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For example, the design of and interaction between the hifi amplifier and its speaker load can and potentially will alter the sound balance of what you hear. To reproduce the sounds captured by the recording microphones, as Harbeth speakers are designed to do, you would naturally select system components (sources, electronics, cables and so on) that do not color the sound before it reaches the speakers.

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Is Karan Integrated a good match with SHL5 ?

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  • Is Karan Integrated a good match with SHL5 ?

    Simple question isn't it ? Are there any Harbeth and Karan users who could give their findings?

    I am currently using my SHL5 with a Leben CS600 and I was considering going back to an SS integrated. Any point of comparison?

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    Originally posted by dgolh View Post
    Simple question isn't it ? Are there any Harbeth and Karan users who could give their findings?

    I am currently using my SHL5 with a Leben CS600 and I was considering going back to an SS integrated. Any point of comparison?
    What is wrong with the Leben friend,I have been using CS300X with the P3's will probably never change the amp as I really enjoy the setup.Lebens will give you all that detail and dynamics witheout a hint of sibilance,are you sure you want to get a SS

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      Solid State and Sibilance?

      I can't answer dgolh's question, but (correct me if I've read wrongly), I don't think it's right to associate solid state amps with sibilance. It's a big generalisation.
      Ben from UK. Harbeth Super HL5 owner.

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      • #4
        I'd support Ben on this. In fact, I think that there is some sibilance at high level with the Leben. This is probably its greatest flaw, especially on rock and poor recordings.

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        • #5
          I heard leben int 300 once i did hear sibilance on some songs tht i nvr heard from my ss int. I do think sibilance is more on design but not tube or ss issue. Beside that, imo going from tube to ss greatest gain is power saving. My ss int is rated 60w per side it hardly cause any obvious electrical cost on my mthly bill.
          "Bath with Music"

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