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post #1141 of 1753
I want to audition Pendragons in the Houston, TX area. I will provide beer or lunch for your time. Thanks
post #1142 of 1753
Will the displays have grills?
post #1143 of 1753
Hi folks, just thought I'd add a data point. I ordered a pair of M-Lore in late May (can't recall the exact date, but it was almost June.) I *did not* order grills (I like to build my own and also had been following this thread.) I did not order any special veneers (had them painted yellow.)

I received my speakers today.
post #1144 of 1753
Anyone want to audition the Pendragons in the Reno area just message me.
post #1145 of 1753
Got some Dragons in Baton Rouge. Would be happy to audition for anyone interested.
post #1146 of 1753
Anyone in the Boston area that have the Pendragons that would be willing to give an audition?
post #1147 of 1753
I have had my Pens for about 10 months now and have really enjoyed them. I am using a pair of Polk RT600's for a center channel right now. I use the Pens in Stereo for music and also watch tv and movies 70% of the time. With the price and wait for ordering a Pen center, I was looking for alternatives. I found a local seller that has 3 JTR Triple 8 first gen's for sale. I am talking to him about picking up one to use as a center for my Pens. The JTR's seem to be an intriguing match paired with the Pens. Anyone heard these speakers and what are your thoughts??? The price seems fair and they have the same sensitivity and pro drivers.
Thanks for any feedback.
post #1148 of 1753
I'm not a huge fan of the 888's for music. For movies they will be very good though. So, it's a moot point unless you listen to a lot of multi-channel music. If you are a 2 channel music guy or a movies only guy then it should be fine - oh wait - I've never heard the Pendragon's so I'm not much help I guess.....smile.gif
post #1149 of 1753
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Originally Posted by scottvamp View Post

I have had my Pens for about 10 months now and have really enjoyed them. I am using a pair of Polk RT600's for a center channel right now. I use the Pens in Stereo for music and also watch tv and movies 70% of the time. With the price and wait for ordering a Pen center, I was looking for alternatives. I found a local seller that has 3 JTR Triple 8 first gen's for sale. I am talking to him about picking up one to use as a center for my Pens. The JTR's seem to be an intriguing match paired with the Pens. Anyone heard these speakers and what are your thoughts??? The price seems fair and they have the same sensitivity and pro drivers.
Thanks for any feedback.

First gen Triple 8's don't even soud the same as the current ones. The latest Triple 8's have a better compression driver and different crossovers.
post #1150 of 1753
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Originally Posted by scottvamp View Post

I have had my Pens for about 10 months now and have really enjoyed them. I am using a pair of Polk RT600's for a center channel right now. I use the Pens in Stereo for music and also watch tv and movies 70% of the time. With the price and wait for ordering a Pen center, I was looking for alternatives. I found a local seller that has 3 JTR Triple 8 first gen's for sale. I am talking to him about picking up one to use as a center for my Pens. The JTR's seem to be an intriguing match paired with the Pens. Anyone heard these speakers and what are your thoughts??? The price seems fair and they have the same sensitivity and pro drivers.
Thanks for any feedback.

Hey ,
I am trying a diy build for one speaker in a month. If I like them.better then my oriel tens and my.pendragon centre I will be selling my.tektons . You wont have to worry about the
Wait. Pm if you are interested in the pendragon centre . Won't have a definite idea of selling until end of September .
post #1151 of 1753
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Originally Posted by scottvamp View Post

I have had my Pens for about 10 months now and have really enjoyed them. I am using a pair of Polk RT600's for a center channel right now. I use the Pens in Stereo for music and also watch tv and movies 70% of the time. With the price and wait for ordering a Pen center, I was looking for alternatives. I found a local seller that has 3 JTR Triple 8 first gen's for sale. I am talking to him about picking up one to use as a center for my Pens. The JTR's seem to be an intriguing match paired with the Pens. Anyone heard these speakers and what are your thoughts??? The price seems fair and they have the same sensitivity and pro drivers.
Thanks for any feedback.
If your in it for the long haul take your time and wait on the matching pen center. IMO mismatched LCRs are annoying. If you cant wait look at the SEOS designs at DIYsoundgroup.
If the price is low enough on the T8s it would be worth taking a chance. Anything should be a better match then the Polks.smile.gif
Chris
post #1152 of 1753
Thanks for the replies. I called off buying the Triple 8. I am going to try to score a used Pendragon center and I also left Eric a message. No reply and his inbox is FULL. But I am in no immediate rush.
Edited by scottvamp - 9/1/13 at 12:22pm
post #1153 of 1753
Anyone in the KC area with pendragons? Carp and I would like to hear what all the buzz is about?

We could setup a little speaker meet up or we plan to be having another g2g at the local Swope Park shelter house this fall. I'd like to see some Pendragons in the mix.
post #1154 of 1753
Boston, Hartford, in and around MA and/or CT - if you have a set of Pens - and are willing to demo - I'm all about cupcakes, and/or some other bakery of your choice (home made of course).
post #1155 of 1753
agree. I would say the Pendragons are closer to the $30,000 Kef Blades in terms of sound quality vs. thanks kUH9
post #1156 of 1753
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Originally Posted by antaponeto View Post

agree. I would say the Pendragons are closer to the $30,000 Kef Blades in terms of sound quality vs. thanks kUH9

This is the type of hyperbole that makes Tekton owners lose credibility. I have an array of "audiophile"-type speakers (including the M Lores and KEF LS50s) and I would never say something so outlandish. 2 posts on the forum and the second one is that the Pendragons rival KEFs top-of-the-line, flagship, heavily R&D'd speakers.

What type of nonsense? Hopefully, I'm simply missing the sarcasm.

Edit: "sound quality vs thanks." Ha. Thanks or that. Couldn't see the entire post on my phone.
Edited by VicTorious1 - 9/1/13 at 9:14pm
post #1157 of 1753
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Originally Posted by VicTorious1 View Post

This is the type of hyperbole that makes Tekton owners lose credibility. I have an array of "audiophile"-type speakers (including the M Lores and KEF LS50s) and I would never say something so outlandish. 2 posts on the forum and the second one is that the Pendragons rival KEFs top-of-the-line, flagship, heavily R&D'd speakers.

What type of nonsense? Hopefully, I'm simply missing the sarcasm.

There is kool aid drinkers on every forum. Seen the same.garbage on most threads ... though tekton seems to get both extremes
post #1158 of 1753
Tekton is still well within their heady days of excitement, the getting-in-on-the-ground-floor phase. So new, so special, "hardly anybody else knows about these yet!", etc.

As these speakers get out into the group gatherings where people compare several speakers at once, then you'll start to see a more realistic appraisal of their models. They may turn out to compare very well, but the hyperbole will be reigned in.
post #1159 of 1753
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Originally Posted by CruelInventions View Post

Tekton is still well within their heady days of excitement, the getting-in-on-the-ground-floor phase. So new, so special, "hardly anybody else knows about these yet!", etc.

As these speakers get out into the group gatherings where people compare several speakers at once, then you'll start to see a more realistic appraisal of their models. They may turn out to compare very well, but the hyperbole will be reigned in.

One such comparison is coming up soon.
http://www.hometheatershack.com/forums/two-channel-audio/69247-official-1-000-speaker-evaluation-home-audition-event.html
post #1160 of 1753
Who will give him the sweetest deal?
post #1161 of 1753
Should be interesting. I have only heard one of those speakers in the list for that comparison.
post #1162 of 1753
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Originally Posted by Chu Gai View Post

Who will give him the sweetest deal?
Sonnie has a lot more street cred then you
post #1163 of 1753
I am looking at the pendragon as a possible purchase in a few months. I would like to know if the reviews are accurate with the comparisons to the elite speakers I will never have the pleasure to own. I will probably just use them for a music dedicated system. I notice already not to order the grills since you will probably not get them and to expect them within 2-3 months. lol. Any input would be appreciated. Also anyone in St.louis area that has them already?
post #1164 of 1753
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Originally Posted by THE TRUE ONE View Post

I am looking at the pendragon as a possible purchase in a few months. I would like to know if the reviews are accurate with the comparisons to the elite speakers I will never have the pleasure to own. I will probably just use them for a music dedicated system. I notice already not to order the grills since you will probably not get them and to expect them within 2-3 months. lol. Any input would be appreciated. Also anyone in St.louis area that has them already?

I owned the Pendragons for about 4 months and I really liked them. I ended up selling them for some Zu Definition speakers, but I currently have a pair of Tekton m-Lores that I use for surround speakers. I have owned lots of speakers over the years -- Infinity (IIIBs), Snell (Type A3i), Legacy (Signature and Focus 20/20), Tyler (Linbrook monitors, SuperTowers, D1 Decade, PD-15s), Tekton (Pendragon, m-Lore), and Zu (Omen Def, Definition). I have heard many other speakers in friend's systems (Genesis, Vandersteen, Magnepan, Wilson, B&W, Meridian, Martin Logan, KEF, Klipsch, VMPS) and the only thing I can say definitively is that everyone has their own preferences, and there is no right or wrong answer as to what the best speaker is. So much is dependent upon the other components in your system, and what I am learning as I get older, the room is an often overlooked component. All this to say that from my perspective, I think the Pendragons are a good value for the money. They are a true full-range speaker with deep, tight bass down to the low 20s, and are very open and musical from the mids on up. I could have happily lived with them (as I could with many of the speakers I have owned) for a long time had I not come upon a great deal on the Zus.

On dealing with Tekton. The Pendragons were purchased from the 'parttimeaudiophile' -- they were his test speakers. I did purchase the upgraded xovers for the Pendragons from Eric, and it took about 2 weeks for those to get shipped out to me. The m-lores were delivered in about 2 weeks as well -- Eric had said they were customer returns (the buyer was upgrading to the Lores), so I have not purchased a new speaker from Eric. I have talked to him several times on the phone, and he has always been pleasant to talk to and answered all my questions (obviously, others have not been so lucky in this area). I would say if you are not in a hurry and are willing to wait, the Pendragons might be a good choice (not sure of your room and associated equipment).


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post #1165 of 1753
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Originally Posted by punter45 View Post

I owned the Pendragons for about 4 months and I really liked them. I ended up selling them for some Zu Definition speakers, but I currently have a pair of Tekton m-Lores that I use for surround speakers. I have owned lots of speakers over the years -- Infinity (IIIBs), Snell (Type A3i), Legacy (Signature and Focus 20/20), Tyler (Linbrook monitors, SuperTowers, D1 Decade, PD-15s), Tekton (Pendragon, m-Lore), and Zu (Omen Def, Definition). I have heard many other speakers in friend's systems (Genesis, Vandersteen, Magnepan, Wilson, B&W, Meridian, Martin Logan, KEF, Klipsch, VMPS) and the only thing I can say definitively is that everyone has their own preferences, and there is no right or wrong answer as to what the best speaker is. So much is dependent upon the other components in your system, and what I am learning as I get older, the room is an often overlooked component. All this to say that from my perspective, I think the Pendragons are a good value for the money. They are a true full-range speaker with deep, tight bass down to the low 20s, and are very open and musical from the mids on up. I could have happily lived with them (as I could with many of the speakers I have owned) for a long time had I not come upon a great deal on the Zus.

On dealing with Tekton. The Pendragons were purchased from the 'parttimeaudiophile' -- they were his test speakers. I did purchase the upgraded xovers for the Pendragons from Eric, and it took about 2 weeks for those to get shipped out to me. The m-lores were delivered in about 2 weeks as well -- Eric had said they were customer returns (the buyer was upgrading to the Lores), so I have not purchased a new speaker from Eric. I have talked to him several times on the phone, and he has always been pleasant to talk to and answered all my questions (obviously, others have not been so lucky in this area). I would say if you are not in a hurry and are willing to wait, the Pendragons might be a good choice (not sure of your room and associated equipment).

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This is exactly the kind of response I was looking for, someone who has owned several different really good speakers and could still tell me that the pendragons are 1) good value for the money 2) could happily live with them. Thanks for the reply.
post #1166 of 1753
This will be the first time and last time I spend 2 grand or more on a pair of speakers probably. So this is probably a once in lifetime decision for some really upscale speakers.
post #1167 of 1753
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Originally Posted by THE TRUE ONE View Post

This will be the first time and last time I spend 2 grand or more on a pair of speakers probably. So this is probably a once in lifetime decision for some really upscale speakers.

Why would you spend your $2K on a company that has terrible service, bad speaker design, no measurements to support, no speaker grilles, possible bad drivers (reports of blown tweeters from more than 1 customer) ?

There are so many better options elsewhere.
post #1168 of 1753
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Originally Posted by AcuDefTechGuy View Post

Why would you spend your $2K on a company that has terrible service, bad speaker design, no measurements to support, no speaker grilles, possible bad drivers (reports of blown tweeters from more than 1 customer) ?

There are so many better options elsewhere.

I would agree with that. There are a ton of good options for $2k on a set of speakers from established companies with good products, customer support, etc etc etc.
post #1169 of 1753
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Originally Posted by AcuDefTechGuy View Post

Why would you spend your $2K on a company that has terrible service, bad speaker design, no measurements to support, no speaker grilles, possible bad drivers (reports of blown tweeters from more than 1 customer) ?

There are so many better options elsewhere.
I was leaning towards some tritons (2s or 3s) but, then I saw the reviews on the pendragons. That's why. Comparison wise I would love some legacy speakers but, to equal this quality it seems I would have to get the aeris ones, maybe the se at least and those are out of my range. There are not that many speakers that fit the bill in this category I think. I could get some monitors on stands from a few of the high end companies and add a sub if I went that route I suppose to equal what im hearing from the reviews. I don't know, just researching for now. Would really like to hear them in person though, that would help a lot. Give me some options elsewhere I might be overlooking if you dont' mind.(anybody)
Edited by THE TRUE ONE - 9/5/13 at 10:31am
post #1170 of 1753
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Originally Posted by THE TRUE ONE View Post

I was leaning towards some tritons (2s or 3s) but, then I saw the reviews on the pendragons. That's why. Comparison wise I would love some legacy speakers but, to equal this quality it seems I would have to get the aeris ones, maybe the se at least and those are out of my range. There isn't that many speakers that fit the bill in this category I think. I could get some monitors on stands from a few of the high end companies and add a sub if I went that route I suppose to equal what im hearing from the reviews. I don't know, just researching for now. Would really like to hear them in person though, that would help a lot. Give me some options elsewhere I might be overlooking if you dont' mind.(anybody)

I wouldn't base my buying decisions on some VERY SUBJECTIVE OPINIONS that can change on a dime.

I would look at the other Tekton threads in AVS & Audioholics and read about their "quality" or LACK OF. biggrin.gif

For this budget, quality monitors + quality subs is the way to go IMO.

I have one word - SPECIALIZATION. Let the monitors do what they do best - midrange & treble. Why make your speakers stress out and distort over bass? Let the subs do what they do best - bass.

None of these towers will come close to equalling the bass quality and quantity of subs like Rythmik, HSU, SVS, PSA, etc.

Look at the $180,000 Focal Grande Utopia III. They put a large "monitor" atop a 16" subwoofer & crossover @ 80Hz. The "smaller" Utopia speakers do the same, but with smaller monitors-atop-subs.

The $50,000 RBH 8T "tower" is also a large Sat-atop-Sub. Same thing with their $10-20K T2 & T3 MODULAR tower systems.

Other speakers also utilize the modular design. Like the Phil3 speakers, which is also a "Sat-atop-Sub". The top cabinet beautifully plays the midrange & treble while the bottom cabinet plays the bass.

But, man, stay away from Tekton. There is nothing high quality about this company from what I've read.

There are many ideas.

- Ascend Sierra-1 monitors + two Rythmik LV12 subs = $1944 shipped.
- NHT Absolute Zero + three Rythmik LV12 subs = $1940 shipped.

Yeah, I would go for the Absolute Zero (+/-0.9dB FR 100Hz-10kHz) + three Rythmik subs. biggrin.gif

Ultra accurate midrange + treble of the Absolute Zero (+/-0.9dB) combined with accurate and powerful bass of three Rythmik subs. Oh, yeah. biggrin.gif
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