HARBETH: “I’ve just bought a pair of vintage Quad IIs and love them. I’m thinking about a speaker upgrade and am considering bookshelf Harbeth or Spendors?’

I’ve just bought a pair of vintage Quad IIs and love them. I’m thinking about a speaker upgrade and am considering bookshelf Harbeth or Spendors. I understand sensitivity is an issue with lower power valve amps and note that the smallest Harbeth has a sensitivity of 83. I just wondered if you had a view […]

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SUGDEN: Luxman, Croft, Sonneteer and DACs with Harbeth?

The thread starts ….. “I recently sold off my full Naim system (DAC/282/250/Hicap/NAPSC) and I have been enjoying the simplicity of my temp solution of the Nait 1 with Harbeth P3ESR, fed by the Mac Mini and Meridian Explorer DAC. Simple, lively, detailed, agile.. and only one hifi box with one plug in the wall! […]

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From the archives: Dear diary – Lentek • Christopher Breunig • Editor Messenger • Harbeth • PRaT – and a piece of fan mail.

This first appeared here in 2008 Good day, yesterday. No sales, but no cause for concern either. Happily noticed that this site has just recorded the highest number of unique visitors and the highest number of visitor actions so far this year. I wonder why? Took a quick look at Hifi Critic magazine. Very pleased […]

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HARBETH: Alan Shaw in conversation with Howard Popeck

Hello Alan and thank you for finding the time to respond to the following question: Why is there such diversity between audiophile values and the audio engineering establishment’s values? “This can be explained by an almost total lack of appreciation that physics – basic high school physics – governs every single aspect of audio bar […]

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HARBETH: ” …. mind you we would be remiss to remember the true designer Dudley Harwood.”

A true and little known fact regarding all of DH’s designs was that his strong religious conviction (Plymouth Brethren) precluded him from listening to any music of any form through his designs. Apparently all his designs were quite literally “voiced” using playback of very high quality analogue tape recordings of his beloved wife. Once the […]

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HARBETH: P3ESR “… but this problem suggests that the crossover may be inadequately specified.”

“Stereophile has had reliability problems with several review samples, and the Harbeth was no exception. Toward the end of the review period, I was giving the speaker a workout with some high-level rock when the soundstage lurched to the right and the balance became bright and brassy. “What the . . . ?” I turned […]

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SPENDOR: So ….. which offers the ‘better’ midrange; Spendor or Harbeth?

The thread starts ….. I recently auditioned a pair of Harbeth SHL5’s and Sendor S8’s and was really impressed with the mids on both of these speakers. I was wondering if folks out there who have first hand experience could recommend other speakers that equal or surpass these two in the midrange. Thank you. 46 […]

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HARBETH: Integrated amp for Harbeth 40.1’s – 25 (so far) responses

The thread starts:  I’m considering simplifying my system (and banking some cash) by selling off my separates (Aesthetix Calypso pre & McIntosh MC 275 MK V) and replacing them with a solid state or hybrid integrated amp. I don’t want to spend over $2,500 and would love to find something for less if it performs […]

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HARBETH: Alan Shaw on amplifiers…

From the archives, but still relevant I believe. Neil —//— The thread starts: The latest on this ongoing ‘amps are all the same’ thing on the Harbeth User Group forum – ‘The last word on audio amplifiers – Jan 2015’ http://www.harbeth.co.uk/usergroup/showthread.php?2505-The-last-words-on-audio-amplifiers-Jan-2015[/URL] The comments are getting quite heated on this one but Shaw will not be […]

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HARBETH: Is the Harbeth sound possible with high wife acceptance factor?

The thread starts: I fell in love today with the Harbeth C7s. Unfortunately, my wife did not. She doesn’t like speakers on stands, she doesn’t like big speakers. But she did like the sound 😉 Any suggestions for a small floorstander with Harbeth sound and better looks? We listened to the Dali Mentor 6 – […]

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HARBETH: DACs and Phono Preamps for Croft 25 RLS/7RS combo and Harbeth P3ESR

The thread starts: After years of searching, I have finally found what I’m after. Harbeth P3esr powered by a Croft Micro 25 RLS and a Croft 7 RS. WOW! So effortless, so sweet. I’m not going to miss my Naim setups. Besides Naim, I’ve tried a Brio-R, Exposure 2010s, LFD, TACT, Arcam….so many (not all […]

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