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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!"

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Which Harbeth for my Naim Supernait setup ?

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  • Which Harbeth for my Naim Supernait setup ?

    Dear All

    Just looking which speakers could match my current setup (see below), to eventually replace my D15

    What i'm looking for, is speakers with less high (fill SN pairing D15 a bit aggressive when listen violin of voice in Opera...and this with both Vinyl and Streamer a source...) Also looking for a sweet, voiced medium.

    - 40% pop
    - 60% Classic and Jazz

    My room :
    A bit less than 25m2 (4.10x5.40mx2,30m) and more on the dark side of the neutrality (wall-to-wall carpet, with wood furniture)

    Listening position :
    circa 2.6 in front of the speakers, with circa 1.2max behind me
    1.2 max Behind speakers
    2.2 m Between Speakers
    Closer near wall at 80cm from the right speaker, not limit to the left one.

    My Setup :
    • SN + Hicap
    • Avid Diva II
    • Stage line "N"
    • Naca5
    • Proac D15
    • Temporary source (via NAS) Logitech SqueezeBox 3 using Supernait DAC

    Tks for your advice


  • #2
    Originally posted by banyon100
    Hi Phil

    I auditioned both Harbeth and Naim at the same time. It was my first exposure to both brands. I loved the sound and felt they were a great match.

    I ended up buying the SHL5's and the Naim XS. The SuperNait sounded wonderful with the C7's and SHL5's but I bought the XS because it sounded just as magical with the Harbeth's and I already had a decent DAC

    I have read posts that the SuperNait is a good match for the P3ESR as well so I don't think you will have any problem matching your SuperNait successfully.

    Good luck,
    Tks Jeff for your feedback.

    Unfortunately it will not be possible for me to listen a pair of SHL5 or C7 before next year, because the nearest Dealer (500 km from my home) has not order those model for this year. So need to see if there will be available in Y11 ;-)