Clarity Cap and the Tekton Lore: First 35 hours
I’ve had a pair of Tekton Lore for a couple years now, and they are what I would call talented. For $1k, you’re getting a full-range floor-stander of relatively modest size, that’s sensitive enough to take 3 watts beyond comfortable listening levels in a small room. More important – they are musical, dynamic, and powerful. And, the texture and micro-dynamics I want, I get. So, they’re a steal in my book. In my system, they are a touch peaky in the upper mids, but at this price you’re making compromises.
I’ve gone from a 35 watt Primaluna (excellent!) integrated down to a 3 watt amp, because I’m currently in a small space. And today, I prefer SET type delicacy, nuance and insight over a more muscular and powerful amp. That may change – when I change my mind – or, if I happen to move to a larger listening space. Anyway, the point is I’ve been thinking about how I might squeeze a bit more of that nuance out of the Lore.
Eric Alexander has offered cap upgrades on his speakers before. I also see that he’s released an updated Lore recently, with an upgraded crossover. I never considered sending them back to Tekton, in part due to the cost.
These days I’m more capable with solder and iron, and after a couple DIY builds, more confident in my ability to avoid destruction of these boxes. In addition, I got this pair of Lore on a trade, so a modest investment today feels worthwhile, to further refine their character. My timing was good, because Parts Connexion had a 25% off everything deal, so I went for it.
The Clarity Cap CMR capacitors were my choice. Jupiter Copper&Foil – my first choice – didn’t make sense for this install (I did use them in my Bottlehead amp build/mods and dig them). Even on sale, those caps would cost as much as the speakers. The Clarity MR’s are popular, well reviewed, and reasonably priced. The CMR are the newest version of these. According to Clarity Cap they improve on the formers qualities.
The install itself didn’t take long, as I wasn’t rebuilding the entire crossover – just replacing the original Dayton Audio caps. I believe they represent about a $15 investment. They sound good – I really loved the Lore in stock form. That said, there is clearly room for refinement. I’ll need time to let them settle in, so will follow up later. I did notice the cheap copper wire connecting the internal bits…maybe I’ll replace that later on.
Bass is reaching low and is responsive, but thick, even at low volumes. Presentation seems more relaxed and open but transients are soft. Imagine that’ll change in time. Weird….many folks say don’t listen to the caps until they’ve had time to settle. It’s true, I’m hearing something that I can’t describe now.
My impressions after 35 hours or so:
The Lore are presenting more harmonic texture and low level information across the entire frequency range. Add to that an injection of tone, texture and color. The stage is better defined, feels wider and deeper, yet not over-sized. Tonal weight and image gravity ensure I’m feeling the micro-dynamic shifts even at moderate volumes. These are sensitive speakers, and the CMR pair extremely well with them – in my system. Startling dynamics, and more realistic presence. Holy crap.
Music is simply more engaging – this is not a subtle change. Easily worth the $100 per box, this upgrade.
More to come…