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"This Harbeth User Group (HUG) is the Manufacturer's own managed forum dedicated to natural sound, realisable by controlling the confounding variables between tthe microphone and the listeners' ears.

For example, the design of and interaction between the hifi amplifier and its speaker load can and potentially will alter the sound balance of what you hear. To reproduce the sounds captured by the recording microphones, as Harbeth speakers are designed to do, you would naturally select system components (sources, electronics, cables and so on) that do not color the sound before it reaches the speakers.

Identifying components for their system neutrality should, logically, start with the interpretation and analysis of their technical, objective performance, as any and every deviation from a measurably flat frequency response at any point along the serial chain from microphone to ear is very likely to cause the total system to have an audible sonic personality. That includes the contribution of the listening room itself.

HUG specialises in making complex technical matters simple to understand, aiding the identification of audio components likely to maintain a faithful relationship between the recorded sound and the sound you hear. With our heritage of natural sound, HUG cannot be really be expected to guide in the selection, approval, endorsement or even discussion of equipment that is intend to introduce a significantly personalised sound to the audio signal chain. 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 electronics offered there. There is no on-line substitute for that time investment in a dealer's showroom.

If you desire to intentionally tune your system sound to your personal taste, please consider carefully how much you should rely upon 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, listening loudness and listening room treatment, not necessarily leading to appropriate equipment selection and listening satisfaction for you.

Alternatively, if faithfully reproducing the sound intended by the composer, score, conductor and musicians over your speakers is your audio dream, then understanding something of the issues likely to fulfill that objective is what this forum has been helping with since 2006. Welcome!"


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Harbeth prize winners in Japan's Stereo Sound magazine, "No.177 Winter 2011"

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  • #16
    Harbeth in Korea too. Old magazine reprint from 1986 approx.

    Originally posted by harbethpr View Post
    ... little Harbeth Audio Ltd. is the only wholly British owned company to win a Stereo Sound Grand Prix award 2010.
    A look deep into the archive this morning exposed an article on the HL Mk4 (in production about 1986) in a Korean magazine. Also a picture of our founder Dudley Harwood. This article must have appeared about 1986/7. Harbeth's very first markets back in the late 70's were Japan, then Hong Kong/China, Korea and so on.
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    Harbeth PR,
    Harbeth UK

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    • #17
      P3ESR home demo! Must have!

      That's great! Congratulations! Now I am tempted to get Sam to bring the babies to my place for a demo.

      ST

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      • #18
        It is tempting to get one!

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        • #19
          Back from Japan with Stereo Sound P3ESR award.

          Well, I am back in the UK attending the award ceremony at Stereo Sound magazine in Tokyo with our P3ESR award. Pictures etc. to follow. I gave four interviews when I was in Japan with the top audio magazines and focused on the design of the P3ESR ('how come so much bass and midrange clarity?'), and global sales results etc. etc.. Thanks to all, and especially Sasamoto san of Harbeth Japan for his energy, enthusiasm and good company.

          It was self-evident when in Japan visiting retailers, wholesalers and the media that there is growing curiosity about 'Harbeth's BBC legacy' and a hunger for even more historical and current information about why and how we design the way we do. So, it is my intention to redouble our efforts to communicate just that and to throw more light on the archive, which as I mentioned in Japan, is much easier to do now that about half of it (12500 sheets) has been scanned into searchable PDFs.

          Thanks to all in Japan for such a rewarding and friendly visit. Full write-up in next newsletter. Attached picture of Sasamoto san (Harbeth Japan), looking-on is the late Morita san, founder of MACE Corp. Harbeth's Tokyo/Osaka wholesaler, a wise, kind and much-missed and hugely enthusiastic supporter of Harbeth in Japan and myself.

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          Alan A. Shaw
          Designer, owner
          Harbeth Audio UK

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          • #20
            Several P3ESR reviews from Japan during 2010 ... 1) Stereo mangazine

            Here's one, from Stereo magazine. It translates as "excellent"!
            Attached Files
            Harbeth PR,
            Harbeth UK

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            • #21
              Japanese translation ....

              Gokurosama deshita!

              (Japanese expression, not directly translatable but means something like "thanks for your hard work, effort and sacrifice".)

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              • #22
                Record Geijutsu, Japan P3ESR review

                Many thanks for the translation. We really appreciate it.

                Here is another cutting, from Record Geijutsu magazine from Japan. Again interesting how the Japanese magazines really dig into the heart of the speaker.

                We've recently pulled together 25+ years of press cuttings into five very large scrap books. By far the majority of press coverage of Harbeth products have been published in Japanese, one of the most challenging consumer electronics markets in the world.
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                Harbeth PR,
                Harbeth UK

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                • #23
                  P3ESR in Stereophile Loudspeaker of the Year 2010 v. Wilson Audio at 12x price

                  Congratulations to everyone at Harbeth!

                  Incidentally, the P3ESR was a runner-up in Stereophile's Loudspeaker of the Year awards for 2010. The category was won by a Wilson Audio speaker that cost roughly 12 times the P3ESR's price in the US. Clearly, you guys are doing something right!

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                  • #24
                    StereoSound - translation as "excellent"

                    Originally posted by harbethpr View Post
                    Here's one, from Stereo magazine. It translates as "excellent"!
                    I thought that this article was translated. Is it possible to get it translated?

                    Sebastien

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