Cherry, Eucalyptus (Shown Above) or Rosewood Finish
Harbeth Feature Article
The award winning Super HL5plus is the seventh generation of the Harbeth line that launched the company in 1977. The generous enclosure combines with the unique Harbeth RADIAL bass unit to create a warm, detailed sound that is completely box-less.
"I'm very pleased to say that today, 26 July 2005, we were awarded ISO9001 certification. This proves that although we are a small craft business, we have the control and monitoring system in place to ensure that the speakers that leave our door are to the highest standard. Providing that we maintain our QC, the certification lasts for 10 years with an annual audit, and a monthly fee. Is it possible that we are the only UK specialist speaker company to be awarded ISO status?" - Alan Shaw, Harbeth
"If the glory of the Super HL5 is its neutral midrange, the treble is exceptionally well presented-extended, open and sweet...I thought the Super HL5's bass was exceptional...full, rich, deep, warm without being woolly. I think you'd have to be an audiophile idiot to want to extend - and most likely spoil - such seamless quality of sound with a subwoofer. The Harbeth Super HL5 is one of the finest speakers to come my way. Give it a listen, lest you spend more - much more - and get far less lasting musical satisfaction. This speaker has been a classic for more than a quarter of a century, and will still be a classic 25 years hence. You'll likely never regret having bought a pair." - Sam Tellig, Stereophile, February 2005
"The Harbeth speakers are amazing! They are very neutral, yet very articulate. They have quite punchy low end for their size. Drums and percussion are reproduced with stunning weight and clarity. After using them as primary speakers to monitor a direct-to-disc recording, I can recommend them without hestiation!"
- Kevin Gray, AcousTech Mastering
(A mastering and cutting engineer with more than 30 years experience, Kevin Gray has credits on multiple albums gone platinum and Grammy. Gray is the mastering engineer for and part owner of AcousTech Mastering in Camarillo, California.)
|Harbeth Super HL5: technical specification
||Vented 3 way loudspeaker
LF: Harbeth 200mm RADIAL
polymeric composite cone, antimagnet
HF:custom 25mm ferrocooled
||20mm titanium dome
neodimium magnet, waveguide face
||40Hz - 24kHz ± 3dB free space, 1m with grille on, smooth off axis response
||8 ohms nominal
||Four 4mm gold-plated binding posts (biwireable)
|Dimensions (h x w x d)
||25"x 12 3/4"x 11 5/8" (638mm x 322mm x 300mm)
||38 lbs. each (16.8kg each, 19.6kg packed singly)
||AV ready with controlled magnetic field and suitable for close proximity to TV and computer screens
||On stands at approx. tweeter height
||Low-Q critically damped crossover
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may be a box, but oh what a box! posted on 12/03/2008
|I have a high end system and have had some very expensive speakers in it, but almost two years ago I bought Harbeth Super HL5s unheard. They are totally unremarkable looking and the same goes for their feel or heft, even in the very beautiful eucalyptus. That said, who cares? The sound is the thing and these speakers are just so well balanced, natural, and musical sounding that they have to be in the top few of any list of best speakers up to about $8,000. You read that right. They may give up a tad of bass or room filling power to the big floor standers, but the quality of sound and the depth and width of soundstage is there in spades. I have used a 50 and 75 watt tube power amp with them and both did well. I have also heard them with ss amps and the same holds. My eyes have been lured to try a $12,000 set of speakers, but with this sound, I am having trouble justifying that. I like them best with quality Kimber Kable, tube gear, phono, or CD, jazz, rock, & classical.
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