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Hello, 

 

Sharing my newly setup Tekton Ulfberht system. This has been my long anticipated system [end game to justify the costs] as I've waited nearly a year to move into my new home. I've been listening to the system now for 3 days. The system consists of: 

 

  1. Onkyo PR-RZ5100
  2. Onkyo DXC390 6 Disc CD Changer
  3. Emotiva XPA Gen 3 5 Channel
  4. Tekton Ulfberht L + C + R
  5. Tekton 4-10 Subwoofer
  6. Sony XBR-65A8G OLED
  7. Sony UBP-X700 DVD/Blue Ray 4K player

The amplifier made by Emotiva is an XPA-5 Gen 3 5 Channel [490 watts/channel RMS into 4 Ohms; two channels driven]. The amp is configured to run 4 channels into 4 ohms to the Left and Right Ulfberht towers in Bi-amp mode from the Onkyo Preamp. The last or 5th channel by the Emotiva amp runs the Ulfberht center channel [4 6.5 inch and 5 speaker compression array matched to the Ulfberhts]. Connecting everything source wise are HDMI [ARC] and XLR balanced cables. Subwoofers, besides the L and R tower's 4 12 inch woofers is complemented by Tekton's 4-10 which is an active design [300 watts rms] housing 4 10" subs equaling the same displacement as 1 single 18" driven from 20hz to 120hz. Calibrating everything is the AccuEQ Room built in calibration of the Onkyo PR-RZ5100.

 

In just a few days I am totally captivated by the breathtaking soundstage which despite the sheer size of the Tekton Ulfberhts disappear in the music. This is the first time I've actually listened first hand to Eric Anderson's patented compression array consisting of two 7 speaker compression drivers above and below one tweeter of each tower. Each tower also consists of 4 7" mid drivers and 2 12" woofers. The 55 speaker system disappears before the listener as the towers are powered in the 3 channel system which has a toed in position and distance separation of 14.7 feet between the L and R. I decided to begin with an equal triangle of 14 feet 7 inches between not only the two towers but also between them to the listener's ears. The house has vaulted ceilings and hard flooring so to say that the sound is lively currently is an understatement. As things are moved in namely plants trees etc to the open floor spacing sound dispersion will follow. In the future I'm pretty sure I'll be experimenting with sound absorption/dampening panels that are both effective as well as cosmetically appealing [form and function].

 

Visually, video wise I installed the Sony 65" A8G OLED which I have to fine tune. Looking for any recommendations of personal tweaked settings etc. 

 

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Onkyo PR-RZ5100
Onkyo DXC390 6 Disc CD Changer
Emotiva XPA Gen 3 5 Channel
Tekton Ulfberht L + C + R
Tekton 4-10 Subwoofer

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Isn't it bass-heavy in the left? Not only due to a corner being only on that side, but you placed the sub also on the left.

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2 hours ago, coot said:

How do you keep kitty from clawing the grilles?

 

So far so good but in the event they start clawing the grills I'll replace the speaker cloth with a metal mesh. 

 

2 hours ago, coot said:

sn't it bass-heavy in the left? Not only due to a corner being only on that side, but you placed the sub also on the left.

 

Bass heavy? No, bass, mid, highs etc are in proportion [flat]. Does the bass get really loud? Yes, but in proportion to the midrange and highs. I may build a custom rack and move the subwoofer and add 3 more 4-10s for a total of 16 ten inch subwoofers. 

 

 Below certain frequencies @coot sound is not directional as you probably know. I've only had this system set up now for a few days. I'll be experimenting with placement and sound absorption such as bass traps in the corner. As for now the AccuEQ built into the Onkyo Pre-amp "sounds" as though it is doing a fine job. Later on I'll do some manually tweaking but for now I'm just acclimating to the towers whose sound will change as the speakers break in. 

 

Enjoy!

And thanks for your inquiry,

William


Onkyo PR-RZ5100
Onkyo DXC390 6 Disc CD Changer
Emotiva XPA Gen 3 5 Channel
Tekton Ulfberht L + C + R
Tekton 4-10 Subwoofer

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1 hour ago, Shimei said:

 

So far so good but in the event they start clawing the grills I'll replace the speaker cloth with a metal mesh. 

 

 

Bass heavy? No, bass, mid, highs etc are in proportion [flat]. Does the bass get really loud? Yes, but in proportion to the midrange and highs. I may build a custom rack and move the subwoofer and add 3 more 4-10s for a total of 16 ten inch subwoofers. 

 

 Below certain frequencies @coot sound is not directional as you probably know. I've only had this system set up now for a few days. I'll be experimenting with placement and sound absorption such as bass traps in the corner. As for now the AccuEQ built into the Onkyo Pre-amp "sounds" as though it is doing a fine job. Later on I'll do some manually tweaking but for now I'm just acclimating to the towers whose sound will change as the speakers break in. 

 

Enjoy!

And thanks for your inquiry,

William

Looks like an amazing setup. I've always wanted to hear Tektons but don't have anywhere I could audition them. 


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Surge protector +_iFi  AC iPurifiers >Isol-8 Mini sub Axis Power Conditioning+Isolation>CAPS IV Pipeline Server + Sonore 12V PS>Kii Control>Audiolense DRC>Kii Three >GIK Room Treatments.
 

Secondary Listening: CAPS Pipeline>IFi iOne DAC>Schiit Freya>Kii Three . Also an SBT and a RB Pi 3B+ running piCorePlayer as an SBT emulator. 

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Congrats on your Tekton purchase(s)!

I plan to get a pair of Moabs but I have cats who would ruin cloth grilles in no time so will make some perforated steel grilles.

Folks seem to be pretty happy with Tektons.

 

Similar to you, my room has a corner to the left and the right has a large opening. The bass on the left is 3x what is on the right without room correction. This is the reason I mentioned bass. I am not familiar with AccuEQ, but that must be correcting it. No doubt it's also allowing you to have to Ulfs so close to the wall.

 

Just one more question: What made you think the Ulfs need more bass? Did you hear them before buying the sub? Just curious.

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2 hours ago, coot said:

I plan to get a pair of Moabs but I have cats who would ruin cloth grilles in no time so will make some perforated steel grilles.

Folks seem to be pretty happy with Tektons.

 

That's exactly my plan too, that is, steel or other material grills. Long as the steel doesn't "ring" I'd actually like a transparent look. 

 

2 hours ago, coot said:

Just one more question: What made you think the Ulfs need more bass? Did you hear them before buying the sub? Just curious.

 

What made me want more bass is the "shock factor!" when guest demo the system. The system already has a percussion you can feel in your chest whenever a kick drum hits or an explosion while watching a movie. I know I won't be happy though until I can get the hair standing up on the back of guest's necks.  I debated on a pair of Tekton 21" but decided to go smaller but more in quantity to equal the displacement for tight tight control. And, the 4-10s are active so no more amplifier channels are needed. 

 

Enjoy,

William


Onkyo PR-RZ5100
Onkyo DXC390 6 Disc CD Changer
Emotiva XPA Gen 3 5 Channel
Tekton Ulfberht L + C + R
Tekton 4-10 Subwoofer

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2 hours ago, firedog said:

I've always wanted to hear Tektons but don't have anywhere I could audition them. 

 

I'm in Nampa Idaho. If you are ever in the area let me know 🙂


Onkyo PR-RZ5100
Onkyo DXC390 6 Disc CD Changer
Emotiva XPA Gen 3 5 Channel
Tekton Ulfberht L + C + R
Tekton 4-10 Subwoofer

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On 12/3/2019 at 3:27 PM, coot said:

I plan to get a pair of Moabs but I have cats who would ruin cloth grilles in no time so will make some perforated steel grilles.

Folks seem to be pretty happy with Tektons.

 

I spoke too soon! Curiosity got to my cats and now there's a blemish on the cloth speaker grill. I just contacted a supplier that offers acoustical metal mesh sheets of various designs for speaker grills. I think the best way to have these made will be to take the sheets and stock grills [to use the frames] to sheet metal fabricator. I'm sure they can bend the sheet metal around the stock frames to make them perfect. In case you're interested or in need of a supplier for the sheets: 

https://metlx.com/markets/speaker-grilles/


Onkyo PR-RZ5100
Onkyo DXC390 6 Disc CD Changer
Emotiva XPA Gen 3 5 Channel
Tekton Ulfberht L + C + R
Tekton 4-10 Subwoofer

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Hi William,

Thanks very much for the link. I will keep it for future reference when needed. Perfect.

Happy listening...

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