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The little Pioneer BS41 bookshelf speakers got some rave reviews, and rightly so. They are much, much better than they should be for $150/pr.
Same goes for the Tekton Design M-Lore towers. Stereomojo.com calls them their budget speaker of the year. Way more speaker than they have a right to be @ $650/pr. I haven't heard better at 3X the price.
I own both :)
Sorry to bother you but could you briefly explain what exactly makes the M Lore sound better? I read the reviews but would like the impression of an Asylum Inmate. There must be something that the designer did which is different from others.
My writing skills are not that great and I certainly lack the ability to convey my impressions of audio gear in the manner of a reviewer but I'll give it a try.
The M-Lore seems to be a perfect fit for a small to medium room. Efficient at 95dB they play effortlessly at any volume without the need for mega-watt amps. Very smoth sounding with plenty of bass output I could never imagine the need for a subwoofer in my music room with these speakers for any kind of music. They have, for lack of a better term, what I would call an "old fashioned sound" as opposed to the etched "analytical" sound that you'll hear with many modern speakers.
I attribute at least part of their charm to the lack of a complex crossover. I've always been intrigued by what a properly designed simple full-range speaker, (with a little help on the top end from a civilized soft dome tweeter) would sound like, and this is it. No amplifier power is wasted, no crazy impedence swings (it's pretty much 8 ohms across the spectrum) allow these speakers to play well with almost any amplifier you might match them with from a small SET to a SS behemoth.
I listen to all genres of music: rock, jazz, folk and classical in that order. I'll have to say that they seem to be more in their element with rock and jazz that classical, but that could just my taste coming into play. My wife listens to a lot of unamplified vocal and string music, she's very critical of speakers, and she loves the M-Lore.
I don't know what went into Eric Alexander's design process when he came up with these (perhaps the K.I.S.S. principle), but they sound way better than they have any right to sound for what he's charging for them. I odered mine in gloss "Rosso Corsa" (Ferrari racing red) and with the optional grilles. The finish is superb, like that of a very high priced automoble, and the grilles 'civilize' the speakers for the necessary WAF along with keeping inquisitive fingers away from the soft dome tweeters.
They really must be heard to be believed. If you're ever in the western Colorado area contact me. You're invited to visit my home for a listen.
In closing, I want to stress that I am in no way involved with Tekton Design or its owner, Eric Alexander. There are no ulterior motives here, I'd just like to brag about my new speakers and perhaps get the word out to the rest of the audio community.
abs1, first of all let me state your writing skills are great. Thanks for such a lucid reply.
I get the impression that the Lore does not sound clinical in that it doesnt separate the instuments too much. Perhaps the imaging and the depth may not be that great. A little mixing of various frequencies create a sort of musicality, like the old KLH 6 speaker. I am making all these inferences from various writeups.
Thanks for the invitation to listen to the speakers. If a certain health problem can be resolved, I will be at the RMAF in October.
Bill, I hope that your health issues are resolved and that you make it to RMAF. I'm not sure that I'm going to make it this year due to a scheduling conflict, but it's early and there's still hope. My invitation to you stands, but realize that I'm located 250 miles west of Denver and across the Continental Divide so it would be quite a side trip for you.
I think that the Lores imaging and depth are more dependent on placement than anything else, although they're not at all picky in that regard. It's interesting that you mentioned the KLH 6. They were my first stereo pair of speakers back in the very early 1960's. I kept mine until 1969 so I have to rely strictly on memory from decades ago, but IIRC these M-Lores are in a diufferent league. The 6's never had this kind of efficiency, dynamic range or 'punch' but that was a long time and many speakers ago.
Take care and best wishes for a speedy recovery,
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