Re: You can use almost ANY amp with your Harbeths...
I am greatly troubled by the concept that (especially) in credit-crisis times that a prospective customer may hesitate to buy new speakers because he fears that it is only the first rung of a ladder or excalating expenditure. We, as a company, judge our success by the number of speakers we have out in the worldwide market - I estimate about 30,000 pairs. Word of mouth is the best and most durable form of advertising and that implies that every one of those users is satisfied and enjoying music at home with whaterver amp and electronics, cables, stands they have available and within their budget. My ambition is, step by step, to double the number of Harbeth speakers in the market and the only way that can be achived is if they are all amplifier-friendly. You can not imagine how time consuming it is to reply to even one email a day asking `will amp A work with Harbeth B` - the question that we don`t ever need to be asked and we don`t need to spend time ruminating over. We don`t need to be asked this question because it is a non-issue. Harbeths will work well with every credible amplifier we have ever encountered - including kit amps providing that they have been designed and assembled correctly.
As to the very valid comment just made, we are definitely not saying ?ll amps sound the same `or even that all amps perform the same`- to do so would be foolish as there are diffferences. But those differences, under proper controlled instantaneous A/B switch-over comparisons are relatively small. Remember - both ends of the audio chain are by far the weakest parts - namely, the microphones and the speakers because these are mechanical systems and mechical systems simply cannot be perfected. Ever. To hammer this point home: imagine a scale of 1-10, 10 being perfection. Amplifiers are up at the 9.5 end of the scale - speakers, even good ones, are down about the 4 -5 level. Amps are as perfect as they need to be and in my humble opinion reached that status some years ago and can not be fundamentally improved. Its the mics and speakers where any improvements are theoretically possible, but not with current technology. Our RADIAL cone is as good as today`s technology will permit.
(I`m in Montreal - if you are in the area come and say hello at the Sheraton Centre Hotel hifi show - room acosutics are perfectly acceptable and new M40.1 working well even at the lowest frequencies in the hotel-bedroom demo room)
Alan A. Shaw
Harbeth Audio UK