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Harbeth HL-S8 tower

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  • Harbeth HL-S8 tower

    I am considering a purchase of the Harbeth model HL S8. I can't find many general information on them, since they are out of production. I would appreciate any data or comment you may post in order to help my decision. My amplifier is: Audio Analogue Puccini SE .

    Regards, Angelo Avenante (Florence).

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    Re: HL-S8

    Originally posted by Avenante View Post
    I am considering a purchase of the Harbeth model HL S8. I can't find many general information on them, since they are out of production. I would appreciate any data or comment you may post in order to help my decision. My amplifier is: Audio Analogue Puccini SE.
    Hi Avenante, the HL-S8 is the floorstanding version of the defunct HL-K6. And the K6 used to sit in between the P3 & C7 employing the C7's mid/bass driver & P3's 19mm aluminium dome tweeter. Your amp should have no problem driving the S8.

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      Re: Hl-s8

      Are there any pictures available for the HL S8 and the HL K6?.

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        Re: HL-S8

        Originally posted by Gan CK View Post
        Hi Avenante, the HL-S8 is the floorstanding version of the defunct HL-K6. And the K6 used to sit in between the P3 & C7 employing the C7's mid/bass driver & P3's 19mm aluminium dome tweeter. Your amp should have no problem driving the S8.
        Thank a lot for the useful info. Regards. Avenante.

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          Re: Hl-s8

          Here are some pics of the HL-K6 & S8.

          HL-K6

          HL-S8


          I never got a chance to listen to the S8 though i owned the K6 before. Smooth, sophisticated, musical & tonally correct in typical Harbeth tradition.

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            Re: Hl-s8

            Thank you Gan CK for the pictures. It is very interesting to know Harbeth's history through its creations.

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              Re: Hl-s8

              Originally posted by codel View Post
              Thank you Gan CK for the pictures. It is very interesting to know Harbeth's history through its creations.
              You are welcome. I came to know Harbeth since 1987 when my local dealer brought in the HL-MK4. One listen to the MK4s & i was hooked. In addition, i love that classic BBC look that may appear boxy looking to some.

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                Re: Hl-s8

                I eventually decided yo buy the HL S8.

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                  Re: Hl-s8

                  Originally posted by Avenante View Post
                  I eventually decided yo buy the HL S8.
                  Great. Do let us know how the HL-S8 sounds in your setup & perhaps post a couple of pictures as well? )

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