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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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Skylan stands - and I couldn't be happier with my Harbeths!

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  • Skylan stands - and I couldn't be happier with my Harbeths!


    As a recent owner of Harbeth C7s, in Australia, I am now on the search for speaker stands. Thanks to this forum I have come to the opinion that Skylan is the speaker stand worth getting.

    Sadly no dealer in Australia and have yet to hear back from the company. Is there any other stand that can be recommended, that might be available more widely.

    By the way, thanks to all those who contribute to the forums as it led me to search for the Harbeth speakers and I couldn't be happier.


  • #2
    Originally posted by graham View Post

    ...Thanks to this forum I have come to the opinion that Skylan is the speaker stand worth getting.

    Sadly no dealer in Australia and have yet to hear back from the company...

    Telephone is the best way to reach Noel at Skylan. Number is on the website; you have it?

    {Moderator's comment: Noel can sadly either be answering the phone/emails or making the stands ....}


    • #3
      Contacting Skylan

      I concur - if you want to reach Noel, you have to pick up the phone. I think he's basically a one-man operation and I can understand that he doesn't often have time to get to his e-mail. He does answer the phone, though.

      Persevere, it's worth it.


      • #4
        Skylan grille removing tool

        It's also good to know that Skylan does a small magnetic tool specially made to take-off Harbeth's SuperGrille. Then you can admire the front of your favorite speaker.


        {Moderator's comment: yes, and there is a video here about that somewhere ....}


        • #5
          Skylan Grille removal device (C)

          Here it is.

          Ben from UK. Harbeth Super HL5 owner.


          • #6
            Noel @ Skylan - a real gentleman

            Noel has recently sent me one of those magnets and it works magic on the grille, so for the first time I was able to admire the drivers of my SHL5. He is so kind to have sent me the tool without also giving me the payment details, and I have been pleading him to send me the information by email. Yet I have not heard from him so he must be busy.

            What I am trying to say is that i think he does business with heart and a genuine desire to help. The hifi community in Hong Kong has also only nice things to say about him and his stands.
            Ck chan


            • #7
              Skylan - good service

              I live in Sydey and brought HL5S with Skylan stands. . I e-mailed Noel of Skylan as I have lost the spikes and they came really quickly and free. Very good service and I like thier stands!