Best Tower Speaker Pick $3,500 or less

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  1. Greg121986

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    Do you mind sharing where you got your Harbeths and Grahams from? I am assuming you are in the USA, but if you might be in Europe then it won't really mean anything to me. I need to touch base with the USA distro of Graham again and see how things are going. I miss working with the dealer network!

    To my ears the LS5/9 had a more satiable tonality and detail retrieval. Sound staging was better, in width and depth, and to that degree the micro dynamics were better with the LS5/9. Certainly, your mileage may vary and I am happy to hear that you will be comparing them directly side by side with the SHL5+. If you're going to invest that kind of money into speakers it's vital that you make your own decision. If you can, try the Chartwell LS3/5 and compare it with the Harbeth P3ESR. The difference is not subtle.
     

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    I got them on canuckaudiomart. in canada there's a couple of dealers...

    the break in is over and ive been listening to the graham for 2 days. im honestly blown away, im melting on my chair actually. Johnny hartmann never sounded so fucking smooth but crisp alltogether. i think I found my holy grail (finally)
     
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    Murphy have you ever owned Totems?
     
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    never heard a pair!
     
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    I'm glad to hear you are so fond of them!! :cool:
     
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    yeah, the graham are in every way equal to the shl5+. direct comparison make it very hard to determine which presentation I prefer.
    something stand out. the graham image slightly better in that the musicians have more space between each other and there's a very solid phantom center. the harbeth have wonderful imaging but slightly more stuck around the box.
    the harbeth have more bass extension which for some music is noticeable but for jazz i dont hear much difference.

    harbeth: more extension in the bass, highs seem more polished, less raw . no bbc dip measured.

    Graham: highs have a more real quality, id say i prefer the highs of the graham. there's a weird phenomena with the graham, im less impressed with the sound and more impressed with what the musicians are playing.
    with the harbeth, the sound is more impressive but I feel like my mind is not as convinced that its live musicians playing. it seems almost contradictory as the harbeth are more detailed overall. hard to describe but I have that feeling that the Graham are more musical but it may be new toy syndrome. is it due to the bbc dip? my measurements show a BBC dip of about -3db between 1.5khz to 2.7khz. is it new toy syndrome? so, me and my friend are exchanging speakers as I need his help here and unbiased opinion. My friend notice that the harbeth seem to have better decay of instruments, im not so sure i agree. this will be hard, i never had two speakers sounding so good in their own way. I have a feeling the Harbeth drivers are more perfectly integrated and they do seem to have more detail

    the harbeth are actually slightly more efficient: id say about .5db more efficient.

    so far, thats all I got. this will be hard to figure out which to sell and which to keep.
     
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