I am familiar with both speakers, which, IMO are both excellent. The SHL 5s do have a "bigger" sound IMO, but unfortunately, without a home demo, there is no way to predict which one will sound better in your listening room. In the right room, the SHL5s can have a huge expansive sound, but choked in other rooms. My advice is to see what you can do about getting a home demo if possible. If buying used, I would not sell the SF until I had a chance to A/B both in the actual room they will be used. You can always turn Harbeths over without much of a loss when you buy used. I really love the SHL5 and I hope they work out for you.
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