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Very pretty, especially so in rosewood.
Are the speaker stand custom made?
The stands are from our local dealer. All welded steel construction. Top and bottom frames are fabricated from about 25mm thk. solid flat bar and pillars are of hollow sections (tubing) which are injected with "damping" compound.
Truly a nice set up. Should have ordered my 40.1 in rosewood. Do you have your set up in a dedicated room and what are the dimensions if I may ask? Have been entertaining thoughts of building a dedicated room but the following dimensions are the maximum I can squeeze - 11.5 feet width, 16-18 feet lenght and about 9 feet height. I have been told I need about 14 feet width for the 40.1 and the speakers may be too much for a room of the mentioned dimensions.
Thank you for your reply. I checked a few sites and the dimensions I am getting for a width of 11.5 feet reduces the length to approximately 13.5 feet and height a tad over 8 feet. That reduces the size of the room even more.
Care to throw in a guess where am I likely to encounter problems? mid/low bass?
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.
Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup
Its an shl5. You're absolutely right, the stands are not the right ones and were for a pair of rogers. too tall - 22" and too small. There's no drinking allowed in the house at the moment till the speakers sit on a set of skylans which are on their way and which should be here this coming week. at the moment i sit on 3 thick pillows to get to tweeter level and maybe that should be the most comedic photo here but i dont care cause the sound is pretty fantastic.
Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup
Finally got the proper stands for the shl5's and have stopped sitting on 5 inches of pillows. the sound is just pretty awesome now. absolutely amazing. some lessons from this episode is that
-revealing speakers can be good listenable speakers
- Metal dome tweeters can be magnificent (this was a factor which made me sceptical about the shl5. "metal domes sound harsh" is another hifi falsehood)
-focus on the 20% which give the 80% difference in sound ie. speakers.
-comparing speakers/ amplifiers in a showroom has its limitations
- you need to listen a while to know if you can really live with something
- sounds which first draw your attention is very likely to be the ones you want to forget quickest
i had actually stopped listening to music for over a year and attribute that to my last pair of speakers. they were simply awful but they did take my breath away at first listen. it was like a supemodel. sexy and impressive but tiring (thats what i read in the tabloids). the harbeths are classy, smooth and has an amazingly powerful sound when the music contains it eg. some Michael Jackson tracks.