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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 may be for you. Either way, welcome to the world of Harbeth!"

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A rugged upgrade

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  • A rugged upgrade

    First of all, I would like to congratulate all those responsible for the creation of this space, as well as all other users.

    I finally got the upgrade I most wanted. I bought a Harbeth Super HL5 that came to give me the musicality, the detail and the wonderful Middle range that I wanted (and needed). Its been quite a pleasure to redescover my discs.

    But as not everything is perfect, I got the super tweeter (from the right column), crushed and deformed (tucked in and pinched). I was istracted momentarily and my little son, put a finger on him.
    Not usual on him, never did nothing like that, but it happened.


    I wanted to ask you if you knew where I could get a supertweeter replacementequal model, given that, I would not intend to buy the full pair of these corrent model now on sale (which is the SH5 Plus model)

    I already saw it on ebay, Amazon, etc. But I can not find it anywhere in Portugal.

    Thanks for the help and my best regards to all. It's a pleasure to belong to this group.


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    Harbeth will supply the correct tweeter for your speaker and at a reasonable price. Don't be tempted to buy a unit which 'looks' similar.

    If there is a distributor in Portugal, they should be your first contact.


    • #3
      You may also want to inquire if it is possible to buy (a pair of) the super-tweeter used in the 40th anniversary edition, since it has protection bars added over the front of the dome.