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    Harbeth goes XD

    Harbeth will be ramping down production of the Anniversary Series and ramping up production of their new XD series starting in April. However, at this weekends Bristol show, Harbeth was showing off their new XD series.

    What’s the changes? All new parts in the crossovers.

    No US pricing has been announced.




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    Re: Harbeth goes XD

    Comments from people at the show:

    “As far as the P3s are concerned. Alan Shaw has extensively redesigned the crossover (18 of 26 components have been changed or modified). For the other 4 speakers yes, the XD version carries over the 40th anniversary crossover improvements but, like the P3, have had the WBT binding posts replaced with ones more similar to what went before. This last item has had no audible effect.”

    “The P3ESR XD are fantastic! If you already like the P3 you will adore what the XD version does I promise you. extended Definition actually describes the sound improvement pretty well! The Rosewood veneer is lovely...”


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    Any photos of the exotic ash finish?

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    The XD/ 40th Anniversary crossover brings a significant benefit from sound perspective.

    The 30.2 40th Anniversary is considerably better than the 30.1 IMHO.


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    Re: Harbeth goes XD

    Look forward to hearing the new XD series.
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    I was working at the Bristol Show and had the opportunity of hearing the P3XD. What Alan has managed to do is create a flat frequency response across most of the range. Sounded very coherent to me and that ease of listening presentation I love.

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    Re: Harbeth goes XD

    Thank you for your update. I’d love to hear the new speakers.
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    For the people who don't know, the 40.2XD is the exact same speaker as the 40.2 Anniversary minus the WBT binding posts and the Anniversary badges of course. Probably looking at a price increase as well.

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    Re: Harbeth goes XD

    Interesting. Curious as to why they would drop great binding posts and raise the price????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Penthouse-D View Post
    Interesting. Curious as to why the would drop great binding posts and raise the price????
    Profit... cant blame them. Im glad I got my Anniversaries when I did.

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    Re: Harbeth goes XD

    Likewise..
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    Re: Harbeth goes XD

    Quote Originally Posted by dznutz View Post
    For the people who don't know, the 40.2XD is the exact same speaker as the 40.2 Anniversary minus the WBT binding posts and the Anniversary badges of course. Probably looking at a price increase as well.
    Wouldn’t you also expect maybe some crossover changes? I don’t know.

    I’d love to hear a side by side comparison.
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    Re: Harbeth goes XD

    This is what I have been told... the 40.2, SHL5 and 30.2 anniversary already have what is now considered the XD upgrade. All the other speakers that never received upgraded components/modified crossovers and wiring will now receive the same and will be called XD. Is it possible that some other small tweaks were made... sure, lets wait and hear directly from the source when they're ready.

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    Re: Harbeth goes XD

    Quote Originally Posted by dznutz View Post
    This is what I have been told... the 40.2, SHL5 and 30.2 anniversary already have what is now considered the XD upgrade. All the other speakers that never received upgraded components/modified crossovers and wiring will now receive the same and will be called XD. Is it possible that some other small tweaks were made... sure, lets wait and hear directly from the source when they're ready.
    I’m hearing that all models are getting the XD treatment - all new parts in the crossover, new crossover design, etc. But yes, let’s wait and hear from Harbeth directly. I’ll try to find out more. THAT BEING SAID, just because the XD comes out, doesn’t make the Anniversary suddenly a bad speaker. SOME manufacturers feel they need to keep improving on things, even a little here or a little there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dznutz View Post
    Profit... cant blame them. Im glad I got my Anniversaries when I did.
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    Re: Harbeth goes XD

    A little more info: P3 and C7 will be the first models to get “XD’d”. Expected that the 40 will be the last to get the XD changes.
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    Re: Harbeth goes XD

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    Comments from people at the show:

    “As far as the P3s are concerned. Alan Shaw has extensively redesigned the crossover (18 of 26 components have been changed or modified). For the other 4 speakers yes, the XD version carries over the 40th anniversary crossover improvements but, like the P3, have had the WBT binding posts replaced with ones more similar to what went before. This last item has had no audible effect.”



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    So it does sound like the new XD versions are carrying over the 40th Anniversary crossover improvements into the new "standard" model aside from the P3s which did not have the crossover improvements in the 40th Anniversary model? So very likely the new C7 XD and the C7 40th Anniversary will share the same crossover that improved on the prior C7-ES3?
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