HARBETH: SHL5 – “… piano notes seem fat and thick”

  Hi. I heard this speaker recently and the slightly rolled off highs are pleasant to listen to on most recordings. However, one thing seemed to bother me – piano notes seem fat and thick. This seems in contrast to more neutral speakers like Dynaudio where the treble is more extended, rendering piano notes more […]

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HARBETH: Monitor 40.2 Loudspeaker test review

Paul Seydor (TAS) wrote… A few days after I took delivery of the Monitor 40.2, the third version of Harbeth’s flagship loudspeaker, a close friend fell by for a listen. He’s a Los Angeles studio musician (a violinist who’s played many high-profile film scores, often serving as concert master), who is also a long-time audiophile, […]

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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 Also ….. Please click HERE to access the entire BRITISH STEREO archive

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HARBETH: Their views re social media in our industry

This is the first in a series of articles canvassing industry opinion about topical issues. Attitudes toward the application of social media in brand promotion towards potential customers is the focus. Inevitably, the discussion embraces considerations of the relevance of Facebook and Twitter to end-users, and perceptions of their effectiveness in engaging with interested persons […]

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HARBETH: Spendor SP 100/R2 and Harbeth 40.1 – impressions?

The thread starts ….. Where I am, it’s difficult to audition these two flagship speakers side-by-side or at home, so opinions/impressions from anyone would be most welcome. Feedback on other forums is that the Harbeth may be marginally the “better” speaker, but I’m not convinced. Matching amps would likely be from MBL. Please click HERE […]

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LS3/5a SPEAKERS: (11 ohm Rogers version) compared to Spendor, Harbeth, what?

At present I listen to the 11 ohms Rogers version of the above speaker. Generally I am pretty happy with the sound. I wonder if there would be any benefit in going over to a newer design from Spendor or Harbeth, perhaps a slightly larger enclosure ( my listening room is 9 X 11 feet)?. […]

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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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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: Super HL5 loudspeakers versus Rega RS7

I have rega brio-R’s (dual mono set up) and rega saturn to test these two speakers on. Lived with the Harbeths for over 6 months so very familiar with its sound. Got the Rega’s a few days ago. Initial impressions The Harbeth has amazing tonal qualities which sound accurate not only in the midrange but […]

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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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