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At its inception ten years ago, the Harbeth User Group's ambition was to create a lasting knowledge archive. Knowledge is based on facts and observations. Knowledge is timeless, independent of the observer and can be replicated. However, we live in new world in which objective facts have become flexible, personal and debatable. HUG operates in that real world, and that has now been reflected in the structure of HUG.

HUG has two approaches to contributor's Posts. If you, like us, have a scientific mind and are curious about how the ear works, how it can lead us to make the right - and wrong - decisions, and about the technical ins and outs of audio equipment, how it's designed and what choices the designer makes, then the factual Science of Audio sub-forum area of HUG is your place. The objective methods of comparing audio equipment under controlled conditions has been thoroughly examined here on HUG and elsewhere and can be readily understood by non-experts and tried-out at home without deep technical knowledge.

Alternatively, if you just like chatting about audio and subjectivity rules for you, then the Subjective Soundings area is you. If upon examination we think that Posts are better suited to one sub-forum than than the other, they will be redirected during Moderation, which is applied throughout the site.

Questions and Posts about, for example, 'does amplifier A sounds better than amplifier B' or 'which speaker stands or cables are best' are suitable for the Subjective Soundings area. From Oct. 2016, Posts in the Subjective Soundings area will not be spell checked or adjusted for layout clarity. We regret that but we are unable to accept Posts that present what we consider to be free advertising for products that Harbeth does not make.

The Moderators' decision is final in all matters and Harbeth does not necessarily agree with the contents of any member contributions and has no control over external content.

That's it! Enjoy!

{Updated Jan. 2017}
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When I first saw the Harbeth

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  • When I first saw the Harbeth

    I too reacted some what like here.

    p.s.I bought the CD yesterday.

  • #2
    Re: When I first saw the Harbeth


    But, as to the shape, I'll have to disagree...

    Hartbeth is a top level speaker in terms of performance, inspired engineering and eco-green behaviour.
    Mean while, its shape goes like this:

    Who doesn't like this?



    • #3
      Re: When I first saw the Harbeth

      Be very honest...I do not like the car hard feeling :)

      When I 1st saw Harbeth, I tabbed on it and told my friend "What a design huh? Sure I can buld better" I was in love with rigid box (e.g Matrix box) in that particular period...
      "Bath with Music"


      • #4
        Re: When I first saw the Harbeth

        Well, folks,
        OK, I give up...
        It's a matter of personal taste I guess...
        But, what I really wanted to say, is that many times we look at the outer image without knowing what might exist behind or under it...
        In order to help smiling, and of course to remind to the lovers of modern of what the "old school of engineering" can do, also to those that think anything old can't compete anything new, I invite you, especially our friends at Harbeth HQ -including Alan, to watch this:




        • #5
          Re: When I first saw the Harbeth

          In my eyes the Harbeth speakers are stunningly beautiful! I love the BBC pedigree.

          I adore the grilles, the Harbeth badge and the magnificent cabinet.

          Call me old fashioned but there is NOTHING better when listening to BBC Radio 3 - Classical music and the Arts in depth - "The Envy of the World" in my small bedroom of an old terraced house.


          • #6
            Re: When I first saw the Harbeth

            Oh..I think I need to previous post was reflected how I felt on its box design, internally...beside that, I actually love Harbeth look, when I 1st saw it. :)
            "Bath with Music"


            • #7
              Re: When I first saw the Harbeth

              I've always liked the Harbeth classic BBC loudspeaker look. To me, they look more like proper & serious loudspeakers rather than the many fanciful boxes that we see on the hifi scene nowadays. Its an evergreen design not only on physical aspects but on technical & sonic aspects as well. Listening to well recorded music on Harbeth makes for the most involving & musically complete experience that one can ever ask for.