HARBETH: SHL5 – “… piano notes seem fat and thick”

  Hi. I heard this speaker recently and the slightly rolled off highs are pleasant to listen to on most recordings. However, one thing seemed to bother me – piano notes seem fat and thick. This seems in contrast to more neutral speakers like Dynaudio where the treble is more extended, rendering piano notes more […]

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HARBETH: Their P3ESR v Linn Kan

EDITOR’S NOTE: The opinions expressed below here do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just in case you wondered. Neil. ================= I have, what some may consider, an unhealthy obsession with small speakers. Over the past 25 years I have gone from Kans to IBL’s, and that’s about it. I have tried […]

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HARBETH: “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: 7ES-3 (A Whack on the Side of the Head)

Jeff Dorgay writes ….. Sometime back in the early 80’s Roger Van Oech wrote a book titled A Whack on the Side of the Head focusing on creative solutions to problems that one might not have considered without being taken outside of their comfort zone.  The new Harbeth Compact 7ES-3 is the perfect example of […]

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HARBETH UK SPECIALISTS listed alphabetically May 2022

Acoustic Streams … https://www.acousticstreams.com/store/c17/harbeth Adventures in Hi-Fi … https://www.adventuresinhifi.com/hi-fi/loudspeakers/ Analogue Seduction … https://www.analogueseduction.net/search/for/harbeth/ Audio Republic … https://audiorepublic.co.uk/brands/harbeth/ Audio-T Bristol … https://audiorepublic.co.uk/brands/harbeth/ Audiologica … https://www.audiologica.co.uk/brand/harbeth/ Audiovation … https://www.audiovation.co.uk/speakers Guildford Audio … https://guildfordaudio.co.uk/brands/harbeth Hi-Fi Corner … https://www.adventuresinhifi.com/hi-fi/loudspeakers/ Hi-Fi Corner Edinburgh … https://www.hificorner.co.uk/brands/harbeth.html HiFi Sound … https://www.hifisound.co.uk/harbeth-m105 Igloo Audio … https://www.iglooaudio.co.uk/harbeth.html KJ West One … https://www.kjwestone.co.uk/brands/harbeth/ Midland Audio […]

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HARBETH: “I’ve just bought a pair of vintage Quad IIs and love them. I’m thinking about a speaker upgrade and am considering bookshelf Harbeth or Spendors?’

I’ve just bought a pair of vintage Quad IIs and love them. I’m thinking about a speaker upgrade and am considering bookshelf Harbeth or Spendors. I understand sensitivity is an issue with lower power valve amps and note that the smallest Harbeth has a sensitivity of 83. I just wondered if you had a view […]

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HARBETH: 33 used pairs for sale – 40 /40.1 / 40.2 /40.3 XD. List updated May 2022

40.3 XD … https://tmraudio.com/speakers/floorstanding-speakers/harbeth-40-3-xd-loudspeaker-pair-new-w-full-warranty/ 40.3 XD … https://www.hificorner.co.uk/shop/outlet-save/harbeth-m40-3-xd-standmount-speakers-1.html 40.2 … https://www.av-market.com/fr/annonce/harbeth-40-2-38388193 40.2 … https://shop.club-hifi.com/fr/listings/909656-harbeth-40-point-2 40.1 … https://www.2dehands.be/v/audio-tv-en-foto/luidsprekerboxen/m1776020324-harbeth-40-1-stands-van-custom-design-uk 40.2 ANNIVERSARY … https://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649797262-pair-of-harbeth-402-anniversary-speakers-in-walnut-in-excellent-condition/ M40 25TH ANNIVERSARY … https://www.choicehifi.com/product/harbeth-m40-25th-anniversary/ 40.1 CHEAP! … https://www.hifi.pl/ogloszenie/audio/51/432083.php 40.1 … https://www.annunci.net/italia/elettronica/audio-tv-video/harbeth-m40-professional-mastering-monitor-2224701.html 40.3XD … https://tmraudio.com/speakers/floorstanding-speakers/harbeth-40-3-xd-loudspeaker-pair-new-w-full-warranty/ 40.1 … https://www.audio-markt.de/market/harbeth-acoustics-harbeth-401-7192510881 40.3XD … https://www.hificorner.co.uk/shop/outlet-save/harbeth-m40-3-xd-standmount-speakers-1.html 40.1 … https://www.audio-markt.de/market/harbeth-acoustics-harbeth-401-7192510881 40.3 XD [IN THE USA] … https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lisab16h-harbeth-40-3-xd-full-range?refsource=hifishark 40.1 … https://www.hifi.pl/ogloszenie/audio/06/398985.php […]

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HARBETH: Alan Shaw in conversation with Howard Popeck

Hello Alan and thank you for finding the time to respond to the following question: Why is there such diversity between audiophile values and the audio engineering establishment’s values? “This can be explained by an almost total lack of appreciation that physics – basic high school physics – governs every single aspect of audio bar […]

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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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SPIKES vs. FOAM: Can foam padding isolate better than spikes?

“This may be quite crazy but I’ve set my Dynaudio C3 speaker stands down on a 1.5” thick sheet of soft foam padding instead of using spikes. Now the floor has almost no vibration. The sound is cleaner and more natural. I did the same with my subwoofer with the same results! Now I’m considering […]

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SERIOUSLY: Speaker size should match the room

Paul McGowan writes …. This fact or fiction question is an interesting one because the notion of matching speaker size to room dimensions is so ingrained into our culture as to be taken for fact. But, some facts aren’t true no matter how much we want them to be. Here’s the deal. Any size loudspeaker […]

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