“Tekton Design’s M-Lore loudspeaker […] is stupid good and is flat out capable of embarrassing the competition near, at and even above its modest asking price.” – Andrew Robinson (hometheaterreview.com)
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The Mini Lore is our entry level version of the Lore loudspeaker. It has wonderful punch and a dynamic, energetic sound. The Mini Lore is extremely linear and gives a good portion of the original Lore sound in a smaller form factor and at a lower price point.
- Perfect impulse time-alignment
- 8″ woofer
- 1″ silk soft dome tweeter
- 8 Ohm impedance
- Frequency Response 38Hz-20kHz
- 95dB 1W@1m
- 200 Watts power handling
- Height 34″ (86.36 cm) x Width 9.125″ (23.17 cm) x Depth 10″ (25.4 cm)
- Weight 35 lbs.
- Manufactured in the USA
Andrew Robinson, Home Theater Review
"Tekton Design's M-Lore loudspeaker [...] is stupid good and is flat out capable of embarrassing the competition near, at and even above its modest asking price."
Steve Guttenberg, Cnet
"I can't think of another set of [...] towers [in this price range] that can touch the M-Lores' rich tonality. [T]he sound was downright muscular, even at fairly quiet listening levels, but the speakers sounded better and better as I turned the volume up (the M-Lores can handle up to 200 watt per channel amps). That's what you get with tower speakers, and the M-Lores' warm tone was consistent with both amps. Los Lobos "Kiko" CD sounded big and juicy, and the vocals have terrific presence and body you'll never get with bookshelf speakers. The stereo imaging was broad, yet nicely focused."
David Abramson, Stereo Times
"I’ve not heard another speaker that’s M-Lore sized come close to bass this taught and speedy and integrated. Similarly, the ‘highs’ as such are a natural outgrowth of everything below them, there simply are no discontinuities to speak of. The M-Lores love all musical genres equally well. You know, look at it this way; with Eric Alexander, you get thirty days. Give your (signed) M-Lores oh, 5 or 10 hours of break-in and tweak the set-up a bit. See if I’m a liar. Mine are not going back, they’re my new references."
Larry Smith (verified owner) –
I’ve owned a few sound systems over my 77 years on the planet. Two of them were component systems, Advent speakers to studio monitors. I had to replace the last one after a house fire. While searching for the speakers, the name Tekton Designs came up 3 times. I read more reviews and decided to take a chance. My concerns were buying w/o hearing them and shipping damage. They were so well packed that it took me 45 minutes to unpack them.
My first impression was, I’m looking at furniture quality cabinets. I’ve never seen any like these and I got to pick my color. Hooked them up and started listening. I didn’t use a lot of volume as I live in a small bungalow. As a result of the listening, I had a great lesson in audiophile terms like accuracy, clarity, presence and nuance. All of this in those beautiful cabinets. I like live concert recordings. When I started turning up the volume, that’s when these speakers really proved themselves. This company knows how to build a remarkable speaker. If not hearing a speaker before you purchase is a concern for you, I for one can say that you will be more than pleased…and did I mention the cabinets?
Michael Worsa –
I’ve had the Mini Lores with upgrade package (not beryllium) for 2 years now and never cease to amaze me. Paired with a modest Dayton Audio HTA20BT amp, the sound is wonderful, I no longer yearn for new speakers.
Plenty of vids of them on my YouTube channel 😃
Oliver Batchelor (verified owner) –
I purchased my upgraded mini-lore speakers last summer and have been consistently impressed with their quality. My system is based on low wattage tube amplification (maybe 4 watts per channel) and these speakers are the perfect fit for my setup. High efficiency, detailed, and warm! No need for a sub!
Al Kolchinsky –
I’ve had my m-lore speakers for about 9 months (it’s November 2021, now). They are capable of presenting the super fine detail available from live acoustic indie, jazz, and classical recordings to house shaking power of 1980’s house/dance re-mixes. They have never disappointed in producing a controlled, expansive soundstage.
Gary McFall –
If you are looking for an inexpensive entry into big sound these are a very good choice. They do not require a lot of power to drive them but produce a wonderful sound. I have mine hooked up to the Heaven 11 Billie Amp (tubes) and they really brought back my love for listening to music at home. I keep going through my collections of digital files and CDs just to see how good something can sound. I will say when I have some disposible income I will upgrade. Now that my music bug is back a Pair of Moabs maybe in my future. I will be sticking with Tekton. That is a ton of speaker for the money. Watch the Adiophiliacs review of the M – Lores on YouTube.
I was so pleased with my Double Impact SEs that I called and asked if there were any Mini Lores in stock and I lucked out. Since I was not picky about color I snagged what was available for my smallish Home Theater room. I was looking for an efficient speaker that was an easy load for my Denon AVR 4700h.
The Mini Lore fit the bill and sounds really good in this 12×13 room. Center image is outstanding and with the speakers about 7ft apart there is no need for a center channel. Vocals are locked in like a champ. I also tested the speakers full range with no sub and they do not disappoint in a small room. Solid bass for music. The sub just adds much more impact due to material displacement advantages.
Probably going to pick up a 2nd pair for my 4.1 system.
Austin F. –
Lets start off by stating the obvious, the Mini Lore speakers punch far above their weight class. They are transparent and shine when playing a high quality recording. On the flip side they show the flaws of a bad recording. I am using them with a 10″ REL subwoofer but I have the output set to 25% and the crossover set to 40htz to blend with the speakers low range. With that said you could definitely use these without a subwoofer. They are paired to a Schiit Audio Aegir amplifier (20watts per channel). These are exactly what I was hoping for from a highly sensitive speaker. I set up home theater and hifi rooms for a living a couple of years back and I have heard systems that cost more than a nice new car. With a high quality recording and a proper amp these speakers just might be the most cost effective route into the realm of hifi audio.
Kristopher Gurley –
The longest eight weeks of my life. Yeah, the lead time was long but my word was it worth it. My sleep has suffered because I keep pulling up songs to listen too. “Oh how does this song sound? Amazing, what about this one? Amazing again. This one! Amazing…” Don’t get me wrong. These are no rose colored glasses. They show warts for warts but it’s such a revelation that it’s beautiful in its own way. I’m powering them with a cheap lil Chinese 8 watt single ended tube amp in my tiny 10’ x 12’ room and I have enough volume and headroom to blow me through the back wall if I wanted too. That’s not needed though because they work at more modest volumes(although some songs don’t come alive till you goose them a little). I’ve tried to wait a few weeks before I did this review but I’m just too excited by these speakers. One tip. Start with zero toe in and start rotating them slightly just by a degree or two. I had them at what I thought was a very modest amount of toe in but things were a little closed in and a little peaky. Tilting them back out worked wonders.
Highly recommended especially for smaller rooms.