Harbeth Super HL5 plus. Now On The Floor!!

Harbeth’s Super HL5plus produces breathtaking transparency, a huge soundstage and total immersion in the performance. This speaker creates a rich bass and sweet midrange that brings acoustic music alive.

This is the latest generation of Dudley Harwood’s original HL-Monitor: the cabinet is still engineered in the BBC tradition of removable ‘thin-wall’ panels for a totally true-to-life sound.

Retaining the classic ‘two cubic foot’ proportions found in the very best BBC monitors, the HL5plus relies on the exclusive Harbeth-made 200mm RADIAL2™ bass/mid driver. This produces a big, warm and powerful sound that underpins the incredible midband clarity.

The 20mm main tweeter is augmented by a SuperTweeter for an extended and even dispersion to the upper edge of the audio band.

I’ve Reenlisted In The Neat Army!



It is my pleasure to announce the return of Neat Acoustics to the shop! I sold Neat years ago and have always loved them. They were one of the very first speaker brands I proudly carried. I stupidly dropped them due to distribution woes and the sharp learning curve of running a Hi-Fi shop. It was like breaking up with your first love! I was crushed! I may have wept.

Neat are just that. They aren’t tacky behemoths. They are simply tasteful, easy to place in a room and have a very small footprint. The sound is huge compared to their small enclosures. They sound excellent with solid state as well as beefier tube amps (25+ watts)!

I now have the affordable Motive SX1 and SX2. The teeny tiny Iotas and one of my all-time favorites, the Elite SX! Look for offerings from the Momentum and Ultimatum lines in the future.

Beatles Mono Box Hootenanny Saturday, September 20th at 7pm!!

Ortofon is releasing the 2M se mono cartridge to coincide with The Beatles mono box set. So, I’ve decided to put together an event and special! Let’s call it “The Beatles Bundle”! Buy a Rega RP6 turntable fitted with the 2M Mono and the Box set is HALF PRICE! Hear it all together at the HOOTENANNY on September 20th. I have two box sets available for purchase.

I’ll be playing other mono records, not just Beatles. wink wink..

Thöress Phono Entzerrer!


Dear Music Lovers,

our tube-based fully active Parametric Phono Equalizer (”The Phono Enhancer”) is
probably the most versatile phono device world wide – and certainly one of the finest
sounding ones, regardless of price !

Not only that it offers 6 inputs for various types of cartridges and customizable loads on
any MC input. The Enhancer features a novel kind of tone control facility based on a
truly outstanding circuit topology, such avoiding any clumsy conventional tone control
ciruitry. Hereby the 3 edge frequencies (time constants) of the phono deemphassis curve
itsself are made adjustable within wide limits via three 6-position-rotary-switches.
One of the settings adresses the most widely used “”RIAA correction””, of course,
which actually refers to the “”New Ortophonic Playback Curve”” established by RCA
along with the vinyl Microgroove Records in the early 1950s.

These tone control facilities will be found extremely usefull and most effective for
restoring all kinds of tonal artifacts which may have been introduced during the various
manufactoring processes of a given record , while this cannot be achieved in the
conventional manner via “treble-and-bass” tone regulators (relying on one fixed edge
frequency) – not to mention the sound degrading sideeffects involved with such a
topology. Tonal restoration is known to be beneficial with monaural records but in fact
numerous records from the Stereo era will be found to considerably gain from the subtle
restoration facilities provided by the Enhancer too.

In view of all these features, our minimlistic but nevertheless most sophisticated
Parametric Phono Equalizer fully deserves to be called a “Phono Enhancer”.

Greetings from Germany,

Reinhard Thöress

A Tribute to Profesional Audio Equipment
from the Golden Age of the Electronic Tube.