AUDIOPHILE DEBATE: What is still truly British today? 134 comments + 8,128 page views

The thread starts: Hi Guys,  Been lurking here for a while and wondering what names are still truely British today (ie Owned by British, Designed in Britian, Manufactured in Britian).  This is not intended to be a discussion of whether this is a good or bad thing. Some names I can get off my mind […]

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HARBETH: Spare parts, ISO9001, ethics etc.

The thread starts …. This tread discusses Harbeth’s policy on spares and after care. Many companies have a business model where their products are relatively less expensive than ours and their spares parts division makes a significant contribution to their overall profitability. We design and manufacture for the longest possible service life – typically 20 […]

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HARBETH: “Why are so many people trying to sell Harbeths?” Meanwhile ….. happy owners come out fighting!

The thread starts: These speakers have their devotees to be sure, but it looks like a lot of people are falling OUT of love with them. It’s a trend I’ve noticed here on Audiogon. Opinions? Dip in and out HERE to read the 13 responses so far Please click HERE to access the entire Point […]

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TANNOY: Vintage Tannoy 12″ monitor golds vs. Harbeth

The thread starts ….. I am thinking about assembling a secondary system in a small den (12.5ft x 13.5ft) for listening to combo jazz, female vocalists, acoustic guitar music, cello sonatas, and the like. I have come across a pair of vintage Tannoy 12″ monitor golds(from the sixties) that are mounted in custom cabinets made […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: “The only speaker licenced by BBC Worldwide”?

From the Harbeth archives; the thread starts …. News of the launch of a Dr Who loudspeaker by the BBC’s highly-profitable commercial arm, begs the question as to what defines a BBC speaker these days. Once the three initials B B C ensured credibility and assured performance. The plastic, and doubtless China-made, “Tardis” speaker is […]

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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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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 Please click HERE to see the entire list of […]

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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: #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 Please click HERE to see the entire list of […]

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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: 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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