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Harbeth Monitors - Considering All Models
« on: January 11, 2018, 10:06:31 PM »
PM if you have a lead to a pair,  will pay a finders fee.

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Re: Harbeth Monitors - Considering All Models
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2018, 11:32:02 PM »
Have you heard Ron's?   They are magical.

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Re: Harbeth Monitors - Considering All Models
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2018, 07:20:24 AM »
What he said. 
Yamaha PF800/Dual 721
DBX D5/Sony CA8ES
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Hafler Five Hundred/Sansui AU9500/Heathkit SA-2
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Re: Harbeth Monitors - Considering All Models
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2018, 05:26:43 PM »
So is the room they are in, at least the room Ron had them in when I heard them.   
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Re: Harbeth Monitors - Considering All Models
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2018, 08:40:13 PM »
Ron's setup has an exceptional soundstage, wide and deep.  The imaging is very 3D.  Nice and smooth, very easy to listen to his Harbeths.
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Re: Harbeth Monitors - Considering All Models
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2018, 02:32:40 PM »
Coordinating a visit to Ron's,  who has kindly offered to demo his, before buying.  Interested in the Super HL5 and the Compact 7s.   Looking forward to changing the signature to include one or the other!

Spkr: Harbeth 30.1 on Sound Anchor 4 post stands
Pre: Rogue 99 Magnum
Phono: VPI Aries 1,  Van de Hul Frog
CD: Oppo 203
Cass: Tascam 122MkII
R2R: Revox B77
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Re: Harbeth Monitors - Considering All Models
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2018, 03:21:44 PM »
Coordinating a visit to Ron's,  who has kindly offered to demo his, before buying.  Interested in the Super HL5 and the Compact 7s.   Looking forward to changing the signature to include one or the other!

I thought your stereo was like my waistline, always getting bigger.    >:D

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Re: Harbeth Monitors - Considering All Models
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2018, 06:11:19 PM »
Give me a great room acoustics-wise and mid-fi speakers over expensive speakers and a room with poor acoustics any day.
Media: CDs ripped to Apple Lossless files
Source: Mac Mini using iTunes and Bit Perfect
DAC: AudioSmile modded Behringer DEQ2496
Preamp: Rogue Audio Perseus
Crossover: miniDSP 2X4 HD
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Re: Harbeth Monitors - Considering All Models
« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2018, 07:53:34 PM »
Ron's listening room is what made me realize the room is 80-90% of the sonic equation.  It inspired me to build a golden rule listening room when we moved to MS.  After acoustically treating it from GIK and setting up the speakers using some guys recommendations (forget his name, bought the book and DVD), I'm amazed at what a $1500 pair of speakers can sound like when paired with a sychronistic amp, preamp and decent DA + digital source.  I've probably got $5500 total invested in this audio system, bought a piece at a time over many years.   Add another $1500 for stereo subs and $200 for miniDSP HD as icing on the bass cake.  Total invested $7200.
Media: CDs ripped to Apple Lossless files
Source: Mac Mini using iTunes and Bit Perfect
DAC: AudioSmile modded Behringer DEQ2496
Preamp: Rogue Audio Perseus
Crossover: miniDSP 2X4 HD
Amp: Vincent SP-331
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Re: Harbeth Monitors - Considering All Models
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2018, 11:33:33 PM »
  Total invested $7200.

I'll bet that your audio setup sounds like a million $$$!  Someday I hope to it.  ;D
Carl

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Re: Harbeth Monitors - Considering All Models
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2018, 11:34:09 AM »
Ron shared this video with - a very cool watch, IMO. Good background on how the BBC ended up building speakers and about the Harbeth approach to design.  Looking forward to getting my pair.


Spkr: Harbeth 30.1 on Sound Anchor 4 post stands
Pre: Rogue 99 Magnum
Phono: VPI Aries 1,  Van de Hul Frog
CD: Oppo 203
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Re: Harbeth Monitors - Considering All Models
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2018, 04:04:17 PM »
Interesting story.  Thanks for sharing.

Have you decided on a particular model?  New or used and direct or through a dealer?

K
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Re: Harbeth Monitors - Considering All Models
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2018, 07:19:40 PM »
Nothing too large.  Thinking Super HL5s.

Spkr: Harbeth 30.1 on Sound Anchor 4 post stands
Pre: Rogue 99 Magnum
Phono: VPI Aries 1,  Van de Hul Frog
CD: Oppo 203
Cass: Tascam 122MkII
R2R: Revox B77
Sub:

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Re: Harbeth Monitors - Considering All Models
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2018, 09:48:20 AM »
I like the cherry.