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Which subwoofer have you paired with your Harbeths?

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  • Which subwoofer have you paired with your Harbeths?

    What subwoofer have you paired with your Harbeths? Looking for suggestion to fill the lower frequencies on my C7 setup.

  • #2
    ACI Force XL (Mono). Works quite well with SHL5.


    • #3
      tried single and dual (as stereo, L and R) SVS PB10 active sub with external anologue xo and electrical + digital external xo + external digital room eq and also REL Strata 3 and 5 w/o any external xo and room eq.

      Currently using a old REL strata mk1 with my c7 running full range. Still fine tweaking the sub due to some room mode issue.
      "Bath with Music"


      • #4
        REL R505 with my SHL5s


        • #5
          I'll be demo-ing at JL Audio F110 vs a REL B3 tomorrow and will report back my findings. Thanks for the R-505 suggestion, I'll see if they have one in stock I can demo as well.


          • #6
            REL R500 with my C7's - great results.


            • #7
              Demo'd both subs for about 2 hours in store and ended up ordering the B3 in Cherry :-)


              • #8
                REL is always good for music.
                "Bath with Music"


                • #9
                  B&W ASW750s for me

                  "If all else fails, read the instructions"


                  • #10
                    Rel b-3

                    REL B-3 with C7ES3. Excellent results.


                    • #11
                      Just a small contribution from the sub ...

                      Rythmik F12SE with my SHL5. I like it because the of the precise low pass crossover point and the phase adjustments which is very important for proper integration with the main speakers. It is cheap and well built. I did audition other subs like Velodyn, Sunfire and Rel but nothing gave me the control like the Rythmik considering that you only need very little bass extension with the Super5.

                      Beware though, you are not going to hear the sub often ( if you have set up correctly) unless you want the extra bass that is not part of the original recordings.



                      • #12
                        REL Storm

                        I use a REL Storm V with SHL5's in my 30m2 listening room.
                        It integrates very well and just adds a nice and solid fundament for the music in my room.
                        Happy listener


                        • #13
                          REL Strata

                          Similar to the comment above, my 10 year old REL Strata III works seemlessly with the SHL5s in a 10'x20'x8' room.


                          • #14
                            Velodyne DD10

                            Velodyne DD10. Significantly better than any REL out there.


                            • #15
                              BK Electronics subs

                              BK XXLS400 here. BK Electronics is a small British company that sell direct. Subs have high level connections so can be connected to the speaker outputs of your amplifier and the crossover/volume set independently (and a remaining line-level connections used separately for home cinema purposes).