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  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,311
    Viking64 wrote: »
    DSkip wrote: »
    There are more. I know the Austin dealer as well.

    They don't show up on the Harbeth website. I did find this, however: http://www.fidelisav.com/harbeth-retailers/

    I'm surprised there is an upscale audio shop in Allentown, PA. as it didn't seem to be a town capable of supporting a business like that.
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  • muncybobmuncybob Posts: 1,684
    Congrats on the expansion Skip. I have not heard these speakers but now that there is a high end audio/record combo store within a few hours.. I will soon.
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  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 1,571
    Congrats! Would like to get my ears on harbeth some day.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,308
    F1nut wrote: »
    Viking64 wrote: »
    DSkip wrote: »
    There are more. I know the Austin dealer as well.

    They don't show up on the Harbeth website. I did find this, however: http://www.fidelisav.com/harbeth-retailers/

    I'm surprised there is an upscale audio shop in Allentown, PA. as it didn't seem to be a town capable of supporting a business like that.

    You'd really be surprised that there's one in Manchvegas as it is known (although Fidelis is actually in Nashua, although it's not much less cheesy than Manchesta).

    So -- listen -- any of youse mugs decide on a road trip to Fidelis* -- the Hardy Household is only about an hour and a half away.

    * Talkin' to you, Mr. Russ! (and others, too). We could charter a minibus if y'all want to make an expedition of it. Audition at Fidelis & buy from Skip! ;)
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,655
    I placed my order today. In short order I'll have the P3ESR, 30.2, and Super HL5 Plus with stands for all.
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  • tratlifftratliff Posts: 519
    Can’t wait to hear them. Let me know when you get them setup.

    Me thinks you need a pair of the 40.2s also.
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,655
    Yes I do. It will hopefully be the next speaker I get but it will take some time to get it in.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: P3ESR, 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: CP-6311, Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S60, S55, S35, S30, S20, S15, RTA 15tl, Sonner Audio Allegro Unum
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Dayens Ampino, Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, AURALiC Altair, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 38,311
    Beginning to look like Polkfest at Doc's house. The fall is beautiful up there. B)
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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 1,552
    You're getting quite the line up, Skip. Congrats, man, here's hoping good things happen!
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  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 8,711
    :D I'll be on my best behavior, Tony.
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 754
    tonyb wrote: »

    Ok, Doc, you've officially gone off the deep end. Charter a mini bus ? With Russ ?? Sure, if we all want to end up in the same pond as Ted Kennedy did. :)

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  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 17,874
    edited November 30
    I have yet to hear a speaker with upper-mid/treble accuracy, naturalness, and extension that my 7ES-3's had.
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  • minerminer Posts: 995
    I have some P3ESRs I use in my office system with some Rega gear. Nice adition to my working environment. I bought the P3ESRs on this site 1.5 yrs ago.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,308
    edited December 4
    F1nut wrote: »
    Beginning to look like Polkfest at Doc's house. The fall is beautiful up there. B)

    I reckon such could be arranged... someone needs to bring a pair of Harbeths.
    The three-way monitors'd be real nice (40.2?). And probably a good amplifier for 'em -- I don't think SE 2A3 is gonna display their capabilities at their best ;)


    We could probably come up with some swell door prizes, too.

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  • EndersShadowEndersShadow Posts: 14,946
    edited December 4
    [quote="mhardy6647;c-2363489"
    We could probably come up with some swell door prizes, too[/quote]

    Everyone gets to pick a piece from the “finds” pile heheheh

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  • mrbironmrbiron Posts: 4,478
    Sweet audiophile vacuum...
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,655
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    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: P3ESR, 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: CP-6311, Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S60, S55, S35, S30, S20, S15, RTA 15tl, Sonner Audio Allegro Unum
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Dayens Ampino, Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, AURALiC Altair, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,655
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    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: P3ESR, 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: CP-6311, Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S60, S55, S35, S30, S20, S15, RTA 15tl, Sonner Audio Allegro Unum
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Dayens Ampino, Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, AURALiC Altair, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 8,121
    Sweet.
  • NightfallNightfall Posts: 7,051
    Are the cones plastic?
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,655
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: P3ESR, 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: CP-6311, Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S60, S55, S35, S30, S20, S15, RTA 15tl, Sonner Audio Allegro Unum
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Dayens Ampino, Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, AURALiC Altair, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,822
    Your 10 minutes late for a quick review Skip. :)
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,655
    My lips are sealed until I understand them and they break in. I will say I don't regret my decision in the least.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: P3ESR, 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: CP-6311, Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S60, S55, S35, S30, S20, S15, RTA 15tl, Sonner Audio Allegro Unum
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Dayens Ampino, Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, AURALiC Altair, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 8,121
    The set i heard at RMAF i now understand the desire of them. I walked out if the room going WOW. Way different than anything i have heard but my god the sweetest sound.
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,655
    edited December 7
    The 30.2 is show ready out of the box. If you like the audiophile music you hear all day at a show these are definitely going to impress. I get why they had a great show at RMAF. They have a lot in their design that lends itself well to a hotel room too.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: P3ESR, 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: CP-6311, Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S60, S55, S35, S30, S20, S15, RTA 15tl, Sonner Audio Allegro Unum
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Dayens Ampino, Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, AURALiC Altair, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,822
    DSkip wrote: »
    They have a lot in their design that lends itself well to a hotel room too.

    Few girls I knew in H.S. did too.

    Waiting to hear your impressions, compared to the Rosso's.
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  • halenhalen Posts: 215
    I think it will take Skip some time to get that synergy thing working. The guy has like a million amps, cables, DAC's, etc to sample.

    I am more interested in comparing the Harbteth to the Elac I had or my current Usher bookies.

    The Rosso does so much right, in spades. The Elac is warm with a touch of airiness. The Ushers let you know they are there and are powerful. My friend in Okc had Harbeths but didn't pay much attention to them at the time. But. I don't the comparing the Harbeth sound to Rosso is good. Better against Elac or Usher. For my personal preference.

    Cheers.
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 13,655
    edited December 12
    @f1nut, you listening?

    I won't speak to all of the speakers yet, but I would like to throw something out there concerning the 30.2. This is a speaker that does nearfield like no other I've experienced. Why?

    Well, the 30.2 definitely has a recessed soundstage. It appears to reside about 4-6' behind the speakers depending on placement. What is so unique about this? Unlike every other speaker I've heard with this quality, the 30.2 still retains the jump and life to the music. It's almost like that forward sound, but well behind the speakers. Add to the fact that they can disappear in the soundstage, you can close your eyes and feel like you are in a much larger space with much more distance between you and the speaker.

    This might be one of the most unique monitors on the market and a definite must for those who are limited in space but want that big sound akin to a larger system.

    All the other Harbeth positives spewed by others are still true. Female jazz is ridiculous and IMO puts Magnepan and others to shame.

    So far, my best pairing with it has been the MastersounD Dueventi, meaning you don't have to spend a ton to get them to sound good. While they are darn near impossible to get to sound bad, there is definitely a magic with the Dueventi that even makes it a better pairing than the larger MastersounD amplifiers.
    audiothesis.com/

    Speakers: Harbeth: P3ESR, 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: CP-6311, Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S60, S55, S35, S30, S20, S15, RTA 15tl, Sonner Audio Allegro Unum
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Dayens Ampino, Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, AURALiC Altair, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 17,874
    Harbeths' are incredible at midrange/treble blending, and the most realistic balance of tone on vocals I've ever heard. They manage sweet treble, without it ever sounding strained or brittle. They are biased to sounding set-back in the soundstage which can rob some excitement/punch on energetic tracks, but at the same time can make acoustic/classical sound well sorted and never congested with complex arrangements.

    My observations after owning 7ES-3's for 6 years.
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