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  • #16
    Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

    Originally posted by Hu
    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.
    Oic....lucky for me i never had any such problems with all the Harbeths that i had as well as the SHL-5 that i currently own. I had a brief listen to M30 in comparison to C7 & SHL-5 & felt that the M30 is not as amplifier friendly as the C7 or SHL-5. Hence, i can understand your frustration & bitterness. I reckon the M30 will sound awesome when properly driven & setup. Well, i am sure you are now enjoying your M30 after the long search. Happy listening.

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    • #17
      Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

      Originally posted by Gan CK
      Oic....lucky for me i never had any such problems with all the Harbeths that i had as well as the SHL-5 that i currently own. I had a brief listen to M30 in comparison to C7 & SHL-5 & felt that the M30 is not as amplifier friendly as the C7 or SHL-5. Hence, i can understand your frustration & bitterness. I reckon the M30 will sound awesome when properly driven & setup. Well, i am sure you are now enjoying your M30 after the long search. Happy listening.
      Thank you, Gan CK, yes, enjoy now and happy with one thing: get rid of power conditioner and fancy power cords.

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      • #18
        Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

        Season's greetings everyone!

        I uploaded a description of my system in Audiogon (Harbeth SHL-5s included) , you can find it here. I would appreciate any comments and opinions as to placement, electronics matching etc


        Cheers,

        Nikolas

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        • #19
          Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

          Originally posted by NikPer
          Season's greetings everyone!

          I uploaded a description of my system in Audiogon (Harbeth SHL-5s included) , you can find it here. I would appreciate any comments and opinions as to placement, electronics matching etc


          Cheers,

          Nikolas
          Nikolas
          Hope you don't mind I repost it in this forum.... Beautiful setup...

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          • #20
            Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

            Originally posted by NikPer
            Season's greetings everyone!

            I uploaded a description of my system in Audiogon (Harbeth SHL-5s included) , you can find it here. I would appreciate any comments and opinions as to placement, electronics matching etc


            Cheers,

            Nikolas
            And these pictures too...



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            • #21
              Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

              Nice setup!
              My pix is coming soon.....
              "Bath with Music"

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              • #22
                Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                Originally posted by Soundbyte
                Nikolas
                Hope you don't mind I repost it in this forum.... Beautiful setup...
                Be my guest! One thing that is about to change is the stands, i have just ordered (took me a year to make up my mind!) the 4 post 18" Skylans.
                You will notice that one picture is my old setup which includes also movies, ps3 and satellite tv but had the restriction of placing the Harbeths really close to the speaker wall. Just before the New Year we took the decision to isolate the pure-audio equipment so we had the liberty to place the speakers properly in the room, which as you can see from the photos sit a generous 1.3 meters (4ft. i believe? ) from the back wall. The change in soundstage for one is immense, favoring of course the new placement. The speakers are also symmetrically placed to the side walls, about 70cm, wall to woofer center. I am very favourable to *not* isolating the speaker from the side walls, as i believe this can induce a nice spacious-ness to the sound.

                OTOH i think reflections from speaker wall might as well be entirely eliminated as they sort of blur what i imagine is the mid frequencies and removes 'definition' from the sound (as you will see my hifi-speak leaves a lot to the imagination!!!)

                Thanks to the new speaker placement i am quite content with the sound one itsy little bit of an issue could be a harshness that is present when you play really loud so to remedy this (or just to find an excuse to buy something, really!) i will go for swapping the KT88 of my amp with EL34, which are supposed to be smoother but lacking in power.

                Thank you all indeed for your kind words and best regards,

                Nikolas

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                • #23
                  Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                  Hi all,

                  Picture of my set-up:

                  Speakers: Super HL5 30th Anniversary (Tiger Ebony)
                  Room size about 18ft x 9ft x ceiling height 8ft

                  Hope everyone can contribute as well.


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                  • #24
                    Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                    Originally posted by Jmohd View Post
                    Hi all,

                    Picture of my set-up:

                    Speakers: Super HL5 30th Anniversary (Tiger Ebony)
                    Room size about 18ft x 9ft x ceiling height 8ft

                    Hope everyone can contribute as well.



                    Wow very nice pic. How does the SHL-5 sound with your classe electronics?

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                    • #25
                      Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                      Originally posted by Gan CK View Post
                      Wow very nice pic. How does the SHL-5 sound with your classe electronics?
                      Hi Gan CK,

                      Well, It has been about 3 hrs per day for 4 days of listeining sessions. I felt that the sound isn't right as compared to my previous speakers.

                      Recently went to visit local dealer to ask for his opinion. He said, "Give a few more days to 'run-in' a bit"

                      Well, today I played "TOTEM" with plenty of deep bass to 'run-in' for almost 6hrs. True enough, the soundstage, depth etc. has opened up. May be tonight i will do a serious listening session.

                      Picture of the CD I used


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                      • #26
                        Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                        Originally posted by Jmohd View Post
                        Hi all,

                        Picture of my set-up:

                        Speakers: Super HL5 30th Anniversary (Tiger Ebony)
                        Room size about 18ft x 9ft x ceiling height 8ft

                        Hope everyone can contribute as well.


                        Wow... a beauty.... look so good.... nice and "warm" effect room lighting! Thanks for sharing your pictures!

                        Cheers...

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                        • #27
                          Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                          Audio in FLAC format >> Squeezebox 2 >> Lavry DA-10 >> Cary Audio SLI-80 Signature SE >> Harbeth Super HL5.

                          A couple of months ago I tried a used Exposure XXX integrated amplifier with the Super HL5. It sounded terrific! It was almost as good as the SLI80 and even had better punch than the SLI80. The part that the Exposure could not match up is in the midrange. The SLI80 evidently had better mid-range clarity and delicacy.

                          If I want a solid state amplifier to drive the Super HL5 you already know what I will be buying.

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                          • #28
                            Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                            Originally posted by leekb View Post
                            Audio in FLAC format >> Squeezebox 2 >> Lavry DA-10 >> Cary Audio SLI-80 Signature SE >> Harbeth Super HL5.

                            A couple of months ago I tried a used Exposure III integrated amplifier with the Super HL5. It sounded terrific! It was almost as good as the SLI80 and even had better punch than the SLI80. The part that the Exposure could not match up is in the midrange. The SLI80 evidently had better mid-range clarity and delicacy.

                            If I want a solid state amplifier to drive the Super HL5 you already know what I will be buying.

                            wow... really nice... really nice stands... a really lovely system... Thanks for sharing.... I bet the "tubes" give you the countless sonic bliss!

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                            • #29
                              Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                              Originally posted by leekb View Post
                              Audio in FLAC format >> Squeezebox 2 >> Lavry DA-10 >> Cary Audio SLI-80 Signature SE >> Harbeth Super HL5.

                              A couple of months ago I tried a used Exposure III integrated amplifier with the Super HL5. It sounded terrific! It was almost as good as the SLI80 and even had better punch than the SLI80. The part that the Exposure could not match up is in the midrange. The SLI80 evidently had better mid-range clarity and delicacy.

                              If I want a solid state amplifier to drive the Super HL5 you already know what I will be buying.

                              WoW! beautiful set-up.
                              The grills are off. Is it for the picture shot ?
                              Any toe in?
                              What's your room size?

                              Rgds

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                              • #30
                                Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                                Thanks for the compliment. The grille is off only for the shoot. I always listen with the grille on. I use a bit of toe in for the SHL5. This is the dimension of my listening room.

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