HARBETH: Bass response – how deep should my speakers go for a lifelike sound at home?

Mr. Alan Shaw writes ….. Ah! That old chestnut again. OK, you probably won’t believe me if I say ‘not as deep as you’ve been led to believe’ so let’s actually make some audio clips and you can hear and judge for yourself. First: I’d like you to forget all about the numbers you see […]

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HARBETH: M30.1 – some ‘boxy’, boomy sound?

I seem to be getting some ‘boxy’, boomy effects from a pair of M30.1s I have at home at the moment. I assume this is a question of speaker placement and room size, as Harbeth are famed for their neutral sound and flat frequency response. The effect is most noticeable with cello and piano and […]

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NAIM: Any experience with their NAP 135 to drive SHL5?

I recently bought a great pair of SHL5’s (and started to become a member of this forum:-)). Currently I use them in combination with a Naim 140/62/hicap set. I am happy with the result however I have read that a bit more power would do the Harbeth’s good, also because they are located in quite […]

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HARBETH: P3ESR vs Proac Tablette Anniversary?

From the AudioKarma forum: I thought I’d post this mini review I was asked to do on another forum about a comparison of these two competing mini monitors, I know some members here will be interested. I own both so I have no axe to grind when making these comparisons, each has its own virtues […]

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HARBETH: “Which Harbeth is best for me?” New users ask …

I just joined this group today and would like to give some background, which hopefully will also generate some discussion. About 18 months ago I sold my 12 year old Mirage 260 monitors and replaced them with Magnepan MMGs. While the Maggies are very transparent in some ways, I sadly miss the imaging of the […]

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HARBETH: ” ….. not interested due to age and say they no longer have any parts for these “

Professional Speaker testing ? Hi. I have a pair of Harbeth HL1 MK4 speakers . Harbeth are not interested due to age and say they no longer have any parts for these. Can they be tested other that If they sound OK they are OK.  Also how would you test the cross over units ? […]

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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: After Harbeth – then what?

Editor’s note. This one is from the 2012 archive. However, a number of the observations are both interesting and still valid. Neil. The thread starts ……. Hi everyone, The question above says it all. Where did you go after Harbeth? I’d like to know what you were looking to improve in the sound you had […]

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HARBETH: Recommend an integrated amp for my Harbeth 40.1’s

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 […]

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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: 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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HARBETH: User group: Is Bluetooth technology actually good enough for audio?

In discussion at Hamburg with a real expert (at chip level) on Bluetooth, I am now very suspicious about the high fidelity audio potential of Bluetooth. It would seem that the data rate is so low that by the standards we would all recognise as comfortable for truly high fidelity sound (say, CD Redbook 16 […]

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HARBETH: Amp for 7ES Compact – F5 or an alternative class A amp be suitable?

From the archives 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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HARBETH: User group: Wonderful recordings of Solo Piano

I was just listening (on my C7ES3’s) to Andrew Rangell’s album Beethoven: The Late Piano Sonatas, Volume I, and the sound of the Steinway D, is extremely realistic. Recorded at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (upstate New York), world famous for its acoustics, by engineers at Dorian Recordings (now defunct, but Dorian was well-known for […]

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