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At its inception ten years ago, the Harbeth User Group's ambition was to create a lasting knowledge archive. Knowledge is based on facts and observations. Knowledge is timeless, independent of the observer and can be replicated. However, we live in new world in which objective facts have become flexible, personal and debatable. HUG operates in that real world, and that has now been reflected in the structure of HUG.

HUG has two approaches to contributor's Posts. If you, like us, have a scientific mind and are curious about how the ear works, how it can lead us to make the right - and wrong - 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 can be readily understood by non-experts and tried-out at home without deep technical knowledge.

Alternatively, if you just like chatting about audio and subjectivity rules for you, then the Subjective Soundings area is you. 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. From Oct. 2016, Posts in the Subjective Soundings area will not be spell checked or adjusted for layout clarity. We regret that but we are unable to accept Posts that present what we consider to be free advertising for products that Harbeth does not make.

The Moderators' decision is final in all matters and Harbeth does not necessarily agree with the contents of any member contributions and has no control over external content.

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{Updated Jan. 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.