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Feb. 2018
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  • New owner

    Sorry, more questions. I just bought my first Harbeth. ;)

    What is the size of the spades for the Jumpers? 6, 8, 10 mm?

    PS: For a better understanding. The SHL5 are not delivered yet, so Im not able to messure... ;)
    LP12 - Klimax Kontrol/2 - Series 7 Mono - SHL5

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    • Jumpers

      I am using bananas biwired because that is what I had with my previous speakers but the spade jumpers provided are 8mm.

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      • Thanks

        O.k., thank you.
        LP12 - Klimax Kontrol/2 - Series 7 Mono - SHL5

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        • Jumpers made of speaker cable?

          Does it make any difference to use jumpers, e.g. from Q.E.D., the same cable I use as speaker cable?
          LP12 - Klimax Kontrol/2 - Series 7 Mono - SHL5

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          • Alternative links

            If QED is what you're using, then keep the supplied gold plated brass links. I'd consider using Van Damme 2.5mm at least though, as I believe this is what's inside your speakers.

            'Fisual' market a nice white jacket version of what looks very similar too...

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            • Thank you.
              LP12 - Klimax Kontrol/2 - Series 7 Mono - SHL5

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              • Internal cables?

                Again. :D

                Originally posted by DSRANCE View Post
                ...I'd consider using Van Damme 2.5mm at least though, as I believe this is what's inside your speakers...
                Can anybody confirm this Information?

                Thank you in advance.
                LP12 - Klimax Kontrol/2 - Series 7 Mono - SHL5

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                • Audible differences

                  Try those v. Monoprice AWG 12 and see if you can hear a difference that justifies the price difference. OR...., try the Van Dammes v twisted coat hangers.... :D Interested to read your observations.

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                  • More audio folly

                    Originally posted by JoDeKo View Post
                    Again. :D
                    Can anybody confirm this Information?

                    Thank you in advance.
                    don't believe the hype don't be an audiophool, use factory jumpers or any half decent wire will do : /

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                    • Harbeth binding post dimensions?

                      I did not found this info on the website so I would like to kindly ask here. What is the diameter of the speaker connectors on harbeth SHL5 and 30.1.

                      I have Cardas cables with spades and I'm a bit concerned that I might have a problem connecting these wires.

                      Thank you for your answer.
                      best, Davor.

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                      • Binding post info

                        Hi, maybe I was not clear enough so I'm attaching a pic what measure do I need.
                        Thanks a lot,
                        D.

                        binding post.jpg

                        p.s. Binding posts on the picture are not from Harbeth speakers, it is just a random pic which i used for illustration.

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                        • Cardas

                          While you're waiting for an official reply, I thought I'd let you know that I also have speaker wire with Cardas spades fitted and they work fine with the Harbeth speaker binding posts.

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                          • Measure diameter

                            Thank you kindly Don for your answer. Can you please just measure the inner distance from one spade tip to another. Just to be sure that we are having the same spades.

                            Thanks in advance.
                            wish you best,
                            D.

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                            • Spade dims

                              Originally posted by delfinus View Post
                              Thank you kindly Don for your answer. Can you please just measure the inner distance from one spade tip to another. Just to be sure that we are having the same spades.

                              Thanks in advance.
                              wish you best,
                              D.
                              Mine measure 8mm.

                              Don

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                              • Thanks

                                Thanks Don, much appreaciated. I will check when I come from my trip. Best, D.

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