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    Re: Harbeth 30.1 Review... need input

    Chris, great explanation. I took a look at this threadbecause I'm looking at C7s, but I'm also hearing people upgrade to the 30.1from that model. I have a Rega P3 source and I've heard, as Chris alreadymentioned, the midrange the midrange the midrange! That's probably the firstthing out of everyone's mouth. Has anyone made the leap from the C7's and what was the tipping point that made you pull thetrigger on 30.1?

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    I havenít heard the other Harbeth models so I canít comment there. What I can say (in addition to midrange, midrange) is that the 30.1s are extremely revealing in a good way. My turntable/arm/cart/phono pre are about $18,000 worth of gear all in and Iím thinking of upgrading the cart. The Harbeths cost 1/3 of that but let every penny of that come through. A lot of people spend all of their system money on speakers. Some, like me, believe in putting our money into the source. I can say with confidence that with the Harbeths my system is not out of balance even though I clearly loaded up on the front end. Oh, and did I mention imaging and soundstage? OMG.

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    The Harbeth Monitor 30.1 isprobably one of the nicest box speakers I've listened to in a while. It has afew drawbacks, mainly limitedbass and you won't get the heart pounding in your face sound that you might from otherspeakers. Not to sound like a broken record but the 30.1's biggest strength is a phenomenal midrange. I feel like it adds a raspy quality to vocals (whichbrought out more of a realistic quality to the music) and I really enjoyed that. You can hear the overall quality almostinstantly and like the others have said, you should try to audition them if youhaven't already done so. I should add, I listened with a tube ampso I can't speak for sound with a solid state.

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    Re: Harbeth 30.1 Review... need input

    As far as bass is concerned, after living with the Harbeths as is for a few years at the recommendation of others I decided to add a subwoofer - in part because I got a good deal - when I put an REL S/5 SHO in the system. Once I got it properly dialed in and adjusted, per REL's guidelines, any concern about the bass disappeared. I've now got plenty of deep, fast, tight musical bass - my room couldn't handle any more. So there's definitely a fix for that if it bothers you. The Harbeths + sub are still less $$ than the Sonus Faber Cremona Ms they replaced (which I liked), but are a very substantial improvement. Just listen to Ella Fitzgerald, Gillian Welch, Alabama Shakes, T Rex, Mark Knopfler - you'll know what I mean.
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    Re: Harbeth 30.1 Review... need input

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffwalker01 View Post
    Chris, great explanation. I took a look at this threadbecause I'm looking at C7s, but I'm also hearing people upgrade to the 30.1from that model. I have a Rega P3 source and I've heard, as Chris alreadymentioned, the midrange the midrange the midrange! That's probably the firstthing out of everyone's mouth. Has anyone made the leap from the C7's and what was the tipping point that made you pull thetrigger on 30.1?
    We owned a pair of Rogers LS3/5a's for 36 years. I sold them and bought Harbeth P3's. I replaced the P3's with C7's but they lacked the appeal that the Roger's and P3's had.

    I replaced the C7's with 30.1's and got back the sound that made BBC's thin wall monitors so famous over the years. The 30.1's are like bigger P3's.
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