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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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    Im thinking about trying the Van Damme Studio Blue Grade with my SHL5. My question is which would be the best choice: 2,5 mm - 4,0 mm - 6,0 mm?

    Hope You can help me in the right direction

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    Van Damme

    I am using the 4mm Van Damme, not the blue but the transparent "Hi-Fi" type with my SHL5. I have not tested the other 2mm and 6mm types. I think in electrical terms they will all do the job, but since they are very cheap by Hi-Fi standards, buy the 6mm.

    I am very pleased with the Van Damme and so is my wallet...... I have never used cables costing more than 40 per metre and the Van Damme is just as good as these, in my opinion.


    • #3
      Van Damme

      Thank You Lars... Think I will try the Van Damme Studio Blue Grade 6mm then. Not much harm done at that price.

      BTW. Isnt it also Van Damme Studio Blue Grade that Alan Shaw uses inside the SHL5s and Harbeth in generel (in newer production - my speakers are from production feb 2011) or is it only the internal wirering of the 30th Anniversary models?

      Maybe Alan or some of the kind people at Harbeth are willing to contribute to this?


      • #4
        Buy music, not speaker cables!

        I believe it was used in the Anniversary model as you state, but my knowledge is limited. However, I use the 4mm Van Damme Blue with my SHL5's and I'm very pleased with the results. I have tried more expensive cables, but really cannot see the point and would rather buy more music.


        • #5
          Life is too short for exotic cables!

          Hi GreatGig

          I agree with You. I have tried more expensive cables. There are sonic differences in cables. But more cost doesn't mean the best result. Life is too short for expensive investments in exotic cables ;-)

          I have ordered the Van Damme 6mm cable as we speak.

          The Van Damme should also be the internal wire of the Monitor 40.1. Therefore I wondered if its a general feature in newer production of Harbeth in general?.... Where are the folks at Harbeth? :-)