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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.

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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.

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Anyone tried Symphonic Line amplifiers with Harbeth SHL5?

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  • Anyone tried Symphonic Line amplifiers with Harbeth SHL5?

    Has some of You auditioned Symphonic Line amplifiers together with Harbeth SHL5 or other Harbeth speakers?

  • #2
    Since no one else seem to have experience with Symphonic Line from Mr. Rolf Gemein in Germany. Well I have auditioned the Symphonic Line La Musica. ARC VSi60 was a really good match. But the La Music is a STUNNING match with Harbeth SHL5. Perfect controle, detail and natural sound are just some of the positive things to mention. Yes, I sold the VSi60. Can only recommend others to listen to Symphonic Line with Harbeth. Stunning build and sound quality!!!


    • #3
      VSi60 question

      To Holberg,
      The VSi60 has been on my short list of amps to audition. May I ask why you sold it?


      • #4
        My reason for letting the VSi60 go wasnīt my plan at first. Not at all. Itīs a great amp.

        Have been looking at Symphonic Line La Musica for a while and thought it could be exiting to try. First of all the build quality is 2nd to none. But what about the performance? Suddenly I had the possiblity to try it out in my system.

        As good as the VSi60 sounds it canīt follow the La Musica on pace and timing. It keeps my SHL5 in a musical grip. The VSI60 sounds much more laidback and it feels like its holding back when you compare it directly to the Symphonic Line amplifier. The ARC isnīt as exiting to listen to as the La Musica with the SHL5. Much more PRAT and natural sound on voices and instruments with the La Musica.

        Thats why the VSi60 had to go. I think the VSi60 is a great amp. There is no doubt about that. But the La Musica - Harbeth SHL5 combo is plain and simple a better match. Much better infact!