"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, since deviations from a flat frequency response at any point along the signal chain from microphone to ear is likely to create an audible sonic personality in what you hear. That includes the contribution of the listening room itself. To accurately reproduce the recorded sound, as Harbeth speakers are designed to do, you would be 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 potentially will alter the sound balance of what you hear. This may or may not be what you wish to achieve, but on the face of it, any deviation from a flat response - and the frequency balance of tube amplifiers are usually influenced by their speaker load - is a step away from a truly neutral system. HUG has extensively discussed amplifiers and the methods for seeking the most objectively neutral amongst a plethora of available product choices.

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 and pragmatism, HUG cannot be expected to be a place to discuss the selection, approval or endorsement of non-Harbeth system elements selected, knowingly or not, to create a significantly personalised 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.

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.

If faithfully reproducing the sound intended by the composer, score, conductor and musicians in your home and over Harbeth speakers is your audio dream, then understanding something of the issues likely to fulfill that intention is what this forum has been helping to do since 2006. Welcome!"

Feb. 2018
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Dangers of buying from unauthorised sources

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  • Dangers of buying from unauthorised sources

    We've all been tempted. The idea of saving a few pounds by buying something from someone/somewhere that we know shouldn't be selling it. But, be warned - there are serious repercussions which could turn the idea into a nightmare. Do not purchase Harbeth speakers without serial numbers!

    Please read this carefully:

    1) 100% of Harbeth speaker leave the factory with individual serial numbers on the rear panel and on the carton. Those serial numbers allow you to Register your speakers and for us to grant you Warranty.

    2) If the speakers have no serial number, they have been torn-off by the seller. There is ALWAYS a reason behind the removal of the serial numbers. Serial numbers do not remove themselves.

    3) Harbeth Authorised Sellers would not EVER tamper with our serial numbers, so whoever is selling does not want the speakers or their history to be exposed.

    4) Unfortunately, if there is no serial number, we cannot provide any after care at all. To provide any after care we or our Authorised Sellers must have the original, valid serial number to cross-check.

    5) Without a valid serial number it is not possible to for us to validate the original sales invoice from Harbeth to a Harbeth Authorised Seller, nor to validate that the speakers are in the country of original destination, nor to act on your behalf should you need after care; you will be entirely on your own.

    It is extremely foolhardy to purchase anonymous goods from unauthorised sellers - you are asking to be cheated and you most likely will be cheated. Don't put yourself at risk because neither Harbeth UK nor any of it's Authorised Agents can or will be able to help you.

    Someone is being cheated...
    Harbeth PR,
    Harbeth UK