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IMHO, Harbeth SHL5 are magical for singing across the spectrum of genres but when I put on dialogue / NPR, I switch over to a set of Focal Micro Be in a hurry. The Harbeth sound is too intense for spoken words in my findings. I can also make a loose opposite argument for the Focal Micro Be which excels at speech in my setup but while doing very good vocals, does not stand out - perhaps because everything else sounds so good too.
Rather than an indictment of Harbeth, it may be an indictment of playing NPR through your main system. I never do, so can't say. NPR sets the standard for human voice from the radio, but I expect they have it tuned for table radios, car stereo and the like, rather than playback through full-range systems.
SHL5 is a very interesting speaker. In my room they are the most dynamic speakers I have heard. With music, they are able to pressurize my room giving me the "wall of sound." However, if I am watching a movie, I don't want to be pressurized by dialogue so I prefer other speakers for speech.
All speakers are different. That's want makes this hobby great.