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RS520 x Compact 7ES-3 XD Loudspeakers

AED 30,650.00 (Inc. Tax)

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Harbeth

Compact 7ES-3 XD Loudspeakers

Allow sensational music moments to come to life at the comfort of your home with the multi-award winning, medium-sized C7ES-3 XD loudspeaker. Acclaimed for its accurate three-dimensional sound, this speaker will impress even the most religious demands of an audiophile.

HiFi Rose

RS520 Advanced All-in-One Network Streamer

HiFi Rose's RS520 is an integrated amp, streamer, DAC, and preamp, all rolled into one compact and luxurious component. It's got bountiful clean power, flexible connections for your sources, and HiFi Rose's user-friendly onboard customized touchscreen Android™ OS. All you need to get started is this unit and your favorite set of speakers.

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HiFi Rose’s RS520 is an integrated amp, streamer, DAC, and preamp, all rolled into one compact and luxurious component. It’s got bountiful clean power, flexible connections for your sources, and HiFi Rose’s user-friendly onboard customized touchscreen Android™ OS. All you need to get started is this unit and your favorite set of speakers.

Audiophiles will appreciate its authoritative but smooth sound. I also love the cool touchscreen features, like the functional virtual back panel for switching inputs and outputs and the virtual VU meters. And it’s got top-notch build quality: four sides of its sturdy aluminum chassis are constructed as a single piece to resist vibrations and protect the first-rate internal circuitry.

Easy control
The RS520 connects to your internet via Ethernet or built-in Wi-Fi. The interface is intuitive whether via its front-panel touchscreen or the free RoseConnect Premium app for Apple® and Android devices.

It organizes your different streaming sources — from music services including TIDAL, Qobuz, and Spotify, to music files stored in one of its onboard options or your NAS server. You can also use Apple AirPlay® or Roon to control the streamer, or the included Bluetooth remote.

Advanced hybrid amplification
The RS520 uses an innovative amplifier circuit design that HiFi Rose calls “Class AD.” Like more typical Class D amps, it uses a “switching” design. But the RS520’s GaN (Gallium nitride) FET topology sweetens the sound by speeding up the timing between switches — up to 10 times faster than typical silicon FET switching devices.

This amplifier can deliver 250 watts of clean power to your speakers, and it’s stable down to 4 ohms. That means you can hook up demanding, tougher-to-drive speakers and get great results.

High-res DAC
The RS520 runs on a snappy six-core CPU with a high-performance ESS SABRE DAC capable of 32-bit/768kHz resolution with PCM sources or DSD up to 22.4 MHz (DSD512). That means you’ll get rich, detailed sound with a quiet noise floor and low distortion.

4K video on board
The RS520 can decode 4K video via its HDMI 2.0 output. The RoseTube app lets you peruse and play YouTube videos that you can watch on the unit’s full color screen or — even better — on your TV. And its digital audio inputs let you get beautiful soundtrack audio from whatever you might be watching.

Flexible connections
On the back panel you have ample connections, including an unbalanced analog preamp output for connection to an outboard amplifier, and an RCA stereo analog input. You could connect a USB drive, HiFi Rose RSA780E CD drive, or another CD player — even a turntable with a phono preamp.

Compact 7ES-3 XD Loudspeakers Overview

The Icon Of Clarity And Detail

ESSENTIAL NEUTRALITY AND NATURAL TONAL BALANCE
Allow sensational music moments to come to life at the comfort of your home with the multi-award winning, medium-sized Compact 7ES-3 XD loudspeaker. Acclaimed for its accurate three-dimensional sound, this speaker will impress even the most religious demands of an audiophile.

The Harbeth secret for accuracy and lifelike sound is the meticulous attention to detail during the design stage. Critically important, but hidden, is the crossover, which carefully integrates the drive units across a wider horizontal and vertical arc. Incremental changes to this fundamental component have allowed this legendary loudspeaker to present the most challenging instruments with increased presence and transparency.

No other loudspeaker communicates the emotional power of the artist so eloquently.

RS520 Advanced All-in-One Network Streamer Features:

Unchangeable Value:
The design of the RS520 focused on values ​​that did not change over time.
A refined design that will not change over time and a bold ventilation hole for heat dissipation represent a gentleman with both functionality and enterprising appearance.

Integral Aluminum Housing:
The housing of RS520, which is made with generous use of high-durability 6000 class aluminum material, is manufactured by an all-in-one process in which four sides are produced as one part.
The all-in-one manufacturing process is the most ideal method to fundamentally block vibrations that may occur between separated parts, significantly reducing noise waves that can affect sound quality.

12.6 Inch Wide LCD Touchscreen:
Visible audio is emphasized using Hi-Fi ROSE's spacious, wide-viewing-angle multi-touch LCD screen. With a size of 309*82.9 (mm) and a 1920*515 resolution LCD panel, you can enjoy a smooth and clear screen.

ES9038PRO DAC:
It is equipped with ES9038PRO, the flagship DAC chip of ESS technology, a world-class DAC manufacturer.
ES9038PRO has extremely low total harmonic distortion plus noise (THD+N) of -122 ㏈, and dynamic range (DNR) of 140 ㏈, making it the industry's best DAC chip. The maximum sampling frequency and bit rate are PCM 768 ㎑, 32 bit, and DSD512 is supported.

ES9038PRO significantly reduces software implementation time compared to previous products to reduce system cost, and minimizes gain error between devices by automatically adjusting gain.
In addition, it is equipped with ESS technology's exclusive jitter canceller to provide exceptional audio clarity. Seven low-delay filters allow you to play music that meets the needs of a wide range of users.

GaN based Class AD Amplifier:
In order to achieve the perfect class-D amplifier design, switching operation speed and accuracy must be ensured. However, due to the limitations of silicon FET, the linearity is weak compared to class-A or class-AB, which limits the ability to produce natural sounds.
The class-AD amplifier mounted on RS520 uses a new material GaN (gallium nitride) FET to dramatically reduce the "dead time" by 1/3 to maximize linearity.
Please enjoy the powerful output of 250 W per channelwith Hi-Fi ROSE's class-AD amplifier that maximizes operating speed and accuracy to achieve the perfect class-D amplifier structure.

Compact 7ES-3 XD Loudspeakers Features:

Many materials have been proposed for loudspeaker and microphone diaphragms, all seeking that perfect balance between low mass (hence high efficiency), controlled resonance, low coloration and predictable and repeatable manufacturability with stable QC. Harwood’s BBC research proved that loudspeaker cone materials do indeed have individual sonic tonality.

When Alan Shaw took over Harbeth in 1986 Harwood had already identified the next generation cone material after polypropylene. Pioneered by ICI, the new polymer had superb clarity of tone due to radically different crystallinity, albeit with much higher cost and very considerable complexity in moulding. When outsourced, manufacturing this novel material into cones in the quantities needed by the now re-enginised Harbeth company proved insurmountable.

How could Harbeth control its own destiny and lever itself into drive unit manufacturing? And aside from that, were even better polymers available?
The steps towards creating a cone material optimised for use as a loudspeaker diaphragm mandates specialist mechanical and chemical expertise. The best place to undertake such blue-sky research is academia. Thanks to an industry-university sponsorship scheme supported by UK government R&D funding, the Harbeth five man-year Research and Development into Advanced Loudspeaker (RADIAL™) project was underway.

First, just as Kirke had undertaken forty years previously (see Heritage), the Harbeth team reached out to industry and comprehensive global search was made of all potential candidate materials, no matter how obscure.

Some technical parameters were obvious – candidate materials had to have low mass since the consumer would not tolerate low speaker efficiency. Others parameters were impossible to convey to industry in a language they could work with. ‘Low coloration’ conveys nothing to a petrochemical engineer but is of paramount importance to a loudspeaker designer. The problem becomes one of how to guide chemists to modify polymers in a way that steer the acoustic properties to what Harbeth needed.

Had it been possible to bring the combined intellects of Kirke, Shorter and Harwood together, doubtless man-years of painstaking research could have been reduced to months. The no-alternative was a process of sourcing candidate materials under conditions of commercial secrecy and working through them systematically. All fifty or so that met the low-mass requirement but had a range of other properties (including colour) were painstakingly subjected to a series of controlled and standardised excitations to simulate music in a test jig of Harbeth’s design. This obviated the cost and inconvenience of moulding hundreds of alternative speaker cones, assembling them into drive units for measurement and listening, with the risk of overlooking that the best candidate due to the overwhelming practical complexity of the task.

As the months passed, an objective correlation began to develop between the materials under mechanical test, and their subjective sonic signatures. To prove the relationship between physical parameters and perceived sound, suppliers with pilot process plants, including other universities, volunteered to make incremental modifications to candidate materials for Harbeth to analyse and learn from. Typically this involved manipulating the electrical charge that holds molecules together, to tighten or loosen cross-linking chain bonds. As knowledge accrued, the project advanced to the crucial phase: deciding upon the optimum ratio of elements and bulk-blending.

There had been a growing appreciation that candidate materials had distinctive acoustic strengths, and that surprisingly and disappointingly, no one material had optimal audio properties across the entire audio band, as would be needed by a bass-midrange cone.

Conceptually, what was needed was a metal-polymer hybrid: rigid metal for bass punch and softer more forgiving polymer for well damped higher frequencies without the need for cone-doping. The creation of such a material took much more effort.

Assuming such a two-element composite was conceptually feasible, how much of each component would make the perfect cone? The metal-like material could be theoretically blended from between 10% and 90%. With no prior art to draw upon and with four material components, a matrix of possible test blends was proposed, bulk material quantities procured, and experimentation began in small-scale process plant. All samples were carefully archived and subsequently subjected to analysis.

As anticipated, after discarding results from outlying blends, a core group of prospective candidate blends with ideal acoustic performance emerged. It was time to ask the petrochemical industry to manufacture Harbeth’s bespoke plastic compound, in bulk. Much easier said than done.

Although the entire RADIAL™ project had been part government-funded and had received continuous high-level academic supervision, the commercial workings of polymer manufacturers were not appreciated. Although the project had now produced a set of possible target material blends, when the sheet-film manufacturers were asked to produce, their notion of minimum roll quantities were vast: enough film to cover a small town.

The project was brought to a shuddering halt … for now. A radical solution to the impasse was needed and provided in the form of a grant extension, and a reconsideration of the earliest project decisions that had been made. Specifically, to vacuum form the cones.

Vacuum forming, the conventional way of cone manufacture from bought-in sheet film, requires nothing more than a domestic cooker grill, a vacuum cleaner and a wooden mould tool turned on a hobby lathe for pennies. The extreme low-cost flexibility in reconfiguring the tooling for new cone profiles is offset by the restricted range of film materials that are available from stock suppliers and no film is optimised for acoustic properties — the global demand is insignificant. The project has anticipated making speaker cones from film sheet.

Injection moulding, on the other hand, involves enormous capital up-front costs, high temperatures and dangerous pressures. It’s a precision process, controlled and monitored by computer, not man. It makes use of granular polymer materials, which are injected into the hot mould as a liquid. Injection moulding had been considered but dismissed at the project outset because it demands a far higher commitment both financial and technical — it is far from kitchen-table manufacturing. Harbeth had no experience of drive-unit manufacture and the trial and error nature of vacuum forming suited the novice. With the supply of suitable film material now an impossibility, it was time to bite the bullet.

Injection moulding would be the only way to create a superior cone material, whatever the cost.
RS520 Advanced All-in-One Network Streamer Specifications:

Output Power:250 + 250 watts
Power Bandwith: -3dB: 10 - 85,000Hz, 8 Ohm, 200W
Damping Factor: 1kHz: 150
Frequency Response:+1/-3dB: 10 - 83,000Hz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:
- Pre out: 124db, 1kHz, 600 Ohm, 2Vrms
- Speaker: 109db, 1kHz, 8 Ohm, 250W
Audio Input:
- 1 x Optical
- 1 x Coaxial
- 1 x RCA Stereo
- 1 x USB DAC
- 1 x eARC HDMI
Audio Output:
- 1 x Optical
- 1 x Coaxial
- 1 x Pre-amp RCA
Video Output:1 x HDMI 2.0 (up to 3840 x 2160 / 60Hz)
Audio service:
- Streaming: Airplay / DLNA / Roon Ready / Spotify Connect / Bluetooth
- Music service: TIDAL / Qobuz / Apple Music / Bugs / ROSE Tube / Internet Radio / ROSE Podcast
Other:
Dimensions: (WxDxH) 346x328x127mm
Weight: 8.1 kg

Compact 7ES-3 XD Loudspeakers Specifications:

Technical Features:
- 200mm Harbeth RADIAL2™ bass/mid;
- 25mm ferrofluid-cooled tweeter
Frequency response:
- 45Hz – 20kHz, ±3dB free-space, grille on, smooth off-axis response
Impedance:
- 6 ohms, easy to drive
Sensitivity:
- 86dB/2.83V/1m axial
Amplifier suggestion:
- Works with a wide range of amplifiers – suggested from 25W/channel
Power handling:
- 150W programme
Dimensions:
- 520 x 272 x 305 mm
- (+12mm for grille and binding posts)
Connectors:
- Two 4mm Harbeth branded binding posts
Weight:
- 13.2kg each (without packing)
Space needs:
- Overall response optimised for use away from walls.
Packing:
- Single speaker per protective carton

Orders ship Sunday through Friday from our offices in Dubai, UAE.

In-stock products typically ship within 48 hours and should be expected to arrive in 3-4 business days. Orders outside of the UAE should be expected to arrive in 5-7 business days.

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- Free delivery within the UAE
- Shipping charges will be calculated upon checkout for orders outside of the UAE (Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia & Qatar).
- Taxes and duties are calculated according to the applicable laws of the state or country an item is shipped to and are the customer's responsibility.

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Installation charges are applicable and can be paid upon delivery for our clients based in Dubai.

- Installation Charges: AED 450 Per Hour
- Speaker Cables: AED 32 Per Meter
- Trunking: AED 10 Per Meter

For clients based outside of the UAE, please contact our specialists and we will share an estimate based on your requirements.

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