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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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Jan. 2018
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Will new SHL5s eliminate harsh/bright recordings?

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  • #16

    Thank goodness for that [huge grin]..... Most of my SHL5 listening has actually been with the speaker closer to walls and corners than absolutely ideal, and my positive vibes about them still remain

    {Moderator's comment: please remember that there are NO hard and fast rules about speaker placement because every room is different. Do not be to worried about this.}


    • #17
      Minimum stand height?


      Just one question to you good SHL5 owners... With my pair the dealer brought round a set of stands. They look pretty solid, but they are only about 10" high and they aren't adjustable. Is there a recommended height the speaker should be?


      • #18
        Ideally listen on main tweeter axis

        Originally posted by Maccar View Post
        Well I demoed the SHL5's yesterday and still have them... enough said!

        I've owned both ProAc and ATC, both of which I've enjoyed for different reasons, but always felt there was something lacking in both makes and often thought if I could find a speaker somewhere between the two, they would be right for me.

        The Harbeth definitely falls into that category. They retain the detail without harshness, with beautiful mids and with plenty of base without ever getting boomy.

        You can probably buy other speakers that do better in some areas, but none so balanced as Harbeth.
        Hi Maccar,

        Glad that the SHL-5 demo turned out to so positive for you. With regards to stands, as long as the main tweeter is raised up to approximately the listener's ear level, then that should suffice.


        • #19
          Move up and down and judge best height

          That is a bit low unless your seat is very low to the ground. Ideally, you want the main tweeter at ear level. If you move up and down in the seat, you can judge the effect yourself.

          Also, IMO, the best stands are light, open frames. Not fat and heavy.