the alarm.
post #35 of 56
I had a similar need and price limit and ran across these for $1500 (all five pieces) from a Scandinavian manufacture by the name of Audio Pro:
Sound quality of the left and right fronts are amazing for the money....full range, tight bass, good imaging and the cabinets are beautiful...black lacquer and leather.
post #36 of 56
Is that the emminence beta coaxial in the lore? If so, Id still find it hard to believe it is 98db sens...
post #37 of 56
Someone over on the PE forum measured the Pendragon, with dual woofers and 3 tweeters. It was about 92-93db sensitivity...

Other then that the measurements were surprisingly good, though no vertical measurements were taken.
post #38 of 56
Here is the lates review on Tekton SPeaker its for their Pendragons, i was floored by this review espicially since i was looking at paradigms sig8, B&W 802D, monitor audio platinum line to name a few, i am inquiring about prices and finishes right now i need to hear these.

The price point is crazy and now they have a centre, srrounds and subwoofer its worth checking out, i know i am.

According to the review the pendragons are one of the best out there with B&W 800 Diamond, Wilson Audio, focal etc...

http://tektondesign.com/ website for th ependragons

the review that will make you go hmmmmm

http://hometheaterreview.com/tekton-design-pendragon-floorstanding-loudspeaker-reviewed/ReplyQuote Multi 0
post #39 of 56
Thread Starter 
Well after starting this thread I spent a lot of time doing my homework and research and really narrowed it down to a few different choices. Actually 4 choices. I had multiple conversations with Eric at Tekton, Louis from Omega and Ed from The Horneshoppe. And the three, actually four speakers that I am making my final decision between are as follows.

http://www.thehornshoppe.com/index.html

http://hoytbedfordspeakers.com/Type-2.html

http://tektondesign.com/lore-m.html

http://tektondesign.com/lore.html
post #40 of 56
Have you auditioned any single driver type speakers like you linked? Its fine if you like them, but if you havent listened extensively just be aware that there are serious performance compromises to a full range driver...
post #41 of 56
Always take reviews from anyone with a grain of salt.

The Tekton may sound great to the reviewer, but that does not guarantee you will agree.

I'll bet that if people are given a choice of any speakers they want for free, most people will choose the B&W 800s over the Tekton. biggrin.gif

Does Tekton offer a return policy? If you don't like the way they sound in your own room, can you return them or are you stuck with them?

There are pros and cons to B&M and ID companies.

ID speaker can sound great and measure great, and some are better bang for your money. Some have much better efficiency (CHT, JTR, Soundfield, etc).

B&M speaker can have the benefit of more research and development and the trickle down effect. For example, the technology and knowledge that went into the $70K JBL or $22K Salon trickles down to the lower priced Revel. The R&D of the $160K KEF Muon trickles down to the lower priced KEF. The $190K Focal Grande Utopia trickles down to lower Focal, and the $100K Dynaudio flagship trickles down to the lower Dynaudio as well. Some of these speakers may have huge discounts ($1260/pr for KEF Q900 or Revel F12). Even better bargains as used speakers.

Anyway, take all reviews with a grain of salt.
post #42 of 56
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Jay1 View Post

Have you auditioned any single driver type speakers like you linked? Its fine if you like them, but if you havent listened extensively just be aware that there are serious performance compromises to a full range driver...

When you say serious performance compromises, what do you mean by that? And as far as the Tekton is concerned, I really don't see them as single full range drivers, they also have the tweeter.
post #43 of 56
Thread Starter 
And no, I haven't personally heard any of these speakers. RMAF is right around the corner and I am hoping that some of these will be available to audition.
post #44 of 56
Thread Starter 
Does Tekton offer a return policy? If you don't like the way they sound in your own room, can you return them or are you stuck with them?

They do offer a return.
post #45 of 56
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Originally Posted by JEFFREY GTS View Post

Does Tekton offer a return policy? If you don't like the way they sound in your own room, can you return them or are you stuck with them?
They do offer a return.

You can return them within 30 days. Buyer pays shipping + 15% restocking fee

http://tektondesign.com/warranty.html
post #46 of 56
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Originally Posted by Ron Alcasid View Post

You can return them within 30 days. Buyer pays shipping + 15% restocking fee
http://tektondesign.com/warranty.html

So the buyer could be out $775 including fee + shipping if they bought the Pendragon and didn't like.
Edited by AcuDefTechGuy - 9/13/12 at 11:47am
post #47 of 56
I don't know about those Tekton speakers. I know I need to hear them for myself but I just don't see the appeal with those. Looks like they use fairly inexpensive Eminence pro audio drivers. The fact that the one reviewer gushed about them so much comparing them to $30K - $60K speakers turned me off even more. Get real....
post #48 of 56
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Originally Posted by drewTT View Post

I don't know about those Tekton speakers. I know I need to hear them for myself but I just don't see the appeal with those. Looks like they use fairly inexpensive Eminence pro audio drivers. The fact that the one reviewer gushed about them so much comparing them to $30K - $60K speakers turned me off even more. Get real....

They would not be on my list, for serious music listening.
post #49 of 56
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post

They would not be on my list, for serious music listening.


Then what would be on your list under $1500?
post #50 of 56
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Originally Posted by JEFFREY GTS View Post

Then what would be on your list under $1500?

Wasn't you interested in the Arx A5 a few months ago? Those seem like they would be what your looking for and they are shipping out currently. Just ordered a set Tuesday and have shipped out already.
post #51 of 56
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Originally Posted by JEFFREY GTS View Post

Then what would be on your list under $1500?

No guarantee that it will be enough bass for you >
Monitor Audio Silver RX6
Focal 716V

PSB GT1, depending on the cosmetic blemish
https://dmc-electronics.com/Main.asp

Plus the price of the Wharfedale EVO2-40 at MusicDirect, is hard to overlook
http://www.musicdirect.com/p-15535-wharfedale-evo2-40-tower-speakers-pr.aspx

I can not speak for Source Technologies - however, they do look interesting.
http://www.sourcespeaker.com/Floorstandinglist-2.html
Edited by zieglj01 - 9/13/12 at 1:24pm
post #52 of 56
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Originally Posted by JEFFREY GTS View Post

When you say serious performance compromises, what do you mean by that? And as far as the Tekton is concerned, I really don't see them as single full range drivers, they also have the tweeter.

Horrible power response with almost no upper mid and high frequency content off axis. Extremely ragged on axis response, and completely room/placement dependent bass response.
post #53 of 56
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by zieglj01 View Post

No guarantee that it will be enough bass for you >
Monitor Audio Silver RX6
Focal 716V
PSB GT1, depending on the cosmetic blemish
https://dmc-electronics.com/Main.asp
Plus the price of the Wharfedale EVO2-40 at MusicDirect, is hard to overlook
http://www.musicdirect.com/p-15535-wharfedale-evo2-40-tower-speakers-pr.aspx
I can not speak for Source Technologies - however, they do look interesting.
http://www.sourcespeaker.com/Floorstandinglist-2.html

The Wharfedale's have caught my eye before. Any reviews on those specific towers? The Rosewood is also a beautiful finish.
post #54 of 56
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by gtpsuper24 View Post

Wasn't you interested in the Arx A5 a few months ago? Those seem like they would be what your looking for and they are shipping out currently. Just ordered a set Tuesday and have shipped out already.

Yes. Very much so. I still visit the TAI website reading reviews. I might just pick up a pair of Arx A1B's just to hold me over right now till I make a decision on the towers.
post #55 of 56
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Originally Posted by JEFFREY GTS View Post

Yes. Very much so. I still visit the TAI website reading reviews. I might just pick up a pair of Arx A1B's just to hold me over right now till I make a decision on the towers.

I just re-posted my review of the ARX A1b on the brand new ARX owner's thread at http://www.avsforum.com/t/1429229/the-official-arx-owners-thread-a1-a1b-a2-a2b-a3-a5-etc. These are amazing speakers for their size and price.
post #56 of 56
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Originally Posted by JEFFREY GTS View Post

The Wharfedale's have caught my eye before. Any reviews on those specific towers? The Rosewood is also a beautiful finish.

None that I can find so far, they were re-worked from the EVO Pacific series.
Edited by zieglj01 - 9/13/12 at 10:35pm
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