When I began building an audio system some years back, I knew what I wanted, but didn't know exactly how to find it. I wanted loudspeakers that were natural, non-fatiguing, and most of all faithful to the source material in a way that made recordings come 'alive'.
Like many who set off on this journey, I tried practically everything in a futile search for this sound. I cycled through electrostatic speakers, mammoth towers, tiny monitors, full range single - driver speakers, and so on. Each of these loudspeakers had their unique strengths, but inevitably they were also accompanied by major drawbacks. Having spent years shuffling through loudspeakers in and out of my system, I wanted to get off that merry-go-round, but didn't know how.
It wasn't until a knowledgeable friend recommended I consider Harbeth that I was able to stop searching. The first time I heard my Harbeth Super HL5 Plus, I immediately knew my search was over. Only Harbeth loudspeakers have been able to constantly satisfy in each area that is important to me - bass that is clear, fast and controlled; sparking highs that don't fatigue; and, of course, the famous mid range that makes vocalists magically appear in my listening room and gives instruments that palpably ''real'' presence. The warmth, musicality and open sound of the Harbeth Super HL5 Plus loudspeaker are everything I have looked for in a loudspeaker for years.
My Harbeth SHL5 speakers have transformed my relationship with music - allowing me to have a richer, more immsersive experience and to get ''inside'' the music I love. It seems that the loudspeaker market is always rolling out fancier, more technologically equipped and ever more expensive loudspeakers. People are always looking for the 'next best thing'. That is all well and good for those who enjoy the hunt, but for those of us who are simply looking for pure, natural and engaging sound, there is a solution at hand.
I admire plenty of other loudspeakers, but I won't buy them. I don't need to. I am a Harbeth listener for life!