Further to recent threads on comparisons between KEF, Harbeth and Neat, I tried KEF LS50 against Harbeth P3esr (Already own) and Neat Petite SX.
Partnering kit is a DAC/282/250/Hicap DR.
I found the Neats the least interesting. I knew from first listen that they weren't as good as the other two. They didn't do anything wrong, they were fine - nice and detailed, vocals were good and they had a good balance overall. But, bass sounded a bit boxy and uncontrolled and the weren't the most revealing speaker I have heard. My P3ESR sounded much better.
When switching to LS50 there's an instant upgrade in the listening experience, compared to the Neats. Bass goes deeper, elements are articulated better and there's more detail. They also do really well to create a more convincing soundstage. Overall they sound like a much higher quality speaker and are quite remarkable for their size. If I had any criticism it would be the in my small room with neighbours above and below, I have to watch the bass as they are quite 'large' sounding.
Trying them against the Harbeth P3ESR, it's tough to say which I prefer. I really like both and will probably keep both. The LS50 have a deeper bass and more separation, whereas the P3ESR have a lighter but very articulate sound. The Harbeths have a bit more presence and sparkle too, although the LS50 are more immersive and 3d sounding.
I have tried other models too, such as Proac, B&W, PMC but didn't like their sound as much as the above.
Has anyone tried the KEF LS50 and the Harbeth P3ESR? The LS50 are not run in yet, so hard to judge properly at this stage. Did anyone try these and opt for something else?