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    Harbeth 30.1s in the house - I think I'm done

    I recently retired to Colorado and when I moved into my new house realized my SF Cremona Ms were too large for my listening area. After a lot of research, but few audition opportunities, I chose a replacement which I finally installed today - Harbeth M30.1s on Sound Anchor stands. Having never heard them I nervously hooked them up to my MA6600 and listened to Ella and Louis on SACD and The Tedeschi Trucks Band Revelator on CD. Tomorrow I set up my turntable (my preferred source) and will really start critically listening.

    But let me just say this. Wow. Out of the box - freakin' wow. I expected Ella and Susan Tedeschi to sound superb, but the real revelations were all of the cracks, creases, warmth and character of Louis Armstrong's voice and the sweetness of Derek Trucks' slide guitar. I have listened to these albums dozens of times, including through a top of the line Ayre system and Revel Salons and I've never heard the level of detail I heard tonight, nor the transparency, all while being very musical and involving. No, they're not the last word in deep bass - I didn't expect them to be. But for what I value they are amazing. Could I finally be done searching for the holy grail and spend my money on vinyl instead? I sure hope so. Chris

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    re: Harbeth 30.1s in the house - I think I'm done

    Congrats man. I'd love to get my ears on a pair of 30.1's.

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    re: Harbeth 30.1s in the house - I think I'm done

    Congrats Chris,
    I never heard the 30.1 but I have the P3ESR ( = 20.1) and the 40.1.
    I can relate perfectly to your description of the Harbeth sound.
    There are the expected qualities : naturalness, saturated and rich tones, truth of timbre, meat on the bone.
    But all listeners are usually very surprised by an incredible transparency and tons of details.
    I have listened very carefully to the 40.1 next to my Wilson WP8's. The 40.1 are more resolved. We can hear details that are erased with the Wilsons. I also listened to tracks that I know by heart on Sasha 2 and Alexias.
    The 40.1 are more transparent and detailed than both of them.
    Most people who never heard Harbeth think that they are warm and colored.
    While they are true monitors : made to hear everything.
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    Jerome - if I had a larger listening space I likely would have gone for the 40.1s, but then again I likely wouldn't then have had the reason to make the change. The Harbeths truly are beautiful sounding, but it's the detail retrieval, speed and transparency that are so astonishing to me. Almost like electrostatic or planar speakers.

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    re: Harbeth 30.1s in the house - I think I'm done

    Chris, congrats on the new 30.1's. I'm glad you're getting settled in your new home,as am I. We're both waiting to hook up our vinyl sources, I think you will beat me there as I'm still waiting for my rack to be built.
    I had a chance to listen to Harbeths a couple of months ago, they were fantastic sounding speakers! I agree with you and Jerome,the Harbeth sound is so much more than how people usually describe them.

    I love Susan Tedeschi too, my favorite album of hers is "Just Won't Burn".
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    Congrats Chris. The 30.1s are fantastic.
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    re: Harbeth 30.1s in the house - I think I'm done

    The 30.1 are awesome speakers. Congratulations on the new setup.
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    re: Harbeth 30.1s in the house - I think I'm done

    Enjoy,

    Man there are a lot of Chris's on this site,.
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    Re: Harbeth 30.1s in the house - I think I'm done

    Other errands prevented me from setting up my turntable or listening much to the Harbeths today, but I did listen to Beck's Morning Phase on CD and it was sublime. Compared to the Cremona Ms, Beck's voice was more forward and his guitar was crisp and clear. Instruments were no longer packed together but were clearly separated. That vaunted midrange of the 30.1s is no joke. Chris

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    Re: Harbeth 30.1s in the house - I think I'm done

    Quote Originally Posted by Moby View Post
    Other errands prevented me from setting up my turntable or listening much to the Harbeths today, but I did listen to Beck's Morning Phase on CD and it was sublime. Compared to the Cremona Ms, Beck's voice was more forward and his guitar was crisp and clear. Instruments were no longer packed together but were clearly separated. That vaunted midrange of the 30.1s is no joke. Chris

    Congrats Chris,

    Wow , you guys make me want to get out and hear this Harbeth sound...



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