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In Reply to: RE: Harbeth Models Comparison posted by George S. Roland on July 01, 2017 at 10:41:45
hello, if I remember correctly there is a Harbeth forum. If it is still there on their web site have a look at the postings. I have the Compact 7 ES-3 waiting to be built into a secondary system for my bedroom. I've rather enjoyed them in my main system but have since upgraded.
If you want to hear my review of the Compact 7 ES-3 there should be a review here at this link below I produced:
I read your review and appreciate your sending me a link to it.
I noticed in particular the phrase "decent bass," which I take to mean, at least in part the low frequency limitations of a 200mm driver in a medium-sized cabinet.
I listen to a lot of acoustic music, vocals and opera, where I believe Harbeths would excell, but I also listen to a lot of Late Romantic symphonic music (Mahler, Bruckner and so on) where huge forces are involved, playing at great volume with much bass content, and I wonder how a speaker this small would fare with such music?
I might add that I do not listen at traumatizing levels that would likely overtax such a speaker physically.
May I ask to what did you upgrade your main system?
Bass performance was the reason I upgraded to Anthony Gallo Nucleus Reference 3.5. Properly setup I get down to somewhere around 22hz when I power the secondary voice coil on the woofers with a separate sub amp.
I enjoy noise music, so I prefer low frequency bass response and very loud listening levels.
Evaluate the speakers performance at their printed specifications. I see you use B&W, why not consider floor standing options with your added preference of symphony? The other music preferences you mentioned would be a glorious match with the Harbeths
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