Tekton Design, McGary Audio, Exogal, Anticables | CAF 2019

Tekton McGary CAF 2019

WASHINGTON DC (PTA) — Tekton Design and McGary Audio bring a spirited life to a massive pair loudspeakers, Exogal turns water into wine, and Anticables ties it all together.

Tekton McGary CAF 2019

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The Story

Tekton Design’s Eric Alexander was on hand to demonstrate his new Moab loudspeakers which feature dual 12-inch woofers, a proprietary and patent pending 15-dome radiating hybrid MTM high-frequency array, all nestled into a small 69-inch tall, 13.5-inch wide, 17-inch deep ported enclosure that weighs only 135lbs per side. Yes, double all of that.

Tekton McGary CAF 2019

Electronically the Moab towers rate a 98dB/1m sensitivity, and can be ordered in either 4-or-8 Ohm design but Tekton suggests 4-Ohm for optimum performance. Across the spectrum expect a 20Hz-30kHz frequency response, and a 900-Watt power handling, though they can be powered by nearly anything with such a high sensitivity to power.

As is the story with the McGary Audio SA-2 tube stereo amplifier which boasts only 80-Watts of power (not small potatoes) and has driven every speaker I’ve heard them on with poise and power. My first go round with McGary Audio was with Salk Sound loudspeakers, which produced an alarmingly good pairing. Here at Capital Audiofest 2019, the McGary amplifier is working wonders with the new Moab from Tekton.

Tekton McGary CAF 2019

McGary Audio designs and manufactures all of their products, which for now is only amplifiers, in Gainesville, Virginia — just a forty minute drive from the Rockville Hotel that hosts Capital Audiofest. The SA-2 is an all-tube amplifier design, that is self-biasing and can be configured with KT88, KT90, and KT120 tubes. The amplifier can be configured into a system as a monoblock, and features Triode to Ultralinear mode switching. Truly unique is the large knob on the top of the amplifier chassis that allows the user to globally adjust negative feedback to the amplifier. And if that’s not enough cool, how about the lifetime warranty (which excludes the tubes).

Tekton McGary CAF 2019

The Sound

During my time in the room, the McGary Audio SA-2 tube stereo amplifier was playing the large Moab speakers. What they had done for Salk Sound they were also doing for Tekton Design, the McGary amplifiers gave me a new respect for both loudspeaker companies.

It’s hard to pinpoint any one area of the sound that stood out to me with the Moab and McGary combination. And like the Salk’s it’s just easier to say that what the McGary amps do is make speakers sound their best. I know that sounds like a cop-out but it’s my honest gut reaction. A reaction that seems to be repeating itself with every instance I run into a McGary Audio amplified system.

Tekton McGary CAF 2019

The System

Tekton Design

– Moab Loudspeakers – $4,500 pr USD

McGary Audio

– SA-2 Stereo Amplifier $7,985 USD


– Comet DAC

– Ion PowerDAC

All cabling by Anticables

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Capital Audiofest 2019 brought to you in part by Verdant Audio!