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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!"

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advice about analogue source

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    I need advice to substitue my analogue source (Rega P3-Rega RB300-Nagaoka MP200) with another that match better with other components of my system: Leben CS600; Harbeth C7ES3. There is also: NVA Phono 2/PSU Head Amplifier; digital source: EAR Acute Gold; cables: NVA SSP interconnect; Acoustic Revive; Audience Conductor E.
    At this moment, I'm thinking of the following options, but I accept kind advice about another source:
    Linn Sondek LP12-Akito-Adikt-Lingo
    Roksan Xerxes 20 Plus-Tabriz ZI-Corus Silver
    Sota Sapphire-Origin Live Encounter MK3c-Clearaudio Aurum Beta S
    Rega P9-Rega RB1000-Rega Exact.

    Many thanks.

  • #2
    I would also add the Nottingham Analogue turntables and arms to your list.


    • #3
      Which models are you thinking about?
      Hyperspace tt+Ace Space tonearm 9"?


      • #4
        Depending on budget, the Ace Space Deck or the Hyperspace. The 9 inch arm is very good indeed but if you can possibly afford a 12 inch Ace Space Arm, the benefits are well worth the outlay.


        • #5
          Rega P9...


          • #6
            Brinkmann Bardo

            I heard in the past a superb match between Leben's amplifier and phono stage and Brinkmann's Bardo turntable. You can take a look that way:




            • #7
              It surely must have been a good match with the cartridge mounted. There is imo no intrinsic better or worse match with certain turntable equipment brands, just a better or worse electrical and/or sonic match between cartridge and phono pre-amp.


              • #8
                Nothing about Roksan Xerxes 20 Plus-Tabriz ZI-Corus Silver?


                • #9
                  Well tempered amadeus and a shelter 501, so musical.