SPEAKER HEADROOM: Observations

Paul McGowan We’re pretty comfortable with the idea of headroom. More food on the table than needed, more horsepower than required, more amplifier wattage than necessary. But, what about speaker headroom? The one characteristic of music’s reproduction that stands out for me in speakers is a slight compression when the music gets loud. I hear it […]

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HARBETH: Alan Shaw has annouced that he will …..

Originally published February 2015 160 responses to: Harbeth’s Alan Shaw has annouced that he will bring two amplifiers to the Bristol audio and video show three weeks from now: one a very well made and expensive German amplifier of impeccable pedigree, the other the dirt cheap Pulse SRA 160 receiver that I mentioned earlier. He […]

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HARBETH 40 /40.1 / 40.2 /40.3 XD: [pre owned] FOR SALE @ sensible prices

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 40.2 … https://www.av-market.com/fr/annonce/harbeth-40-2-38388193 40.1 …. https://www.stereo.net.au/forums/topic/349838-eoisold-pending-payment-harbeth-401-and-skyland-stands/ 40.2 [FRANCE] … https://shop.club-hifi.com/fr/listings/909656-harbeth-40-point-2 40.2 … http://www.kjwestone.co.uk/collection/harbeth-402-ex-demo/overview 40.2 … https://hifitorget.se/visa_annons.php/harbeth_m40_2_fantastiska_brittiska_referenshogtalare_121581.htm 40.2 / ANNIVERSARY … https://sprzedajemy.pl/monitor-harbeth-40-2-40th-anniversary-edition-ze-stojakami-t-lublin-2-0010c9-nr64398427 40.2 … https://shop.club-hifi.com/fr/listings/909656-harbeth-40-point-2 40.1 [POLAND] … https://www.hifi.pl/ogloszenie/audio/42/424642.php 40.2 … […]

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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: P3ESR “… but this problem suggests that the crossover may be inadequately specified.”

“Stereophile has had reliability problems with several review samples, and the Harbeth was no exception. Toward the end of the review period, I was giving the speaker a workout with some high-level rock when the soundstage lurched to the right and the balance became bright and brassy. “What the . . . ?” I turned […]

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PIONEER: Their $129 speakers versus Harbeth Compact 7s

I’m not going to claim they are the equals of my Harbeth Compact 7ES-3s, but the $129 Andrew Jones-designed speakers by Pioneer (SP-BS22-LR) are quite remarkable. My point in posting is not really to compare them with my Harbeths, but to make the following observation: I’m becoming convinced that modestly priced components that are very […]

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GRAHAM AUDIO: Reader identifies a viable Harbeth M30 substitute; the Graham Audio LS5/9

We received the following email and we thank the writer Hello Howard, I hope you are well.   I just wanted to pass on a recommendation about a speaker I heard at Bristol last weekend: the Graham Audio LS5/9. It is based on the original LS5/9 design, rather than the BBC production models.  Derek Hughes worked […]

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HARBETH: Buying them on-line; beware – your money is at risk

From time to time, Harbeth speakers appear on on-line trading sites. These can be described as “brand new”, “as new condition”, “in sealed cartons”, “unused”, “just tested and repacked” or similar. This post is to caution prospective bargain hunters that they are putting themselves at risk. There is no warranty outside the country of original […]

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

A member writes … 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 […]

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HARBETH: P3ESR vs Proac Tablette Anniversary?

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 and problems. The Proac’s […]

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HARBETH: Spare parts, ISO9001, ethics etc.

This thread 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 years but much, much […]

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HARBETH: Alan Shaw on amplifiers…

From the archives, but still relevant I believe. Neil —//— The latest on this ongoing ‘amps are all the same’ thing on the Harbeth User Group forum – ‘The last word on audio amplifiers – Jan 2015’ http://www.harbeth.co.uk/usergroup/showthread.php?2505-The-last-words-on-audio-amplifiers-Jan-2015[/URL] The comments are getting quite heated on this one but Shaw will not be moved stating that […]

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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: 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: Is the Harbeth sound possible with high wife acceptance factor?

  Originating in 2014, the points made (well, some of them) are still relevant today, which I why I have included it here. Neil / editor I fell in love today with the Harbeth C7s. Unfortunately, my wife did not. She doesn’t like speakers on stands, she doesn’t like big speakers. But she did like […]

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