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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!"

Jan. 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: