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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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Placing your speakers atop a stand - acoustic considerations

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  • #16
    Originally posted by A.S. View Post
    I can show you later why well established acoustic theory shows that the normal human ear is unlikely to actually hear this effect, so don't waste too much time convincing yourself one way or another!
    (...) there is a spike of wide-band (up to about 10kHz) energy that follows the initial impulse about 1mS (one thousandth of a second) later. (...) With the bottom edge of the speaker flush with the speaker's lower lip - which common sense says is the correct position, and looks attractive too - there is a distinct reflection - see picture - but with the speaker pulled forward by about 25mm, reflection eliminated. (...) So - maybe we should bring our speakers just a fraction forward of the stand edge, or is this a degree of precision far beyond what we can hear?
    Resurrecting an old topic, did someone notice any audible differences bringing the speaker forward as mentioned? Most of the stands designed for Harbeths have top plates more or less equal to the base of the speakers, while many other manufacturers use top plates smaller than the base of the speakers, I wonder if it has something to do with this kind of reflections.