HARBETH: SHL5….finally”

The thread starts: For the last two years I am looking for a decent speaker for my vintage Sansui amps and receivers. I tested several KEF’s,B&W’s…etc,etc,and at the end of last year auditioned Harbeth 7’s and 5’s.Just several songs were enough to decide which one is right for me.Croatian distributor was cordial and offered both […]

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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: 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

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: Speakers to replace their P3ESRs

  The thread starts: Of course, nothing will ever really replace my beautiful baby Harbs, but they are now sold for the greater good and it is time to move on. I’m really enjoying the Elac BS203As I bought from Myrman a while back. Fabulous little things with great tuneful bass and, contrary to what […]

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HARBETH: User group: Wonderful recordings of Solo Piano

The thread starts: 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 […]

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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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