Harbeth Launch New XD Range - for Xtended Definition
The new Harbeth XD speakers break cover in February 2020.
As the pioneering and long time champion of Harbeth speakers in the UK, we have taken our time to fully understand the entire range of Harbeth speakers. Having gone through thorough testing on every single model to find out the best stands, amplifiers, cables and room position for each set. The process has been involved that many of the team ended up with Harbeth speakers in their own system.
Brand new for 2020 the Xtended Definition series from Harbeth looks very exciting, more details coming soon.
The big questions are:
How does the new Harbeth Xtended Definition series compare to the anniversary models?
The new XD speakers are very similar to Harbeth’s 40th Anniversary range, which is good news because these where brilliant. The drive units, cabinets, and internal bracing remains identical. There are more finish options, (strangely not all model are available in the same colours), so check out the individual product listing pages below to see all the details. Harbeth Anniversary models where one finish only, so this will open up the XD range to more customers looking to match to their interior decor.
What improvements if any are there from the last generation?
In short, the XD version has a slightly modified the crossover. This is in the case of all the speakers excluding the P3 XD.
When Alan Shaw (Harbeth’s designer and company owner) started to tinker with the P3 crossover he actually found it easier to build it from the ground up. This has made the P3 slightly more open and a tiny bit more forward than its anniversary predecessor. Is this a massive improvement? From my listening at The Bristol hi fi show in 2020 through a Quad system which we use in our showroom I honestly couldn’t tell much of a difference, and Alan even agreed that the speakers perform so it was nearly impossible to improve them. My advice would be; if you’re considering upgrading from Anniversary models then it’s not really a big enough change, but they are a massive leap forward from any of the previous Harbeth models so contact us for a quote to part exchange if you're in that camp.
When will they be available?
Stock is going to be very limited, so please contact us for up to date information, but we expect to have the full range of speakers on demonstration within the next three months.
Why is the new range so similar to the previous generation?
You might have noticed the size, dive units and specification is identical to the last range. The specification does not tell the whole story, but it does tell us a lot - "If it ain’t broke don’t fix it". But it’s great news that they are available in more colours than before, and Harbeth couldnt sell a 40th anniversary version of a speaker forever!
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Interested in ordering Harberth XD speakers? See our full product pages