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SHL5 or C7 ES-3, good matching with Luxman L505u?

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  • #31
    Give it a long time to run in! About two weeks or so....

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    • #32
      Hi again Sebastien,

      Yes, you are right, there is a local dealer here in Toronto that is selling the Luxman product. John at MyKindOfMusic can probably help you out if you decide to pursue a Luxman integrated. He is authorized by Philip O'Hanlan (On a Higher Note) as a qualified dealer.

      You might want to also consider some of the Blue Circle amps with your new Harbeths. It's a terrific sounding combination. A FtTH integrated with your SHL5's would be absolutely dreamy sounding.

      I'm running top of the line BC gear on my Monitor 30's and I have to honestly say that I haven't been **THIS** happy with the sound in my home in years.

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      • #33
        Hi Double-D,

        Has I said above, I already order a Luxman L-505u from Audiocubes 2 one week ago. I'm really excited to hear and see it. I also agree with something that Alan said before about the presence (or absence) of tone control for bass and treble on new amp. I'll be glad to find such features on my new amp.

        Unfortunately, I send an email to M. O'Hanlon, president of On a Higher Note, two weeks ago and he didn't answer me. On their site, Audiocubes 2 answer the email quickly and provide clear information for my questions. Plus, I read a lot of good comments on them from buyers from Canada.

        Sebastien

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        • #34
          I just setup a system with Harbeth P3 paired with a very cheap Denon mini system. The pairing is ridiculous in audiophile terms, but it was amazingly good.

          I am curious - did anybody experienced a bad pairing of Harbeth with any amplifier at all?

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          • #35
            Originally posted by yeecn View Post
            I just setup a system with Harbeth P3 paired with a very cheap Denon mini system. The pairing is ridiculous in audiophile terms, but it was amazingly good.

            I am curious - did anybody experienced a bad pairing of Harbeth with any amplifier at all?
            Hi Yeecn,
            Good to hear you are enjoying your P3 with a Denon mini system. I thought you own the C7ES3 in your main system? I thought the Harbeths sounded different with all the amps I have tried on them. The Sony AV prepro/power fared the worst out of the lot and this is the only combination that I thought sounded bad with the Harbeth. I can go into details but probably not worth mentioning. Tried a plethora of "audio-grade" amps on the Harbeth and the performance varies from mediocre to good. A few outstanding ones made the Harbeth shine to their potential. Of course everyone hears differently so results will vary among individuals. One thing for sure is Harbeth are truly transparent and revealing speakers that show the true colors of each and every component changes.

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            • #36
              The P3ES2 + mini stereo is for the bedroom. The C7ES3 + AVR is in the living room. I actually preferred listening in the bedroom because of room acoustic issues with the living room.

              I had thought about upgrading the AVR to something proper - but I dropped the idea a while back when I decided that room acoustics improvements would have a much bigger impact than any amplifier I can throw in. The Denon AVR is serving me well at present - considering that I only ever play at very quiet to moderately loud level. There could be some amount of cross talk - but that would be easily overwhelmed by the reflections off the marble floor, cement ceiling and many glass surfaces.

              I don't think amplifier make that much an impact as compared to the speaker and room acoustics unless it is a very badly made amplifier. I was actually quite surprise by how competent the Denon mini stereo is. I would not hesitate to pair it with the C7 and live happily with the pairing.

              I ventured into the audiophile world thinking that it would break my bank account. Now I can honestly tell my friends that we can enjoy good sound with moderate budget.

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              • #37
                All Harbeth speakers are relatively easy to drive, so you don't need anything special to suit. Having said that, they are an open window on what is driving them, so if you have a naff sounding amp (home cinema ?) the speakers will let you know it.

                You really don't need to spend heaps of money on a good sounding amp though. I have three very happy customers using a Rega Brio-3 which is far, far better than you would expect at the price and it goes very well with Harbeth.

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                • #38
                  Hi Yeecn,

                  YOu are right in that room acoustics(not forgetting setup and speaker placement) play a huge part and can either make or break a system. If speaker setup and room acoustics are bad, no matter how good an amplifier the speakers won't sound optimum when conditions are not permitting. However, in a reasonably good room and properly set-up Harbeth system the quality of amplifier will reveal the sound differences better. I have found out the long and hard way.

                  If you're enjoying the sound from your AVR then there is no further need to look at anything else. Enjoyment from music is of utmost importance. It is unhealthy to get addicted to equipment as some of us keep seeking the best sound from continuous upgrades, those with deep pockets an exception.

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                  • #39
                    Yesterday, the new pair of Harbeth SHL5 in eucalyptus veneer, arrived to my home! I am very happy and too proud as I am the first owner of Harbeth in Romania! Special thanks to Mr. Aleksandar Maksimovic, the dealer from Serbia, who made this possible.
                    About speakers is no much to say. I put them in my setup, the Luxmans combo (L 505U + DU 50), and they really sound amazing. After a very long time my ears are only focused to the music and this is the most important thing in my opinion. I can listen now to the music and not to the speakers!
                    The synergy between Luxman and Harbeth is absolutely magnificent!
                    Excuse me for my enthusiasm, I know you understand me.
                    Next time I will put some pictures…

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by Tudor View Post
                      Yesterday, the new pair of Harbeth SHL5 in eucalyptus veneer, arrived to my home! I am very happy and too proud as I am the first owner of Harbeth in Romania! Special thanks to Mr. Aleksandar Maksimovic, the dealer from Serbia, who made this possible.
                      About speakers is no much to say. I put them in my setup, the Luxmans combo (L 505U + DU 50), and they really sound amazing. After a very long time my ears are only focused to the music and this is the most important thing in my opinion. I can listen now to the music and not to the speakers!
                      The synergy between Luxman and Harbeth is absolutely magnificent!
                      Excuse me for my enthusiasm, I know you understand me.
                      Next time I will put some pictures…
                      Wow....1st Harbeth owner there. Congrate! Good choice.
                      Hope to see your picture here.
                      http://www.harbeth.co.uk/usergroup/s...kers-amp-Setup

                      Cheers~~
                      "Bath with Music"

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                      • #41
                        Hi everyone,

                        Is there any HUG member who can send me via mail or email an example of Luxman L-505u owner's manual in english? If so, I'll pay the shipping.

                        Thank you,

                        Sebastien

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                        • #42
                          I own a Luxman L-505u but unfortunately I don’t have an user’s manual in English too. I requested that to Lux Corporation and also to the distributor On a Higher Note in USA/Canada, but I didn’t receive any answer.
                          None the less that I haven’t it, I think that is very easy to use this amp. I used it for over two years and I had no problems.
                          Anyway I am also concerned about such an owner’s manual for Luxman L 505u and Luxman DU-50.
                          If I could help you with some informations of my own experience, you're welcome.

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                          • #43
                            Hi Sebastien, I have the 505U and two owners manuals! One of them has the feel of a hastily put together translation of the Japanese for the English market, the other is a nicely produced English manual. I obviously bought my 505U when they were making the transition to the new manual! To be honest you don't need either. Not sure they tell you much that is not common sense (the normal 'make sure you don't blow yourself up when you are plugging it in' type of thing). If you need any particular specs or technical info I would be delighted to root it out for you.

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                            • #44
                              Hi Tozen,

                              Surprising because I heard of a good and complete manual. I'll let you know if I need anything and I take your feedback in consideration.

                              Sebastien

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                              • #45
                                I have an English L550A mkII manual. The controls and layout pretty much resembles that of the L505U.
                                If you want, you can PM me your details and I'll photocopy the pages and mail it out to you.
                                The only difference is that the Australian version is grounded/earthed. Therefore, the line phase circuit checking is omitted.

                                I also have an English version of Luxman's D-06 user's manual.

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