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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!"

Jan. 2018
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An Observation on Players

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  • An Observation on Players

    I have a CD player, it cost a grand, and a DVD player, it cost 27 and also plays CDs. Both are the same age and were bought new from the high street. Played through my amp and P3ES2s, I could tell them apart in a double-blind, but I couldn't have told which was the 1K and which was the 27 player, if I hadn't known from the start. Just goes to demonstrate the insoluble problem of prejudice.
    Ben from UK. Harbeth Super HL5 owner.

  • #2
    Please tell which was the better sounding one? the more affordable one or the more expensive one? thanks.


    • #3
      I can't, Kittykat. The difference is very obvious (though hard to describe in words) but the superiority of one over the other is only a matter of opinion. I'll make an attempt to describe them... the expensive one is the more limpid and transparent but the cheaper one has a smooth ease of listening that is no less pleasant.

      Of course, there's little doubt over which will last the longer. The cheaper one's predecessor pegged out after a couple of years and the sound of the disc tray opening is one of grinding nastiness! The expensive player's predecessor dated from the eighties and still runs to this day.
      Ben from UK. Harbeth Super HL5 owner.