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    What other Speakers for Luxman besides Harbeth?

    Lots of chat about Amps, wattage, sensitivity, ohms

    It seems Harbeth is generally a recommended and good match with Luxman.

    I am still planning to order a Luxman 505uxII in December and wondering what other speakers are a good match. In the mean time, I will try matching it with my current speakers, Clearfield Continentals, Dynaudio 82s, and the ones that will probably sound the best but least expensive, JM Labs Tantal 509s.

    I have seen Tekton, Zu, Omega and a few others mentioned. Looking for $5K and under suggestions.

    I know Mike suggests the model a few steps up from the 505, but reading between the lines, the 100wpc (actually 115) should be enough for many other speakers with decent efficiency.
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    Re: What other Speakers for Luxman besides Harbeth?

    Fyne and Luxman is good. B&W and Luxman is good.


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    Re: What other Speakers for Luxman besides Harbeth?

    Lu Kang Audio..... These sounding pretty darn good @ RMAF.

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    Re: What other Speakers for Luxman besides Harbeth?

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    Re: What other Speakers for Luxman besides Harbeth?

    The new JBL L100 sounds really good, it has an open and lively sound character.

    I never could get my Zu to play very low, a sub would be a must and that super tweeter became too much for me even with my CJ gear. I had a Soul Super Fly. Super low distortion, they played louder than I could stand and remain clear as can be.

    I wouldn't think your 82's would present much of a problem.
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    Re: What other Speakers for Luxman besides Harbeth?

    Reynaud should work well with Luxman. Bob Neill prefers them with Blue Circle but Gilbert shut that company down last year. They have several models that should work under your limit. I run the Abscissa Jubilee with the Audia Flight FL Three S integrated with similar specs.
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    Re: What other Speakers for Luxman besides Harbeth?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack View Post
    Reynaud should work well with Luxman. Bob Neill prefers them with Blue Circle but Gilbert shut that company down last year. They have several models that should work under your limit. I run the Abscissa Jubilee with the Audia Flight FL Three S integrated with similar specs.
    i have the JMR Offrande Supreme V2’s and they are excellent, super-imagers.

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    Re: What other Speakers for Luxman besides Harbeth?

    I agree Rob. I owned Offrande V3's from 2003-2007 which were the pair that Bob reviewed and that were shipped direct from the US distributor at the time and purchased through Anthony Perrotta. When I contacted Bob back in the Spring it was my intention to buy that last pair of Offrande's ever made that were in the possession of the Canadian distributor. From our conversations he convinced me to try the new Abscissa Jubilee instead and I have not been disappointed. They take up the same floor space as the Offrande's with their integrated stands and give you more cabinet volume plus a revised AMT tweeter.
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    Re: What other Speakers for Luxman besides Harbeth?

    Do most Harbeth owners listen to mostly Vocalists and very minimal Instruments?

    I have been scouring Youtube for Luxman and or Harbeth Demo vids and it's like Nobody listens to a full band of Electric Music.
    All I find is Acoustic Guitar, Vocals and Piano, or Vocals and very little actual music.

    Will Harbeths play Rock, Jazz, Fusion as well as it does for Vocals.

    Seems like only a small % of Audiophiles actually listen to Music as opposed to Female Vocals, or maybe just most Demos because they are not very taxing of any speaker or amp.

    Either way, it doesn't do a potential customer any good if we can't hear some Real Music. (I know Mike posted a few vids of systems playing actual music a few shows ago, but that is far from the norm)

    Just because a speaker can playback Adelle doesnt mean it will excel playing Voodoo Chile or Bruford or King Crimson. Not everyone listens to Adelle.

    Ah just venting from frustration as I have nowhere to Demo Harbeths and was hoping for more on Youtube.

    Just emailed Ultra Systems, part of the Cable Company in New Hope PA to see if they have anything to demo. Next closest is Delaware, Overture.
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    Re: What other Speakers for Luxman besides Harbeth?

    Depends on the model Brian. From my experience, the SHL5+ can be quite dynamic as well as the 40.2. The 30.2s I prefer for Jazz, Blue Grass, some light classical (a wonderful speaker) but not quite for rock. All of these would do a nice job with Eva, Diana, Norah, Melody, Allison....

    BTW, as much as I like Adelle, I have yet to hear a good quality recording of her music, unfortunately.

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