HARBETH: Their M30.1 – how much does it struggle with piano music?

I have a pair of M30.1s that are giving mixed results. Whilst superb with strings and vocals, they struggle with piano and seem to have significant coloration in the lower midrange, where the sound is distinctively ‘tubby’ and ‘boxy’. Do any Harbeth users have any thoughts about this? The speakers are in an 18ftx12ft room, […]

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HARBETH: Compact7s annoying freq spike?

“I’ve had these speakers for a few years now. Currently I am powering them with a vintage Mcintosh 2155 150 watt solid state amp. I’ve always wished they were a little quitter and like I said there’s a quality that hurts my ears. Besides that they sound very good. Articulate and smooth otherwise.  Has anyone […]

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HARBETH: The Riddle and ….. the answer

I was wondering something… It’s like a riddle, so: Is there in Audio Industry a maker, any maker, who makes good things for almost 40 years, being absolutely credible within an international circle, that he always has spares in stock, who has materials and lifetime provisions for them, who has continuous contact with his worldwide […]

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HARBETH: Value of 20 years old speakers?

I have been considering the purchase of a pair of P3-ESR speakers. I currently own a pair of ’93 HL-P3s in good condition with new genuine Harbeth supplied grilles. What sort of price could I expect to get for these ? Please click HERE to continue reading.     Many preowned classic examples for sale […]

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HARBETH: SHL5 vs Dynaudio Special 25 vs…

  Okey, which one or what speaker in this price range for musicality, tonal balance, full range, detail, soundstage. Amplifier will be the Audia Flight 50 class A. Please click HERE to continue reading.   Many preowned classic examples for sale HERE Classic Harbeth pairs for sale HERE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the […]

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HARBETH: 30.1, odd USA pricing?

From our archives I was wondering if anyone knew why the USA importer for Harbeth speakers Fidelis AV has the 30.1 model priced so high? Pricing in Cherry finish. U.K. 2,529 Pounds or about $3,915 US Dollars E.U. 3,150 Euros or about $ 4,145 US Dollars Canada 5,000 Canadian Dollars or about $4,986 US dollars […]

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HARBETH: P3ESR – inadequate bass performance?

This interesting (for now) thread starts:  I’m looking for a small subwoofer to integrate with a pair of Harbeth P3ESRs. Happy with S/H. Was thinking a REL Quake or MJ Acoustics Pro 50. Not sure if these would be up to muster with the Harbeths, though.Anyone offer any other suggestions? Get involved HERE Many preowned […]

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HARBETH: Tube Integrated Pairing For Harbeth Monitor 30.1

Looking for advice to help a friend who is building a system around a pair of Harbeth Monitor 30.1’s. His room is medium/small (14 X 16 X 8)and his listening habits mostly chamber music, jazz and acoustic singer-songwriter with some occasional rock and big band. He wants an integrated tube amp under $3-4K. It will […]

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HARBETH: Why bother with Harbeth?

  The thread starts  ….. Having dabbled in Harbeth and fallen in love with the Proac Response 2 Sig system (full details, see data on the left hand side), the past year has given me the opportunity of renewing my long-standing fascination with Spendor when I was fortunate enough to acquire a S/H pair of […]

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HARBETH: Moving on from them; is Wilson Benesch the intelligent answer?

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. Just wondering if […]

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HARBETH: Tube Integrated Pairing For Harbeth Monitor 30.1

Looking for advice to help a friend who is building a system around a pair of Harbeth Monitor 30.1’s. His room is medium/small (14 X 16 X 8)and his listening habits mostly chamber music, jazz and acoustic singer-songwriter with some occasional rock and big band. He wants an integrated tube amp under $3-4K. It will […]

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Move from my LS3/5A orig owner to Harbeth; which?

An owner writes: After all these years, looking to move toward the Harbeth line for my listening room (appx 10 x 18). Given that I use my vintage tube (from era) and enjoy vinyl and some cd’s and listen to mostly classical, which would be the best move, the small P3–, 7E– or the M30.1. […]

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HARBETH: Super HL5 Plus Anniversary Model

Hello colleague members ….. Although the link nudges towards an ‘old’ thread, I did find it interesting and hopefully some of you will find it useful too! ================= Having had my speakers for a couple of weeks now I’m really enjoying them. They replaced a much loved pair of M301 35th Anniversary models. I’d have […]

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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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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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Clone Class D “digital” power amplifiers – can we really trust them….

Alan Shaw  writes: Clone Class D “digital” power amplifiers – can we really trust them…. as high fidelity components? I have on my test bench a very typical, inexpensive, so-called ‘digital’ amplifier. It is not positively promoted as being of audiophile or even high-fidelity grade, but I understand that it uses similar components and technology […]

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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: SHL5 versus Sonus faber Cremona Auditor?

Anyone able to describe the difference in sq for these two speakers. I currently have the SHL5, but fancy trying the SF… would this be a mistake, or isn’t there much of a difference between either? Dip in and out HERE Many preowned classic examples for sale HERE Classic Harbeth pairs for sale HERE EDITORIAL […]

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