HARBETH: Cheap new ones from the Netherlands – too good to be true?

Can potential Harbeth owners buy cheaper from Europe and import into their own country – inc the UK? It’s an interesting question. We did a bit of sniffing around and checked a few European retailers and eventually discovered this Netherlands organisation. Against UK official retail prices the prices are low and yes, on the face […]

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ACCIDENTAL MAGIC: What does it mean in practice?

Neil McCauley asks Howard Popeck Howard, Historically, what did you mean by ‘accidental magic’? Well …….. a combination of equipment that previously you’d not encountered and which sounds right immediately. Unusual combinations. Amps and speakers that just by chance sound magical together – even though the makers probably hadn’t used each other’s equipment. That kinda […]

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HARBETH: Moving on from them; is Wilson Benesch the intelligent answer?

The thread starts: I gather that these are polar opposites in principles, with WB taking carbon fibre to reduce/damp vibration and Harbeth based on thin walls to embrace the vibration. I have listened to number of speakers over the years and am considering small standmounts, including WB Arc and Vertex but haven’t heard any Harbeth. […]

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HARBETH: Tube Integrated Pairing For Harbeth Monitor 30.1

The thread starts:  Looking for advice to help a friend who is building a system around a pair of Harbeth Monitor 30.1’s. His room is medium/small (14 X 16 X 8)and his listening habits mostly chamber music, jazz and acoustic singer-songwriter with some occasional rock and big band. He wants an integrated tube amp under […]

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HARBETH: M30.1 partnered with subwoofer – theoretical calculations

A member of the Harbeth user group writes: For anyone interested in partnering their Harbeth M30.1 with a subwoofer, I’ve done some theoretical design simulations to see what sort of combined response might be achieved. The M30.1 has a quoted –3 dB low-frequency cut-off point of 50 Hz. For the purposes of the simulations, I […]

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HARBETH: Spendors comparable to Harbeth C7ES3?

The thread starts: Hi all. It seems like Spendors and Harbeths share a lot of qualities, while the Spendors seem to be less expensive. Are any Spendor models comparable to C7ES3s? I really like what I’ve read about the Harbeths, but they aren’t available in my area while Spendors are. Any other similar speakers to […]

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HARBETH: Stands – do they really make a verifiable improvement or merely a difference?

The thread starts ….. Ive read a lot about it, solid stands, light stands , full of kitty litter, sand, rice…special material, bricks…  mr Shaw says that his speakers sound well on every surface even on a chair, and stand dont make any difference, and i would like to say, that if the creator of […]

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STEREO SWAP SHOP: #007: Bel Canto DAC3 for small vintage Harbeth speakers

How this free system works can be found at http://www.hifianswers.com/2017/04/welcome-to-our-new-free-service-the-stereo-swap-shop/ If you are interested then please contact us HERE and we will pass you contact details to the swapper. Thanks. Neil. Enter the entire SSS vault HERE ===//=== Please click HERE to access the entire VINTAGE archive

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HARBETH: Amp for a Harbeth 7ES Compact – F5 or an.other class A amp be suitable?

The thread starts: I have a pair of Harbeth 7ES compacts. I’m driving them with a Marantz PM17 at the moment. I’m considering building an amp. Would something like a Nelson Pass F5 25W per channel be sufficient ? I see there are a whole community of F5 and similar amp builders out there, or […]

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STEREO SWAP SHOP: #008: ProAc Studio 100s for KEF, Tannoy or Monitor Audio

How this free system works can be found at http://www.hifianswers.com/2017/04/welcome-to-our-new-free-service-the-stereo-swap-shop/ If you are interested then please contact us HERE and we will pass you contact details to the swapper. Thanks. Neil. Enter the entire SSS vault HERE ===//=== Please click HERE to access the entire VINTAGE archive

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PIONEER: Their $129 speakers versus Harbeth Compact 7s

The thread starts ….. I’m not going to claim they are the equals of my Harbeth Compact 7ES-3s, but the $129 Andrew Jones-designed speakers by Pioneer (SP-BS22-LR) are quite remarkable. My point in posting is not really to compare them with my Harbeths, but to make the following observation: I’m becoming convinced that modestly priced […]

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HARBETH: Owner underwhelmed by their performance

Dear Howard. I recently bought a pair of SHL5’s and have been …ahem…under whelmed by their performance, coming from Rogers LS4a’s and Quad 57’s. In particular they seem a very poor match for tube amplification, at least my Jadis Orchestra Reference and KT 88’s.  I wonder if they are worth hanging onto and whether changing […]

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