Tekton's New OB Speaker/Sub

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jachinboazicus

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Tekton's New OB Speaker/Sub
« on: 6 Jan 2024, 07:14 pm »
https://tektondesign.com/product/signature-series/open-baffle-preorder/

This is interesting and really begs the 'good artists borrow' notion. $7K for a pair, and a $3K pre-order.

I've been wanting an OB sub ever since I heard the M3-style sub that Clayton had at the Lab.

Does anyone have more info on the Tekton's?

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« Last Edit: 6 Jan 2024, 08:44 pm by jachinboazicus »

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Re: Tekton's New OB Sub
« Reply #1 on: 6 Jan 2024, 07:35 pm »
Where does it say its a sub?

Early B.

Re: Tekton's New OB Sub
« Reply #2 on: 6 Jan 2024, 07:44 pm »
Yeah, edit the title and replace, "sub" with "speaker."

Seems like a cool design with an insanely low pre-order price.   

jachinboazicus

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Re: Tekton's New OB Sub
« Reply #3 on: 6 Jan 2024, 08:16 pm »
Where does it say its a sub?

"The first true open baffle loudspeaker from Tekton Design features our patented tweeter array and a 15-inch subwoofer in a beautiful, elegant package."

Granted, its not just a sub, its an OB sub and a tweeter.

I'm also confused on the language on the pre order. Is it $3K down to pre-order and $7K total? Or is it $3K for early adopters, and then $7K for the late-comers?

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Re: Tekton's New OB Sub
« Reply #4 on: 6 Jan 2024, 08:18 pm »
 Well, certainly a interesting design. That tweeter arrangement will generate some talk I bet.


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Re: Tekton's New OB Sub
« Reply #5 on: 6 Jan 2024, 08:25 pm »
I'm also confused on the language on the pre order. Is it $3K down to pre-order and $7K total? Or is it $3K for early adopters, and then $7K for the late-comers?

I saw on another site this same question discussed. It is $7k total with the $3k to pre-order.

Another open baffle sub came from a Steve Huff video. From Closer Audio and are called BOB.  Don't know much about them other than Huff raves about them but he raves about almost everything. They are currently out of stock at this online etailer.

Here's a link to an etailer.

https://www.stereopolis.com/collections/bookshelf-loudspeakers/products/closer-acoustics-bob-pair-piano-black-walnut-finish

Here's a link to Huff's video:

https://youtu.be/G_xSbQylt50?si=pZU45S4ndAAgcQn_

jachinboazicus

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Re: Tekton's New OB Sub
« Reply #6 on: 6 Jan 2024, 08:38 pm »
Well, certainly a interesting design. That tweeter arrangement will generate some talk I bet.


charles

If you look into their other enclosed options like the Double Impact and you'll see more interesting designs that often get questioned across the audio forums. Tekton has an explanation on why comb filtering isn't an issue, but that's their take. To be fair, I haven't heard a pair, and many people apparently love them.

Tekton aslo has the Lore, which is pretty similar to Zu, antother UT-based speaker co. just a short drive from Tekton.

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Re: Tekton's New OB Sub
« Reply #7 on: 6 Jan 2024, 08:40 pm »
I saw on another site this same question discussed. It is $7k total with the $3k to pre-order.

Another open baffle sub came from a Steve Huff video. From Closer Audio and are called BOB.  Don't know much about them other than Huff raves about them but he raves about almost everything. They are currently out of stock at this online etailer.

Here's a link to an etailer.

https://www.stereopolis.com/collections/bookshelf-loudspeakers/products/closer-acoustics-bob-pair-piano-black-walnut-finish

Here's a link to Huff's video:

https://youtu.be/G_xSbQylt50?si=pZU45S4ndAAgcQn_

Thanks for the info. I hadn't see the BOB.

I have looked at these:

https://gr-research.com/product/sub-series-triple-threat-with-flatpacks/

But I'll probably just hit up Claytonn to see if he'll build me an M-Force-like sub.

jachinboazicus

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Re: Tekton's New OB Sub
« Reply #8 on: 6 Jan 2024, 08:45 pm »
Yeah, edit the title and replace, "sub" with "speaker."

Seems like a cool design with an insanely low pre-order price.

Edited.

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Re: Tekton's New OB Speaker/Sub
« Reply #10 on: 6 Jan 2024, 11:29 pm »
Those tweeters probably are not open on the back.

Agreed. Enclosed tweeter with an OB sub. Its weird how few details are listed. Its like one of those weird crowdfunded experiments based on consumer trends. They haven't tested or built them--they are just selling the idea.

Don_S

Re: Tekton's New OB Sub
« Reply #11 on: 7 Jan 2024, 12:42 am »
I saw on another site this same question discussed. It is $7k total with the $3k to pre-order.

Another open baffle sub came from a Steve Huff video. From Closer Audio and are called BOB.  Don't know much about them other than Huff raves about them but he raves about almost everything. They are currently out of stock at this online etailer.

Here's a link to an etailer.

https://www.stereopolis.com/collections/bookshelf-loudspeakers/products/closer-acoustics-bob-pair-piano-black-walnut-finish

Here's a link to Huff's video:

https://youtu.be/G_xSbQylt50?si=pZU45S4ndAAgcQn_

Is the $3K just a deposit? I was confused by the website too.

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Re: Tekton's New OB Speaker/Sub
« Reply #12 on: 7 Jan 2024, 12:59 am »
Wonder how low the tweeters go before rolling off to the 15" sub? You don't see that many 15" midrange drivers.

I would guess the crossover is set high and the gain (volume level) will be low. Raise the woofer gain and the sound will be fatter, boomier with some heaviness and plum-iness. Baritone male voice will start to sound too thick and rich and speech clarity will begin to be affected. The open baffle design will compensate for some of the fat bass. The speaker will sound acceptable in some rooms, especially for $3000, but will be a disaster in others.

I have heard Tekton Brilliance speakers, which were also $3000 pr when released around 2017, and the one of the early Emerald Physics speakers with a 12" open baffle driver, neither handled the tweeter/woofer crossover region very well but they made some sort of music that some people liked.

REL's John Hunter has a good video explaining woofer properties and speed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt3kYxInC4o

Jon L

Re: Tekton's New OB Speaker/Sub
« Reply #13 on: 7 Jan 2024, 01:27 am »
they made some sort of music that some people liked.

Finally a decent definition of audiophiledom  :thumb:

Randy

Re: Tekton's New OB Speaker/Sub
« Reply #14 on: 7 Jan 2024, 01:32 am »
Suspect that's not a true  "subwoofer."  Just a regular woofer that may go down to 28 or 29Hz.

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Re: Tekton's New OB Sub
« Reply #15 on: 7 Jan 2024, 01:50 am »
Is the $3K just a deposit? I was confused by the website too.

From Pinwa at Audiogon:

They aren't really $3K.  If you go to Tekton's Facebook page you will see that the $3K is like a preorder deposit.  They will still charge you $7K.  The exact post by Tekton was "$7K per pair. $3K deposit gets you in the queue." 

https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/tekton-open-baffle-speakers

and from Kennyc in the same thread:

looking at the Tekton website, seems like a promo vs deposit- confusing. I called Tekton who just verified that it is only a “deposit/down payment” for the 7k total.

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Re: Tekton's New OB Speaker/Sub
« Reply #16 on: 7 Jan 2024, 02:47 am »
Does anyone know the crossover point? My guess is 400 hz.

I like how they made it look good, aside from the big alien eye. Ha.

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Re: Tekton's New OB Sub
« Reply #17 on: 7 Jan 2024, 03:02 am »
I called Tekton who just verified that it is only a “deposit/down payment” for the 7k total.

That's strange. What is the incentive for putting down a deposit and waiting several months just to pay the retail price?

Jon L

Re: Tekton's New OB Sub
« Reply #18 on: 7 Jan 2024, 03:54 am »
That's strange. What is the incentive for putting down a deposit and waiting several months just to pay the retail price?

Ask the Decware customers on queue?

RonN5

Re: Tekton's New OB Speaker/Sub
« Reply #19 on: 7 Jan 2024, 12:58 pm »
It doesn't seem on the Agon thread as though anyone has contacted the company and determined whether the $3k is the preorder price for X number of customers....or whether it is the deposit on a $7k speaker.