Harbeth Super HL5 Floorstanding Speakers

4.8/5 (5 Reviews)


Product Description

  • 3 way loudspeaker
  • Bass/mid, HF and Supertweeter
  • Frequency response: 40Hz - 24kHz ± 3dB
  • Power handling: 150W programme


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Vladimir a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 8, 2014

Bottom Line:   
Use this acoustics less than a month with components Triode.
Great sound.
Have a claim to the quality of the veneer.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Stephan Fiege a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 16, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I recently replaced my Apogee Duetta Reference with a pair of Harbeth Super HL5. Waving goodbye to the Apogee's was a very sad. I listen to them during the last 7 years. But I certainly renewed my interest in listening to music at home because of the speaker-size and my three children.

When auditioning these speakers first, I was impressed of the dynamics and the soundstage.
Guitarmusic and voices are very clear an natural.

The focusing and airiness are absolutely the highlights of the Harbeth. One can say same concerning the resolution and transparency too!

Also at home in my room with woodfloor the soundstage is enormous and transients are fast and clean.These loudspeakers present piano and percussion in a realistic manner and they are fine at voices. They go into quite a lot of detail whithout loosing music.

Highly recommended.

I hear the Harbeth with transistor- and tube-amps. They sound fine with an old Hiraga (L'Audiophile Le Class A).

Summary:
Good soundstage. Clear.

Strengths:
Control. Resolution.

Weaknesses:
Expensive.

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Apogee Duetta Ref.
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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2007



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by athkarag a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 4, 2009

Bottom Line:   
Being 52 years old, I've owned more than half a dozen speaker systems with hi-fi combos as well, for the last 30 years. I reached the end of the trip by finding the SHL5s. No need to spend more time & money. If you are a concert hall visitor and music enthusiast, you'll realise that these BBC tradition followers are -to their price point- the most honest & natural reproducers around, with any -and I mean ANY- kind of modest & honest amplification. Simply wonderful speakers for music lovers! Of course, I have to admit that I'm a "British Sound School Lover", to be frank...
You don't have to analyze everything to understand the philosophy of Harbeth. Just understand that they are continuing making fine speakers since the 70's, approaching the average consumer, nothing more.
They support their product, they care about customer feedback. Today, in the midst of international financial problems & crisis, one should severly consider how important is the fact to have an incredible hi-fi speaker system at this price level at home, of course if you're serious about music.
And Harbeth has done it. Not only with their SHL5s, but with all their models.
Thanks for reading, I really didn't want to get into deep tech discussion and terms...

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tjoeb a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 16, 2009

Bottom Line:   
These speakers are so well balanced, you will NEVER EVER talk about highs, lows, mids, but only about the end result: the music. Even when you listen at 60cm away from the speaker you can't identify whether you hear the woofer or the tweeter or the supertweeter, so seamless is the driver integration. Designer Allan Shaw balanced these speaker to perfection : always full sounding, but not slow or heavy, never harsh but not at all veiled, always dynamic but never upfront or iin your face. Only a natural soundstage with artist in front of you.
I drive them with about 200W's of transistor, and this works great, but because of their ease of drive they also seem to respond well to 2x30W of tube power , or 2X50W with transistors.
Very, very recommended, and quite nice looking with the Canadian SKYLAN-stands

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ACF a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Highly reccomended speakers from a maker with a long track record of audio excellence. These vintage looking speakers have a wonderful mid-range, stunning treble and solid bass.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $4250.00

Purchased At:   Extreme Audio




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