"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!"

Feb. 2018
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Sonic Flare P3ESR review

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  • Sonic Flare P3ESR review

    Here's a recent review on the P3ESR:

    After spending many months with the P3ESR’s, I now understand why so many audiophiles cotton to the Harbeth sound. They are the kind of speakers that forgo to the common tenets of frequency linearity, liveliness, and jaw dropping resolution, for the sake of making it easy for the listener to focus on their music, instead of the gear that’s reproducing it. Thus, their unique presentation is one that you’ll either love or disregard. .... if you’re an audiophile that is completely burnt out on the gig and would like nothing more than to settle into a pair of compact monitors that won’t tear apart your music collection, annoy you with aural fireworks, or require major changes to your existing component chain, then the P3ESR’s may be your proverbial key to salvation. This holds especially true if you tend to listen to relatively undemanding music at modest listening levels (between 70-85db).

    As for myself, I like the P3ESR’s, and when I attach them to my desktop system, that like quickly turns into love. So much so, that if someone were to tell me that these were to be the last pair of speakers that I could ever run on my desktop rig, I’d be perfectly content. There are many reasons for why I feel this way, but the reason that is most pertinent to this review has to do with how the P3ESR’s allow me to sit down and enjoy song after without ever inciting me to obsess over whether or not there’s ‘too much of this’ or ‘too little of that’. This is, in my opinion, the mark of an excellent transducer.

    So if the above description matches your needs, and if you are looking to step into a pair of mini monitors that can stay with you for the long haul, I cannot recommend the P3ESR’s highly enough. Give em’ a shot. It’s a decision that could lead to years of musical happiness.

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    Good review of P3ESR - comment

    Good review from Sean Fowler
    Originally posted by cornelius View Post
    Here's a recent review on the P3ESR: