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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!"

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Rocky Mountain Audio Festival 2007 (USA)

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  • Rocky Mountain Audio Festival 2007 (USA)

    I see that Harbeth and/or Harbeth USA will not be participating in the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest?

    If this is true, what a shame. This is one of the very best true hifi shows left in the US and one that features real buyers and sellers instead of being a media or shmoozing event for the sourround sound crowd.

    I promise you, at RMAF the typical attendee will NOT walk into the room, sneak silently around in back of the speakers and then, as he departs, say to you: "that's a pretty nice sounding amplifier"!

    Plane tickets to Denver are cheap, now.

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    Harbeth will be there!

    Hot news!

    Harbeth will be at the show - you can find us at the Sound Science room and at Acoustic Sounds!

    And we look forward to meeting you and opening your ears to the clean, sweet Harbeth sounds!
    {General comment about Harbeth's attendance at shows: The Harbeth organisation is small, tight and lean. We can not be everywhere at once, no matter how much we would like, and there are really good shows all over the world every month. The way for us to minimise the cost of your new Harbeths is to take very great care of the overheads.}
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK


    • #3
      Re: Rocky Mountain Audio Festival (USA)

      Where were you last year?

      We (Acoustic Sounds) represented Harbeth with 2 separate soundrooms; one with M30's and the other with C7's. There is actually a pix of the M30's in use at that 2005 show on the Harbeth website.

      In 2005, there was no local Denver area Harbeth dealer. Currently there is, so we'll let them do their job along with Walter the Magnificent's assistance.

      We'll have another soundroom there, as well as a software booth.

      Please stop by to say hello.



      • #4
        Re: Harbeth will be there!

        The new board is ignoring my email when people post. What do I need to adjust?

        That's great news.


        • #5
          Re: Rocky Mountain Audio Festival (USA)

          Hi Clark,

          I was working. I am glad to see you'll have the Compact 7s. I am looking forward to seeing you exhibition. Come December-January, I will make my final upgrade choice.