Managed to find a local dealer . There were a couple of handicaps in the session, though. No dedicated treated listening rooms. Only one huge open room, which of course doesn't help. The gear I was listening through wasn't nearly as good as what I have at home. Taking that into consideration, I nevertheless was able to come out of the experience with some solid conclusions. It was my first time listening to Harbeth speakers. Lots of stuff is hyped but I was pleasantly surprised with what I heard. I can confirm the comments about the midrange and image capabilities of these speakers were not exaggerated. Very inviting and organic sound which I quite enjoyed. I've found what I'm looking for! C7ES3 - Very 3D imaging, very sweet mids, natural-sounding highs, dynamic, and an overall extremely musical presentation. They definitely have an amazingly inviting sound that made everything in the mids sound mesmerizing. In one instance, the organ on one track completely surrounded me! Every guitar or voice sounded remarkable. The imaging really impressed me and was the first thing I noticed. Recordings that are less than greatly produced sound nice on these. SH5+ - Good imaging with bigger scale but not as enveloping. Mids are nice but not sweet like the C7ES3s, quite dynamic, more detailed bass, extended top though not fatiguing. are technically the better speaker but the magic of the C7ES3's mids were lost along the way. Effortless performance and infuse drama into the music. Less than stellar recordings are revealed for what they are, though. Now, the dealer got some water damage from a recent flood where boxes were affected so because they had to throw away the boxes but everything else is in perfect shape, they're ready to offer 15% off the price of the C7ES3 but they'll need to check if they have affected SH5+s. The C7ES3s are offered used at roughly 3200$ around here when they show up which is rare and with the rebate and taxes, they're 3745$ ($2977 US), so a great price for a new pair. For the SH5+, there's a pair made in 2015 offered on the used market *with* Skylan stands for 4400$. A great deal! There are a couple of nicks and no warranty, though. With the rebate and taxes, the dealer's price would come to 6050$. And no stands, which range between 600-1000$. They do offer in-home trials and are closed on Monday and Tuesday so I'm thinking of heading over there tomorrow evening to get the C7ES3 for a 2-day run. If I don't miss the good points of the SH5+, I just might end up buying a brand new pair through them. Otherwise, I might spring for the used SH5+. ** Also wondering what the chances are the used SH5+ would sound different due to their use than what I heard at the dealer. Anybody got thoughts on that? ** Lastly, I heard the 40.2 as well which sounded utterly amazing in every way. I didn't even know their price and what I heard made my jaw hit the floor. Not an aggressive speaker ; just insanely natural and musical. Those with money and room to allow them to stretch their legs get them! Honestly the most impressive speaker I've heard in the last couple of decades, by far. Ideas? Advice? Thoughts? Death threats?