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Harbeth Exhibit 2010 CES Show

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  • Harbeth Exhibit 2010 CES Show

    Hi Alan,

    Am looking forward to meeting you at the Acoustics Sound exhibit (Venetian 29-112). Have emailed Acoustics asking which Harbeth speakers they will be showing but haven't yet received a reply. Can you tell us which of your speakers will be shown?

    Thanks!

    Jack L.

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    Re: Harbeth Exhibit 2010 CES Show

    Good question! I believe that we are actually playing in two rooms, and are pleased to be with our distribution partners, Acoustic Sounds again.

    Actually, I'm not really sure what we'll have on show. I'm not involved in (and don't need to be) in that decision. I think the M40.1 was discussed at one point some months back. I'll see if I can find out anything before I leave the UK. I don't spend all day in the room - so please be sure to try and tie me down to a day/time via Acoustic Sounds or Fidelis (our importer) so I don't miss you.
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK

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      Re: Harbeth Exhibit 2010 CES Show

      Sound fine, have a safe trip!

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        Re: Harbeth Exhibit 2010 CES Show

        I have not heard a word about Harbeth after the show. Not seen a single picture.
        Anyone else that have?

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          Re: Harbeth Exhibit 2010 CES Show

          Harbeth was mentioned in Alan Sircom's blog on avguide.com but other than that I've seen no mention in any of the online reports.

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            Re: Harbeth Exhibit 2010 CES Show

            Originally posted by EricW View Post
            Harbeth was mentioned in Alan Sircom's blog on avguide.com but other than that I've seen no mention in any of the online reports.
            Thank You EricW.
            I have found that Harbeth also was mentioned by Steve Hoffman here:
            http://www.stevehoffman.tv/forums/sh...hlight=harbeth

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              Re: Harbeth Exhibit 2010 CES Show

              Hello, Hagto

              You can find CES photos here: www.audiogon.com

              On the right hand side of the homepage you'll find a Show Reports tab. Exhibitors (including Harbeth) are listed alphabetically, and you will find a few pictures of the Harbeth display.

              Enjoy!

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                Re: Harbeth Exhibit 2010 CES Show

                Originally posted by KT88 View Post
                Hello, Hagto

                You can find CES photos here: www.audiogon.com

                On the right hand side of the homepage you'll find a Show Reports tab. Exhibitors (including Harbeth) are listed alphabetically, and you will find a few pictures of the Harbeth display.

                Enjoy!

                Nice, Thanks!

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                  Re: Harbeth Exhibit 2010 CES Show

                  The 40.1's seemed not to be directly coupled to the stands. What are there between the speaker and its stand? I use wooden stands for my C7ES-3 too. I found the speaker is not fixed to the top of the stand quite well due to the smooth surface of the wood veneer on both the speaker cabinet and the stand. Any recommended solution? Thanks!

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