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  1. The grilles aren't easy to remove by all accounts which is why I haven't bothered to try.
  2. Another happy Harbeth owner here. I have the M30.1 in tiger ebony. Listening to them as I type.
  3. I like the look and weighty feel of it in the hand but I've never actually used it tbh. Having to remove the screws to install batteries does strike me as impractical tho.
  4. I can take some comfort from that. I think it's a nice amp too and it looks schmick imo.
  5. No news is good news I guess. My amplifier is up and running again. I'm pleased to have it back and hope that it will give me years of trouble-free listening enjoyment from here on.
  6. I've owned an Audio Analogue Puccini Settanta Rev. 2 integrated amplifier for less than two years and used it conservatively. I tried switching it on a couple of weeks ago but it was unresponsive. Fortunately, it is still in warranty so I took it to the service centre for assessment and repair. The technician contacted me to ascertain what the problem with the amplifier was as he had been switching it on and off repeatedly without issue. I explained what had happened and the steps I'd taken to try and trouble shoot the problem. He undertook to keep it for a few more days to see if the problem recurred. I was almost relieved when he later informed me that it had and he identified the standby power supply as the cause. He has ordered a replacement for repair. He then mentioned that it was the second or third one, which didn't inspire confidence. I'm not aware of reliability problems with Audio Analogue gear, but are there any forum members who have owned this amplifier or other Audio Analogue products and experienced a similar problem? Thanks.
  7. I'm not a PMC owner but the twenty.22 and twenty.23 both impressed when I auditioned them. The bass went impressively low for their compact size and the overall presentation was open and dynamic.
  8. Harbeths don't look any uglier to me than other speakers that I've auditioned. They were all wood veneered boxes with cloth grilles, with one or two exceptions. I find the conservative (some may say retro) appearance of Harbeths comforting in a way. They're definitely not showy which means that they don't draw too much attention to themselves in a room. Alan Shaw's speaker design philosophy is steeped in the BBC tradition, so if you're looking for ongoing, intensive R&D and cutting edge design, then you should look elsewhere. However, Alan Shaw does update his speaker designs as he sees fit, with the Super SHL5 plus being the most recent example. So I don't think that the company is resting on its laurels entirely. You say that "the sum of the parts falls well short of their asking price". What do you base this on and couldn't the same be said of any number of speakers and hi fi components? I've no doubt that Harbeth would sell more speakers if they went for half the price but again, wouldn't that also apply to other speaker manufacturers? It doesn't appear to have affected their sales however, as I understand that it is a challenge for Harbeth to meet demand.
  9. A winking smiley would have helped. I had no idea that Harbeths were so polarising. Can't say I've felt that strongly about any speaker I've encountered.
  10. Then I'm afraid that the irony was lost on me. Of course.
  11. Indeed, every pair of speakers that I've heard has a unique sound signature and Harbeths are no different in that regard. And yes, one's choice of speaker is a matter of personal preference. However, my earlier response was intended to be more of a rebuttal to a provocative post than a justification of my personal preference. I feel no compulsion to justify that to anyone.
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