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Identifying system components for their sonic neutrality should logically proceed from the interpretation and analysis of their technical, objective performance, since deviations from a flat frequency response at any point along the signal chain from microphone to ear is likely to create an audible sonic personality in what you hear. That includes the contribution of the listening room itself. To accurately reproduce the recorded sound, as Harbeth speakers are designed to do, you would be advised to select system components (sources, electronics, cables and so on) that do not color the sound before it reaches the speakers.

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. This may or may not be what you wish to achieve, but on the face of it, any deviation from a flat response - and the frequency balance of tube amplifiers are usually influenced by their speaker load - is a step away from a truly neutral system. HUG has extensively discussed amplifiers and the methods for seeking the most objectively neutral amongst a plethora of available product choices.

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  • Just bought a pair of SHL5 in rosewood. Looking fwd for the years of enjoyment to come.

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    • Hi godlau,


      Welcome to the HUG and congrats on the new purchase. Pls post pictures of your system.

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      • Originally posted by godlau View Post
        Just bought a pair of SHL5 in rosewood. Looking fwd for the years of enjoyment to come.
        Hey Gordon, welcome to the HUG forum! Nice to see you here and at the Naim forum. ;)

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        • Hi everyone,

          After a long wait, here they are. I received my Harbeth SHL5 yesterday. I was so excited and I already cumulated 8 hours of listening.

          First of all, these speakers are magic. I'm not tempted to describe them in terms of "bass is like this, mid like that, resolution like this, soundstage like that". No. The comment that will resume the best my feeling is that these are the speakers that make me feel the emotion of the music. Like no other have done in the past. They have a little something that's difficult to describe. Balance, musical, warm, natural ? Maybe all of these. It is like entering a new universe.

          Yes, I will rediscover my LP and CD collection but I will discover a new way to enjoy music. And yes, they can play any types of music. Yes, they are addictive. Yes, thank you Alan and all the Harbeth team. Yes, Thank you.

          Sebastien

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          • Not being able to say anything about your Harbeth speakers actually says a lot!

            Enjoy your new musical instruments, Sebastien!

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            • My SHL5s have arrived - these speakers are magic

              Originally posted by Sebastien View Post
              Hi everyone,

              After a long wait, here they are. I received my Harbeth SHL5 yesterday. I was so excited and I already cumulated 8 hours of listening. First of all, these speakers are magic.... Yes, I will rediscover my LP and CD collection but I will discover a new way to enjoy music. And yes, they can play any types of music. Yes, they are addictive. Yes, thank you Alan and all the Harbeth team. Yes, Thank you.

              Sebastien
              Hi Sebastien, welcome to the club. Yes Harbeth speakers not only reproduce sound but also bring you the heart & soul of the music that is usually missing from other speakers.

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              • SHL5 - bought where?

                HI Sebastien
                Did you got it from Claude? at Son Ideal?
                I got mine also with the Cronus Magnum yesterday.... now i just need a CD player or a Dac.. right now im using my p3 to play it... wish to have more money to spend for music

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                • Shl5

                  Originally posted by Tran Khoa View Post
                  HI Sebastien
                  Did you got it from Claude? at Son Ideal?
                  I got mine also with the Cronus Magnum yesterday.... now i just need a CD player or a Dac.. right now im using my p3 to play it... wish to have more money to spend for music
                  Hi Tran,

                  I've got mine from a private seller. I also enjoy them mostly via my Rega P3 turntable which I really like for already 4 years now.

                  I wish you a lot of good listening time with your new Harbeth.

                  Sebastien

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                  • Can someone pls kindly tell me wht's SHL5's nomina impedance? brochure said 8ohms but the current website said 6? 'cos i'm have borrowed a pair of Lamm M 1.2 monoblocs and need to set the imedance settings. either 1-6 ohm or 8-16 ohm. thks

                    {Moderators comment: Use either. It will make no practical difference. Did you look on the Harbeth SHL5 web page? If you did, you'll see an impedance curve. Can you say from studying the curve the speaker is 6 or 8 ohms? No, we can't either because it's not a flat line at 6 or 8 ohms. The curve is to be found here.}

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                    • SHL5 impdedance

                      thks. i just look at the curve now, and it seems they will never dip below 6 ohms or so.... shd be easy load for amps then.

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                      • Smooth vocals on SHL5

                        I just want to say no matter at what position I am at, SHL5 just sounds good. Especially the vocals, is so smooth!!

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                        • Gloriously beautiful

                          Originally posted by Dominic View Post
                          Especially the vocals, is so smooth!!
                          Oh yes. I was listening to the King’s Singers (and also Swingle Singers) on Classical Beatles (EMI Classics 2008) yesterday and they sound gloriously beautiful. Its a very entertaining album, which can be listened to, time and time again. Lesley Garrett is also on this 2CD album.

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                          • The smelling Radial woofer

                            Since I received my SHL5 last June and I've taken them out of the box, I discover a proeminent "rubber, plastic, synthetic smell" from them. I quickly realized that it cames from the Radial woofer.

                            Now that weeks have past, they still smell this. I can identify that they smell more has I play the music louder. But to tell you the thruth, it's subtile, livable and they sound very good. When they arrived, my speakers were almost brand new.

                            Is there any other HUGer who had already experience this?

                            Sebastien

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                            • Smells?

                              Having unpacked several pairs of Harbeth's I can say the only smell I have experienced is the wonderful smell of the fresh wood cabinets. I store one demo pair of the complete Harbeth line in a small room and there is no odour of any kind attributable to the speakers. The wood smell gradually disappears after a couple of weeks in the open.

                              Have you been to a local dealer and had a similar experience?

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                              • Synthetic material smell?

                                Hi Don,

                                Thanks for your feed-back. My SHL5 were my first Harbeth! It looks like you have way more experience then me.

                                In my experience, when I unpacked them, it was quite obvious that the smell was from the Radial woofer but I find it normal. I think that such a synthetic material can smells like this. But no, I never experience this at any dealer or Hi-Fi show. I know that one Harbeth dealer here in Montreal has the same SHL5 demo since two years, no more smells on this one ;-)

                                Sebastien

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