Dear forum members,
I have written already about my slow, moth-like circular motion around Harbeth loudspeakers, not yet solved into a purchase.
At the time of my last post I had Naim CDX2, Supernait, Naim cabling and n-Sats. My room is a long rectangular of circa 7-odd x 3,5 mt., the right hand long wall opening at about half onto a 3.5 x 3.5 space for dinner table and a low cupboard. The left hand wall has two big french windows with light curtains, and two sofas at 45° create the listening space taking about half of the room. Behind the long sofa a baby grand piano, on the short, end wall close to the piano a large (full) bookshelf.
The speakers are sited along the opposite short end wall, circa 2.2 mt. apart, 20 cm. from the wall. They so fire across the longer size. The left one fires along the french-windowed wall, the right one along the wall opening onto the dinner space. Acoustics are mellow, non resonant, slightly treble-absorbing. There are carpets.
Mellow sounding gear is not quite a good match for this room; today - after a period of complete re-thinking of my priorities and of sensible economical and affective investments in life - I have a Naim CD5i, a Nait5i and the same n-Sats. I would be content were it not for a certain nostalgia I have retained after my listening sessions of Harbeth LSs, specifically Compact 7 ES2, ES3, M30.
I know that changing the Sats for the Harbeths would bring me wonderful midrange and exceptionally musical presentation and I'd lose some 'cheekiness' and the ability of the Sats to project sound totally outside the speakers, which is something I have heard very rarely. But even if I'd do this move, I can't resolve between the C7, that I know, and the PS3 ER, that I don't know but that has excellent reviews from customers and professionals. I never listen loud, and my preferences definitely go to classical music and jazz, with mildly electric and mainly acoustic pop. I am from the 50s.
Harbeths would mean costly stands: you can't place them on kitchen stools. I am in doubt, so opinions are very welcome.
Thanks for reading,