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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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design of an ideal loudspeaker stand? Your opinion...

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  • design of an ideal loudspeaker stand? Your opinion...

    I am designing a designated speaker stand for the Monitor 30 (Monitor 20 and other Harbeth loudspeakers might follow). In order to make shure that I have thought about every aspect of the subject-matter, I would like to ask a few question. I hope for a diversity of opinions!

    1. What features does a good speakerstand need to have?
    2. How often do you move your speakers (and stands) around in pursuit of a better sound?
    3. How high should the tweeter be positioned (or: how high is your ear in your sofa)?
    4. What elements of certain speakerstands do you like or dislike?
    5. Does the speakerstand matter to you or not?
    6. And last but not least: What is a reasonable price for a pair of stands for your Harbeth monitor?

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    Re: design of an ideal loudspeaker stand? Your opinion...

    Originally posted by henningh View Post

    I am designing a designated speaker stand for the Monitor 30 ................... I would like to ask a few question. I hope for a diversity of opinions!................
    Hi Henningh,
    why do not try to design also an audio rack, to have an unified design, which can be better integrated in a living room?

    Acceptable price for stands?
    I bougt Atacama SL 500 for 160 EUR including shippment from UK. Acceptable price, not counting the paint costs - I didnt like the original paint.


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      Can't beat live sound mehearties!

      The really important thing, to my mind, is that it has as many spikes as you can possibly include. Like this:

      As for price, ask not what the price is, but whether you can get a second pair for your yacht.

      Personally I use a pair of Apollo A4. They're solid, rigid, heavy, non-resonant if filled with dry sand, kind of neutral in design, black to match my Harbeths, and they don't have anything sticking out of the corners to trip you up. This is a small-living-room solution. 60 on eBay plus 5 for kiln-dried sand from B&Q. On my yacht I get the crew to sing to me.