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  • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

    Congratulation for moving the Harbeth to the living space. Nice speakers and music is to be shared and show off. With the speakers in the living room I am sure that you will get a lot of chance to listen to it. Very mundane task can become a lot more enjoyable with good music in the background.

    I have been doing a lot more yoga since I have my Harbeth. I am no longer rushing through the routines becaue the mind is rushing off to the next task. Good music can play an integral part in the wellbeing of the family.

    Nice living room you have.

    Cheers,
    Yee

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    • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

      Hi Yee, thanks for the kind words. I agree that good speakers need to be enjoyed, and the Harbeth has added a touch of class to my living room. I didn't expect the SHL5 to be so beautiful. I guess the light cherry finish complements the living area nicely. I just need to be careful when listening at moderate to loud volume levels now as I won't have the luxury to blast the music at free will since the speakers are now not in a dedicated room. Surprisingly the sound from the speakers manage to fill the huge listening space at moderate volume levels and transform my home into a concert hall, well almost. It is just a matter of time before my next-door neighbour asks me if I have bought a new stereo set, which isn't really a good sign when the question comes.

      Cheers.

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      • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

        Originally posted by ryder View Post


        Wow, what a nice & huge living rm you have there Ryder. Can even accomodate M40.1 in there.

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        • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

          Originally posted by ryder View Post


          Hi Ryder,

          Nice living area you have there And having able to place all source on the right side (or should I say to 1 side) with the speakers in the most possible open area... I could only imagine the soundstage to be wonderful

          As for me... I am giving up my Krell amp... or should I say... I prefer my Harbeth 7s with tubes now, I am still trying out SET 300B tube with my system now, I am happy so far at this stage... therefore still listening now... hahaha. I may just confirm on this China made set, or may look around for another.... still pondering

          Happy listening... fellow Harbeth

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          • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

            Originally posted by tein3 View Post
            Hi Ryder,

            Nice living area you have there And having able to place all source on the right side (or should I say to 1 side) with the speakers in the most possible open area... I could only imagine the soundstage to be wonderful

            As for me... I am giving up my Krell amp... or should I say... I prefer my Harbeth 7s with tubes now, I am still trying out SET 300B tube with my system now, I am happy so far at this stage... therefore still listening now... hahaha. I may just confirm on this China made set, or may look around for another.... still pondering

            Happy listening... fellow Harbeth
            tein3,

            What tube amp are you using?

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            • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

              Originally posted by ryder View Post
              After more than 3 months living with the SHL5 I moved them from the dedicated room to the living area downstairs for the first time today since I was curious to know how they would sound like in a real listening environment. After all Harbeth speakers are designed in real listening environments so I guess they should do better than all my previous speakers which never lasted more than 1 day in the same spot before they were lugged back to the dedicated room. With random placement and a few minutes of fine tuning I have come to a conclusion that the Harbeth sounds very good even in an odd-sized room with ZERO room treatments. I was really amazed. Since I already had a few diffusors and absorption panels I placed some on one side of the wall.

              Now I am left with a dilemma. I need to find myself another pair of speakers for my dedicated room since the SHL5 will be permanently in my living room now making some wonderful music. I just hope my neighbours won't come knocking on my door when I blast the music.






              Hi Ryder,


              where do you live (country)?

              Best regards
              Heiner

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              • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                hi ryder,
                i can't help myself so i save your pictures in my special Super HL5 folder pictures... ...these pictures are stunning...hope it's not copyrighted...hehehe

                cheers..

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                • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                  heiner1960, I'm from Malaysia.

                  aawcy, thanks. Actually there are other members here who have more impressive Harbeth-based setups in living rooms with great interior, one of them being my friend who owns the M40.1 but unfortunately they do not share the photos of their systems too much due to privacy.

                  GanCK, if I knew the SHL5 can sound so good in less-than-ideal listening rooms I would have seriously saved up for the M40.1s. Anyway they are still quite a bit above my budget at more than 3X the value of the SHL5 but I will be keeping an eye on them now. I am still astounded by how well the SHL5 sounds like in the living room considering all my previous speakers sounded almost horrible in the same spot. Although imaging is better in dedicated rooms with a more clean, accurate and precise presentation, the sound is more "live" in the living as the speakers have more room to breath. With the much bigger space, hard reflective surfaces from the walls to the floor and hard furnitures all round, surprisingly the Harbeth can still sound so good with its full, organic and natural sound with almost zero listening fatigue, all these without any room treatments~! I am really amazed and pleased with the sound I'm currently getting from the system. As a matter of fact, when listening from the dry kitchen about 20' away from the back of the speakers, the sound is still full and natural with no loss in detail. Really remarkable. I will be concentrating on my front-end now especially on the digital end since most of my listening material nowadays is only in vinyl.

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                  • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                    Originally posted by Jmohd View Post
                    tein3,

                    What tube amp are you using?
                    Hi Jmohd,

                    I will be usign 300B tube amp by Sun Audio / Well Audio Lab, will be collecting later today

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                    • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                      Originally posted by tein3 View Post
                      Hi Jmohd,

                      I will be usign 300B tube amp by Sun Audio / Well Audio Lab, will be collecting later today

                      Hi Jmohd / Gan and guys...

                      Here it is, it has reach my home... and playing for the last 2 hours. Simply love the sexy tubes too...

                      Love the glow... See the next few pictures...


                      Here is the blue glow...

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                      • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                        More of the glow... continue from the earlier post...

                        So now... when listen in the dark... got visual and sound... lovely Burn essence oil in the room while listening... adds the smell... plus indulging in Music... ? Simply heaven...



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                        • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                          Originally posted by tein3 View Post
                          So now... when listen in the dark... got visual and sound... lovely Burn essence oil in the room while listening... adds the smell... plus indulging in Music... ? Simply heaven...
                          Sounds like heaven, feels like heaven and smells like one too? Stepping into the room must be a sheer musical bliss for you now. Great looking amp there. I'm sure it sounds better than it looks and hopefully steer you towards the right direction from your previous Krell KAV-300i.

                          Enjoy~

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                          • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                            Originally posted by ryder View Post
                            Sounds like heaven, feels like heaven and smells like one too? Stepping into the room must be a sheer musical bliss for you now. Great looking amp there. I'm sure it sounds better than it looks and hopefully steer you towards the right direction from your previous Krell KAV-300i.

                            Enjoy~
                            LOL, in quotes from my earlier... yes, it is a sheer musical bliss, in fact since I had my Harbeth 7s, it has been that way.

                            I still do enjoy it with my Krell (which is sold to finance this new amp) and also my other amps, vintage though... the Audiolab 8000A and A400... all have it's own strength in it's musical sense, on different choice of music... etc.

                            Just that, tubes have their unique sense of music which I enjoy too or should I say lean owards more? Which amps have more musical bliss... that is hard to quantify, cos they have strength in different music, and my listening choice of genre is almost across all.

                            My very first speaker in my 20's was Celestion with NAD amp... then move to a set of vintage, Radford EL34 PP, pre power british amp (which stay with me the longest)... then I gave it up for a transistor amp (Rega) earlier this year as I found tube amp too troublesome... both were paired with my old Sonus Faber speaker... then change speaker DynAudio... and last change of speaker was to my current Harbeths, before the Harbeth land in my possession, I change this amp to that... to this...

                            LOL, and now... end of the day, still came back to British speaker and tube set up... LOL ...

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                            • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                              Originally posted by tein3 View Post
                              LOL, in quotes from my earlier... yes, it is a sheer musical bliss, in fact since I had my Harbeth 7s, it has been that way.

                              I still do enjoy it with my Krell (which is sold to finance this new amp) and also my other amps, vintage though... the Audiolab 8000A and A400... all have it's own strength in it's musical sense, on different choice of music... etc.

                              Just that, tubes have their unique sense of music which I enjoy too or should I say lean owards more? Which amps have more musical bliss... that is hard to quantify, cos they have strength in different music, and my listening choice of genre is almost across all.

                              My very first speaker in my 20's was Celestion with NAD amp... then move to a set of vintage, Radford EL34 PP, pre power british amp (which stay with me the longest)... then I gave it up for a transistor amp (Rega) earlier this year as I found tube amp too troublesome... both were paired with my old Sonus Faber speaker... then change speaker DynAudio... and last change of speaker was to my current Harbeths, before the Harbeth land in my possession, I change this amp to that... to this...

                              LOL, and now... end of the day, still came back to British speaker and tube set up... LOL ...

                              Hi tein3,
                              Thanks for sharing...Nice photos shot and nice story..LOL..
                              "Bath with Music"

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                              • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                                Originally posted by tein3 View Post
                                More of the glow... continue from the earlier post...

                                So now... when listen in the dark... got visual and sound... lovely Burn essence oil in the room while listening... adds the smell... plus indulging in Music... ? Simply heaven...



                                Yo tein3, wow wow wow.....the glow of those 300B tubes sure look extremely inviting.....nice pics....looking forward to hearing it in action next week if all goes well.....i mentioned it in an SMS to you just now & i'll say it again...you are one lucky fella.... )

                                Looks like you're gonna sleep very late tonite....LOL...

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