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The Harbeth 40.3 XD SpeakersParadoxically Great!

By Jeff Dorgay

Enjoying music and audio is almost a spiritual journey. Some will even tell you it is. Your musical taste, hearing, budget, and where you are on your journey will determine how you will voice your system, and what components you will most likely gravitate to.

过去与较小的Harbeth扬声器的经验一直播放较小的音乐。您无法提高Zeppelin,也不能在一对C7上使用工具,以至于它令人信服。老实说,作为Harbeth的所有者,我宁愿在JBL L-100经典赛上播放“ The Rain Song”,而不是我的C7,就像它们一样。将其切换到Crosby,Stills和Nash或Joni Mitchell,Harbeths证明更具吸引力。更具吸引力。选择,选择。

Big Harbeth,Monitor 40,现在M40.3 XD是完全不同的体验。Harbeth顶级扬声器具有您需要的任何音量水平的任何形式的音乐的重量和深度。您可以大声播放工具 - 并进入它。但是这些演讲者做得更多。

忘记所有发烧友的东西 - 一分钟

Walter Swanbon owner of Fidelis Distribution, the US distributor for Harbeth tells me the current 40.3 XD “is much more tube friendly,” and we talk about our mutual friend, the late Art Dudley. Hanging up the phone, wacky as it seems, the 40.3 XDs start their audio journey here with a pair of vintage Cary 805 SET monoblocks in the living room system. Maybe I was being possessed by Art for a little while, maybe I was having a wacky free will moment of the most counterintuitive kind. But this is a glorious combination.

该死的,如果这听起来不太棒。40.1s从来都不是不利的,但这绝对是一个更加漫射的视角,缺乏低音控制,这并不令人担忧,除非听雅可·帕斯托里乌斯(Jaco Pastorius)或斯坦利·克拉克(Stanley Clarke)这样的人,她弹奏低音吉他作为铅仪器。然而,新的40.3 XD是一种更现代的声音,即使这些老式的每通道复古套件单块单块单块单块。将300B驱动器管换成一组新的Western Electric 300B(正在进行的审查)会进一步收紧演示文稿 - 以至于如果您建立了一个严重的冷静系统,您就会喜欢胜利的组合。至少在适度至中等水平。

Going further in this direction, our PrimaLuna EVO 400 monoblocks, fitted with KT150s (normally a bit snappy for my liking) are just right with the big Harbeths. These amplifiers turn the 40.3 XDs into serious rock and roll machines, with close to 200 watts per channel of tubey goodness. Going through the classics from Led Zeppelin, Van Halen and some Who tracks is almost too much fun. The combination of tonal accuracy combined with a touch of saturation from the tubes makes the 40.3 XDs feel like they are the size of a Marshall stack.

The fun doesn’t stop there.

切换到高电流的固态放大器,通过这种程序材料在世界上都有不同的影响。回到40.1时,我的参考放大器是Conrad-Johnson Premier 350,它确实控制了那些大型低音扬声器,创造了更现代的声音。即使有了新发现的管子友好性,40.3 XD还是完全具有高质量固态功率放大器的扬声器。

Unplugging the PrimaLunas and plugging in the Nagra Classic Amp brings a different perspective entirely. Listening to the bass line in the Beatles’ “Baby You’re a Rich Man,” is an entirely new groove. Through the tube amplifiers, it’s powerful and pleasant, but it becomes当下与Nagra一起使用。同上通行证和游行放大器。来自大型固态放大器的额外抓地力可使中段饱和度约为5%,但在低频范围内增加了约200%的纹理。

所有这些声音中毒都导致了披头士乐队的长期狂欢。当前XD版本中有很多分辨率,您可能会发现自己发现了以前错过的信息。保罗的贝斯的额外打孔器,那些林戈(Ringo)填补了您之前听到的,以及那些和声。

Handle with extreme care

Many manufacturers of fine speakers include soft, cotton gloves to unpack them. Harbeth does not, and for good reason. The ultra-smooth finish on the Monitor 40.3 XDs are tough to get a grip on. They are just large enough (15 x 17 x 29.5 inches) and weigh just enough (84 pounds each) that you really want a pair or rubbery gloves with the grippy texture on the fingers. And a pair for the friend that helps you move them.

Normally, an 84-pound speaker isn’t the end of the world, but these are just large enough in girth, that they are a little awkward to move. Because the Harbeths have such a nice finish, and relatively thin wall cabinets, you need to handle them like a big, British, Faberge egg, that’s kind of square-ish.

Should you use the exceptional TonTräger stands that Fidelis Distribution imports from Germany and retail for this model at $1850/pr and suggests (and I do too), unless you have King Kong sized paws and Kung Fu grip, get a friend to help you unbox these and gently lower them into position on top of the stands. Keep said friend around for positioning them once on the stands too, one false move and they will tumble off the stands. Gravity’s a bitch when you watch your 23-thousand-dollar speakers tumble to the ground. Maybe this is why the 40.1s I received for review back in 2008 were less than pristine by the time I got them. Hmmm.

The Paradox of the Monitor 40.3 XD

These speakers play like massive Compact 7s, with more dynamics, more detail, and much more bass. However, like a C7ES-3 XD, these are still somewhat nearfield speakers. (Like all of the Harbeth speakers, they both feature the unique patented RADIAL2TM在中距离驱动器中的圆锥体材料,以获得低质量和受控共振的。Sure, you can put the Monitor 40.3 XDs in a small to medium room and they will sound great, but much like a pair of big electrostats, if you can do your best to minimize the side wall boundaries, you’ll enter a completely different world. And what a nice, inviting world it is.

正如这本评估的开始所暗示的那样,这一切都很棒,监视器40.3 XDS确实摇滚。当艾伦·肖(Alan Shaw)读到我一直在玩AC/DC,Van Halen和Aerosmith时,他可能会在茶中吐出他的下午饼干,但惩罚水平,但这很有趣。40.3 XDS移动严重的空气,但保持镇定。大港不仅大声播放,他们以优雅和线性方式做到这一点。如果某些扬声器在体积水平方面具有绝佳的位置,那么40.3 XD的总体音调平衡不会从大声脑损伤变为大脑损伤。然而,当乔·佩里(Joe Perry)的后备声音浪潮进出赛道时,他们在“珍妮(Janie)的枪手”结束时再次抓住了您 - 我以前听过吗?

As we said in our awards issue, as great as the smaller Harbeths are, the 40.3 XD is Alan Shaw’s masterpiece. You should hear them.

The Harbeth Monitor 40.3 XD

Cherry – $22,500/pr.

核桃 /玫瑰木 /异国灰烬 - $ 24,500 / PR。

www.fidelisdistribution.com

Peripherals

Analog SourceRega P10/Apheta 3

数字来源dCS Vivaldi ONE

Phono PreVAC Renaissance

Power AmpPrimaLuna EVO 400 Monos

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