View Poll Results: Hi-fi or AV owners preferences

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  • I don't have an AV system - and I never will

    9 42.86%
  • I have an AV system but rarely find time to watch it

    2 9.52%
  • I like my AV system and I frequently watch it

    9 42.86%
  • I've lost interest in AV an returned to my hi-fi

    2 9.52%
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  1. #21
    Philippe Monteyne Guest

    Default Harbeth speakers in a 5.1 system ?

    Dear Alan and all,

    This may have been covered before (sorry if it is the case)... but did anyone hear a multichannel system with Harbeth loudspeakers? Does this make sense? I'm asking because I'm equipped with C7s since 1995 with in a good musical system and enjoy a lot of course. On the other side, I also have one of these cheap 5.1 kits for the home cinema around my flat screen TV, which is not very musical I'm afraid (not ideal when a movie has a nice musical track). I'm thinking about upgrading both systems separately (new amp to replace my old valve amp that drives the C7s and a better home cinema kit). Alternatively, would it make sense to try to integrate my C7s in a multichannel sytem? What about adding a central front P3 and two rear P3s, all driven by a good multichannel amp (I hope some are really musical?).

    Thanks for any feedback, Philippe

    PS: great paper on Harbeth and Alan Shaw in Hi-FiNews... I strongly recommend !

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Apr 2007

    Default Re: Harbeth speakers in a 5.1 system ?

    I have Compacts 7s at the front, and P3-ES2s at the rear and another as the centre channel - it sounds awesome. I did invest in a sub-woofer, but find I hardly ever bother to switch it on, there is just so much clean bass without it.
    Harbeth PR,
    Harbeth UK

  3. #23
    Philippe Monteyne Guest

    Default Re: Harbeth speakers in a 5.1 system ?

    Thanks for sharing this experience of a multichannel system with Harbeth's. Which amp do you use for this?

  4. #24
    wtaylorbas Guest

    Default Any AV amp as good as a hifi amp?

    I have an entry level HT setup that serves our family needs and I do enjoy my SACDs & DVDAs multichannel listening.

    I like listening to serious music in stereo. I recently used a vintage Pioneer SA 9100 to the speakers (response 20Hz to above audibility) and liked the sound very much with well controlled bass which I do not get via my AV receiver.

    Can any of you suggest/recommend an AV processor that would be as good as a HIFI amp?


  5. #25
    Join Date
    May 2009

    Default AV v. hi-fi amps

    Having sold Megabuck AV systems in the past, I can say 'no' but it all depends on the budget applied.

    Hopefully, many thousands of Pounds worth of AV will sound as good as a budget Hi-Fi system but if the budgets are equal, the Hi-Fi in stereo wins hands down. IMHO.

    If the budget is modest I would always take the stereo route for music reproduction.

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