Harbeth’s world-exclusive RADIAL2 technology has been transferred to the heart of the mini P3ESR. Designed and made by Harbeth UK, the RADIAL2 110mm (5″) bass/midrange driver offers the hallmark clarity and naturalness of the larger Harbeths.
Breathtaking transparency, real bass, and fantastic holographic imaging endow the P3ESR with grand, captivating, transparent sound presented in a conveniently small and beautiful cabinet.
Not only is the P3ESR capable of being used in a wide range of listening environments, but it is optimised to get the best from any amplifier.
|Transducer system||2-way sealed: 110mm (5inch) Harbeth RADIAL bass/mid; 19mm Ferro-cooled tweeter with HexGrille|
|Freq. response||75Hz-20kHz +/-3dB Free space, grille on, smooth off-axis response|
|Impedance||6 ohms – easy to drive.|
|Amp. suggestion||Works with a wide range of amplifiers, ideally from 15W/channel.|
|Power handling||50W programme|
|Connector||Two 4mm gold-plated binding posts for wires or plugs|
|Dimensions (hxwxd)||306 x 190 x 184 mm (+12mm for grille and binding posts)|
|Finish||Cherry, black ash, maple, rosewood, eucalyptus, anniversary Olive Wood|
|Space needs||Ideally > 0.30m from rear wall|
|Stands||Typically 24+ inches. (Tweeter: 230mm up from cabinet base)|
|Weight||6.1kg each (without packing)|
|Packing||One matched pair per protective carton|
Herb Reichert November 2018
I promise not to tell you that the 40th Anniversary Edition Harbeth P3ESR loudspeaker sounds like a bigger speaker than it actually is. It does not. Likewise, I won’t suggest that it offers a large portion of what Harbeth’s bigger, more expensive models do—I’ll leave that to the happy owners on the Harbeth User Group. But can I tell you it’s good value for the money? The current, non-anniversary version of the P3ESR costs $2195/pair (footnote 1), while the souped-up, tarted-up 40th Anniversary Edition goes for $2890/pair—prices I think are chickenfeed, considering all the timeless virtues and musical satisfactions I have discovered in both versions.
Like Harbeth’s Monitor M30.2 40th Anniversary Edition, which I reviewed in April 2018, the limited edition of the P3ESR costs more, but it’s a distinctive-looking “trophy Harbeth” with bright olivewood veneer, WBT NextGen binding posts, 40th Anniversary badges on the rear panel and under the grille on the front baffle, as well as a metallic black-and-gold badge on the grille itself. (If you think these badges are frivolous, check the prices of vintage “gold badge” LS3/5a minimonitors.)
Beyond Harbeth’s pandering to Brit-fi collectors with these badges, there are a few anniversary goodies inside the speaker, including “British-made audio grade poly capacitors” and “ultra-pure OFC internal cable.” But are those invisible goodies audible? And why should anyone today care about some old British brand’s 40th-anniversay hoopla?