"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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KJ West One's Harbeth Day - Sat 21 June 2014

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  • KJ West One's Harbeth Day - Sat 21 June 2014

    We are delighted, and excited, to announce that high-end central London dealer KJ West One (in New Cavendish Street) are staging a Harbeth Day on Saturday 21st June 2014. All very welcome. Alan Shaw will be in attendance and there will be a chance to hear the new Super HL5plus which brings the BBC-monitor concept to new levels.
    Looking forward to meeting you all there.
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    Harbeth PR,
    Harbeth UK

  • #2
    Still available

    Great, I will have a chance to participate before retuning to Canada at the end of the month.


    • #3
      My old girls!

      Hey Don, I hope you can get a chance to hear the SHL5+ and maybe pass along some thoughts about the changes in the venerable old girls.. LOL.

      Not that I'm going to be ditching my SHL5's in any short order, but I will be curious to know what others with experience (and ears I trust !) to convey some thoughts on it.

      Ironically.. I really think my SHL5's have come into their own with new BlueCircle NSP power amp pushing them around. Lovely pairing.


      • #4
        KJ's open day

        As I couldn't get to Guildford Audio's open day as a weekend in NYC was a bigger draw. I will try to get down to KJ's, Its also only a bus ride away as it is much closer to me.


        • #5
          Book via this link

          BOOKING for the event is via this link - just choose the time that's most convenient for you to be there

          Harbeth PR,
          Harbeth UK


          • #6
            KJ follow-up

            There is a significant amount of follow-up posts from this open day to be found here.
            Alan A. Shaw
            Designer, owner
            Harbeth Audio UK