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Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

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  • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

    Originally posted by sunshine View Post
    Should have gotten myself into vinyl long ago
    Music is so natural and real with vinyl.
    Still with my 7, dying for a 5....sigh
    Hi Sunshine,
    Skip the 5 go straight to 40.1 :-)

    Cheers...

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    • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

      Hi,

      Haha....1st, i do not have that kind of money, 2nd i cannot afford, 3rd i haven't that kind of financial capability and 4th too big for my hall :-)

      Later

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      • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

        Originally posted by Don Leman View Post

        Here is a current picture of my sound room. The dimensions are L20' W12' H7.5'. The speaker and listening positions were calculated using CARA software
        Wow... Don... lovely setup.... I wish I have the space to accommodate the king!

        Thanks for Sharing!

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        • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

          Soundbyte,

          Looking at your room, imo no problem for the "King"..

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          • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

            Originally posted by Jmohd View Post
            Soundbyte,

            Looking at your room, imo no problem for the "King"..
            Not without a lot of sound treatment.... plus I know the "king" will really benefit with extra room space to allow it to breathe.... So for now I will have to stick with SHL5...

            Cheers....

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            • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

              Originally posted by sunshine View Post
              Hi,

              Haha....1st, i do not have that kind of money, 2nd i cannot afford, 3rd i haven't that kind of financial capability and 4th too big for my hall :-)

              Later
              oh yes you can.... wait till the "upgrade" bug comes on... As for Vinyl is never too late! Keep on spinning the "dark" side!

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              • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                Originally posted by sunshine View Post
                Should have gotten myself into vinyl long ago
                Music is so natural and real with vinyl.
                Still with my 7, dying for a 5....sigh
                Wow great to hear that you finally couldn't resist the charm of vinyl & got into it. Anybody serious about music should have a turntable in his/her setup. Period.

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                • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                  Dear all fans,
                  I am posting my setup with SHL5 in my apartment(3.9m *4.1m) in Shanghai. Currently I am using 2 amps: SIMAUDIO I5.3rs or an EL34 tube(35w power) made in China, with CDP as EXPOSURE 2010S.
                  Enjoy music brough by harbeth and
                  Cheers!
                  Attached Files

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                  • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                    Welcome dungadeng,

                    Nice set-up !!
                    Which amp to do you mostly listen to?

                    I can see that you have innovative way of removing the speaker grills.
                    Care to share with us and a close shot would be nice.

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                    • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                      Hi Dungadeng.

                      Can you please give us some info for your speaker stands as they seem solid and very good construction.

                      Thanks

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                      • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                        Originally posted by Jmohd View Post
                        Welcome dungadeng,
                        Nice set-up !!
                        Which amp to do you mostly listen to?
                        I can see that you have innovative way of removing the speaker grills.
                        Care to share with us and a close shot would be nice.
                        Hi Jmohd,
                        thanks.
                        It's really too difficult to remove the grills so I just put ribbons after I removed them the first time. With these small ribbons its easy to remove the grills to clean or show to my friends.

                        The tube amp is my friend's. So far I think my simaudio I5.3rs is better to push SHL5 than this EL34 tube, yet for some female voice the El34 tube is better ONLY after warming for more than 1 hours. During most of my music time I am using SIMAUDIO I5.3RS indeed.
                        cheers
                        dungadeng

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                        • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                          Originally posted by codel View Post
                          Hi Dungadeng.
                          Can you please give us some info for your speaker stands as they seem solid and very good construction.

                          Thanks
                          Dear Codel,
                          this stand is heavy (abt 20kg for one stand) with 40cm height named GENTLEMAN, tailor-made for SHL5. Here is the web, but i feel sorry that it seems to be in chinese language fully: http://www.berner-cn.com/chanpin.htm
                          I don't know you can buy it in Greece or not, I attach here the full pic for the stand.
                          cheers
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                          • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                            very nice stand. the best looking stand so far.

                            is there any way to get it in HK?

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                            • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                              Originally posted by chord View Post
                              very nice stand. the best looking stand so far.
                              is there any way to get it in HK?
                              Hello Chord,
                              I think maybe you can buy them in Shenzhen and just put them into a car or try other transportation ways to Hongkong?

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                              • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                                any P3ESR setup picture for us to savour in?

                                this picture is driving me crazy

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