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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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Polish language M40.1 test - beautiful pictures in rosewood

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  • Polish language M40.1 test - beautiful pictures in rosewood

    Interesing pics.

  • #2
    Fantastic M40.1 review

    Great review and photos. Thanks for the link. I especially like this quote:

    The M40.1 have their own distinct character and it is totally different from what seems to be common trend in most modern high-end designs. And still these are one of the best loudspeakers I ever listened to in my room. It was kind of surprise for me, even shock as they represent everything I hate about other designs plastic cones, soft domes, cabinets that take part in creating the sound. Basing on my experience there is no way loudspeakers like the Harbeths could sound good, and yet they sound fantastic!


    • #3
      Nice report!

      very nice report indeed! and exceptional photos.
      but they opened the speakers...!!!

      just one mistake: "...We have received the M40.1 Domestic together with German stands made by Skylan"... this is of course not correct.

      i really enjoyed the writing of this polish guy.

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


      • #4
        Also P3ESR review from Poland

        They also did a great review with nice pics of the P3ESR recently:


        • #5
          Polish review of M40.1 now on "6Moons" website - factually corrected

          The review is now on the audio website It is the same review, but the translation has been polished, and the factual error regarding the provenance of Skylan stands (Canada, not Germany) has been corrected. Worth a look: