HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts


"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!"

Jan. 2018
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  • vibration

    i seen setup that lift cable above floor, above table with Accessories Cable Elevators, isolation bases, cone.

    in fact, you can do a simple test. ask your niece,nephew, son, daughter to shake the cable (not the connector but the cable)while you are playing your favourite song. Likelihood that you wont hear any difference!

    i have tried shaking my amplifier, interconnect, speaker cable. the music still flows effortlessly thru the speaker

    save the money.. in my opinion..

  • #2
    I use isolators to keep the cables out of the carpet. My isolators are scrap hardwood and didn't cost me a cent. If they work, fabulous, if not, I'm not out a cent. My kind of tweak!


    • #3
      Surely the carpet is the isolator, keeping the cable off the floor ?


      • #4
        Originally posted by hifi_dave View Post
        Surely the carpet is the isolator, keeping the cable off the floor ?
        There is that.


        • #5
          btw, does anybody who owns a inFinite element rack, [email protected] isolation rack / plinth, ginko.. etc feel the vibration on the equipment when playing music.

          try play a song that has plenty of bass, then put your hand and feel it...


          • #6
            You can't really isolate the equipment from air borne vibrations when in the same room as the speakers. Racks can provide an escape route for the vibrations but only after it has impinged on the equipment. Racks can isolate equipment from the floor vibrations.