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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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Ikea stands (EUR 8, GBP 7) for C7ES3!

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  • Ikea stands (EUR 8, GBP 7) for C7ES3!

    Hi, I have a new pair of C7's since last week. Yes, what stands? Read a lot about it and do not know where to go.

    Well I thought I'll tryout a pair of cheap solid wooden stools from IKEA. Model is ODDVAR and they are 33x33x45 cm. They are fairly lightweight, solid pinewood, but can be assembled very rigidly. I experimented a few days and in the end, all was assembled as rigidly as possible.

    Put some filt rounds under the legs to protect the floor and.... put 4 little balls of Pritt Buddies underneith each corner of the speakerbox. (Pritt Buddies is like Blu Tack, only friendlier to use without doing dammage to surfaces)

    Now I can hear the speakers breathe and they sound with ease, clear and pointed.

    Really worth a try for totally less than 20 euros. Rgds Han

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    Hi Han,

    Looks like you have a fine result - thanks for sharing. Are they not wider than the speakers though? This may not matter of course. Do they place your C7s at a good height for you?

    For info, the stands on order for my P3s are Something Solid XF. They're going to take >200 from my wallet and it's too late to cancel. I'm pretty sure yours is a better approach than mine.

    Ben from UK. Harbeth Super HL5 owner.


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      I found the Oddvar a little too low for my C7 and prefer 50-52 cm instead of 45. If the height it's fine to you ok, otherwise it is easy to glue a 5-7 cm wooden frame or blocks on top of the seating. Pine wood is widely available at different seizes at your local DIY-shop. (Gamma, Praxis, Formido in Holland) The Ikea Bosse stool is the one i use. I glued a 7 cm wooden frame on top, painted the stool black, and use transparent silicon dots all over the frame to protect the C7 veneer from scratching. It's solid and cheap.