Fifteen tweeters on a speaker surprises almost everyone who sees them for the first time. How could that work? Wouldn’t there be comb filtering? Won’t it just sound terrible? Once these skeptics hear the music though, all their concerns tend to turn to awe instead. The sound of this patented tweeter array has a way of changing minds.

Eric Alexander, who you may know is the founder of Tekton Design, is also its sound engineer. He’s the one that comes up with all the loudspeaker designs and tests them. When he talks about his array, he mentions that it’s pretty polarizing in the industry. Where did he get the idea for this array of tweeters? To learn more, we’ve got to go back 20 or 25 years.

Eric’s a lifelong musician and he used to be a professional drummer. He says he loves making speakers though and isn’t keen to get back into drumming and touring with bands. For a while, he was designing loudspeakers and playing in a band at the same time. That’s when he says he had his epiphany.

Tekton Design Double Impact Hi-Fi Loudspeaker - Upper Detail
Red Tekton Design Double Impact Hi-Fi Loudspeaker – Upper Detail

His band rehearsals would be going for 3 or 4 hours once a week, and since rehearsals are pretty low stress, he was able to play and also enjoy the music. He says “So imagine playing music all night long – a live garage band scenario – and then going home and sitting down and listening to what I thought at the time were some of the world’s best loudspeakers and having a moment of ‘Holy cow, what is this? This does not sound anything like what I just experienced back with the band.’”

He adds, “I challenge anyone – you could go and have that same experience today. Call the hottest local garage band or go to the symphony hall and ask if you can sit in on a practice session and get next to where the conductor stands and listen to what is actually going on. Folks, that’s real music. That’s real, real music. Shouldn’t an audiophile want to have a real music experience, not something that’s dulled down and warm down and liquid fluid sounding. That’s not music.”

He adds, “I challenge anyone – you could go and have that same experience today. Call the hottest local garage band or go to the symphony hall and ask if you can sit in on a practice session and get next to where the conductor stands and listen to what is actually going on. Folks, that’s real music. That’s real, real music. Shouldn’t an audiophile want to have a real music experience, not something that’s dulled down and warm down and liquid fluid sounding. That’s not music.”

When he realized that loudspeakers weren’t replicating the sound of live music very accurately, the fire was lit and Eric started looking for a way to make recorded music sound like it does in real life. Over many years he’s worked on refining and perfecting his loudspeakers to sound more like live music; energetic, lively and dynamic. He’s pushed and pushed and pushed trying to improve this formula with every loudspeaker he releases. He says he’s not out to take over the loudspeaker world, he just wants to share the magic of live music with everyone.

One day, Eric had an idea about the size discrepancy between a violin string and the drivers on a loudspeaker. A violin string can produce sound at 440 hz yet the weight of the moving mass of a violin string is far, far less than the weight of the driver that normally reproduces sounds in this range. Eric wanted to know exactly what the size discrepancy was, so, of course, he measured a violin string from neck to bridge on a violin, cut it and weighed it. It weighed ⅓ of a gram. Now, the 8-inch drivers normally used to reproduce the sound of a violin in the 440 hz range, even the best ones, weigh 20 grams. That is a huge size discrepancy and it’s just not going to be able to reproduce the sound of the ⅓ of a gram violin string at 440 hz accurately.

So how exactly does he reproduce the sound of ⅓ of a gram of moving mass? He says he has three ways to do it, but the way he does it in his loudspeakers is the cheapest and best bang for your buck, which is how his loudspeakers can be so affordable and sound so fantastic. He uses his patented tweeter array. As it turns out, tweeters only weigh between .2 and .5 grams and he has all the tweeters except one (which reproduces the highest frequency sounds) working in unison in the midrange, moving ⅓ of a gram at 440 hz (sound familiar?) to reproduce the sound of a 440 hz note on a violin accurately. 

What about comb filtering? You might wonder. Well, because the midrange tweeters are working in unison, there is no comb filtering as all the sound arrives at the same time to the listeners ear, and only the middle tweeter reproduces the higher frequencies, so it isn’t causing comb filtering either. Stereophile has measured the Impact Monitor and found there is no comb filtering, and in fact that the Impact Monitor has the best average horizontal polar response in the bookshelf stand category in the history of Stereophile and all of their measurements.

The proof is in the pudding, as they say. Many audiophiles, reviewers and even Grammy-winning-artists have spoken about the “perfect midrange” (words Eric says he’s never heard uttered about any other speaker.) Pretty nearly every review about Tekton Design’s speakers says they sound like speakers several times their cost. It’s not hype, it’s science. And it’ll knock your socks off.

2 Comments

  1. I think I have read almost everything in print about Tekton Design speakers but unfortunately I have not been able to actually hear them in person. I am really interested in the double Impact but there’s no way I can spend that kind of money on speaker I’ve never heard. I keep trying to find someone that will let me listen to them. So far unsuccessful.

    1. Many people on the Facebook group Tekton Design Speakers Worldwide Owners Group are willing to audition their speakers for others, so try that if you haven’t already. We also have our 60 day guarantee, which is as follows:

      60-Day Risk-Free Trial

      We are confident that you will love your purchase, but no doubt, having the speakers in your intimate home setting is the only way to truly test them. If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you can return the speakers within 60 days, subject to the following terms:

      Returned speakers must be in new condition with no signs of damage or abuse, including scratches, blemishes, chips, cracks, etc.
      Returns must be made using the original packaging correctly to avoid damage in transit. Contact us for proper packing instructions if needed.
      Custom loudspeaker projects, special requests, custom paint colors or finishes, and non-standard veneers are not eligible for returns and/or refunds.
      Purchaser pays return shipping costs and is responsible for packaging and all delivery arrangements.

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