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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 from microphone to ear, achievable by recognising and controlling the numerous confounding variables that exist along the audio chain. The Harbeth designer's objective is to make loudspeakers that contribute little of themselves to the music passing through them.

Identifying system components for their sonic neutrality should logically proceed from the interpretation and analysis of their technical, objective performance. Deviations from a flat frequency response at any point along the signal chain from microphone to ear is likely to give an audible sonic personality to the system at your ear; this includes the significant contribution of the listening room itself. To accurately reproduce the recorded sound as Harbeth speakers are designed to do, you would be best advised to select system components (sources, electronics, cables and so on) that do not color the sound before it reaches the speakers.

For example, the design of and interaction between the hifi amplifier and its speaker load can and will alter the sound balance of what you hear. This may or may not be what you wish to achieve, but any deviation from a flat response is a step away from a truly neutral system. HUG has extensively discussed amplifiers and the methods for seeking the most objectively neutral among a plethora of product choices.

HUG specialises in making complex technical matters simple to understand, getting at the repeatable facts in a post-truth environment where objectivity is increasingly ridiculed. With our heritage of natural sound and pragmatic design, HUG is not the best place to discuss non-Harbeth audio components selected, knowingly or not, to introduce a significantly personalised system sound. 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 offerings there. There is really no on-line substitute for time invested in a dealer's showroom because 'tuning' your system to taste is such a highly personal matter. Our overall objective here is to empower readers to make the factually best procurement decisions in the interests of lifelike music at home.

Please consider carefully how much you should rely upon and be influenced by 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, loudness and room treatment, not necessarily leading to appropriate equipment selection and listening satisfaction for you. Always keep in mind that without basic test equipment, subjective opinions will reign unchallenged. With test equipment, universal facts and truths are exposed.

If some of the science behind faithfully reproducing the sound intended by the composer, score, conductor and musicians over Harbeth speakers is your thing, this forum has been helping with that since 2006. If you just want to share your opinions and photos with others then the unrelated Harbeth Speakers Facebook page http://bit.ly/2FEgoAy may be for you. Either way, welcome to the world of Harbeth!"


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  • Congratulations for this User Group!

    Dear Alan,

    Friends around the world, Congratulations! Keep on contacting, exchanging, sharing, supporting and music-loving inside all our audiophile family!

    Mr. Shaw, indeed a great job you have done in re-organizing and grouping the Harbeth Community!

    Best Regards from a very sunny -although mid-winter- Athens,
    Thanos

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    Welcome!

    Hello Thanos,

    Thank you and hello from a 0?C England!

    We have great hopes and plans for this little community. You are most welcome. (I wish I was in Greece right now!)
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK

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    • #3
      Congrats Alan,
      it'll take a little time before I get used to the new system but it looks as if it'll be worthwhile, especially as it's under your control.
      Can we post attachments and if so, are there any size limits or rules you would like us to follow?

      regards to all Harbeth users

      Paul
      Paul

      "If all else fails, read the instructions"

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      • #4
        Hello Paul,

        Always good to have experienced BBC sound engineers here! I know this new group looks a bit daunting, but we've turned off many unwanted features and left just the the useful bits.

        Yes, please do "post". We've made one of two tests but there is no reason why not to let rip! You might find that the ability to view an entire thread is especially useful.

        My colleague Ivan in Antwerp, Belgium - the mastermind behind both the web site and the HUG - has many years experience with the database engine underneath this group. I am therefore confident in its durability.
        Alan A. Shaw
        Designer, owner
        Harbeth Audio UK

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        • #5
          Thanks

          It's encouraging to see Harbeth's commitment to this type of forum.

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          • #6
            I'll do my best to keep up, but fundamentally it's *your* forum.
            Alan A. Shaw
            Designer, owner
            Harbeth Audio UK

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            • #7
              That was fast!

              Great job Alan! You really moved quickly on the new newsgroup. Continued success with Harbeth and I'll be sure to point any Harbeth users to the new site.

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              • #8
                Congratulations Mr. Shaw ! This is a superb venue for the Harbeth newsgroup !

                Kind regards,

                Robert Lantin

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                • #9
                  Hello to Alan and to all:

                  I have missed my fix of Harbeth and general audio chit-chat.

                  I'm glad we're back together.

                  Could it be that it's time for a group HUG?

                  Regards,

                  John

                  PS: It's great to have the edit feature.
                  Last edited by John Parkyn; 08-02-2006, 03:27 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Congratulations!

                    Looks great, Alan! Now if I can just figure out why I'm not getting instant e-mails of all the new posts . . . . Maybe I will now that I've posted once.

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                    • #11
                      How to turn on email notification

                      Tom,

                      I think that you will find that feature under your ** User CP ** (= User's Control Panel).
                      Alan A. Shaw
                      Designer, owner
                      Harbeth Audio UK

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                      • #12
                        Congratulations on the "new" user group. It's looking very good already.

                        Joel

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                        • #13
                          Congratulations !!!

                          Alan,

                          Nice work with the new forum. All the best to you and Harbeth.

                          John Geisen (Harbeth Dealer)

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                          • #14
                            How could I change the user name?

                            Good new forum, but had some difficulties to register, I would change my user name here, but do not know how.

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                            • #15
                              Hello -

                              Have you now registered OK?
                              Alan A. Shaw
                              Designer, owner
                              Harbeth Audio UK

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