"This Harbeth User Group (HUG) is the Manufacturer's own managed forum dedicated to natural sound from microphone to ear, achievable by recognising and controlling the numerous confounding variables that exist along the audio chain. The Harbeth designer's objective is to make loudspeakers that contribute little of themselves to the music passing through them.

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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  • #2
    Dislike digital media!

    I dislike all the digital social media! (OK, surely not the forums I am interested in) I mean Hyves, Twitter and the alike :-(
    Certainly not when it is private information that one wants to share :-(
    I am too old for this and specifically not interested at all!

    Please keep us well/maybe better? informed (special section?) here on the HUG too?

    {Moderator's comment: Alan has been persuaded that it's necessary to "have a digital presence".}


    • #3
      Twitter for the masses?

      Originally posted by Cyreg View Post
      Alan has been persuaded that it's necessary to "have a digital presence".
      Harbeth does already have a "digital presence" - its website and forum.

      But tweet away - doesn't bother me in the least. Those who want tweets can follow; those who don't, won't.

      It's just that I think of Twitter as a medium for fast-moving, ephemeral kinds of information, in a way that is quick but not deep. That seems to be the antithesis of Harbeth's modus operandi.

      So it will be interesting to see what you come up with.


      • #4
        Tweetin and Harbeth?

        Considering the nature of the (Harbeth) business, I do not feel tweeting makes any sense.

        Tweeting lends itself to business which are more dynamic in nature (eg consumer electronics with short product life and often requiring new marketing messages or short term initiatives to keep consumer interested in the name).


        • #5

          no, donīt need all this social datamining things. the classical touch of harbeth does not need twitter. i feel the representative harbeth customer will be sceptical concerning this...

          Harbeth M40.1-Naim NAC52-Supercap-NAP 135-CDS2-XPS


          • #6

            "...just finished production of a Monitor 40.1 by mounting its tweeter to the cabinet". A typical "tweet"?

            I, for one, don't feel it's necessary.

            {Moderator's comment: this was a fresh idea that we're now reviewing. One issue is that we just do not have the free-time to do it justice.}


            • #7
              Twitter - unique

              I feel pleased harbeth are going to enter the world of twitter. The user group is unique in the world of hifi, and I have no doubts that A.S. and the team will have something interesting to impart to twitter. I'll be following.


              • #8
                what happened to the newsletter? is a new one coming soon ?

                {Moderator's comment: yes it is}


                • #9
                  Very interested re-tweet appeared here from someone in the What hi-fi organisation here

                  Obviously didn't try #harbeth RT @whathifi Not all the speakers we've tested recently have impressed us
                  Is the pendulum about to swing back from cheap and mass produced to quality hand made?
                  Attached Files


                  • #10
                    I will never register for Tweeter or any other social network, ever. I regard those outlets as anything but elite, sorry.

                    Besides we have a close community of socialization right here.

                    {Moderator's comment: actually, our subscription to Twitter is *not* intended for you, Harbeth users. The primary objective is direct access to opinion makers in media and commerce. Example: the feedback from WHF magazine. That may not be obvious to you as a consumer. It's really a business-to-business tool for us.}


                    • #11
                      Extended exposure ....

                      {Moderator's comment: actually, our subscription to Twitter is *not* intended for you, Harbeth users. The primary objective is direct access to opinion makers in media and commerce. Example: the feedback from WHF magazine. That may not be obvious to you as a consumer. It's really a business-to-business tool for us.}

                      I see, well in that case Harbeth as a business entity would benefit from that mode of extended exposure.

                      {Moderator's comment: it is very interesting to note that a phone call to a media person may never get past the switchboard. A mobile phonecall may be ignored. But Tweet him and you get direct access and most likely a response. An interesting business tool.}