First, after looking at the in-room response of the Harbeths at JA's Brooklyn home I was surprised that he was not raving about their sound. I can understand the issues at AD's home, even with the Audio Notes. but AD loves his Audio Notes, as JA did. Even taking that into account, the photos show the stand heights for both seem approx. the same, but the Audio Notes woofer is considerably higher, more removed from the floor boundary.
The questions I have are:
1.) Do we agonize to much over keeping the tweeter at or near ear height? I know that with the new Triangle Cometes AD reviewed they were so bright he could not do it and enjoy them.
2.) I would love to have seen the Harbeth's measured on stands of at least 20", I know, that is defying the manufacturer's recommendations. My old AR 58's with their 12" woofers at that 14" height are just too bass heavy for me. My heavy, plaster pedestals at 24 inches in height sound so much better "to me" with the tweeters firing just over my head. Would a similar arrangement for the Harbeths help smooth out the bass response?
3.) Since no one lives in an anechoic chamber I am sure there is some reason designers manipulate their speaker response to be flat in that enviroment, but what is the point? When we get their speakers home we then have to deal with real-world placement.
I guess that it is just me, but at these price points I expect more, or something that I am just missing.
Let the games begin...