Replaced 40.1's that I owned for 8 years. Both great speakers, with 40.2's more transparent and neutral, while the 40.1's are warmer, full bodied and romantic sounding.
Music Reference RM9 MK II
The best amp I've owned, next to the considerably more expensive VAC 70/70. Refurbished by Roger Modjeski and tubed with NOS RFT "Siemens" EL34's and extra low noise RAM 6922's. Also sounds great with Gold Lion KT88's.
Audio Aero Capitole Reference DAC/CDP/PRE
Cult classic DAC/CDP/PRE. Serves as DAC for Bluesound Node and SqueezeboxTouch. November 2020, I had it re-tubed with NOS Mullard 6021's and replaced Hovland Musicaps with Jupiter Copper Foil caps.
Logitech Squeezebox Touch
An incredible bargain @ $300. Connected to external DAC with toslink cable.
Paired with Audio Aero DAC via Black Cat Silverstar SPDIF cable. Used primarily to stream Spotify.
Sound Anchor for Harbeth M-40 series
Heavy duty steel stands. Pricier than the more common Skylan stands that I had with my last pair of 40.1's, but you get so much more for your money with the indestructible Sound Anchors.
KCI Silkworm RCA Interconnect
Gold based RCA interconnect cable. Outperforms the Purist Venustas it replaced by a large margin.
Silent Running Audio VR-2 & 3 isolation platforms
I tired of messing with the various footers on the market. These are the real deal... excellent construction, visually appealing and effective.
Salamander Synergy Triple 20
GIK Room Treatments Tri Traps, 244 panels and Alpha 4 diffusion panels
This is the 2nd room I've treated with GIK products. Highly recommended, especially 244 panels.
Acoustic BBQ 12 gage Dueland speaker cables
I've had significantly more expensive speaker cables from Stealth and Auditorium, but prefer these. I also use ja pair of these in my secondary system. Great bang for the buck and available from longtime Audiogoner "Grannyring".
That's exactly what I've done for years w/my RM10 MkII...direct into an aging Cary 303/300....still need to hear a rig like yours the robust RM9 and big Harbeths must be fantastic. The MR amps are amps for a lifetime.
Thanks Pehare. I need to update my system as my source has changed to an Audio Aero Capitol Reference CDP/DAC going straight into my Music Reference RM9 MK2 amp. Gone are the VAC 30/30, Aesthetix Calypso Signature preamp and Luxman DAC. So much simpler having only a source straight into an amp.
Your Vac amp is beautiful! Heaven match with your Harbeth 40 speakers. Just something you want to consider. I recommend swapping out the drives and input tubes to a different 6sn7. Even the 6f8g with adaptor works best in this spot. From my experiences i usually do not recommend using all 4 tubes with the same brand & structure for the drivers and input. Drivers use a different 6sn7 and input use a different 6sn7. You will not have a coherent sounds; You should try it, makes the music more transient, feet tapping and better dynamics.
Sadly, I've only put about 20 hours on them as my system is down awaiting a minor repair. Despite them not being fully broken in, I immediately noticed a fuller response in bass and midrange. The LFD's are no slouch in their price range, but the Auditorium's are classics that exude a look and feel of quality construction. They are a destination speaker cable for me.
Sorry for the delayed response. It's been quite some time since I've owned the C4's... but going on memory, the Harbeth's are much more organic sounding, have better bass and midrange, and are not fatiguing. I've owned the 40.1's twice, but have no interest in owning Dyn C series again. To my ears, the Harbeth's are far superior to the Dyn's.
System edited: Have gone back to the big Harbeth M-40.1's. I regrettably sold my previous pair of M-40.1's about four years ago to change things up, but after trying two other decent speakers over those years, I realized the big M-40.1's are the speaker that just do it for me. Last time I used Skylan stands, but this time opted for the rock solid Sound Anchor's. Also replaced the reputable Modwright Sony 5400ES cdp with EAR's Acute II... a great piece that will be with me a long time. The addition of the big Harbeth's and the Acute CDP have successfully reinvigorated my interest in in this hobby. Next up... more experimentation with 6922 tubes for the Acute and I have some GIK Tri Traps on order.
I agree it's surprising that the M40.1 doesn't receive more attention here. I hosted an audio club meeting last week for about 10 members. I received comments like "this system just draws you into the music" and "the best system I've ever heard". I'm so glad I picked the big Harbeths over the other speakers that I considered. Like you, I've had a lot of speakers in the past, but for me the buck stops here. I hope that you enjoy the M40.1s as much as I do.
Steve, Sorry for the delayed response. I've only been able to spend a few hours with my new (used) 40.1's, but they are fantastic. They will be with me a long time!
I'm amazed they don't get more love on Audiogon. Once I upload my new pics, I believe you and I will have the only virtual systems on Audiogon with M-40.1's... hard for me to believe there's not a larger following.
Paul, I made the change almost 2 years ago from the SLH5 w/REL sub to the M40.1 and couldn't be happier. Their full body sound is addictive. Just amazing how they disappear in my listening room. Since you owned them before, you know what to expect and I'm sure you'll be very happy. Good Luck!
System edited: Sold the Harbeth SHL5's, Modwright Transporter & soon my REL sub to fund an upgrade to Harbeth M-40.1's. This will be my second time owning the 40.1's... I regretted selling them... lesson learned. I'm hoping to have the big Harbeth's by early August... can't wait!