7's and 5's...3's if you listen near field.
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Don't buy Harbeths w/o listening to them (i.e., just based on their reputation). (Unless you buy them used and can resell them w/o much of a loss or if $$ is not an issue. They do resell quite easily.) Harbeths have a unique sound signature. Lot's of people love it. Some find it lacking in resolution, which is what I think is a necessary factor in high end sound.
Rgs92, I agree the fans may be a bit overzealous. The Harbeth management also plays a part as they go all out in protecting their own interest -comprehensible being a manufacturer's forum. About two years ago they switched to extreme moderation as comparison to other competitors and certain comments from forummers are seen as malicious and a threat to the sales of the Harbeth. Try posting on the Harbeth User Group and you would notice your post wouldn't appear on the forum, not before the moderators approve it.
Some(not all) fans not only insult non-Harbeth speakers but higher-end gear and equipment as well. This is partly fueled by Harbeth's philosophy and outlook on the high-end audio industry, mainly negative.
For the reasons above I have shunned the Harbeth User Group although I own some Harbeth speakers.
To sum up, thoughts posted on the Harbeth group especially by the Harbeth team are considered as a doctrine and the absolute truth. All opinions from others that are not in line with their belief are deemed as wrong and disregarded. Want a healthy debate? Sure. Get through the moderators first.
basically your room would work with whatever your budget will allow
Room is 18x11, 8 ft heightabsolutly,I use Harbeth SHL5 in similar size room
What is it about many on the Harbeth User's Group and a lot of Harbeth fans that makes them insult the entire universe of non-Harbeth speakers with all sorts of all-encompassing generalities?I would say midrange magic,onces in love with such sound signature ,after -is difficult to listen other speakers which midrange is muddy.Of course there are very good speakers on the market,but for the price is tough to beat harbeth's midrange,just because of midrange driver.A lot of manufactures went on wrong direction choosing drivers i think,just more pro audio manufactures using similar midrange drivers as harbeth do
Hi Chashas, my room is 14 x 24 x 9fts. I had Thiels 3.6 before and there were no problems. After I got ShL5, I found the mid bass overloading in the room! I then started trying room treatment. I finally got very good bass by treating the ceiling and the conners with funitures and traps. I think Thiels has tighter but thinner bass while the SHL5 has fuller bass but very addictive once got right!
Good to hear. I've just personally never heard them act problematic.
All rooms are different, though, as you found out. Now the big 40's are different altogether. Put them in your size room and my hunch from reading many posts and reviews is that you would have bass issues. Yes, the 5's are very addictive. Stands make a difference as well, but I've covered that enough already.