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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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Hearing damage - it creeps up on you ....

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  • Hearing damage - it creeps up on you ....

    A tale of caution concerning Sir George Martin. I've mentioned meeting him about ten years ago, and even then his hearing was severely impaired and I had to raise my voice to be audible to him.

    He's quoted as saying the high notes damaged his hearing. I'd suspect that it was in fact a combination of loudness + frequency + length of exposure that caused the damage.
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    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK

  • #2
    Hi Alan,

    Should we combine this story with your other post regarding the damaged tweeter? :-)

    Grt. Mike

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    • #3
      Share info

      Its nice to know. But I just need some more information about it. The share thumbnail is facing some problem in download.
      I
      got interested and curious to read the research. Can you share something about it.

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      • #4
        10,000 watts at the ready ....

        When I think of the amount of extremely loud music (live and recorded) I exposed myself to in my youth, I thank my lucky stars my hearing's still good - I've had it tested - and shake my head at my youthful folly.

        It's hard to believe that the level of sound exposure at concerts - rock and pop concerts in particular - isn't regulated in some way. Okay, maybe 85 dB would be a little low, but something in the mid- or high 90s perhaps would provide for plenty of wallop without the insanity of 110 - 120 dB sound pressure levels.

        I remember a few concerts - all too few, unfortunately - that were amplified to a loud-ish but still quite comfortable level. Most, unfortunately, seemed to be in the hands of people who had tens of thousands of watts available and no compunction about using every last one of them.

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        • #5
          Custom moulded ear pluga - a great idea

          I enjoy seeing bands play live but all too often the experience is ruined by appalling PA mixes. To be honest I can count the number of times I've heard really good amplified sound with one hand! (Two of those occasions were thanks to David Gilmour and his superb engineer, Andy Jackson.)

          To spare my hearing from the continued excesses of live engineers I invested in some custom molded ear plugs, and would encourage other HUG members to explore this avenue.

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          • #6
            Listening less loud

            Resurrecting a short but important thread, saw this webpage and figured it is worth posting, I for one have bought Harbeth in part to give me musical satisfaction at lower volume levels.

            http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/...5/ear-care/en/
            Getting to know my C7ES3

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