HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts

The Harbeth User Group is the primary channel for public communication with Harbeth's HQ. If you have a 'scientific mind' and are curious about how the ear works, how it can lead us to make the right - and wrong - audio equipment decisions, and about the technical ins and outs of audio equipment, how it's designed and what choices the designer makes, then the factual Science of Audio sub-forum area of HUG is your place. The objective methods of comparing audio equipment under controlled conditions has been thoroughly examined here on HUG and elsewhere and should be accessible to non-experts and able to be tried-out at home without deep technical knowledge. From a design perspective, today's award winning Harbeths could not have been designed any other way.

Alternatively, if you just like chatting about audio and subjectivity rules for you, then the Subjective Soundings area is you. If you are quite set in your subjectivity, then HUG is likely to be a bit too fact based for you, as many of the contributors have maximised their pleasure in home music reproduction by allowing their head to rule their heart. If upon examination we think that Posts are better suited to one sub-forum than than the other, they will be redirected during Moderation, which is applied throughout the site.

Questions and Posts about, for example, 'does amplifier A sounds better than amplifier B' or 'which speaker stands or cables are best' are suitable for the Subjective Soundings area only, although HUG is really not the best place to have these sort of purely subjective airings.

The Moderators' decision is final in all matters and Harbeth does not necessarily agree with the contents of any member contributions, especially in the Subjective Soundings area, and has no control over external content.

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{Updated Oct. 2017}
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Newbie Help, please

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  • Newbie Help, please

    I'm looking at SHL5+, and wondering if it's right for me based on the following:

    Mytek Brooklyn Amp and DAC+ electronics. Source is my PC, so not the best quality, but convenient for my day to day use.

    Corner placement, so close to side and back walls.

    Warmth and musicality is most important, as i want to be able to listen to music all day, every day.

    Is this the speaker i've been searching for, or will room placement mean it's pointless? Assuming the amp is neutral, is the power right for Harbeth speakers?

    Any advice or suggestions would be gratefully received.

  • #2
    A few more details would help. How big is your room and how close to the side and back walls? I have SHL5+ in a 13x14' room and the speakers are 18 inches off the back and side walls and they sound lovely. I work from home and have my stereo playing almost all the time and these speakers are the easiest speakers to listen to for extended periods compared to the Maggies and ProAcs and KEF's I've owned in the past.


    • #3
      With a good DAC like yours a PC is a perfect source, provided the fan is (very) quiet or you even use a fanless computer (if that is fast enough for your purpose). Your amplifier is powerful enough for these speakers. Room placement is a bit hard to judge without more information. Provided you do not intend to place the speakers right into the corner, things should be fine, however. Harbeth speakers are eminently non fatiguing to listen to, so that is not an issue.


      • #4
        Totally agree with Chazk and willem. I am listening to my SHL5+ in a 30 square meter not acoustically treated room and they sound lovely. I use a 100W amplifier and it's enough for my purposes. No fatigue at all, at least with music I like. PC with a good DAC is a perfect source, although I still use a CD-player because of my huge collection of compact discs.

        Tell us a bit more, especially how big is your room. I don't know about any speakers that would be easier to accommodate in a domestic room though, so it would have to be a very difficult room indeed to be not successful with Harbeth.