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INTRODUCTION- PLEASE READ FIRST TO UNDERSTAND THIS FORUM!

"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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  • #31
    Originally posted by Sebastien View Post
    Well, I'm glad to hear that because I was a little aware of the sound from the Manley but. like I understand, we are much talking of the sound from the Rienzi. Thanks for your feed-back.

    What about the Stingray with SHL5?

    Sébastien
    Well, the Stingray didn't do it for me at all. Don't know if the set i took home wasn't properly calibrated or what but i found the Stingray that i tried to have a very tipped up midrange which made the sound shouty & uncomfortable. Much like as though if an amp has bass, mid & treble controls & the mid was turned up to the max. The bass was very tight & snappy but rather lean. I find my current LFD LE III to be quite a fair bit better than the Stingray. Much better balanced & with the feeling that everything just sounds 'right'. YMMV though.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Gan CK View Post
      Well, the Stingray didn't do it for me at all. Don't know if the set i took home wasn't properly calibrated or what but i found the Stingray that i tried to have a very tipped up midrange which made the sound shouty & uncomfortable. Much like as though if an amp has bass, mid & treble controls & the mid was turned up to the max. The bass was very tight & snappy but rather lean. I find my current LFD LE III to be quite a fair bit better than the Stingray. Much better balanced & with the feeling that everything just sounds 'right'. YMMV though.
      Hi Gan CK,

      Thanks for your feed-back.

      On my side, maybe one day I'll ask my friend who lives at 1 km from my house to bring his Snappers and give it a try with my SHL5.

      Sébastien

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      • #33
        Originally posted by Sebastien View Post
        Hi Gan CK,

        Thanks for your feed-back.

        On my side, maybe one day I'll ask my friend who lives at 1 km from my house to bring his Snappers and give it a try with my SHL5.

        Sébastien
        Hi Sebastien,

        That's a good idea. Do let us know the outcome after the home trial. Thks.

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        • #34
          I'am happy with my currentlysystem:

          SHL5 ( Dream for 40.1 )
          Wadia 381
          Krell Evolution 402 Power amplifier
          Aesthetic calypso Pre (tube)

          Happy listening all time!
          Regards,

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          • #35
            I have been using Harbeth for the last 10 years
            I started with a second hand SHL-5 and then moved to M40
            Later when my finances went better i took a brand new M40.1
            and at the end a beautiful P3ESR

            My best sound is my final one
            Sugden Masterclass SPA4 & LA4
            Nottingham Analoque Space 294 & Benz S Class
            Nakamichi Dragon
            Vintage Luxman WZ-30 (Check this out on the internet...)
            Aqvox Phono amplifier 2ci MKii in balanced mode

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            • #36
              Very unlikely I'll want to change this SHL5 system:

              PS Audio Perfect Wave Transport
              Bel Canto DAC3 (upgraded to 3.5 level) with virtual battery supply
              Krell S-275

              BUT I will add an input device (bridge) for a remote streaming system when there is one on the market that supports high-resolution music and is simple, reliable and cost-effective.

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              • #37
                On the hamster wheel

                The audiophile will never stop tinkering, the music lover might.

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