We've heard thousands of components in thousands of rooms so we can save you a lot of time by catching obvious mis-matches and improper setup. Save yourself headaches and wasted money on upgrades! Generally we can double the performance of any system through setup alone. Here's a note from a happy customer:
"I thought that after many many years of enjoying music on various costly equipment, that I had developed the ability to get the most out of my system. Boy was I wrong. Gunnar promised me that the small cost of having him coming to my house and refining the performance of my existing set up would be the best money I've spent on my audio. Now that he's come and worked my equipment around, I couldn't agree more. He made me realize why I spent all that money on my equipment in the first place. What's most important, is that he allowed me to enjoy my music in my own home like never before. I now realize that expensive equipment alone is not enough. It takes an ear and breadth of knowledge like that of Gunnar's to bring out the real value of good equipment." -- James K.
Cartridge mounting and setup (basic) - $30.00
How many people have accidentally broken the stylus on their new cartridge trying to install it? We take away the worry and do it for you. Includes alignment, antiskate, and stylus pressure adjustment. This service is free when you buy a turntable from us.
Turntable checkup and cartridge alignment - $50.00
We'll check speed, adjust suspension, tonearm height and cartridge alignment.
Cartridge mounting and setup (advanced) - $150.00
Includes alignment, antiskate, stylus pressure and VTA adjustment as well as bench testing with an oscilliscope to determine optimal electrical output.
Home delivery of your purchase.
We offer convenient home delivery of your purchase.
Setup of components
$150 hourly rate (1 hour minimum, travel times apply)
Ottawa - 613-731-4434 | Toronto Queen St. - 416-530-9703
"In the end, the Harbeth Compact 7ES-3 acquitted themselves with such nimbleness, musicality, excellent 3D sound-staging, honest translating abilities, and timbral accuracy that there was no way I couldn’t award them an Editor’s Choice Award." - Rafe Arnott, Part-Time Audiophile
"These speakers have been tuned to perfection in the BBC tradition to achieve a natural midband, and the result is a highly resolving, yet low distortion speaker that you can listen to for hours on end without fatigue. The Harbeth Compact 7ES-3 remains one of the best buys in high-end audio."
"...this speaker sets, in my experience, a new benchmark in neutrality and natural tonal balance over its usable range, regardless of price" - Paul Seydor
"...holy freakin’ Hanna those C7s sound amazing in my system!!! Wow. It was funny the other night, a friend was visiting us and she was curious as to how it would sound if she airplayed some tunes from her phone. Well she stayed for hours playing tracks and she was entranced. It was cute to she her so lost in the music, and I was very surprised and happy as to how it sounded. I think I made a great purchase. Cheers for now."
The classic standmount.
Once in every generation of audio enthusiasts a loudspeaker captures their imagination and quickly establishes itself as a milestone in the art of sound reproduction. The Harbeth HL Compact 7 series is an outstanding example of natural sound combined with an ability for reproducing any type of music from rock to opera, electronic to jazz.
The deceptive thing about the Compact 7ES3 is that while it is not a floor stander it has similar cabinet volume and the bass extension and outright volume output is easily on par with common multi-way speakers. Thus, this is a medium sized bookshelf that sounds bigger and louder than you think when looking at it. In fact, with judicious placement and room matching, the Compact 7 can provide perfectly full-range sound with the right setup.
The Compact 7 is rated by BBC standards, that is to say, conservatively and accurately. The vast majority of other speaker manufacturers do not have access to either anechoic chambers or scruples to report accurate ratings. Thus in practice the Compact 7 at only "86dB" will be much easier to drive and sound more effortless than many "90dB" loosely rated speakers. Having sold 100+ pairs over the years and matched them with every imaginiable amplifier, even tube amps of 15watts are sufficient in a smaller room, while any good solid state amp of 50 watts is plenty in larger.
Quality is more important than quantity of watts and there is functionally no limit to the resolution that this speaker can provide given the right source and amplifier. If you have a medium sized room, you owe it yourself to compare the Compact 7 against any speaker at any price.
2-way vented: 200mm Harbeth RADIAL2™ bass/mid; 25mm Ferro-cooled dome tweeter with HexGrille
45Hz-20kHz +/-3dB Free space, grille on, smooth off-axis response
6 ohms, easy to drive.
Works with a wide range of amplifiers, ideally from 25W/channel.
Two 4mm gold-plated binding posts for wires or plugs
520 x 272 x 305mm (+12mm for grille and binding posts)
Cherry, eucalyptus, rosewood, maple, tiger ebony.
Overall response optimised for use away from walls.
To bring ears level with tweeters: typically 15 - 21 inches. (Tweeter: 440mm up from cabinet base)