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Sonic Flare P3ESR review

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  • Sonic Flare P3ESR review

    Here's a recent review on the P3ESR:

    After spending many months with the P3ESR’s, I now understand why so many audiophiles cotton to the Harbeth sound. They are the kind of speakers that forgo to the common tenets of frequency linearity, liveliness, and jaw dropping resolution, for the sake of making it easy for the listener to focus on their music, instead of the gear that’s reproducing it. Thus, their unique presentation is one that you’ll either love or disregard. .... if you’re an audiophile that is completely burnt out on the gig and would like nothing more than to settle into a pair of compact monitors that won’t tear apart your music collection, annoy you with aural fireworks, or require major changes to your existing component chain, then the P3ESR’s may be your proverbial key to salvation. This holds especially true if you tend to listen to relatively undemanding music at modest listening levels (between 70-85db).

    As for myself, I like the P3ESR’s, and when I attach them to my desktop system, that like quickly turns into love. So much so, that if someone were to tell me that these were to be the last pair of speakers that I could ever run on my desktop rig, I’d be perfectly content. There are many reasons for why I feel this way, but the reason that is most pertinent to this review has to do with how the P3ESR’s allow me to sit down and enjoy song after without ever inciting me to obsess over whether or not there’s ‘too much of this’ or ‘too little of that’. This is, in my opinion, the mark of an excellent transducer.

    So if the above description matches your needs, and if you are looking to step into a pair of mini monitors that can stay with you for the long haul, I cannot recommend the P3ESR’s highly enough. Give em’ a shot. It’s a decision that could lead to years of musical happiness.

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    Good review of P3ESR - comment

    Good review from Sean Fowler
    Originally posted by cornelius View Post
    Here's a recent review on the P3ESR: