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  • Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

    Dear fellow harbeth owners,
    I was hoping that you all are able to share your photos of your beloved Harbeth speakers and your systems setup pictures... Be it new or old, P3, C7, HL5, SHL5, M20, M30, M40, NRG and etc.... I would appreciate if you could post photos of it!

    To Start - here's mine...



    Systems consist of
    1. Harbeth SHL-5 30th Anniversary
    2. dps2 Turntable with dps modified Rega RB250 tonearm + Benz HOMC
    3. JLTI modified Sony DVD NS90 CD/SACD Player
    4. Lavardin IS Reference Integrated Amp
    5. Audience AU24 Interconnects
    6. Kimber Kable 8TC Speaker Cable
    7. Hutters Rack Basic.

    Thanks...for looking...

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    Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

    Soundbyte,
    A nice idea. What's the procedure for posting a photo, along with text, on the forum? You have a lovely setup and must have just gotten the SHL5s if they're the anniversary model. Wonderful speakers which I know you will enjoy!

    Ned

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    • #3
      Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

      Originally posted by Ned Mast
      Soundbyte,
      A nice idea. What's the procedure for posting a photo, along with text, on the forum? You have a lovely setup and must have just gotten the SHL5s if they're the anniversary model. Wonderful speakers which I know you will enjoy!

      Ned
      Hi Ned,
      Thanks... yes it been only about 2 months but I have been playing them on average more than 10 hours in weekends.

      The easiest way is the following method I used:
      1. Go to www.tinypic.com or pbase.com and upload your pictures
      2. Once uploaded it will provide you with a URL of your picture that you just upload
      3. Copy the URL and choose the picture icon and paste the URL into the message box


      Do let me know if you get stuck...

      Cheers.

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      • #4
        Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

        I just tried to upload one of my pictuer of my beloved M30, this:

        http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=828bjuw&s=1

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        • #5
          Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

          Originally posted by Hu
          I just tried to upload one of my pictuer of my beloved M30, this:


          Hu,
          Very beautiful setup and Stands! Instead of posting URL... use "[IMG]" tag to post pictures. In the tinypic choose the link copy of Direct Link for Layouts

          Cheers...

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          • #6
            Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

            Originally posted by Soundbyte


            Hu,
            Very beautiful setup and Stands! Instead of posting URL... use "[IMG]" tag to post pictures. In the tinypic choose the link copy of Direct Link for Layouts

            Cheers...
            Soundbyte,

            Thanks, did not know what to do with the picture. Yours is much more beautiful than mine. I just bought a new stand for my preamp and CDP, next time I will try again.

            Cheers,

            Hu

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            • #7
              Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

              Originally posted by Hu
              Soundbyte,

              Thanks, did not know what to do with the picture. Yours is much more beautiful than mine. I just bought a new stand for my preamp and CDP, next time I will try again.

              Cheers,

              Hu
              Your Setup looks nice... beautiful matching stands. BTW - Nice Quad CD Player - what Amp and pre amp are you using?

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              • #8
                Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                Originally posted by Soundbyte
                Your Setup looks nice... beautiful matching stands. BTW - Nice Quad CD Player - what Amp and pre amp are you using?
                Oh, you recognised Quad CDP, my power amp is Plinius SA102, preamp is Audio Note M3.

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                • #9
                  Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                  Originally posted by Hu
                  Oh, you recognised Quad CDP, my power amp is Plinius SA102, preamp is Audio Note M3.
                  Thanks for Sharing... must have provide you with countless hours of sonics bliss... :-)

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                  • #10
                    Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                    Originally posted by Soundbyte
                    Thanks for Sharing... must have provide you with countless hours of sonics bliss... :-)
                    Thank you for your kind words, yes, my dear friends provide me with countless hours of happiness, but unfortunately, bitterness as well :-)

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                    • #11
                      Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                      Hi Soundbyte and Hu,
                      Wonderful setup...I will post mine soon but my room look ugly..

                      Hi Hu
                      Is your stand and rack's brand GuiZhun? How much you paid for the stand in CND?
                      "Bath with Music"

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                      • #12
                        Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                        Originally posted by keithwwk
                        Hi Soundbyte and Hu,
                        Wonderful setup...I will post mine soon but my room look ugly..

                        Hi Hu
                        Is your stand and rack's brand GuiZhun? How much you paid for the stand in CND?
                        Please post... I would like to see your new SHL-5 OFC 30th Anniversary too... :-)

                        Cheers.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                          Originally posted by keithwwk
                          Hi Soundbyte and Hu,
                          Wonderful setup...I will post mine soon but my room look ugly..

                          Hi Hu
                          Is your stand and rack's brand GuiZhun? How much you paid for the stand in CND?
                          Hi Keithwwk,

                          Yes, Guangzhou Guizu: http://www.guizu.com.cn/index.htm, I cannot recall how much I paid, probably this: rack - 780 yuan, base for poweramp 1200 - 1400 yuan, stands for speakers, probably as the base for poweramp.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                            Originally posted by Hu
                            Hi Keithwwk,

                            Yes, Guangzhou Guizu: http://www.guizu.com.cn/index.htm, I cannot recall how much I paid, probably this: rack - 780 yuan, base for poweramp 1200 - 1400 yuan, stands for speakers, probably as the base for poweramp.
                            Hi Hu, recently we have an agent/dealer for Guizu & they seem to be selling quite well. They seems to have stands taylor made for spks like LS-3/5As, Harbeth C7, SHL-5 & Spendor spks like SP-1/2 & SP100. From the pics, they look very solid & nice indeed.

                            By the way, you mentioned that your system has not only brought you many hours of happiness but bitterness as well. Care to elaborate on that? Thks.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                              Originally posted by Gan CK
                              Hi Hu, recently we have an agent/dealer for Guizu & they seem to be selling quite well. They seems to have stands taylor made for spks like LS-3/5As, Harbeth C7, SHL-5 & Spendor spks like SP-1/2 & SP100. From the pics, they look very solid & nice indeed.

                              By the way, you mentioned that your system has not only brought you many hours of happiness but bitterness as well. Care to elaborate on that? Thks.
                              Recently I bought Taoc AS stands for my preamp and CDP, that is more solid than Guizu wooden one, and make the sound more vivid.

                              Bitterness: long long treck of searching for amps for my beloved M30, and this amp hums or that amp or CDP strikes.

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