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  • #91
    Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

    Thanks Jmohd. Dimension is is 120L x 60W x 13D cm. Not sure of it weight but they're heavy. I've order another pair to place behind the speaker at a 45 degree angle which further enhance the imaging. It also give a slightly more distant soundstage as my system sound a little forward now. Presently I'm using 3 diffuser (same as the one between speakers) behind my sitting area which I find that it work better.

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    • #92
      Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

      Originally posted by ical View Post
      Thanks Jmohd. Dimension is is 120L x 60W x 13D cm. Not sure of it weight but they're heavy. I've order another pair to place behind the speaker at a 45 degree angle which further enhance the imaging. It also give a slightly more distant soundstage as my system sound a little forward now. Presently I'm using 3 diffuser (same as the one between speakers) behind my sitting area which I find that it work better.
      Hi Ical,

      I'm thinking of going the same route. Currently i have 2 diffusors behind my sitting area. Due to my room size, i could not get wide soundstage ( beyond the speakers).
      Pls pm me of the results with the additional diffusors.
      By the way, your diffusors are similar to mine. Do you get them from SS or Bro J?

      Rgds

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      • #93
        Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

        Originally posted by ical View Post



        My hifi system consist of
        - Monrio Top Loader Type 2 CD Player with TAOC TITE-35S Super Insulator
        - 2x Hi-Fi Tuning Fuse (CD)
        - TAOC SCB-RS50G Platform (CD)
        - Quad QC-24 Preamp (Tube: 1x NOS GE 6111) with TAOC TITE-35S Super Insulator
        - Quad II Forty Mono Amps with Soundcare SuperSpike 2 High-End (Tubes: 4x NOS Tungsol 6550, 4x NOS Raytheon 6SH7GT, 2x NOS Mullard CV378/GZ37)
        - Harbeth Super HL-5 with JPS Jumper Cables
        - TAOC Stabilizer SBL-13MT (under speakers)
        - Sound Anchor Stands with TAOC Spike Plates PTS-F
        - Acrolink 7N-D5000 Interconnects (CD to Preamp)
        - Acrolink 7N-A2070 Interconnect (Preamp to Amps)
        - The Chord Company Signature Speaker Cables with Furutech Banana Plugs FP-202
        - 6x Cardas Golden Cuboids (to raise speaker cables off the floor)
        - Acrolink 6N-PC6100 support by Acoustic Revive Cable Insulator RCI-3 (CD)
        - Acrolink 6N-P4030 with Oyaide IEC & US Plugs P/C004 (Preamp)
        - 2x Oyaide Tunami GPX (Amps)
        - 3x Isoclean Power Audio Grade Fuse (Preamp & Amps)
        - Solidsteel Rack 5.4 with Spikes & Shoes & 5kg Leadshot
        - Oyaide R1 Wall Outlet (Isotek & Oyaide MTB-6)
        - CSE KR100 Isolation Regulator with TAOC TITE-46PIN Insulator (CD& Preamp)
        - Isotek GII Mini Sub with TAOC TITE-46PIN Insulator (CSE)
        - Oyaide MTB-6 Power Distributor with R1 Outlet & Acoustic Revive Outlet Stabilizer CS-2F (Amps)
        - Marigo Audio Signature 3-D Stabilizer Mat
        - Acoustic Revive Disc Demagnetizer RD-3
        - Acoustic Revive Ultra Low-frequency Pulse Generator RR-77 with Kingrex PSU
        - Eichmann Express AC with Oyaide P-079 Plugs (Isotek)
        - LAT Internaional AC-2 Powercord (CSE)
        - Oyaide Tunami GPX (Oyaide MTB-6)
        - DH Labs Power Plus with Wattagate IEC & US Plugs Power Cord (Kingrex)
        wow Ical... your list of tweaks is really impressive! Thanks for sharing! Beautiful setup!

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        • #94
          Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

          Originally posted by Soundbyte View Post
          wow Ical... your list of tweaks is really impressive! Thanks for sharing! Beautiful setup!
          Thanks, Soundbyte. I'm a believer in tweaks to maximize my system. Every products I have is try and error. Luckily, the nice distributor here allow home trial (maybe I'm a regular) so I never have problem buying the wrong stuff that doesn't work. Btw, just bought the Acrolink 7N-PC9100 Mexcel for cd player today. Wow! It is amazing!! Sound excellent even before burn in, bring my system to the next level. No wonder it represent as their flagship powercord. Can't wait to see how well it perform after burn in.

          Yes Jmohd, I got all of them from bro J. Will keep you posted once I have try them.

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          • #95
            Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

            Have finally got myself a pair of Harbeth and think is the time to pop my lastest set up here for sharing.

            Setup info.:

            Turntable : Rega P3-2000 with Elys 2 MM Cart.
            Phono amp : Rega Fono
            CD Player : Naim CD5i
            Tuner : Naim NAT 03
            Aerial : Magnum Dynaudio ST-2 mounted indoor near windows
            Amp :Naim Nait 5i
            Speakers : Harbeth Compact 7 ES-3
            Spaker cable : Naim NACA5
            Interconnects : Naim Din to Din and Chord Din to Phonos
            Speaker Stand : Not so well finished but very heavy made in China 20" metal stand
            Equipment rack : Ikea EINA
            Attached Files

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            • #96
              Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

              Originally posted by shseto View Post
              Have finally got myself a pair of Harbeth and think is the time to pop my lastest set up here for sharing.

              Setup info.:

              Turntable : Rega P3-2000 with Elys 2 MM Cart.
              Phono amp : Rega Fono
              CD Player : Naim CD5i
              Tuner : Naim NAT 03
              Aerial : Magnum Dynaudio ST-2 mounted indoor near windows
              Amp :Naim Nait 5i
              Speakers : Harbeth Compact 7 ES-3
              Spaker cable : Naim NACA5
              Interconnects : Naim Din to Din and Chord Din to Phonos
              Speaker Stand : Not so well finished but very heavy made in China 20" metal stand
              Equipment rack : Ikea EINA
              Very Nice... thanks for sharing... Lots of PRaT superb combination...

              Cheers...

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              • #97
                Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                Originally posted by Soundbyte View Post
                Very Nice... thanks for sharing... Lots of PRaT superb combination...

                Cheers...
                Thanks ! Certainly can make do with more PRaT for me ! anytime, the problem is money !

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                • #98
                  Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                  Hello,my friends,I'm from Mainland China,so glad to be back Harbeth's fans home,put up some pics of my system,hope you can give me some advice.
                  my setup is :
                  cd player :spark cd 17-a(full banlanced) ;
                  Amps :spark sc-120 full banlanced pre-amplifier(transistor);
                  spark a88t power amplifier(tube kt88 pp)
                  loudspeakers:Harbeth M30(maple)
                  cables :signal:Bona Balance SB008;
                  Yarbo silver 001
                  speakercable:Bona SP600 MK2
                  power connector:Cayin P300L
                  surge/protector/line conditioner:Forwar FW2200F
                  Attached Files

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                  • #99
                    Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                    Originally posted by zhangyu.H View Post
                    Hello,my friends,I'm from Mainland China,so glad to be back Harbeth's fans home,put up some pics of my system,hope you can give me some advice.
                    my setup is :
                    cd player :spark cd 17-a(full banlanced) ;
                    Amps :spark sc-120 full banlanced pre-amplifier(transistor);
                    spark a88t power amplifier(tube kt88 pp)
                    loudspeakers:Harbeth M30(maple)
                    cables :signal:Bona Balance SB008;
                    Yarbo silver 001
                    speakercable:Bona SP600 MK2
                    power connector:Cayin P300L
                    surge/protector/line conditioner:Forwar FW2200F
                    Welcome... very nice maple color of the M30s... it looks like you have a custom made stands for your M30s...

                    Cheers...

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                    • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                      Originally posted by Soundbyte View Post
                      Welcome... very nice maple color of the M30s... it looks like you have a custom made stands for your M30s...

                      Cheers...
                      Hello Soundbyte.
                      yes,as you see,I ordered the stands for my M30 from another province of China,it is nearly 2000KM from my spot.But it looks & sounds well,and I like your music room & your system.Later I think I will get a pair of mono block vacuum tube power amplifier( 845 tube for single-end configuration).
                      Thanks.

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                      • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                        Hi Zhangy.H,

                        Welcome, nice set-up

                        What is the height of your speaker stand?

                        In the picture it seems abit too high.

                        Rgds

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                        • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                          Originally posted by zhangyu.H View Post
                          Hello,my friends,I'm from Mainland China,so glad to be back Harbeth's fans home,put up some pics of my system,hope you can give me some advice.
                          my setup is :
                          cd player :spark cd 17-a(full banlanced) ;
                          Amps :spark sc-120 full banlanced pre-amplifier(transistor);
                          spark a88t power amplifier(tube kt88 pp)
                          loudspeakers:Harbeth M30(maple)
                          cables :signal:Bona Balance SB008;
                          Yarbo silver 001
                          speakercable:Bona SP600 MK2
                          power connector:Cayin P300L
                          surge/protector/line conditioner:Forwar FW2200F
                          Hi zhangyu.H, wow very nice setup. I am sure your setup sounds as good as it looks.

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                          • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                            Originally posted by Jmohd View Post
                            Hi Zhangy.H,

                            Welcome, nice set-up

                            What is the height of your speaker stand?

                            In the picture it seems abit too high.

                            Rgds
                            Thanks,the stands are 650mm from the ground to top.

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                            • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                              Originally posted by Gan CK View Post
                              Hi zhangyu.H, wow very nice setup. I am sure your setup sounds as good as it looks.
                              Thank you,I think there is a long way to go...

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                              • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                                Originally posted by zhangyu.H View Post
                                Thank you,I think there is a long way to go...
                                Take your time....enjoy the beautiful music from these wonderful speakers first.

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