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: Should this man have “moved on”?

Without wanting to spoil the party, I am one of the people who “moved on from Harbeth”. Let me quickly add that they are great speakers, and the speakers I am replacing them with are slightly more than twice as expensive – in other words, if you want to better you Harbeth, you really need […]

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HARBETH: Amp for Harbeth P3 ESR Croft, Brio R… ?

Having down scaled slightly and dropping on these little gems, I’m looking for suggestions for an amp to get the best out of them. So far I’ve tried my EAR 859 – beautiful but not quite capable of driving the bass solidly, a sugden a21A kindly lent to me, again beautiful if slightly restrained and […]

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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: Tube integrated for Harbeth ….. under $2500?

An old thread but still worth a few minutes of your time I suggest. I am thinking about a foray into tube amplification; never been there before. I will be driving a pair of Harbeth Compact 7es3. I listen to classical, jazz, acoustic, and rock- 80% cd, 20% vinyl. I would like to keep the […]

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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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HARBETH: “I’d like it built around Harbeth speakers and I foresee …”

  Hi – I was looking to spend around £2,500 – £3,000 on a new stereo system comprising CD + AMP + Speakers and if possible I’d like it built around Harbeth speakers and I foresee me keeping the speakers longer than the other components. My friend has a set that are 25 years old […]

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HARBETH: Tube Integrated Pairing For Harbeth Monitor 30.1

The thread starts:  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 […]

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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: 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: 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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Buying customized Harbeths – Is a warning in place?

From a few years back, but still relevant we feel. A few days ago I stumbled upon a website from a company in Norway called Maxwell Sound System that states on their website that they have permission to custom produce Harbeth speakers. The page says that these speakers – and I quote- ‘are exclusively made […]

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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

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