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: Oh dear; more bass boom problems with the Harbeth 40.1

Guess what, it’s ‘the room’ – again! Yes, of course it is. Better now? Please click HERE to view the inevitable Where to buy Harbeth: In the UK listed in alphabetical order: Acoustic Streams: http://www.acousticstreams.com/ Adventures in HiFi: http://www.adventuresinhifi.com/ Audio Republic: http://audio-republic.co.uk/home/ Audiovation Retail (formerly Huddersfield HiFi): http://www.audiovation.co.uk/ Doug Brady HiFi: https://www.dougbradyhifi.com/ Guildford Audio: http://www.guildfordaudio.co.uk/ […]

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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 —//— Hi. I’m Howard Popeck, features editor here. The team hope the this post was interesting. Would you […]

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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 —//— Hi. I’m Howard Popeck, features editor here. The team hope the this post was interesting. Would you […]

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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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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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HARBETH: Is the cult following justified and if so, why?

The thread starts: Let me start by saying I’m not here to bash Harbeth speakers.I have actually listened to 3 different pairs before I bought my current speakers.I thought they sounded good but I don’t understand all the hype around them.They seem to have a cult following like Linn and Naim. What is creating the […]

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Lecson AP1, ProAc, Celef, Lentek Monitors, Sonab, LS3/5a and Harbeth HL1 Mk3

Hello Howard. Memory test! I remember a couple of years ago you recommended a speaker that mated particularly well with the Lecson AP1 power amplifier.  Hope all is well, John Hello John. Oh wow. At my age, trying to remember? You are kidding, right? On a more serious note though, here are the ones that […]

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A POINT OF VIEW: Harbeth’s Before and after show thoughts re Bristol HiFi show 2015

The thread starts: Following some well wishers comments directly to the office, and kindly individuals who are making the journey just to meet us I thought I’d crystalise why we are attending, and what you can expect to hear and not hear. First, it must be said that with a full order book and still […]

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