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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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New updated 2011 Harbeth User Guide!

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  • New updated 2011 Harbeth User Guide!

    Alan has completely re-written the User Guide that is supplied with Harbeth speakers. You can download the new guide below.

    Please note that we have a small stock of the original guides to use up first (throwing them away would be a needless waste of paper) and we will be dropping this new version into the cartons in about 4-6 weeks.

    Once again, this is only our opinions about achieving good sound: what really matters is your opinions based on your own experience. You will note that we have expanded the section on room damping. Enjoy!
    Attached Files
    Harbeth PR,
    Harbeth UK

  • #2
    Best user guide?

    This is one of the best user guides for speakers I have ever read. Very to the point, but also very complete.

    I must mention however, that the link on the products page to this new user guide is dead:


    • #3
      HUG User Guide

      I have done some technical writing aimed at end users in my time. Many compliments to Harbeth on the 2011 guide - it is refreshingly clear, concise and free of technobabble.

      {Moderrator's comment: Alan wrote it himself. He'll be pleased! It took him weeks of nibbling.}


      • #4
        Download problem?

        Does anyone have a clue as to why, when I try to download the guide from either of the links above or from the link on the home page, I get a completely blank document? The download comes through, but when it opens, there is nothing there but a blank, white window. I'm on a Mac if that makes any difference. Thanks very much.


        • #5
          Anyone? PDF download still isn't working for me. If anyone might be willing to e-mail me a PDF, I'd be most appreciative. Thank you!


          • #6
            Originally posted by Hesson11 View Post
            Anyone? PDF download still isn't working for me. If anyone might be willing to e-mail me a PDF, I'd be most appreciative. Thank you!
            Works great in my case. I will gladly send you the PDF, just send me a personal message with your email address.


            • #7
              Originally posted by garmtz View Post
              Works great in my case. I will gladly send you the PDF, just send me a personal message with your email address.
              PM sent. Thank you so much, garmtz!


              • #8
                It's the music that matters - thanks!

                The HUG is amazing. Also the HUG has so much of information and common sense and no snake oil (Thank God!). I am re-learning more about audio. End of the day its Music that matters most!