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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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  • #31
    Circa 1984 Mission 775 + 774 Tonearm + Supex SD Mark II Moving Coil connected to my Quad 44 + Quad 405-2 (both recapped) - it all sounds sweet!


    • #32
      Rega P9 & RB1000(using JA Michell Technoweight), Dynavector XX2 Mk2 and Whest PS.30RDT.


      • #33
        Thorens TD 125 MKII with Grado Gold cell and needle brings me in sonic heaven ever since I finally got my SHL5's at home, delicious!


        • #34
          Nottingham Analogue Horizon with Rega RB250 tonearm and Elys MM cartridge. Creek OBH-18 Phono stage.
          Considering upgrade to Ace Space Tonearm.


          • #35
            1st post, new Harbeths only a week old, Compact 7es-3, Oracle mk II turntable, Mission 774 arm, Denon DL 160 MC cartridge, Audio Research SP 10 pre and Cayin 88T amp, a modest record collection that grows by the week...whew.



            • #36
              Originally posted by Macjager View Post
              1st post, new Harbeths only a week old, Compact 7es-3, Oracle mk II turntable, Mission 774 arm, Denon DL 160 MC cartridge, Audio Research SP 10 pre and Cayin 88T amp, a modest record collection that grows by the week...whew.

              Welcome to HUG and most importantly, congtrat to you into pure music world thru C7ES-3.
              "Bath with Music"


              • #37
                I'm using a Thorens TD160BC modified by Audio-T (circa 1983), with a Mission 774 arm and Ortofon 2m black MM cartridge. RIAA is via a pure sound p10 phono amp.



                • #38
                  Hi all!

                  I am new to the HUG, I am using my SHL5s with a VPI Scoutmaster, Dynavector DV XX 2 MKII cart and a Cinemag SUT running through a McIntosh C2300 preamplifier.


                  • #39
                    Well Tempered Labs Amadeus with Dynavector DV XX 2 MKII cartridge...... Match made in heaven with my SHL5's and Naim amps.



                    • #40
                      dps2, Schroder Model 2 SQ, Dynavector DV XX-2 MKII with Whest PS.30RDT SE... With Lavardin IS Ref :D


                      • #41
                        Seems like a few HUG members are using the DV XX-2 MKII cartridge.

                        A wonderful sounding cartridge IMO.

                        Off topic, but just wondering what tracking force others have set theirs to?

                        For me, with a VPI unipivot arm I settled for something slightly on the heavier side, that is, 2.1 grams. I initially started with 1.8g, however I found more musicality with a heavier tracking force.


                        • #42
                          Hi there,
                          I am using a Thorens TD 126 MK3 in custom mahogany plinth (massive, made from very old wood) with factory mounted SME 3009/3 and Shure V15III with Jico SAS stylus.


                          • #43
                            I realize that I never answer that thread. Here it is: I'm using a Rega P3 turntable with a RB300 tonearm and a Dynavector DV20XH cartridge. Everything is support by a Rega wall-rack directly screw in a brick wall. My phono stage is a PS Audio GCPH.

                            Actually, I'm dreaming on a Rega P9 or a SME 10. One day...



                            • #44
                              I' ve sold my Dual CS-503 II, and now use the ProJect Debut III with ProJect 8.6D tonearm and the Ortofon OM 5e.

                              If you don't want much from your turntable, it is very good looking, very cheap and comes in one piece in the box.


                              • #45
                                Just an update, I now have my Oracle and my Rega Plannar 3 up and running - Oracle now has an old Nagaoka MP 20 and the Rega has a Dynavector Karat 17D3. Currently running through a pair of North Audio tube monoblocks (North Audio is a boutique manufacturer out of the Ottawa/Gatineau area - Chelsie for the Canadians, les Canadiens in the crowd). Noticeable change in the soundstage, which I did not really expect...much better than the Cayin, and it was nice!

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