The past year has been a momentous experience for CEO/Designer Eric Alexander and his company, Tekton Design. For over 13 years, Eric has designed and built highly regarded, affordable speakers that offer great performance either for home theater systems or two-channel music setups. Last year he came out with a couple new speakers based on his new, proprietary, patented design that are still sending shockwaves through the industry--due to the astounding performance they offer at such reasonable prices. Since HomeTheaterReview.com was the first to publish professional reviews of the Double Impact and Ulfberht floorstanding speakers, Eric wanted us to finish out the "trilogy" with a review of the new stand-mount speaker, the Impact Monitor (prices start at $2,000/pair and vary based on finish/grille options). Given my experience with both of the larger floorstanding models, I could tell how successfully the new monitor integrated the award-winning design into a much smaller speaker.
The pair of Impact Monitors sent to me for review was finished in piano-black lacquer, but the speakers are also available in red, white, gray, and custom color options. Just like the other Tekton Design speakers that I've reviewed, the Impact Monitors arrived in pristine condition, due to the excellent packaging with sturdy boxes and inserts. Even though these are the stand-mount "babies" of the new line, each one weighs in at 40 pounds and measures 24.5 inches high by 10.125 wide by 13 deep.
The Impact Monitor is a three-way, nine-driver design that incorporates the proprietary poly-cell-oriented, one-inch dome radiator high-frequency array (a total of seven transducers), located in the middle of the front baffle, flanked vertically by dual 6.5-inch bass drivers. On the back you'll find one set of high-quality forged solid copper Cardas speaker wire terminals and one port to vent the speaker. The frequency range is 40 Hz to 30 kHz, with a sensitivity of 94 dB, which makes this four-ohm speaker easy to drive either with solid-state or tube amplifiers.
I placed the Impact Monitors in my smaller upstairs system, which measures 15 feet wide by 18 feet long. I mounted the speakers on Sistrum reference stands that are 24 inches tall and are located 3.5 feet off the front wall, placed six feet apart with at least two feet off the side walls.
This system's upstream gear consists of a McCormack Drive SST-1 CD transport, a Line Magnetic 502 CA tube-based DAC, a Schitt Audio Saga 6SN7-based preamplifier, and either the solid-state Usher Audio Reference 1.5 Class A amplifier or AricAudio tube-based Transcend Series KT 120 SET amplifier. All the cabling is MG reference Silver ICs and copper speaker wire, and the power cords are Audio Archon reference power cables.
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