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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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  • #46
    Well my first post on here and my 3 choices would be;

    Led Zeppelin I - A great album and the band were just oh so blues'y
    Miles Davis - A Kind of Blue, cant really say anything on this but play it 3 to 4 times a week
    David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust and the spiders from mars, simply great

    I havnt brought any Harbeth speakers yet but hanging around on here and reading the threads is probably gonna make me buy a pair

    Lee

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    • #47
      When was the last time any of you put this on for a spin:



      CD or Six-eye, the proceedings are at once intimate and glorious - the perfect profile of a staggering genius of a man.

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      • #48
        Ah, yeah...Mingus Ah Um. My favorite Mingus album. It's good any way you hear it, but if you can find the mono pressing, it's just sweet.

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        • #49
          Mono rules!

          But I haven't had the good fortune of finding a mono copy at sane prices and in a decent condition. Till then...

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          • #50
            Beethoven Piano concerto no.2 and no.3, Argerich/Abbado/Mahler Chember Orchestra. Wonderfull live recording.

            "Bath with Music"

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            • #51
              I've listened to John Coltrane's "Lush Life" four or five times in the past few days. Just beautiful playing.

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              • #52
                Wow keithwwk, that's a killer lineup! Must be stunning stuff. Will check it out, thanks for the recommendation.

                douga, I found the second reissue CD a lot better than the first in terms of sound quality. They've done a remarkable job of cleaning up the tape drop-outs.

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                • #53
                  Originally posted by timleety View Post
                  douga, I found the second reissue CD a lot better than the first in terms of sound quality. They've done a remarkable job of cleaning up the tape drop-outs.
                  When you say "second reissue" are you talking about the Rudy Van Gelder reissue?

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                  • #54
                    I love acoustic Sax jazz..I recently bought 3 albums by Stan Getz. I love his style. Can not stop listening..





                    "More stan Getz for lovers" :
                    http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:YiezeiajU9SlKM:
                    "Bath with Music"

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                    • #55
                      Could not agree more Keithwwk.Harbeth speakers really highlight the beautiful tone/timbre Getz produced with his horn.Here are are 2 more STAN GETZ recordings he recorded late, in his all to short life.I've yet to hear another speaker that reproduces the natural timbres of Brass and Reed instruments like Harbeth.

                      STAN GETZ - CAFE MONTMARTRE or
                      STAN GETZ W/ KENNY BARRON - PEOPLE TIME...both live recordings. Enjoy!

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                      • #56
                        second that, and with some others in the mix
                        STAN GETZ & JOAO GILBERTO Featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim Verve 1997, there is lovely "Girl from Ipanema", man's and then woman's voice, and then the sax
                        which leads us to the man himself
                        ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM A Certain Mr Jobim Warner Masters 1967
                        and sort of makes me think of BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB with Ry Cooder (not as good a recording the first) who then sort of makes me think of Mavis Staples.
                        On quality, listened to Lou Reed's "Raven" last night and there are some tracks on there which are right in the room!

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                        • #57
                          Originally posted by keithwwk View Post
                          I love acoustic Sax jazz..I recently bought 3 albums by Stan Getz. I love his style. Can not stop listening..
                          Keith, if you love Getz, try this one:


                          Not your usual west coast cool, but seductively lush strings featuring Getz as more of a composer. I think you'll dig this album.

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                          • #58
                            Originally posted by douga View Post
                            When you say "second reissue" are you talking about the Rudy Van Gelder reissue?
                            Yes sir. Even the later European digipacks were markedly improved.

                            But heck, when it comes to Trane, I don't pay much heed to "sound"!

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                            • #59
                              I picked up a copy of the CD for 3! I felt almost guilty at paying so little.

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                              • #60
                                Stan Getz

                                Thanks Drew, Kitty and Tim. Will look for them.

                                Btw, the Focus album's cover is pretty nice.



                                Originally posted by timleety View Post
                                "Bath with Music"

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