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INTRODUCTION- PLEASE READ FIRST TO UNDERSTAND THIS FORUM!

"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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  • New year, 2010!

    Dear All,

    Life gets shorter every day, that's why it becomes more precious, meaningful and finely detailed. Yet, more obvious as a whole. Exactly like Harbeth speakers! So, love each other, enjoy music, love your Harbeths. Then you are, we all are, RICH!

    Have a Lovely Christmas and a very Happy New Year! With health and a flower-like soul above all!

    Alan, would you ever dress yourself up as Santa Claus amidst the snow and publish the photo for us all? So many years that you keep bringing presents to the music lovers of the world, so dress up once!

    Cheers with so many smiles from Greece,

    Thanos

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    Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

    Merry Christmas to all of you!
    "Bath with Music"

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      Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

      Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all at Harbeth & to all Harbeth users around the world.

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        Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

        Wishing all Harbeth users, non Harbeth users and in general all music lovers ---- A Merry Christmas and a wonderful year 2010 coming ahead.

        May we all retain in good health, good hearing to carry on with our enjoyment from Harbeth speakers for the music that we love listening to.

        May Alan and Team have a Merry Christmas for all the hard work done for the year 2009... to bring us such great enjoyment from a wonderful product, and may year 2010 be good and kind to you all!

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          Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

          We at Harbeth much appreciate your orders, support and contributions here, and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Attached is a picture taken at our staff Christmas party last week of our small, tight-knit team here at Harbeth UK.

          We were very much conscious that not able to be with us are the hundreds of staff throughout our worldwide distribution network, and our direct salaried employees working overseas for us.

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          Alan A. Shaw
          Designer, owner
          Harbeth Audio UK

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          • #6
            It's Christmas - my first HD TV system

            This posting has been relocated here.
            Alan A. Shaw
            Designer, owner
            Harbeth Audio UK

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              Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

              Sorry. Can't agree. The picture quality on Freeview is complete and utter garbage - the equivalent of MP3. It would be as the bit rate is so pitifully low. You must be sitting a long way away. The off-air UHF analogue signal is much cleaner, has sharper edges and has none of the ghastly blockiness and fast-motion tracking problems of Freeview. But, of course, the analogue signal uses a huge bandwidth into which hundreds of Freeview channels can be crushed.

              That Freeview is tolerated by the public on the ever-increasing TV screen sizes beats me. Anything above 32" and it is utterly ghastly, as a trip round your local TV store amply demonstrates. Freeview, as a social experiment is very interesting because it reveals just how tolerant the general public is of degraded picture quality. Exactly the same issue as the adoption of internet (MP3) audio - how quickly we, the public, forget just how high a standard we used to take for granted before consumer choice and diversity became the new mantra: quantity over quality rules.

              Freeview takes the standard of TV quality backwards to early 60s, the start of the colour TV era. In fact, it's far worse. The early colour pictures were soft but at least they were not blocky with staircase edges. That MPEG2 blockiness drives me nuts! To say nothing about the horrid colour cast (usually blue-red) that applies to most LCD TVs.
              Alan A. Shaw
              Designer, owner
              Harbeth Audio UK

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                Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

                Alan, wish you merry christmas~, could you tell us who are in the picture? I think I know you, harbethpr and Andy.

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                  Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

                  Ummm, the older gentleman (with glasses) who took the chopsticks is Derek?

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                    Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

                    In the picture, back row nearest the wall, left to right ....

                    Samantha (Sam) Production supervisor
                    Andy (Production manager)
                    Marcus (hidden) Production
                    Vernon (good friend, clock restorer* and makes bi-wire links)
                    Derek Hughes (helps me in R&D, production engineering, CAD)

                    Front row, left to right:

                    Mark (Production, makes all 5", 8" and 12" woofers)
                    Me
                    Anne (Accountant)
                    Trevor (PR)

                    The most important persons are those in Production. Together, the production staff shown have worked at Harbeth for about twenty years.

                    *I have made a short video of visiting Vernon in the clock-repairing workshop on this page.
                    Alan A. Shaw
                    Designer, owner
                    Harbeth Audio UK

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                      Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

                      Haha, dear Lao Alan, see I recognized Andy, Trevor (harbethpr here) and Derek!!!

                      About bi-wires links, the posts of my 25 anniversary M30s are in hollow, very difficult for bi-wires with spade plugs, and difficult for cables with spades. Finally the posts of my 30 anniversary ones are on surface!

                      Sorry, I thought Anne is your wife, hehe.
                      Last edited by Hu; 26-12-2009, 02:18 PM. Reason: forgot something

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                        Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

                        Lao Alan, please say hello to people in Production, thank them to give us the chance to enjoy such pretty music!

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                          Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

                          Will do! Between us we have about one hundred years of making speaker experience.

                          Anne has been our accountant for over ten years. She is very sharp. Our auditors congratulate her every year on her professional, neat, accurate book-keeping. They can find all records immediately. She also analyses the financial records of all suppliers, customers and even competitors so we understand the full supply-chain and competitive environment. We know our exact commercial position internally and relative to the market. As a single-parent she is very cautious and conservative and this means that we do not waste any money.
                          Alan A. Shaw
                          Designer, owner
                          Harbeth Audio UK

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                            Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

                            Who was taking the picture and doesn't Trevor like brussel sprouts?

                            Don

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                              Re: Christmas & new year, 2010!

                              Well spotted Don! My youngest son, David, 21 back from university for Christmas and sitting on Trevor's right took the picture. Trevor is the pickiest eater I have even met. He's a vegetarian and seems to find reasons not to eat just about all and every food!

                              David is studying marketing at university and has a sneaking regard for what we've achieved at Harbeth. Not so much that he actually want to work for us, but never the less, a certain admiration. Ah well, he's young yet ... he is also dangerously fit through daily exercise and I find it best just to go along with whatever he says.
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                              Alan A. Shaw
                              Designer, owner
                              Harbeth Audio UK

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