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"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.

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Limited Edition - P3ESR 40th anniversary model in olive wood

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  • Limited Edition - P3ESR 40th anniversary model in olive wood

    Good morning HUG

    I'm delighted to announce third release in our 40th anniversary series; the P3ESR in olive wood.

    This model will include the added features of our 40th anniversary series including; the latest WBT-nextgen binding posts, British-made audio grade poly capacitors, and our 40th anniversary ultra-pure OFC internal cable. Each speaker will also include the Harbeth 40th Anniversary limited edition front and back badges and metallic black and gold anniversary grille badge.

    We will demo this model at next month's Sound & Vision show in Bristol, UK, 23rd-25th February. Find us in rooms 232 and 234 at the show.

    The M40.2 will also available in olive wood.
    P3ESR 40th anniversary model in olive wood WBT-nextgen binding posts 40th anniversary grille badge P3ESR 40th anniversary front badge
    Emma Smith
    Brand Manager
    Harbeth Audio UK

  • #2
    May I be the first one to say Well Done!

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    • #3
      Thank you!
      Emma Smith
      Brand Manager
      Harbeth Audio UK

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      • #4
        Video recommendation for buying P3ESR (in USA)...

        For Alan Harbeth, I mean Shaw:

        https://youtu.be/zg5J3j_ANDU

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        • #5
          How lovely! Thank you for sharing it.
          Alan A. Shaw
          Designer, owner
          Harbeth Audio UK

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          • #6
            Following what has been said by the designer about SHL5+ anniversary edition, may I ask if there is any appreciable sonic advantage in the P3ESR anniversary edition with respect to the standard one?

            P.S. Kudos for the veneer choice: olive trees, Minerva's gift to humans, are nearly worshipped here in Sicily... my grandfather regarded his olive trees more than some people!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Nessuno View Post
              Following what has been said by the designer about SHL5+ anniversary edition, may I ask if there is any appreciable sonic advantage in the P3ESR anniversary edition with respect to the standard one?

              P.S. Kudos for the veneer choice: olive trees, Minerva's gift to humans, are nearly worshipped here in Sicily... my grandfather regarded his olive trees more than some people!
              Appreciable is for the listener to decide. Objectively, yes.

              Wonderful to hear about Olive wood. My late grandfather, Cdr. William Cameron Shaw OBE was deeply involved in the organisation and maintenance of the naval landing fleet in the Sicily campaign in WW2. One day I'll make it to Sicily to see what he saw.

              Alan A. Shaw
              Designer, owner
              Harbeth Audio UK

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Nessuno View Post
                Following what has been said by the designer about SHL5+ anniversary edition, may I ask if there is any appreciable sonic advantage in the P3ESR anniversary edition with respect to the standard one?

                P.S. Kudos for the veneer choice: olive trees, Minerva's gift to humans, are nearly worshipped here in Sicily... my grandfather regarded his olive trees more than some people!
                I'll let you know in a few days when my pair arrives..

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by A.S. View Post
                  Appreciable is for the listener to decide. Objectively, yes.
                  Good, now looking forward to know what hifi_dave's experienced ears will have to say.

                  Wonderful to hear about Olive wood. My late grandfather, Cdr. William Cameron Shaw OBE was deeply involved in the organisation and maintenance of the naval landing fleet in the Sicily campaign in WW2. One day I'll make it to Sicily to see what he saw.
                  Yes, do come: you'll find much more than olive trees...

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