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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!"

Jan. 2018
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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.