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In Reply to: RE: Harbeth 40 clone posted by fstein on April 18, 2017 at 09:11:24
As much as I like DIY, you are not going to get close to the Harbeth 40.2 with a DIY speaker. However, if you want to get something similar and spend a fraction of the retail cost of the 40.2, look for a used pair of Spendor SP-100 or the earlier S100. They don't come up all that frequently but when they do the price should be around $2000 to possibly $2500. The later models like the SP-100R and R2 are not the same speaker. I never compared them side by side but there are reports that the original S100 and SP-100 sound better. The earlier models will certainly cost less on the used market just due to age.
You're kidding me right! A DIY speaker can't come up to that level. What magic are you brewing into the hype of those speakers!
I would say let the experts design them and you build them after the bugs are worked out.
A speaker company does and has to make compromises in building and buying parts. A TOTL DIY project doesn't. It uses what is needed.
I'm not sure what your point is. When I said a DIY speaker was not going to come close to a Harbeth, I meant close like a clone, which is what the OP was asking. I did not mean that a DIY speaker could not exceed a commercial speaker in sound quality. My homemade speakers sound better to my ears than the Spendor SP-100 which I happen to own, and more to the point they sound better to my ears than the Harbeth 40.2. But nobody would call them a clone of the Harbeth.
Yes, I did reread that post and realized the OP was trying to actually build a set. And you are correct - that won't turn out well.
I apologize for misreading your reply and getting "snappy". I was incorrect and assumed the wrong thing.
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