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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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Audiobooks - story tellling by spoken word

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    I am an avid collector of audiobooks. Charity shops have piles of them which as a twin-cassette sell for about GBP1 or so. The technical quality is perfectly adequate - what matters is the story and the narration. I often drive about playing an audiobook and they've opened my ears to literature I never studied as a boy and would never have the time to read now. First class narration using the expressive potential of the voice for characterisation, accents, pauses, emphasis is, for me, top of the entertainment tree.

    Do you have any favourites? I stumbled across an audiobook last week that I'd not seen in print. Indeed, I'd not heard of the modern author. But from the first sentence I was hooked. Imagine my horror when, ending side four on a cliff-edge I realised that the two cassettes I have are only and and two of six - they've become separated from the other two boxes. Mad scramble to Amazon to order the complete set - luckily in stock.

    Do you listen to audiobooks on cassette or CD? Any favourites either of narration of the actual story itself? I'd be very interested in a list of great tapes/CD audiobooks here - maybe even swapping them between us?
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK

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    Originally posted by A.S. View Post
    Any favourites either of narration of the actual story itself? I'd be very interested in a list of great tapes here - maybe even swapping them between us?
    Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is superb.

    Consciousness, conservation, man's place in the cosmos, quantum physics, missing cats, Coleridge, Bach and an Electric Monk.

    Three hours of pure bliss.