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Which one is the replacement of HL COMPACT?

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  • Which one is the replacement of HL COMPACT?

    Dear Alan & Harbeth Fans:
    Long time no see! Miss you all so much!!
    I've been working for about half a year to get a Ph.D.
    Now I've got a question,"Is HL COMPACT replaced by SHL5 or Compact 7es3?"
    In other words,"Is SHL5 or Compact 7es3 the ramification of HL COMPACT ?"
    Waiting for the answers.
    thanks.
    Zhangyu

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    Re: Which one is the replacement of HL COMPACT?

    Originally posted by zhangyu.H View Post
    Dear Alan & Harbeth Fans:
    Long time no see! Miss you all so much!!
    I've been working for about half a year to get a Ph.D.
    Now I've got a question,"Is HL COMPACT replaced by SHL5 or Compact 7es3?"
    In other words,"Is SHL5 or Compact 7es3 the ramification of HL COMPACT ?"
    Waiting for the answers.
    thanks.
    Zhangyu
    Hi Zhangyu, the SHL-5 does not replace the HL-Compact. If i am not wrong, the original Compact (Circa 1987/88 thereabouts) was Alan's so called 1st project after he had taken over Harbeth Acoustics. Then not long after that, the HL-5 was launched to supersede the HL-MK4. Then in about 1993/94, Alan came up with the HL-Compact 7 to replace the original HL-Compact. The Current HL-Compact 7 ES3 is thus the latest version of the Compact 7 whereas SHL-5 is the revised & improved version of the original HL-5.

    Both the HL-Compact & HL-5 used TPX as their main driver material whereas the current C7-ES3 & SHL-5 use Radial. In the case of the C7-ES3, its actually Radial 2.

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      Re: Which one is the replacement of HL COMPACT?

      Originally posted by Gan CK View Post
      Hi Zhangyu, the SHL-5 does not replace the HL-Compact. If i am not wrong, the original Compact (Circa 1987/88 thereabouts) was Alan's so called 1st project after he had taken over Harbeth Acoustics. Then not long after that, the HL-5 was launched to supersede the HL-MK4. Then in about 1993/94, Alan came up with the HL-Compact 7 to replace the original HL-Compact. The Current HL-Compact 7 ES3 is thus the latest version of the Compact 7 whereas SHL-5 is the revised & improved version of the original HL-5.

      Both the HL-Compact & HL-5 used TPX as their main driver material whereas the current C7-ES3 & SHL-5 use Radial. In the case of the C7-ES3, its actually Radial 2.
      Thanks for detailed explanation。

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      • #4
        Re: Which one is the replacement of HL COMPACT?

        Dear Alan:
        Are there any M40 to be produced or they're just replaced by M40.1?

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        • #5
          Re: Which one is the replacement of HL COMPACT?

          The M40.1 replaces the M40.
          Alan A. Shaw
          Designer, owner
          Harbeth Audio UK

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