An easy speaker electrical load = path to expanding sales
The question of 'will this amp work with these speakers?' seems to have a life of its own. I just cannot fathom out why there is so much anxiety about grabbing any competent amp and hooking it up to your Harbeths and making great music.
It seems to me that the fundamental essence of a good amp, well designed and working to original specification is that it must be relatively load-independent and the essence of a good, well designed speaker is that it must be amplifier-independent. So what's the anxiety about then? Who has planted the fear in the minds of an entire generation of hifi consumers that the amp/speaker interface is super-critical to the musical experience? With Harbeth it isn't.
Let's consider this from an entirely business oriented, profit motive. It takes about the same amount of development time to design a speaker which presents an easy load to the amplifier as a difficult load. It takes about the same amount of time to design an amplifier that can cope with a wider range of speaker electrical loads as one which is only able to tolerate a narrow range. So, as business people looking to maximise our sales of speakers why would we be so stupid as to narrow the market by designing our speakers to have a difficult amplifier-dependedent load? We'd be completely barmy to do so.
To maximise our sales and profits and give total customer satisfaction we have made sure at the design stage that our speakers present an easy electrical load to any, competently designed hifi amplifier working within specification. That's the path to expanding sales. Any other design route is just sheer madness - unless the cunning plan is to sell your own fancy amp with your difficult to drive speakers.
Alan A. Shaw
Harbeth Audio UK