Harbeth 40.3's. Should I buy them?

I've owned a lot of speakers. I've just finished auditioning a pair of Alta Audio Alec's. Not good at all in my system. I own a pair of Spatial X3 open baffle speakers. I really like them and my wife doesn't. I recently bought a pair of Buchardt S400 MKII's for a second system. I say second system because I have a dedicated 2 channel room 15' x 19'. Upstairs in a much larger room, the Buchardt's were anemic, fine, 2 Adam subs solved the anemia. Then just for the heck of it (and because audio is a hobby) I moved the Buchardt monitors downstairs in the 'big guys' room. The Buchardt's loved that room and my wife loved the Buchardt's except they are to small for the listening room and our listening tastes.

I'm tired of buying and selling speakers. I've been to a hundred audio shows and have "favorites". Harbeth have always sounded great, not a show stopper, but, at shows, they've been totally inoffensive, warm and engaging in the same way I like Audio Notes AN-e.
We play all types of music. My wife especially likes classical, leaning towards female singers but too, she'll rock out on Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Keyes, Journey, you get the idea. Me, classic rock but anything that soothes my soul works. I like to play loud. My wife - louder, but not teenager loud.

We have an awesome front end to work with. Allnic T2000 30th integrated (60wpc in triode 150wpc in pentode), Allnic H5500 phono and Allnic D10000 DAC.

Why wouldn't we happy with this speaker?


Some nice suggestions. Thank you all.

First, I'm not flush with cash. The Harbeths are $13.6K. But they won't work in my room.

My audio buddy told me the Vandersteen Quatro's CT's sounded lifeless and dull. I for one think he just had one of those at-a-show listening experiences.

I respect horns but doubt I could live with them. Well, there was one...



I like my X3's. They were 4 to 5ft from the front wall. Somehow though, my wife didn't. But she likes them upstairs in the big room. Those Buchardt's really through a monkey wrench at our system.

The X3 is not our first open baffle speaker. I built a pair of GR-Research Super V's. We really liked them! But after a while, the bass irritated me. The woofers sounded one note to me. I think we prefer a sealed cabinet' for all their warts.

Daedalus Audio makes some great speakers. Beautiful too. I'll check them out. Fyne Audio too but I can't hear all these speakers. I mean, there's a picture of a speaker. There are specifications. I just spent $1000 dollars listening to "great" speakers that sucked. At the end of the day, I'm haunted by line arrays. Lots of speaker drivers moving in unison but barely moving.

I was reading some reviews on the Legacy Audio Focus and Signature speakers. I mean, very complimentary reviews from what seemed to me anyway, legitimate audiophiles. Big speakers, lots of drivers, extremely well engineered, soundstage and transparency, bass to die for, and very efficient. Totally customizable to fit any room. What am I missing? 


@desalvo55 by chance did you try your X3s paired up with really fast subwoofers?

While we understand you currently have subs, wondering if positioning of the X3 must be closer to the wall, curious to know what experimentation you did with different/separate subs. Sub pairing could be tricky there if they don’t keep up with the X3s. Also curious to know what there was not to like about the X3 with and without really good subwoofers. Might help us to read some details from you about what you did not like about each of these other speakers too, fwiw.

Sometimes it's the amplifier itself - not helping some speakers to realize their full potential. 


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