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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.

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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!"


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  • #61
    While we are taking a break from electronic music like Sugababes and still south of the border, Keith, not sure if you have tried
    CAETANO VELOSO The best of Nonesuch Warner 2003. Its a good listen. No bad tracks, Guitarish though, but back to a bit of brass
    MANUEL GUAJIRO MIRABAL on trumpets World Circuit 2004 is not too bad. He apparently has Joao Gilberto as his influence. Music all within the circle.

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    • #62
      Originally posted by keithwwk View Post
      Btw, the Focus album's cover is pretty nice.
      I have to admit, years ago I was first drawn to the cover as I was thinking, "do i really need another stan getz album??" Anyway if you can find that on LP, it would be a really nice size.

      And if you can find the Japanese pressing of this one, I guarantee you will be in "bathing in paradize":

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      • #63
        Two of my favourite Caetano Veloso's from my collection:



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        • #64
          Originally posted by kittykat View Post
          While we are taking a break from electronic music like Sugababes and still south of the border, Keith, not sure if you have tried CAETANO VELOSO The best of Nonesuch Warner 2003. Its a good listen. No bad tracks, Guitarish though, but back to a bit of brass MANUEL GUAJIRO MIRABAL on trumpets World Circuit 2004 is not too bad. He apparently has Joao Gilberto as his influence. Music all within the circle.
          Thanks kitty. Is something similar to charlie byrd? nice music him...will try the caetano..
          "Bath with Music"

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          • #65
            Hi Keith

            He’s like the the Latin/ South American version of Charlie Byrd. No offence to anyone for pigeon hole-ing any artistes. Caetano's music is one i look forward to hearing again. Sarah Brightman is another, but the quality of her recordings do waver (like her music... thinking that "Harem" might be her best album imho (and most commercial sounding, I like). Diana Krall is another, the quality being more uniformed (Verve). Ive got a thing for women's voices, Grace Jones’ “Classic” best of (Univesal Spectrum 2008) is also a good listen, reasonably good quality. On to something more trashy - Liz Phair, i like!, Lily Allen, more serious - Tori Amos, back to something more trashy - Pink, Britney. Am starting to think the noughties wasn’t that bad after all. A lot of these albums have become more listenable due to harbeths. On to more sober artistes - Norah Jones - most of her albums sound pretty good. Since you mentioned Charlie Byrd and brass Keith , i put on a 20 bit version of John Coltranes “A love supreme” (on Impulse MCA 1995) the other night and it sounds very very different (and not worst) from the Castle Music version. On to males, i like Lenny Kravitz, Bryan Ferry (his recordings are by and large terrible in quality though). don’t laugh but George Michael is very talented as well imho.

            Enough of favourites for one afternoon….

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            • #66
              Thanks kitty. Talk abt guitar reminded me guitar master Segovia. His Fernando Sor guitar Studies works cassette tape accompany me walked thru my Pri to Secondary school days...Here is one of my favourite from him:

              "Bath with Music"

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              • #67
                Originally posted by timleety View Post
                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.
                I have the Japan pressing of "Focus" on cd format.
                If you love Stan Getz, you can't miss "Getz-Gilberto" on First Impression Music (LIM K2HD 036).
                Astonishing release!

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                • #68
                  Originally posted by keithwwk View Post
                  Thanks kitty. Talk abt guitar reminded me guitar master Segovia. His Fernando Sor guitar Studies works cassette tape accompany me walked thru my Pri to Secondary school days...
                  Haha, this is where we differ slightly. These are two of my "guitar heroes" - give me anything by them any day!





                  (Though the Django recordings are usually salvaged from old acetates and therefore are not "hifii" in quality, it's easy to put up with hiss and cackle with such astounding innovation. Case in point: Nuages. One of the greatest 20th century compositions. C-ra-zy.)

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                  • #69
                    MAonSA

                    Another of my favs: MAonSA

                    Three hours of glorious music on one disc.

                    http://www.marecordings.com/main/pro...roducts_id=108

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                    • #70
                      not sure if anyone has heard the Soundtrack to "Where the wild things are" - Karen O and the Kids on DGC 2009. This is the happiest sounding CD ive heard this year, and have put it on almost every 2 days. I only got the DVD yesterday (because of the music). The movie is a bit quirky but the songs are really catchy and tuneful with some real foot tapping ones in there. the quality is reasonably good.

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                      • #71
                        Now, here is something really great, that happened in 2009, in the U.K.'s top chart. I copied it and paste underneath:

                        TALKING ABOUT NOSTALGIA……

                        It seems that in times of economic crisis the public turn to nostalgia and the certainty of the past. Like the soldiers of the forgotten army, we need a morale boost and once again Dame Vera Lynn's voice is working its magic. Vera loves the French Rivieria, so in the voice of the old wartime newsreel commentators, we say 'The Riviera loves you too, Vera!'

                        So I just ordered Vera Lynn's "We'll meet again" re-issue of 2009 (DECCA), which hit No.1 (!!!!!!) album chart in the U.K. in 2009, bringing her as the single living artist in the world, aged 92, to become No.1!!!

                        A National Treasure, they call her in the U.K., and she surely is...
                        Last edited by Thanos; 19-04-2010, 10:23 AM. Reason: add

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                        • #72
                          If you are a lover of Jazz Piano, then check out the latest Keith Jarret / Charlie Haden recording on ECM titled.... JASMINE. All ballads except for one track.A very beautiful disc( Piano and Bass only) for late night listening.

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                          • #73
                            Just purchased an amazing new recording of Bach's Brandenburg concertos on CD, with the English Baroque Soloists and John Eliot Gardiner conducting.Amazing performance!! Beautifully recorded My Harbeths ate this recording up. Bravo

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                            • #74
                              I also just bought a Beethoven full symphonies conducted by John Eliot Gardiner. A latest release box set (re-issue). Very nice.
                              "Bath with Music"

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                              • #75
                                Dvorak Symphony No 7 to 9 & the Golden Spinning Wheel performed by London Symphony Orchestra & conducted by Istvan Kertesz. Another superb symphony is Beethoven Symphony 5 & 6 performed by Berliner Philharmonic & conducted by Karajan. Both sound absolutely glorious, majestic & highly involving on my SHL-5.

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