"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!"

Feb. 2018
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Munich 2013 show - results and thanks

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  • Munich 2013 show - results and thanks

    Well, I'm back from the Munich show this morning. It was a huge success and I anticipate that we will be able to take Harbeth into some new markets as a result. It was a pleasure and privilege to meet so many trade and end users, including Harbeth customers who are professional and amateur musicians. Thanks to all of you who made yourself known.

    May I add that my grandfather, a POW at the age of about 18 for three years during WW1, suffered a bullet wound which would normally have resulted in an amputation. His German camp doctor befriended him and decided to do his best to save a young Scotsman's leg, which he did. Although my grandfather limped for the remainder of his long life, he would not hear a bad word said about the kindness of his German captors. I wholly share that respect and appreciation and several times thought that if grandfather had been alive today, seeing the pleasure the Harbeth sound brings to our European friends and allies, he would be rightly pleased by the return of a favour. Even better, it occurred to me that I may have been unwittingly shaking the hand of a descendent of that kindly doctor.

    Unfortunately due to one of those quirks of timing, production manager Andy Sinden in attending a family wedding in Spain and will not be back for two weeks. That leaves me to handle a mountain of paperwork, emails and the rest resulting not only from the show but the general office/production matters. So please, give me a little time to catch up.

    Thank you once again for saying hello, and see you next year.
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK

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