HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts


"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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COMING SOON in 2018: Harbeth Live

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  • COMING SOON in 2018: Harbeth Live

    In 2018 we will be working on an exciting live music project with Duet Media Technologies, featuring the musical talents of Sylvette, Riches and David Rees-Williams. Further details coming soon but in the meantime, watch the teaser trailer.
    This is "Harbeth Live Teaser 4K" by Duet Media Technologies on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
    Emma Smith
    Brand Manager
    Harbeth Audio UK

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    Hi - I followed the links to Sylvette and David Navarro (R!ches). While they don't do anything for me (though hopefully they will be to others' tastes), I know the David Rees-Williams Trio from their 'Hidden Colours' CD of 2002 (which I have), and subsequently attending a concert given by the trio in 2006 as part of the Goodnestone music festival performed in The Church of the Holy Cross, Goodnestone (East Kent). Will await with interest!