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For example, the design of and interaction between the hifi amplifier and its speaker load can and potentially will alter the sound balance of what you hear. To reproduce the sounds captured by the recording microphones, as Harbeth speakers are designed to do, you would naturally select system components (sources, electronics, cables and so on) that do not color the sound before it reaches the speakers.

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My Home Set Up with C7ES3

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  • My Home Set Up with C7ES3

    My humble set up. C7es3 singing sweetly with a Manley Stingray and Jolida JD100s. Instrument solos and vocals sound fantastic with my other amp - a 300B SET.

    Stands were specially crafted and locally made out of cherry/mahogany wood by a master woodworker who's also a proud owner of a pair of C7es3


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    Appearance increases our enjoyment

    Very nice, those stands are an artistic visual compliment to the Harbeth's and your system. Sometimes I think that the appearance of our systems increase our appreciation of the music.

    As with food, the presentation on the plate increases our enjoyment of the meal.

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    • #3
      C7 stands

      Thank you for the kind words. Yes, I'm very happy with how these stands turned out. Not only are they great looking but also functional - the height can be adjusted to my taste. They're a great match for a great speaker.

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      • #4
        Mahogany and maple stands for C7

        congratulations on your C7's Albert, they should serve you well for a very long time until you get the 5's... great synergy with your system.
        btw, the stand used Mahogany and Maple.

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        • #5
          Plan appreciated

          Hi magnus,

          could you post a picture showing more of the stands? Or perhaps something like a plan? Would be really appreciated.

          Regards,
          Peter

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          • #6
            Pictures of stands

            Hi Peter,

            Here are some pics as requested. Incidentally, these stands were crafted by timber715, a master woodworker and also a proud owner of a pair of C7s.

            regards,
            Albert



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            • #7
              Additional Pics



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              • #8
                Stands

                Hi Magnus,

                Those stands sure look substantial. Much like Sonus Faber stands.

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                • #9
                  My wonderful more emotional amplifier experience

                  I was initially happy with my previous amp, a Manley Stingray, but after having enjoyed this set up for about a year, I felt that somehow there was more to be experienced with my Harbeths. I decided to upgrade my amp to an Accuphase e-360. With my new setup, the music is really fleshed out; instruments are more defined with nice clear separation and yet I still get that nice touch of warmth that I would experience when listening to a tube amp.

                  Nice detailed highs but sweet sounding without sounding harsh. The bass is not boomy or muddled -- sounds just right especially for the kind of music I listen to. Vocals are nicely rounded out with depth. Compared to my old set-up, I feel that this one now has a more defined character, with a lot more emotion coming out of the music being played.

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                  • #10
                    Accuphase

                    Hi Magnus. I was wondering how you're liking your beautiful Accuphase E-360?

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                    • #11
                      Accuphase & C7

                      Originally posted by Don Jr View Post
                      Hi Magnus. I was wondering how you're liking your beautiful Accuphase E-360?
                      Hello Don. Very happy and satisfied with this particular set up. The amp and the C7s match up very well

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                      • #12
                        Thank the loudspeakers

                        Originally posted by magnus View Post
                        Nice detailed highs but sweet sounding without sounding harsh. The bass is not boomy or muddled -- sounds just right especially for the kind of music I listen to. Vocals are nicely rounded out with depth. Compared to my old set-up, I feel that this one now has a more defined character, with a lot more emotion coming out of the music being played.
                        Hello. I am very happy that you are happy with your setup but I would like to caution you in attributing the above sound qualities to an amplifier when clearly it is the superior design of the loudspeakers and likely your own experimentation with the speaker/room interface.

                        Regards!

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                        • #13
                          Stands

                          Nice pictures there!
                          The stands look very well made. They are obviously made by the example of Sonus faber stands, used for their Electa Amator speakers.
                          Harbeth M30

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                          • #14
                            The rest was history ...

                            Originally posted by Zemlya View Post
                            Hello. I am very happy that you are happy with your setup but I would like to caution you in attributing the above sound qualities to an amplifier when clearly it is the superior design of the loudspeakers and likely your own experimentation with the speaker/room interface.

                            Regards!
                            Indeed, I agree with you that it's the synergy of all of these factors coming together and matching up to create wonderful listening sessions. At the heart of all these are the C7s which form the core of my system. When I decided to upgrade my old system, I had the goal of getting off the speaker upgrade merry go round. I asked, researched and found out about Harbeth speakers and was intrigued by the fervor displayed by owners and those who have heard them.

                            I was a sceptic until I got a chance to hear the C7s by accident. While on vacation in the US, I had dropped by the home of a friend who was hitching a ride with us. We had just stepped inside his home when I heard beautiful music playing. I asked if I could see his setup and that was my first face to face encounter with the C7. The rest was as they would say, is history...

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                            • #15
                              Amps and speakers

                              Originally posted by Zemlya View Post
                              Hello. I am very happy that you are happy with your setup but I would like to caution you in attributing the above sound qualities to an amplifier when clearly it is the superior design of the loudspeakers and likely your own experimentation with the speaker/room interface.

                              Regards!
                              Yes, but amplification is also undeniably part of the equation, as amps and amplifier topologies do impact a certain characteristic to the sound that comes out of speakers. Magnus has settled on an Accuphase and I've settled on it's cousin, a Class A Luxman. Both amps are very nice partners to Harbeths. In fact, our local distributor is also the distributor of Accuphase and Leben, and formerly Luxman (which he let go when his contacts left the company).

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