Harbeth Nelson Subwoofer

Interesting product from Harbeth.

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I thought it is a spoof , it’s not . I apologise profusely (I have P3ESR )

Well, if it sounds as good as it looks…

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What a great idea, though not cheap at £3,295 a pair, which with a pair of P3ESRs on top comes to almost £6,000. They could be a perfect solution for lots of people.

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Looks familiar, there used to be a Nelson’s Column in Dublin until the top got blown off it in the 60’s, accidentally of course.

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I’m really not sure about the look, I’ll be interested to see any in store/home photos. I saw some photos from at a show but they were in shadow I think, as the stands looked black to me. Also I wonder how this combo compares to the bigger models like the c7 and the m30.2.

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I guess that having a 5-inch ‘woofer’ completing a 5-inch ‘woofer’ may be seen either as silly or as a smart implementation, considering that the small radiation area can be compensated by power and long throw. Going back to old time sensibility, it takes nerve to call it a subwoofer though.
But then, have the HP3/ESR and the LS3/5A been incomplete for decades? I thought the very same when the DR regulators came out, after 50 years of perfectly satisfying LM317s. But it’s just me…

I don’t like the design, it looks an aftermarket Chinese brand forniture and, especially, I don’t like the project to pair a perfect loudspeaker to an active sub. I’d have prefer a passive sub with an electronic crossover: it’s logical that who own P3 loudspeakers has a good ampli stage to pilot them. I would prefer to buy another pair of loudspeakers to place side by side to my P3 and listen orchestral music with them. Have a good evening. C

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I agree. And at least to me LS3/5a type speakers don’t look at all good on exaggerated fat stands. Someone must be kidding suggesting to replace something like this and ruin a pair of beautiful looking and sounding speakers (as always, of course, when in the right room).

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This product basically doing the sensible thing and turning a standmount into a floorstander, utilising the space otherwise wasted by the stand to add the bottom end. What’s not to like (if it does it well!)

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How about the price??? :astonished:

I do not think it would work with some bigger Harbeth speakers, like the 40.2 or 40.3?

Works.

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How stable is it? Excellent solution, but don’t play hard-rock, metal loud. :wink:

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I’ve no idea how good it is, but doing bass well is not easy, so tends to be expensive.

I think you do not catch @Blackbird’s sense of humour!

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This one looks uglier that the Rogers version where the shape of the sub is perfectly integrated with the speaker as a one rectangular piece. This one is rectangular at the top, round column at the bottom. I’m also not sure how the “stands” will affect the sound quality of the PE3SR as the speakers work better with lightweight open-frame stands in my experience, all models from small to large M40s.

Not sure what went wrong, as I didn’t mean to reply to Blackbird, but to sktn77a. Post amended.

This seems like a strange “solution.” It negates a key advantage of a subwoofer–being able to place it optimally in a different location from the main speakers in order to reduce placement issues and nulls at the listener position.

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