"This Harbeth User Group (HUG) is the Manufacturer's own managed forum dedicated to natural sound from microphone to ear, achievable by recognising and controlling the numerous confounding variables that exist along the audio chain. The Harbeth designer's objective is to make loudspeakers that contribute little of themselves to the music passing through them.

Identifying system components for their sonic neutrality should logically proceed from the interpretation and analysis of their technical, objective performance. Deviations from a flat frequency response at any point along the signal chain from microphone to ear is likely to give an audible sonic personality to the system at your ear; this includes the significant contribution of the listening room itself. To accurately reproduce the recorded sound as Harbeth speakers are designed to do, you would be best advised to select system components (sources, electronics, cables and so on) that do not color the sound before it reaches the speakers.

For example, the design of and interaction between the hifi amplifier and its speaker load can and will alter the sound balance of what you hear. This may or may not be what you wish to achieve, but any deviation from a flat response is a step away from a truly neutral system. HUG has extensively discussed amplifiers and the methods for seeking the most objectively neutral among a plethora of product choices.

HUG specialises in making complex technical matters simple to understand, getting at the repeatable facts in a post-truth environment where objectivity is increasingly ridiculed. With our heritage of natural sound and pragmatic design, HUG is not the best place to discuss non-Harbeth audio components selected, knowingly or not, to introduce a significantly personalised system sound. 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 offerings there. There is really no on-line substitute for time invested in a dealer's showroom because 'tuning' your system to taste is such a highly personal matter. Our overall objective here is to empower readers to make the factually best procurement decisions in the interests of lifelike music at home.

Please consider carefully how much you should rely upon and be influenced by 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, loudness and room treatment, not necessarily leading to appropriate equipment selection and listening satisfaction for you. Always keep in mind that without basic test equipment, subjective opinions will reign unchallenged. With test equipment, universal facts and truths are exposed.

If some of the science behind faithfully reproducing the sound intended by the composer, score, conductor and musicians over Harbeth speakers is your thing, this forum has been helping with that since 2006. If you just want to share your opinions and photos with others then the unrelated Harbeth Speakers Facebook page may be for you. Either way, welcome to the world of Harbeth!"

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Hello from Toronto

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  • Hello from Toronto

    Hi all, Tom from Toronto, Canada here. Proud owner of C7ES2 who recently upgraded to C7ES3, with Skylan stands. Hopefully will be able to upgrade further in the future and honestly I'll probably stick with Harbeth for the rest of my life :-)

    Very happy to join HUG.

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    Welcome, Tom. Congratulations on your new speakers. C7ES3 is a best buy, cause it hasn't been changed for some years and in result price is still very attractive. I am using SHL5+, with Skylan stands too, and not gonna change! Well, maybe for the M40.2 if I ever win the lottery.


    • #3
      Happy Easter Tom and welcome to the HUG.


      • #4
        Hello Tom,

        First post here... I'm also in Toronto and recently became the proud owner of a pair of P3ESR with Skylan stands. With some help on the bottom from a subwoofer these little monitors sound incredible! Definitely a new Harbeth fan.


        • #5
          Welcome from the UK. Seems like a Toronto 'massive' is building up.

          What we need on the HUG is an area where members can introduce themselves and tell a bit about them, where they are, their likes/dislikes and what their system comprises.


          • #6
            Originally posted by Chuttt View Post
            Hi all, Tom from Toronto, Canada here. Proud owner of C7ES2 who recently upgraded to C7ES3, with Skylan stands. Hopefully will be able to upgrade further in the future and honestly I'll probably stick with Harbeth for the rest of my life :-)

            Very happy to join HUG.
            Hello from England.
            I was in Toronto in 2008 and went to two Gordon Lightfoot concerts at the Massey Hall.

            Welcome to Harbeth speakers.
            I am the proud owner of a pair of P3-ESRs.


            • #7
              I remember being in Toronto on "Molson Canada Day". Fancy naming your national day after a beer. Corbyn wants us to have national saint's day holidays. How about "PG Tips St George's Day"?

              Went up the CN Tower and still feel ill. Also spent a week canoeing in Algonquin, which was terrific. No one does outdoors better than the Canadians, reference Glenn Gould's CBC documentary "The Idea of North". A good stereo must be handy in the winter.