Impact Monitor

(4 customer reviews)

$2100

/ pair

With near full-frequency sound – impactful bass, clear midrange and sweet highs – and large soundstage, the Impact Monitor is a great choice if you need to save some space in your listening area, as compared to our floor-standing speakers.

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    Description

    • Made under U.S. Patent 9247339
    • Proprietary 3-way loudspeaker design
    • Proprietary controlled directivity – acoustically superior proprietary polygon-oriented, seven ring radiator mid/high frequency array. This array disperses a precisely focused acoustical power pattern of that of a horn or waveguide without the audible ringing influence of horn flare walls constraining the soundwave for acoustically superior mid-range high frequency performance ​​
    • Dual 6.5″ Transducers
    • 94dB 2.83V@1m sensitivity 
    • 4 Ohm design for optimum performance (8 Ohm available please inquire)
    • 40Hz-30kHz frequency response
    • 120 Watt power handling
    • Height 24.5″x Width 10.125″ x Depth 13.0″
    • ​Weight 43 lbs
    • Manufactured in the USA​

    4 reviews for Impact Monitor

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    1. Laurence R.

      Overall Impression:
      I have had the Double Impact Monitors for over two years now and put some quality listening time on them. They are really fun speakers for sure.

      Construction:
      The cabinets are rock solid and clean, though with the flat dark grey paint are fairly plain looking. That said, I do most of my listening in the dark in a dedicated listening room, so it doesn’t bother me too much. The Cardas inputs are a nice touch. As my hobby budget increased I upgraded from a pair of GoldenEar Aon2 stand-mounters to the Impact Monitors – no contest it’s night and day and I am really happy.

      The Good:
      The sound from these is excellent when material is above 40Hz with rock (Grateful Dead, Rush, Pink Floyd, the Cure, etc.) and most jazz. The highs are clean and pronounced – not hinted at. The mid-range is as advertised, just excellent with any material really. The sound stage is deep enough, but wide and extends beyond the outer boundaries of the speaker. Some nights listening, it’s like you are there! Spooky! The thing that really gets me with these speakers that I think not enough people talk about, and that I feel the magic in these are, is the sense of scale that these produce.

      The scale that comes from these, not just at high volume, but at soft night listening volume too is amazing. After two years of listening to these properly set up in a treated room other speakers (in the $1k – $5k price range) just sound thin. Even higher end speakers in the $5,000 range that may have a touch more definition at the very top end (mentioned below) cannot compete with the mid-range or scale produced by these in my set up. It has really changed how I approach systems now, because for me it’s about enjoying the music – not analyzing it. And I do thoroughly enjoy listening to these for hours on end!

      Comparisons:
      Like most who are interested in “audiophile” accoutrements, I have had the chance to listen to some very expensive systems in my time and plenty of cheap ones too. While I won’t claim that these $2,000 monitors can hang with the Nagra, VTL, Wilson XVX; or Audio Research, Sonus faber Il Cremonese; or McIntosh, Bowers and Wilkins $60k Nautilus “shells” systems I heard in demo rooms (because they can’t)… I will say they outright trounce the Wilson TuneTot, Sonus faber Sonetto II and Olympica Nova I, and any B&W stand-mounter (though I’ve only heard up to the 805 D3, not the new 805 D4). There is no contest here in terms of mid-range sound and scale of presentation. Where the Olympica Nova I and 805 D3 did pull ahead was in terms of bass definition (more on that below). The TuneTot was clean to perfect musically and tonally, but gets easily swallowed up even in a small listening room. If I had $10k for desktop speakers, those would be it – but they didn’t fit the bill for main-system speakers. While the others were prettier to look at (Olympica Nova I) and the Wilson build quality was insane for a small monitor, the overall sound of the Impact Monitors was just better in my opinion. I think this is again because of the scale presented by the Impact Monitors. In fact, the scale presented by the Impact Monitors is far better than any $2k – $4k slim tower I’ve heard. In a way the Impact Monitors have ruined other speakers (within their reasonable price range) for me because now even clean sounding or tonally perfect don’t do it for me if the scale isn’t there. I also think that’s why those super-expensive systems mentioned above are so amazing – they do perfect tone and musicality at massive scale… if you can afford it, which unfortunately I can’t.

      Critique:
      The only place where I feel the Impact Monitors do fall down a bit in my experience is in the lower bass. Note, I am not a “bass head”. When I play albums (vinyl guy here) such as the opening to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band, Jon Batiste’s We Are, or any Amy Winehouse; the drivers seem to bottom out on the low bass notes creating a mechanical sound that can be annoying at normal listening volumes 60 dB to 72 dB measured. It seems to happen on “artificially low notes” below 40 Hz. This has left me wanting better bass on these. If I turn it down to night listening levels the problem goes away, but for someone who has come to enjoy scale this is a bit annoying. Albums such as Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories are unlistenable at volume. That said, I can crank the hell out of Credence Clearwater Revival, Pink Floyd, Miles Davis, INXS, Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, etc. and the sound is great at any level. So be wary of the type of music you will feed through these. But again, 99% of the time this is not a problem. Though that 1% of the time it is noticeable and distracting and has caused me to switch albums.

      Final Thoughts:
      These are really enjoyable speakers for most music, and rock in particular. In a small room like mine with the right equipment these beat anything in their price range in terms of sound. If you want something pretty to put in a main living room, these may not be it, but in a dedicated audio room like I have (and a lot of you too, I’m sure) that doesn’t matter. I can tell you that the prettier stuff mentioned above will give up quite a bit of sound quality in the mid-range and every bit of scale to the Impact Monitors though. If you are making your decision based on sound alone in this price range, in my opinion these are the best speakers – which is why I bought them and would highly recommend them to anyone who isn’t a “bass head”.

      That said, once again I am fortunate to have an increased hobby budget, and am considering upgrading to the Electron SE or Double Impact SE to get better bass with the same mid-range and highs I have come to enjoy from the Tekton house sound. I also feel that given the size of the Impact Monitors on a stand, and that the Electron SE have the same footprint on the floor with two additional 8” woofers that they might have been a better choice. The Double Impact SE are bit bigger, but may be the last pair I need to buy. So we will see what happens. In closing, the Impact Monitors are a really good, enjoyable speaker that have brought my family, friends, and I many hours of enjoyment.

      Associated Equipment:
      – VPI Prime Turntable with Hana EL Cartridge
      – McIntosh C50 Preamplifier
      – McIntosh MC152 Power Amplifier
      – Panamax PM-5300 Power Conditioner
      – Tekton Impact Monitor Speakers
      – Speaker Cables: Kimber Kable – Base 12VS1.25MPSB
      – Preamplifier to Power Amplifier Interconnect: Kimber Kable – Base TIMBRE-114Cu-0.5M WBT 114Cu RCA
      – Tonearm Cable: Kimber Kable – Specialty TAKCU 0.5M WBT-0114Cu – WBT-0114Cu WBT 114Cu RCA
      – Computer to DAC: Kimber Kable – Base Kimber Kable – Specialty USBCU-BBUS-5.0MUSB Bbus to USB Abus
      – IEC Power Cables: Kimber Kable PK10-1.0M5266evo-320evo & PK14-1.0M5266evo-320evo
      – VTI VSP Series 24 in. Cast Iron Speaker Stands
      – VTI AV Rack BL304GB
      – Room 10.2′ x 10.2′ x 8′ irregular walls

      Image #1 from Laurence R.
    2. MICHAEL WIMSATT

      These impact monitors sound awesome! Probably the last speakers I will buy or will go up to bigger speakers you offer!

    3. User Review (store manager)

      I have waited two weeks after receiving my Impact Monitor speakers to write to you and express my feelings about your speaker. Before ordering, I did my homework and studied numerous reviews. Always with a cautious mind, thinking that the hype may be greater than the reality.

      ​Well, after two weeks, the smile on my face that immediately surfaces each time I listen to MUSIC as it plays on your speakers does not fade. Each day I become more enthusiastic, assured about my decision and believing that I have found a musical median that I will hold on for many years.

      I am truly impressed and satisfied. I can’t explain better other than to say, that when I listen to music and close my eyes, I can easily transcend to the source and even walk around the stage while the musicians play. Simply put, I am very happy with my choice. I never thought that I could ever experience this type of satisfaction. Thank you for the work you have done and the resulting product. Unfortunately, for me, another thought is, “what would the experience be like if I listened to one of your upgrade speakers?” For now, I will set this thought aside, appreciate what is in front of me and continue enjoying the music.

      My best regards,

      Camilo

    4. User Review (store manager)

      Eric, I’ve spent a good part of the week listening to these speakers and they are simply amazing – the sound is so detailed and balanced, but rich and dynamic at the same time. I have tried close to a dozen other speaker brands (Klipsch, Martin Logan, B&W, JBL, Monitor Audio, Tannoy, etc.) and the Impact Monitor tops them all. The build quality is awesome too, so sturdy and solid. I already look forward to going up the product line at some point in the future.

      ​I wish you continued success with the company. Thanks again for the excellent service.
      Kind regards, Sal

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    Professional Reviews

    Herb Reichert, Stereophile
    "The Impact Monitor is an all-rounder—a loudspeaker capable of satisfying many serious audiophiles, dance-partygoers, and record collectors. Few speakers can play every musical genre with the Impact's level of ease, acuity, and, uh . . . impact. Add to these virtues the fact that few other moderately priced audiophile speakers can play so loud without distortion. And they're unusually easy to drive."
    The Audio Fool, The Audiofool
    "You immediately hear the large soundstage of the Tektons. The Tektons produce a soundstage that is wider, taller deeper and a bit easier to track all the details. The vocals are a little airier, dreamier. The clarity and details are ahead in the Tektons. You can easily hear the guitars and the snares and the piano. You can hear every instument in their exact locations."
    Steve Guttenberg, Audiophiliac
    "It's got gravitas, it's got balls, it does dynamics. You play piano on this speaker, it feels like a piano. It's got efficiency of a horn, it's got dynamics of a horn and it's got real kick-ass bass."
    Terry London, Home Theater Review
    "You get the speed and velocity normally only found in horn speakers, which gives you the sense of “aliveness” of real music, without the colorations of those designs. And you get the micro-details, decays, and transparency normally associated with electrostatic planar designs without the etch or sharp, analytical edge. This speaker not only completely disappears like all great stand-mount speakers, but it creates life-sized three-dimensional players much more like a large floorstander. It renders beautiful, natural timbres and tonal colors with all instruments. The bottom-end extension is accurate and taut; you don’t really need a subwoofer for music or everyday TV listening. Finally, these speakers have a silky-smooth, grainless signature that draws you into the music. Is this a killer speaker for smaller rooms? You bet it is. The Impact Monitor has become my new reference speaker for my second system in a smaller acoustic space."
    Victor Chavira, Positive Feedback
    "IM's outstanding dynamic responsiveness, remarkable mid-range clarity, near full frequency, and user-friendly dimensions are assets that few, if any, speakers possess at [this price.] As long time dyed-in-the-wool audio geek, I never imagined listening to, much less enjoying, an orange painted speaker system that included 14 tweeters! Nevertheless, the orange color scheme and technology makes sense to me now. The Impact Monitors can summon fury like the Heritage Softail next to you at the intersection and deliver to you to your musical destination like a magic carpet ride on the open highway. As one audio friend told me before leaving an afternoon's listening session, "You need to keep these!" I believe I may heed his advice. Highly recommended without reservation."
    Steve Guttenberg, Cnet
    "I can't think of another audiophile grade speaker for the money that energizes a room like the Impact Monitor. The Impact Monitors treated vocals well, they sounded full bodied and natural, so soul singer Macy Gray all but materialized between the two speakers. Pianos are tough to get right, but the Impact Monitors nailed the percussive transients and full tonality of Milcho Leviev's astonishing Man From Plovdiv solo piano CD. He's a powerful player, really slamming the keys and the Impacts were giving his piano its full due. Morphine lit up the Impact Monitors, and I must say Dana Colley's sax emerged with all of its brassy, breathy beauty intact [...] The Impacts have a way of bringing the soul of music back to life in ways that you just don't get from other speakers in their price class."
    Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile
    "[T]he Tekton monitors [...] blew me away. Its sound [...] far surpassed any number of systems costing way more. A notable achievement, worthy of both review and acclaim."
    Herb Reichert, Stereophile
    "It was not subtle. The [...]Tekton Impact Monitors were doing it all: singing, drumming, shaking the air, drawing me in, and making every CD or LP pure pleasure to listen to. A little soft…but not too soft. Imagine a gentle but guiding touch with a most perfect sparkle—and then firm and impactful when necessary."