Harbeth 40th Anniversary

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ellisdj

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You must be excited Mac. Hope the time goes quick for you.

You can always spend the time watching a certain review channel on you tube.... :)
 

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nopiano said:
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Had demo of the new Anniversary model this morning, now on order... outselling the likes of Wilson Audio Sabrina by all accounts.

Mac

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I take it you were smitten by them Mac. *man_in_love*

What are the main differences in sound presentation.
Hi Electro,

I've sent you an Email with my thoughts, but what I will say... essentially the same, but doing everything that much better, more resolution with a sparklier top end, retaining that natural SQ and beautiful mid range, finished in a lovely lacquered walnut finish.

Mac

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Hi nice

Are they different drivers to your old pair?
New Harbeth patented SHL5+ anniversary crossover capacitors and new protection bar for Supertweeter.

As per Alan Shaw, it's all a bit guarded about in depth details on physical differences, he just urges you to hear them and make up your own mind and it looks like people have as they are selling like the proverbiall hot ones.

Mac

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I agree about AS, as he is sailing close to the arguments he usually dismisses about components making a difference in, say, an amplifier, yet in his speakers they obviously seem to make people prefer the more expensive version! In any case, they are still relatively good value, especially in comparison with Sabrinas - though I do hanker for them as part of a one-day dream system!

Hope you love your new models when they arrive!
Yes, someone did point that out on the forum... regardless, you have to have a lot of respect for the guy and his obvious passion for his lifes work and as you say, at relatively reasonable prices.

There's a few brands I'd love to hear some day... ART, Revel, Hanson, Magico, Living Voice and some of the more expensive SF's

Mac

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ellisdj said:
You must be excited Mac. Hope the time goes quick for you.

You can always spend the time watching a certain review channel on you tube.... :)
Been through most of the videos, just waiting for the Tosh.

If the anniversary models hadn't come out, I would probably been happy to keep the SHL5 plus for quite a while longer.

Mac

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What have they done in the 40th Ed thats the improvements to it?
As I was saying to Nopiano, Alan Shaw from Harbeth is quite guarded on in depth details... new high grade binding posts plus their own wired speakered links and not the usual copper plates other models come with... all new internal wiring and their own anniversary high grade capacitors.

Take a look at their website, with your knowledge, you may gleam more insight than myself.

Whatever it is he's done, it works!

Mac

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ellisdj

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Oh man he has upgraded the speaker cabling and got rid of the nasty links for proper cable... no wonder they sound better.... :)

Who has been saying do that on here for years its only taken him 40 years to catch on.... lol
 

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Hi Mac

I have had a little look couldn't see a lot of details either.
What's the rrp on them??
 

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Hi Mac

I have had a little look couldn't see a lot of details either. What's the rrp on them??
About 4.4K but with the trade in, works much less painful.

Still, other brands of similar performance, you'd pay a lot more.

Mac

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They look nice Mac, nice finish on them.

Bet your stoked. Happy for you.
Cheers.

Don't forget to let me know when you're ready to do that filming.

Mac

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ellisdj

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I will of course, I have your email makes sense to wait now until you are settled with the new 40's and feel they are sounding their best.
 

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I will of course, I have your email makes sense to wait now until you are settled with the new 40's and feel they are sounding their best.
Yes, definitely.

Will keep you posted.

Mac

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The new 40th anniversary SHL5+ arrived today... Guildford Audio delivered them after collecting them straight from Harbeth.

Had to make one query though, the demo pair they brought round had a lacquered finish, but these have the grain... Trevor didn't notice, so he will ask Harbeth for me.

Mac

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The new 40th anniversary SHL5+ arrived today... Guildford Audio delivered them after collecting them straight from Harbeth.

Had to make one query though, the demo pair they brought round had a lacquered finish, but these have the grain... Trevor didn't notice, so he will ask Harbeth for me.

Mac

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Enjoy
How's the sound compared to how you remember
 

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I'm looking at the 40th anny page and boy Allan went to town with these. Gorgeous finishes, some exotica WBT terminals, handpicked matched drivers, thicker cables, crossovers with special dynamit sticks thick poly caps with Harbeth 40th anny labels...

He got pissy comments on the Harbeth forum for going overboard with the audiophile goodness. Some fragile egos got shattered lmao.
 

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Vladimir said:
I'm looking at the 40th anny page and boy Allan went to town with these. Gorgeous finishes, some exotica WBT terminals, handpicked matched drivers, thicker cables, crossovers with special dynamit sticks thick poly caps with Harbeth 40th anny labels...

He got pissy comments on the Harbeth forum for going overboard with the audiophile goodness. Some fragile egos got shattered lmao.
Ha, yes it was a bit of a change of heart for someone who says all amps sound the same - to paraphrase somewhat. He must be looking to boost the pension a bit, as these enhanced models doubtless sell like hotcakes in Asia.

Hope you love them, Mac!
 

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nopiano said:
Vladimir said:
I'm looking at the 40th anny page and boy Allan went to town with these. Gorgeous finishes, some exotica WBT terminals, handpicked matched drivers, thicker cables, crossovers with special dynamit sticks thick poly caps with Harbeth 40th anny labels...

He got pissy comments on the Harbeth forum for going overboard with the audiophile goodness. Some fragile egos got shattered lmao.
Ha, yes it was a bit of a change of heart for someone who says all amps sound the same - to paraphrase somewhat. He must be looking to boost the pension a bit, as these enhanced models doubtless sell like hotcakes in Asia.

Hope you love them, Mac!
Selling like hot cakes here too!

still early days to assess the SQ properly, as I say, they only came from HQ in Lingfield this morning.

With every new Harbeth I've bought the SQ has always been essentially the same, but better in each department, tighter base, even better imaging sweeter top end etc and I can already hear an improvement, but expectit to get better as the days pass.

Mac

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Had the new Anniversaries for well over a week now and played them pretty solidly for that time...

What is quickly noticeable is that they are a bolder sounding speaker than the previous itteration of the SHL5 plus,, everything sounds closer, more tactile... piano has always sounded superb on Harbeths, but now they really are extraordinary.

Still early days, so expect them to improve further. with a few more hours on the clock.

Mac

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Macspur said:
Had the new Anniversaries for well over a week now and played them pretty solidly for that time...

What is quickly noticeable is that they are a bolder sounding speaker than the previous itteration of the SHL5 plus,, everything sounds closer, more tactile... piano has always sounded superb on Harbeths, but now they really are extraordinary.

Still early days, so expect them to improve further. with a few more hours on the clock.

Mac

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Glad you enjoying your new speakers.
I must get a chance to demo some harbeth some day
 

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Macspur said:
Had the new Anniversaries for well over a week now and played them pretty solidly for that time...

What is quickly noticeable is that they are a bolder sounding speaker than the previous itteration of the SHL5 plus,, everything sounds closer, more tactile... piano has always sounded superb on Harbeths, but now they really are extraordinary.

Still early days, so expect them to improve further. with a few more hours on the clock.

Mac

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Time for an Accuphase Amp upgrade then! *diablo* *wink*
 

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CnoEvil said:
Macspur said:
Had the new Anniversaries for well over a week now and played them pretty solidly for that time...

What is quickly noticeable is that they are a bolder sounding speaker than the previous itteration of the SHL5 plus,, everything sounds closer, more tactile... piano has always sounded superb on Harbeths, but now they really are extraordinary.

Still early days, so expect them to improve further. with a few more hours on the clock.

Mac

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Time for an Accuphase Amp upgrade then! *diablo* *wink*
What you trying to do to me Cno... break me, not to mention disturbing marrital bliss... only bought the E470 last year!

Mac

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Macspur said:
CnoEvil said:
Macspur said:
Had the new Anniversaries for well over a week now and played them pretty solidly for that time...

What is quickly noticeable is that they are a bolder sounding speaker than the previous itteration of the SHL5 plus,, everything sounds closer, more tactile... piano has always sounded superb on Harbeths, but now they really are extraordinary.

Still early days, so expect them to improve further. with a few more hours on the clock.

Mac

www.realmusicnet.wordpress.com
Time for an Accuphase Amp upgrade then! *diablo* *wink*
What you trying to do to me Cno... break me, not to mention disturbing marrital bliss... only bought the E470 last year!

Mac

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Ah, I forgot that.....well, I'm sure there's something that could be improved....some Track Audio speaker stands, or perhaps some Cardas Clear cables. *bomb*
 

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CnoEvil said:
Macspur said:
CnoEvil said:
Macspur said:
Had the new Anniversaries for well over a week now and played them pretty solidly for that time...

What is quickly noticeable is that they are a bolder sounding speaker than the previous itteration of the SHL5 plus,, everything sounds closer, more tactile... piano has always sounded superb on Harbeths, but now they really are extraordinary.

Still early days, so expect them to improve further. with a few more hours on the clock.

Mac

www.realmusicnet.wordpress.com
Time for an Accuphase Amp upgrade then! *diablo* *wink*
What you trying to do to me Cno... break me, not to mention disturbing marrital bliss... only bought the E470 last year!

Mac

www.realmusicnet.wordpress.com
Ah, I forgot that.....well, I'm sure there's something that could be improved....some Track Audio speaker stands, or perhaps some Cardas Clear cables. *bomb*
How about you young man, about time you upgraded your set up surely!

Re speaker stands, I will be buying matching walnut stands especially made for the Harbs by HiFi Racks. later in year.

Mac

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CnoEvil

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How about you young man, about time you upgraded your set up surely!

Re speaker stands, I will be buying matching walnut stands especially made for the Harbs by HiFi Racks. later in year.

Mac

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Touche.

I have found myself retired...so no money for anything atm.

If property recovers here....then I have my eye on some New Kef Refs/Mini Blade + an Akurate DS.

One should always have a plan.
 

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