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the XD line also has a pretty significant price hike and might be even more noticeable for overseas buyers.
For what might be subtle change/improvements prior owners might be less ready to change out their regular/anniversary versions (I know Shaw in the past has even advised owners of say a M 30.2 to not buy the super 5 to ’upgrade’ as the difference is there but is it really worth the trade in and extra cost??)
At least the line of (5!) speakers will become a bit more unified for future customers instead of the more difficult choice that the regular/anniversary did, albeit at a steeper price.
I do suppose however there will be strong interest in the older models on the secondary/current market for those with a determination to find the exact sound signature they are looking for.
I wonder how prices will be stateside, regular compact 7 (which seems to be relatively better priced than the 30 or super 5) currently about US$4000 the XD might be....$5000 plus??
Alan Shaw is not only a great speaker designer but he is also an amazing business person. He knows how to design and sell/market for sure!
I assume this is meant as a complement and not sarcasm but it's difficult to tell in a user forum.
I actually find that Harbeth does not advertise all that extensively and instead relies on word of mouth and dealer devotion to grow their brand.
They do very small and simple ads in the big magazines and have a very no nonsense approach to the wording they use to describe their products. That said, Alan Shaw can seem a bit arrogant in the HUG group threads, but I think that's just his confidence in his vision for what his speakers are designed to do. IMO this is his genius in business and marketing. People who yearn for a no-BS business model gravitate towards this type of brand message.
It's obvious that something is working. They have experienced incredible growth in the last 5 years. In full disclosure, I am a brand devotee.
@arturgorniak I agree with you. I have heard a lot speakers also (probably not as many as you have) and I settled with the Harbeths. I also purchased the Falcon LS3/5A because they’re amazing also. However, few weeks ago I have heard the Joseph Audio Perspective2s and they became the best speakers I have ever heard. Though, at $15K, I am not sure when or if I can buy a pair:)
@arturgorniak I have the same speakers as you but drive them with a LFD NCSE Mk III. It's an excellent combination. Have you ever had the chance to hear this amp with your 40.2's? I'm intrigued by your amp set up but my space is too small to run big amplifiers (based on physical space they take up) so my quest has been primarily limited to integrated amps. Someday if I can set up a new music space I might experiment with some high power amps. One this I'm certain of is the Harbeths are here to stay.