Harbeth Feature Article
Harbeth Product Review
"I have now owned three generations of Harbeth loudspeakers. Like other neurotic audiophiles, I've experimented with many other brands and models over the years. In the end, after we've finally recovered from audiophile nervosa we tend to return to what always seemed right in the first place. The Compact 7's just feel right. I'm pleased to have the 'Harbeth Sound' back in my home care of Acoustic Sounds. Thank you." – Michael Jones, Acoustic Sounds customer
"…practically a textbook on how to make a low-coloration, high-accuracy, compact two-way." – The Absolute Sound's 2007 Golden Ear Awards, Paul Seydor, The Absolute Sound, August 2007
"...Indeed, for sheer neutrality the 7ES-3 rivals the Harbeth Monitor 40, and in the 2kHz-4kHz range even trumps by reference Quads...I cannot overstate how fantastically these speakers reproduce ambience, whether real or synthesized, large spaces or small...Among major changes, the 7ES-3 has an updated tweeter, a new surround for the woofer, and a substantially redesigned crossover at a slightly lower frequency...The 7ES-3 gets it right - preserving the baritone but restoring what upper-range lightness it has...I am slack-jawed that Shaw has achieved such high resolution and tonal neutrality without the 7s sounding in the least clinical, analytical or edgy." - Paul Seydor, The Absolute Sound, April/May 2007
I have now owned three generations of Harbeth loudspeakers. Like other neurotic audiophiles, I've experimented with many other brands and models over the years. In the end, after we've finally recovered from audiophile nervosa we tend to return to what always seemed right in the first place. The Compact 7's just feel right. I'm pleased to have the 'Harbeth Sound' back in my home care of Acoustic Sounds. - Michael, Acoustic Sounds Customer
Whatever you ask of the Compact 7ES-3, it always delivers: perfectly. The clarity is spellbinding and brings the "magic carpet ride experience" to the listening room in a medium-sized enclosure.
The world-class HL Compact 7ES-3 takes the ultra-clean Harbeth-exclusive RADIAL2 cone technology to another performance level, and has been hugely successful for Harbeth throughout worldwide markets. Add tot hat the new "Open Weave" tweeter, new cabinet internal wall-damping and lowered port tune frequency and the result is more dynamic and greater transparency. This medium-sized loudspeaker combines natural sound with a flair for reproducing any and every type of music from rock to opera, jazz through folk. This latest generation is the most open and enthralling Compact ever.
The Harbeth secret for natural sound is the result of the meticulous attention to detail. In true BBC tradition, and regardless of cost, both the front and rear panels are removable to create a low inertia, low energy storage and hence low coloration cabinet. Sales in Japan, where the previous Compact was highly popular, have confirmed that this new generation of the much loved design is a great leap forward.
Critically important but hidden is the crossover. Redesigned from the bottom-up using new-technology software, this freed-up even more time for critical listening to music and speech and to minute adjustment of balance and level. The result is improved integration of the drive units across a wider horizontal and vertical arc meaning that the Compact 7ES-3 is far less critical of stand height.
Transducer system: Vented two-way domestic monitor loudspeaker
Frequency response: 46Hz – 20kHz +/- 3dB free space, 1m with grille on with smooth off axis response
Impedance: 6 ohms, easy electrical load
Amp. Suggestion: 25W+
Power Handling: 150W program
Connector: Two 4mm gold-plated binding posts
Dimensions (HxWxD): 20 1/2"x 10 3/4"x 12 1/4" (520 x 273 x 315 mm)
Space Needs: Ideally 0.75m+ from surfaces
Stands: Typically 15-21 inches
Weight: 29 lbs. each (13.2kg each)
Packing: Single speaker per carton
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