From $4,890.00

compact monitor available in Cherry, Rosewood, Tamo Ash

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All speaker prices are per pair (you get two at this price).

The Harbeth Compact 7 ES3 XD Version with new improved crossovers. Available late July 2020. Order now to be sure to get yours!

Available in cherry, rosewood, and tamo ash

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.




For over forty years, Harbeth has been producing top-of-the-line speakers with innovative technology behind every model. Based in England, they began working with BBC on research and development. The company eventually decided to branch out from broadcasting and introduce new innovations, such as its RADIAL™ cone technology. The new audio modifications Harbeth made became very popular for customers seeking the best quality sound possible. Their mission became clear: to raise the technical standard of the entire global loudspeaker industry through their remarkable audio improvements.Every Harbeth speaker incorporates the RADIAL™ cone feature, which is one of the biggest advancements in loudspeaker technology. Because of this innovation, each speaker has unmatched clarity and resolution. In particular, models like the Harbeth 40.2 are known to sound closer to live music than nearly all competitors. Similar to the Harbeth 40.2, the Harbeth Super HL5Plus speakers also have great quality but are more affordable. All Harbeth loudspeakers have unbelievable audio performance and are one of the most innovative brands to date.Overture is a proud dealer of Harbeth products, selling customers the highest quality loudspeakers from Harbeth. Interested in purchasing a new Harbeth speaker? You can trade-in any component towards a Harbeth speaker by filling out our Trade-In Form.
Additional information

Additional information

Weight29 lbs
Dimensions20.5 × 10.7 × 12 in

Cherry, +$300 Walnut, +$300 Tamo Ash