Harbeth P3ESR+Linn Sub or Bigger Harbeth Speakers

I currently have an all Linn stereo music system which consists of the Linn Akurate 4200 power amp (4 x 200W), Linn Katan bookshelf speakers (Linn active configuration) and the Linn Majik 126 powered subwoofer. My listening room is untreated and is roughly 12 feet x 14 feet (3.6m x 4.2m) and the speakers are roughly 7 feet (2m) apart and roughly 9 feet (2.7m) from the listening position, toed-in to point to the listener.

I love the Linn sound but find that the speakers are currently my "weak" link. I feel that there is more detail and dynamics that are being produced by my system but not being delivered by my speaker system. I came across this conclusion when I heard an exact system at a dealer but in a bigger treated room and with bigger floorstanding speakers (Linn Akurate 242 speakers).

I'm no sound engineer (just a music lover) so I'm not sure if this is really due to my speaker system or the fact that I have a smaller untreated listening room. My wife is against those ugly room treatment solutions so I've compensated by adding additional furniture, carpeting and a thick curtain behind the listening position which really seemed to help.

I've heard great things about the Harbeth speakers (Radial mid/bass driver) and later in March I will be attending the Montreal HI-FI Show (Salon Son & Image) to see if I can get a demo of some Harbeth speakers. After the Montreal HI-FI Show, I will be meeting with a local Harbeth dealer to audition the Harbeths in a more private setup with the possibility of doing a home demo once I've narrowed down my choice to 1 or 2 models.

Since I already own a Linn Majik 126 powered subwoofer, would it make sense to keep it and get a pair of Harbeth P3ESR speakers or would I be better off getting rid of the subwoofer and going with a bigger Harbeth speaker (e.g. Harbeth Compact 7-ES3 or Harbeth Super HL5)? That is, will keeping the Linn subwoofer and getting the Harbeth P3ESR provide the same results as my current Linn speaker set-up?

Linn Majik 126 Subwoofer:

Linn Katan Speakers:

Showing 1 response by agiaccio

Muzikat, you are correct, I do obssess over speakers a little too much.

I find that the "weak link" in my system has always been my speakers. There is soooooooo much out there and I'm still on the hunt for something better that will be a good fit for my room & system.

I have auditioned quiet a few speakers but everytime I talk to a dealer he will only "push" what he sells and put down everything else.

It's not an easy task...

I think I'll back off for a while and enjoy what I got...