HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts

Since its inception ten years ago, the Harbeth User Group's ambition has been to create a lasting knowledge archive. Knowledge is based on facts and observations. Knowledge is timeless. Knowledge is human independent and replicatable. However, we live in new world where thanks to social media, 'facts' have become flexible and personal. HUG operates in that real world.

HUG has two approaches to contributor's Posts. If you have, like us, 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 area of HUG is for you. The objective methods of comparing audio equipment under controlled conditions has been thoroughly examined here on HUG and elsewhere and can be easily understood and tried with negligible technical knowledge.

Alternatively, if you just like chatting about audio and subjectivity rules for you, then the Subjective Soundings sub-forum 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.

The Moderators' decision is final in all matters regarding what appears here. That said, very few Posts are rejected. HUG Moderation individually spell and layout checks Posts for clarity but due to the workload, Posts in the Subjective Soundings area, from Oct. 2016 will not be. 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.

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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.