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"This Harbeth User Group (HUG) is the Manufacturer's own managed forum dedicated to natural sound, realisable by controlling the confounding variables between tthe microphone and the listeners' ears.

For example, the design of and interaction between the hifi amplifier and its speaker load can and potentially will alter the sound balance of what you hear. To reproduce the sounds captured by the recording microphones, as Harbeth speakers are designed to do, you would naturally select system components (sources, electronics, cables and so on) that do not color the sound before it reaches the speakers.

Identifying components for their system neutrality should, logically, start with the interpretation and analysis of their technical, objective performance, as any and every deviation from a measurably flat frequency response at any point along the serial chain from microphone to ear is very likely to cause the total system to have an audible sonic personality. That includes the contribution of the listening room itself.

HUG specialises in making complex technical matters simple to understand, aiding the identification of audio components likely to maintain a faithful relationship between the recorded sound and the sound you hear. With our heritage of natural sound, HUG cannot be really be expected to guide in the selection, approval, endorsement or even discussion of equipment that is intend to introduce a significantly personalised sound to the audio signal chain. For that you should do your own research and above all, make the effort to visit an Authorised Dealer and listen to your music at your loudness on your loudspeakers through the various electronics offered there. There is no on-line substitute for that time investment in a dealer's showroom.

If you desire to intentionally tune your system sound to your personal taste, please consider carefully how much you should rely upon the subjective opinions of strangers. Their hearing acuity and taste will be different to yours, as will be their motives and budget, their listening distance, listening loudness and listening room treatment, not necessarily leading to appropriate equipment selection and listening satisfaction for you.

Alternatively, if faithfully reproducing the sound intended by the composer, score, conductor and musicians over your speakers is your audio dream, then understanding something of the issues likely to fulfill that objective is what this forum has been helping with since 2006. Welcome!"

Jan. 2018
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The power of the spoken word - radio programmes

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  • The power of the spoken word - radio programmes

    This thread showcases radio programmes which have the power to paint pictures in the mind.
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK

  • #2
    Life-changing phone calls

    BBC reporter "Dominic Arkwright meets people who have made life-changing phone calls. Alice Brooking was on the phone to her sister when an Air France Concorde crashed into her Paris hotel."

    The link is here:

    I wept as I hear this news - I recall working on the production line at the time. Not only was it a tragedy for those who lost their lives and for their families, but at a stroke it ended a technological era that I won't see again in my lifetime. Anglo-French Concorde for British Airways - and perhaps surprisingly less so for Air France - was a commercial project, a long-time symbol of European collaboration, cutting edge technology and the human spirit. An era ended abruptly and miserably due to a tiny human error.
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK


    • #3
      The 'butterfly effect'

      A very good example that makes me wish I had heard this programme. A tragic example of the butterfly effect.

      My example of picture-painting radio programmes is much simpler I'm afraid - it is drama. Particularly Nick Warburton's 'Snow Goose' on BBC last May.

      {Moderator's comment: we'll see if we can get a copy of this programme here.}
      Ben from UK. Harbeth Super HL5 owner.