Harbeth P3ESR XD Speakers

Harbeth’s development team has, once again, redefined what is possible from this use anywhere loudspeaker. The completed redesign maximizes the performance potential of Harbeth’s proprietary RADIAL2™ Cone Technology. The evolved P3ESR XD delivers breathtaking transparency, accurate bass and dynamic integration across the audio spectrum. This is arguably one of the most advanced speakers in its class, this mini monitor allows you to discover those transparent moments where you feel like you’re breathing the same air as the musicians on the recording. This is one of the most ground-breaking speakers ever released by Harbeth.

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. 

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