HARBETH: Spendors comparable to Harbeth C7ES3?

Hi all. It seems like Spendors and Harbeths share a lot of qualities, while the Spendors seem to be less expensive. Are any Spendor models comparable to C7ES3s? I really like what I’ve read about the Harbeths, but they aren’t available in my area while Spendors are. Any other similar speakers to consider? Please click […]

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HARBETH: An integrated amp for a 40.1 pair?

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 performs well… maybe vintage? […]

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HARBETH: McIntosh MC 275 Mk IV or V with Harbeth M-40.1?

I’ve had my Plinius SA-102 for longer than any previous amp (almost 3 years) and have been very satisfied with it’s reliability, musicality and build quality, but I’m very intrigued with finally trying a classic tube amp. I listen to classical, jazz, vocals & acoustic rock at moderate volume levels, so I’m thinking the 75 […]

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HARBETH: “Which Harbeth is best for me?” New users ask …

I just joined this group today and would like to give some background, which hopefully will also generate some discussion. About 18 months ago I sold my 12 year old Mirage 260 monitors and replaced them with Magnepan MMGs. While the Maggies are very transparent in some ways, I sadly miss the imaging of the […]

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HARBETH: Is the cult following justified and if so, why?

  Editorial note: This thread started in 2011 and I checked it this morning (2022) and found it to be still relevant with a greater number of interesting observations than I expected. Certainly worth dipping in and out of. Neil / editorial ======================= Let me start by saying I’m not here to bash Harbeth speakers.I […]

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TANNOY: Vintage Tannoy 12″ monitor golds vs. Harbeth

I am thinking about assembling a secondary system in a small den (12.5ft x 13.5ft) for listening to combo jazz, female vocalists, acoustic guitar music, cello sonatas, and the like. I have come across a pair of vintage Tannoy 12″ monitor golds(from the sixties) that are mounted in custom cabinets made of baltic birch and […]

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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: 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: Integrated amp for Harbeth 40.1’s

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 performs well… maybe vintage? […]

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HARBETH: “I am considering a change from Harbeth Super HL5s to the 7ES-3s. Could you describe the difference between the two?”

I’ve recently moved my system to a smaller room (the old wife acceptance factor) and as a result I am considering a change from Harbeth Super HL5s to the 7ES-3s. Could you describe the difference between the two? The new room is 13’ 2”x15’ 2” with 8.5’ 2” ceilings, and due to other furniture the […]

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HARBETH: Dozens of pre-owned pairs for sale and NONE that you’ll find on ebay!

FIRST … Please read the important statement at the foot of this page. Thank you. —//— 40.1 … https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lisahjhj-harbeth-monitor-40-1-monitors?refsource=hifishark 40.2 … https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/284862175814?mkevt=1&mkcid=1&mkrid=710-53481-19255-0&campid=5338468473&toolid=10001&customid=181daa0e-f2e5-11ec-9382-306637323065 40.2 … https://www.hifi-forsale.co.uk/moreinfo.php?prod_title=Harbeth_40.2_Loudspeakers_New_in_2020&p=standspeaker&prod_id=102803&offset= 40.2 … https://www.kupujemprodajem.com//audio/zvucnici/harbeth-40-2-zvucnici/oglas/138509178 40.2 anniversary … https://www.subito.it/audio-video/harbeth-m40-2-40th-anniversary-ton-traeger-stands-roma-437986003.htm 40.3 xd … https://tmraudio.com/speakers/floorstanding-speakers/harbeth-40-3-xd-floorstanding-speakers-rosewood-pair-open-box/ 40.3 xd … https://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649871784-harbeth-403-xd/ 40.3 xd … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649864650-harbeth-403xd/ 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 […]

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HARBETH: Kef LS50 vs Harbeth Monitor 30.1 – an American perspective

Ive heard kef ls 50 and will audition monitor 30.1. Ive just sold my amphion one18. they are truly the most accurate, detailed and fast speakers Ive heard. I may want a more smooth, slow and musical presentation. My interest is likely getting a high end REL g2 combined with the 30.1 or kef ls […]

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HARBETH: Spendor SP 100/R2 and Harbeth 40.1 – impressions?

Where I am, it’s difficult to audition these two flagship speakers side-by-side or at home, so opinions/impressions from anyone would be most welcome. Feedback on other forums is that the Harbeth may be marginally the “better” speaker, but I’m not convinced. Matching amps would likely be from MBL. Please click HERE to dip in and […]

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SUGDEN: Luxman, Croft, Sonneteer and DACs with Harbeth?

“I recently sold off my full Naim system (DAC/282/250/Hicap/NAPSC) and I have been enjoying the simplicity of my temp solution of the Nait 1 with Harbeth P3ESR, fed by the Mac Mini and Meridian Explorer DAC. Simple, lively, detailed, agile.. and only one hifi box with one plug in the wall! I am now enjoying […]

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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 the […]

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