Harbeth Speakers - Super HL5plus Speaker

 (Eucalyptus - Pair)

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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.)

(Eucalyptus Finish)


Harbeth Super HL5: technical specification
Transducer system Vented 3 way loudspeaker
Drive Units

LF: Harbeth 200mm RADIAL
polymeric composite cone, antimagnet
HF:custom 25mm ferrocooled
aluminium dome

Supertweeter: 20mm titanium dome
neodimium magnet, waveguide face
Frequency response 40Hz - 24kHz ± 3dB free space, 1m with grille on, smooth off axis response
Sensitivity 86dB 1W/1m
Amplifier suggestion 25-150W
Nominal Impedance 8 ohms nominal
Power handling 150W programme
Connector 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)
Weight 38 lbs. each (16.8kg each, 19.6kg packed singly)
Special Features AV ready with controlled magnetic field and suitable for close proximity to TV and computer screens
Recommended listening On stands at approx. tweeter height
Technology Low-Q critically damped crossover

Customer Reviews (5.00 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.


posted on 10/07/2017
5 Stars
Reviewer: Wolf
I agee with the other guy. Tho I'm not super audio tech and haven't heard lots out there my 7? year old speakers are incredible they are great with CDs but good analog vinyl is sumptuous. I have Herron Pre and Mono amps which have a tube signal boosted by SS. It is a wonderful never fatigueing sound. I can start at 4PM and go till midnight, as I move from raukus to smokey albums later I'm in a dream world. Everything sounds so RIGHT!

may be a box, but oh what a box!

posted on 12/03/2008
5 Stars
Reviewer: TC
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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