HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts

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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{Updated Oct. 2017}
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The fresh breeze of Harbeth at Montreal's 2011 Hifi show

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  • The fresh breeze of Harbeth at Montreal's 2011 Hifi show

    This week-end take place in Montreal the annual SSI (Salon Son et Image) hifi show. It is well known by many and one of the best hifi show in North America's East coast. Harbeth was represented via Son Ideal, one of the two Montreal's official Harbeth dealer.

    I had the chance to hear for the first time the famous Harbeth P3ESR. And what a fresh breeze of sound compare to the rest of the show. The Harbeth family really excels with a natural sound without listening fatigue.

    I was shock to see, well hear, that so many system out there at the show sound too much aggressive, forward and not natural. I don't know how those companies want their speakers to sound, but many of them are in my opinion in the wrong way.

    I don't experienced "the 2011 sound" in the way it is described in the "UK hifi shows and exhibitions" thread with a roll of in the top end, but the "2011 sound" was often irritant. Also, many rooms where playing too loud. Which is not the greatest way to judge the balance of a speaker at low or moderate volume. Only about 3 or 4 companies had my attention and respect for that show.

    The Harbeth P3ESR demo was excellent. As I own the SHL5, I can quickly figure via the P3ESR the "Harbeth's family sound". They are amazing little boxes.