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Harbeth Compact 7ES-3, SHL5, Monitor 30 & Monitor 40.1

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  • Harbeth Compact 7ES-3, SHL5, Monitor 30 & Monitor 40.1

    We have the Harbeth Compact 7ES-3, SHL5, Monitor 30 & Monitor 40.1 loudspeakers in stock at Parmenter Sound for our audio demonstrations.
    We can demonstrate the Harbeth speakers with a selection of amplifiers from Leben HiFi, AirTight, Pass Labs & our own Parmenter Valve amplifiers at this time.


    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Parmen...38776836166685
    Attached Files
    Thanks Jason.

    www.parmentersound.com

  • #2
    Tube traps in my room

    Here is a picture of my Harbeth SHL5 set up in my dedicated music room with acoustic room treatment from Acoustic Sciences Corporation (ASC) and Real Traps.

    The three 7 foot tall by 16 inch tube traps are along my rear wall behind the speakers, this is the launch wall for your sound system and the most important wall in your listening room to treat for best sonic results.
    Attached Files
    Thanks Jason.

    www.parmentersound.com

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    • #3
      AirTight + Monitor 40.1 = wonderful!

      Here is a picture of the AirTight ATM-3 valve mono blocks matched with the AirTight ATC-2 valve preamplifier powering my Harbeth Monitor 40.1 loudspeakers.

      The AirTight ATM-3 offers 55 watts Triode & 110 Watts UL output power, I am using the ATM-3 mono blocks in UL mode with my Harbeth M40.1, this system provides a wonderful combination of bass control and natural presentation of voice and instruments.
      Attached Files
      Thanks Jason.

      www.parmentersound.com

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      • #4
        Stands for SHL5

        Hi Jason, which stands are the SHL-5 on? Are they custom made or are branded ?

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        • #5
          Different room

          Originally posted by Jason View Post
          Here is a picture of my Harbeth SHL5 set up in my dedicated music room with acoustic room treatment from Acoustic Sciences Corporation (ASC) and Real Traps...
          Hi Jason,

          This is quite different from your usual other picture with what seems to be a "many windows" room with lots of reflections.

          By the way, what are those nice horn speakers behind the SHL5? As a friend of mine just bought an old pair of Klipsch, I'm tempted to discover more of these kind of speakers.

          Regards,

          Sébastien

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          • #6
            Sound Anchor stands

            Hi Panditr, I'm not Jason... obviously! but I can tell you that both the stands under the SHL-5s and the 40.1s are made in the USA by Sound Anchors .

            They have a comprehensive web site(www.Soundanchors.com). They are very high quality and are completely welded and very heavy.
            The price is fair for the quality but shipping costs would be the problem!

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            • #7
              Local carpenter made my stands

              Originally posted by panditr View Post
              Hi Jason, which stands are the SHL-5 on? Are they custom made or are branded ?
              I got mine done by a local carpenter for Rs 3000 for the pair - that about USD 60. With casters. There really is nothing to it, they just need to be of the right height, and stable enough to provide a safe place for the speakers to sit on.

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              • #8
                SHL5 and Soundanchor 4 posts

                Originally posted by panditr View Post
                Hi Jason, which stands are the SHL-5 on? Are they custom made or are branded ?
                Hi Panditr, the SHL5 are on the Sound Anchor 4 post stands, these stands are actually a bit high for the SHL5 as this pair is designed for the Harbeth Monitor 30.

                They still sound wonderful with the SHL5 but they lift the soundstage a bit higher than normal.
                Thanks Jason.
                Thanks Jason.

                www.parmentersound.com

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                • #9
                  Lively demo room

                  [QUOTE=Sebastien;16373]Hi Jason,

                  This is quite different from your usual other picture with what seems to be a "many windows" room with lots of reflections.

                  By the way, what are those nice horn speakers behind the SHL5? As a friend of mine just bought an old pair of Klipsch, I'm tempted to discover more of these kind of speakers.

                  Hi Sebastien, yes this is my large open plan room 7.5 meters x 10.5 meters, this room has large double glazed windows designed for maximum view looking up the West coast of NZ at Muriwai beach. We use this room for one of our demonstration rooms because of its design, it is not a ideal acoustic room and it shows that you can still get wonderful sound from a audio system in this environment. We also have a smaller 4.5 meter x 7.5 meter acoustically treated demonstration room to show what can be achieved with proper room treatment.

                  Thanks for the positive comments on the large speakers in the background, they are my own designed Parmenter Fat Boy horns, there is only one pair of these speakers made.

                  I will not go into detail on my speakers on the Harbeth forum but if you want more information on this speaker please Google search Parmenter Fat Boy horn speaker.

                  Thanks Jason.
                  Attached Files
                  Thanks Jason.

                  www.parmentersound.com

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                  • #10
                    New batch just arrived

                    New Harbeth speakers arrived and ready to go to their new homes, Monitor 30, Compact 7ES-3 & SHL5 in box`s.
                    To our new Harbeth clients we would like to welcome you to the fresh natural sound of Harbeth.
                    Attached Files
                    Thanks Jason.

                    www.parmentersound.com

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                    • #11
                      New stand supplier in New Zealand

                      We have started manufacturing speaker stands here (in New Zealand) now for the Harbeth range of loudspeakers, these will be a 4 post open frame stand made from Oak using a 45 mm x 45 mm solid wood post and 4 x 8 mm threaded spikes.

                      We are starting with stands for the Harbeth SHL5 then manufacturing to order for the rest of the Harbeth range. Pictures will be posted soon.
                      Thanks Jason.

                      www.parmentersound.com

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                      • #12
                        Nice! look forward to seeing the pics.

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                        • #13
                          New Zealand made Harbeth stands

                          Harbeth loudspeaker stands are being designed and made by Parmenter Sound, here is a pair of Harbeth SHL5 speaker stands in Ash wood before going to the painter to be sprayed black. We will be making speaker stands for the whole Harbeth range.

                          The Parmenter Harbeth 4 post speaker stand comes standard with 4 x 8 mm spikes per stand.

                          Harbeth SHL5 speaker stand as pictured is $800 NZD or $700 a pair when ordered with new Harbeth loudspeakers.
                          Attached Files
                          Thanks Jason.

                          www.parmentersound.com

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                          • #14
                            It's beautiful!

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                            • #15
                              Like open frame stands

                              Hi Garmtz, thanks for the very positive feedback on my new Harbeth speaker stand, I really like the open frame design but still offering a very strong platform for the loudspeakers to be placed.
                              Thanks Jason.

                              www.parmentersound.com

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