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The Harbeth User Group is the primary channel for public communication with Harbeth's HQ. If you have a 'scientific mind' and are curious about how the ear works, how it can lead us to make the right - and wrong - audio equipment decisions, and about the technical ins and outs of audio equipment, how it's designed and what choices the designer makes, then the factual Science of Audio sub-forum area of HUG is your place. The objective methods of comparing audio equipment under controlled conditions has been thoroughly examined here on HUG and elsewhere and should be accessible to non-experts and able to be tried-out at home without deep technical knowledge. From a design perspective, today's award winning Harbeths could not have been designed any other way.

Alternatively, if you just like chatting about audio and subjectivity rules for you, then the Subjective Soundings area is you. If you are quite set in your subjectivity, then HUG is likely to be a bit too fact based for you, as many of the contributors have maximised their pleasure in home music reproduction by allowing their head to rule their heart. If upon examination we think that Posts are better suited to one sub-forum than than the other, they will be redirected during Moderation, which is applied throughout the site.

Questions and Posts about, for example, 'does amplifier A sounds better than amplifier B' or 'which speaker stands or cables are best' are suitable for the Subjective Soundings area only, although HUG is really not the best place to have these sort of purely subjective airings.

The Moderators' decision is final in all matters and Harbeth does not necessarily agree with the contents of any member contributions, especially in the Subjective Soundings area, and has no control over external content.

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Harbeth Reviews in the Gramophone Magazine Archive

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  • Harbeth Reviews in the Gramophone Magazine Archive

    I have been searching for recent Harbeth Reviews in the Gramophone Magazine Archive.

    I find nothing. Have I missed something?

  • #2
    I'm curious ..... why would you think you're missing something? We don't 'do' reviews.
    Harbeth PR,
    Harbeth UK


    • #3
      All I meant was, have I failed to execute the search correctly and therefore missed data that is there. Clearly I have not and it is not! Dare I ask why "We don't 'do' reviews"?

      I went to "Gramophone" looking for a review from the musicians' rather than the HiFi addicts point of view.


      • #4
        I think I can reply to this.

        The last contact we had with that magazine was about twelve ago*. We have no idea who runs it, who writes for it, what their editorial policy is, how equipment reviews dovetail with the music reviews (we are not on their or indeed any other hi-fi magazine's circulation list) and haven't actually opened a copy for many years. We're completely out of touch with them. Ditto HFN, HFW, WHF, etc. etc.. This, here and word of mouth from existing users is surely the best source of information.

        * I remember it well. Run by the same family for two generations, they invited me to their 'industry luncheons' where I rubbed shoulders with the likes of Raymond Cooke OBE. But now? All sadly washed away.
        Alan A. Shaw
        Designer, owner
        Harbeth Audio UK


        • #5
          I remember reading 2 reviews that Gramophone covered on Harbeth. But that was like 20 years ago. It was the HL-MK4 followed closely by the improved HL-5. If i am not wrong, John Borwick covered those 2 reviews. Both reviews were very positive. I believe Gramophone also did a review on the HL-K6 & C7 in the mid 90s if i am not mistaken.


          • #6
            I am C7 lover, I recently found few old harbeth reviews in Gramophone thru google. You can see the C7 review thru below link:


            You can find some old models at right side "related links".
            "Bath with Music"


            • #7
              Found this 1989 gramophone review of the HL-5 by John Borwick


              I also have a hard copy of this review.