Harbeth Compact 7es3 Speakers
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 All speaker prices are per pair (you get two at this price).


The Harbeth Compact 7 ES3 has become Harbeth's most popular speaker.

Pictured is the natural cherry finish.


Eucalyptus                                      $3795

  Rosewood                                      $3695

Tiger Ebony                                     $3795


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Harbeth HL-Compact 7ES-3 

Once in every generation of audio enthusiasts a loudspeaker captures their imagination and quickly establishes itself as a milestone in the science of hifi reproduction. The Harbeth HL Compact 7 series is the outstanding example of natural sound combined with a flair for reproducing any and every type of music from rock to opera, jazz through folk. Now the HL Compact 7ES-3 brings together detail improvements in the driver, crossover and cabinet that make this new model the finest and most enthralling Compact ever.

The Harbeth secret for Natural Sound is the result of the most meticulous attention to detail throughout the entire design. Take just one example - the traditional 'thin-wall BBC-style' cabinet. In true BBC tradition, cost being secondary to performance, both the front and rear panels are removable, held in place by screws not glue and nails so creating the ideal 'lossy joint' structure with low inertia and low energy storage. The cabinet quite literally breathes at the very lowest frequencies, as do the finest wooden instruments. The traditional and elegant Compact 7ES-3's unique cabinet is a critical part of the overall magic that is the Harbeth sound.

Feedback from Japan, which has a large installed base of all previous generations of HL Compact, has proved the integrity of this new model. It was decided to present the Compact7 ES-3 there as a 'brush-up' of the proven and much loved designs. However, once the new model reached the market it was immediately apparent that the detail improvements amounted to far more than the sum of the individual parts; t the Compact 7ES-3 was acclaimed as a great stride forward. A new star is born.

The HL Compact 7 family has always held at its heart the ultra-clean Harbeth-made RADIAL cone technology. The C7ES-3 features a redeveloped version of the 8 inch RADIAL driver and a new rubber surround with a softer smoother profile for improved damping. Add to that a new 'Open Weave' tweeter grille that gives the tweeter an unobstructed view into the listening room (through the incredibly transparent SuperGrille), the improved cabinet damping and the result is even greater openness and transparency. The new cabinet has revised internal wall-damping and the port tune frequency has been adjusted accordingly for better bass performance.

Most important, and invisible to the user is the crossover. This has been redesigned from the bottom-up using new-technology software simulation that's allowed millions of permutations of circuit topography and component values to be searched for the optimum combination. This has reduced development time from man-years to man-months, but is, of course, no substitute at all for hundreds of hours of critical listening to music and speech during development. This new crossover circuit has improved the on-axis integration of the drive units and enhanced the vertical integration: it means, in short, that the speaker is less critical of stand height and will integrate well on stands that are shorter than previous generations.

Whatever you ask of the Compact 7ES-3, it always delivers: perfectly. The clarity is spellbinding and brings a 'magic carpet ride experience' to the listening experience. 



This is to let you know how amazed I am right now with my new pair of C7es3.  My speaker standard was very high since I had the Spendor SP100 that I sadly had to sell do to space limitations in my new home.  And I experimented with other speakers looking music again.  I did not buy the Harbeths before since I was afraid of another disappointment, but as you know I finally took the plunge.  Let me tell you, I have music again in my house.  Even my wife is amazed at how good they sound.  I hear now a lot of music and details that I did not know existed in my CDs.  They match in heaven with my LFD LE III.  This has even restarted my interest in vinyl, so we’ll probably talk next month about a Rega P3-24 with a cartridge and a Phono Mini.  In the meantime, I will continue to enjoy my Father’s Day present :)
BTW, Happy Father’s Day to you too!

I just want to thank you a lot from the bottom of my heart for all the information, answers, guidance and help you kindly provided to me and for being a great dealer that with your hard work, along with Harbeth and LFD, dedicate your effort to make people, like me, feel happier listening to the music they like in incredible reality.  


Felix W"

Specifications of HL Compact 7ES-3
Transducer system Vented 2 way domestic monitor loudspeaker
Frequency response 46Hz - 20kHz ± 3dB free space, 1m with grille on with smooth off axis response
Impedance 6 ohms, easy electrical load
Amplifier suggestion 25W +
Power handling 150W programme
Connector Two 4mm gold-plated binding posts
(h x w x d)
520 x 273 x 315mm
Space needs At least 0.5m from rear wall
Stands Typically 15-21 inches
Finish Finish Veneers. Cherry (std.), eucalyptus. Others: please call.
Weight 13.2kg each
Packing Single speaker per carton
Vew of traditional 'BBC-thinwall' style back panel secured using 12 wood screws into bearers creating a 'lossy joint' which suppresses resonances. Electrical connection is easily made through a pair of high quality gold plated connectors, this being a simpler traditional system, less complicated and potentially confusing than bi-wiring and with a lower contact resistance.


  • Manufacturer: Harbeth

Harbeth Compact 7es3 Speakers

Price: $3,495.00
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