"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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StereoSound magazine No. 74, Spring 2010 features P3ESR on cover

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  • StereoSound magazine No. 74, Spring 2010 features P3ESR on cover

    Breaking with the tradition of super-expensive aspirational, space age hi-fi products featured on the cover page, Japan's hugely influential StereoSound magazine has put the Harbeth HL-P3ESR on the cover. StereoSound here.

    Sasamoto san, Harbeth's Japanese importer says "The decision to grant pride of place to such a relatively inexpensive product as the new P3ESR has shocked the whole audio market in Japan. Readers are used to seeing exotic, million yen products. But the editorial team decided amongst themselves that Harbeth represents the modern consumer's taste in real value and British tradition. And the reviewing team thing that the P3ESR is a fantastic speaker."

    With Sasamoto's advert on page 57, there are further photos and stories of systems built around the P3ESR on pages 84, 93/4, 98, 111, 116, 138 and 356.

    We're all thrilled here. This is a huge honour to be given centre stage and little wonder the back end of the order book extends for 21 months* to December 2011! More to follow in the next Newsletter.

    *Clarification: completely full to mid Feb 2011; the smart distributors now placing firm orders beyound that horizon to assure their markets of constant, monthly deliveries. Like clockwork.
    Harbeth PR,
    Harbeth UK

  • #2
    That's great! Congrats!


    • #3
      Congratulations, indeed!


      • #4

        This is great news and certainly well deserved! Congratulations again.



        • #5
          So they woke up to realize,
          what is truth and which are lies,
          then opened eyes and finally saw
          this super baby by Alan Shaw!



          • #6
            Originally posted by harbethpr View Post

            With Sasamoto's advert on page 57, there are further photos and stories of systems built around the P3ESR on pages 84, 93/4, 98, 111, 116, 138 and 356.
            Is there any possibility of these individual pages being made available for viewing on the HUG?