"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. Deviations from a flat frequency response at any point along the signal chain from microphone to ear is likely to give an audible sonic personality to the system at your ear; this includes the significant contribution of the listening room itself. To accurately reproduce the recorded sound as Harbeth speakers are designed to do, you would be best 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 will alter the sound balance of what you hear. This may or may not be what you wish to achieve, but any deviation from a flat response is a step away from a truly neutral system. HUG has extensively discussed amplifiers and the methods for seeking the most objectively neutral among a plethora of product choices.

HUG specialises in making complex technical matters simple to understand, getting at the repeatable facts in a post-truth environment where objectivity is increasingly ridiculed. With our heritage of natural sound and pragmatic design, HUG is not the best place to discuss non-Harbeth audio components selected, knowingly or not, to introduce a significantly personalised system 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. Our overall objective here is to empower readers to make the factually best procurement decisions in the interests of lifelike music at home.

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. Always keep in mind that without basic test equipment, subjective opinions will reign unchallenged. With test equipment, universal facts and truths are exposed.

If some of the science behind faithfully reproducing the sound intended by the composer, score, conductor and musicians over Harbeth speakers is your thing, this forum has been helping with that since 2006. If you just want to share your opinions and photos with others then the unrelated Harbeth Speakers Facebook page may be for you. Either way, welcome to the world of Harbeth!"

Feb. 2018
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On-line Registration of your Harbeth speakers

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  • A.S.
    started a topic On-line Registration of your Harbeth speakers

    On-line Registration of your Harbeth speakers

    The new Harbeth web site contains a section here where you can Register your Harbeth speakers. You can register them if you are the first (original) owner, or if you are the subsequent owner; you can register your Harbeths even if they are many years old and the information will stay with them like a passport through their entire life - which is normally twenty or more years.

    We strongly encourage you to Register. It gives us great pride knowing where our speakers are being used. To Register, you will need to fully complete the Registration form, after which your speakers will be logged on our database. If you relocate to a new area please be sure to re-register.

    Important - please note:

    Certain countries (China, Taiwan etc.) supply local-language Registration cards with the speakers. Please always complete and return that printed local Warranty card to the official Harbeth Distributor in your country to be sure that you activate the local Warranty. You are welcome to register your Harbeths with us on-line too.

  • A.S.
    Re: On-line Registration of your Harbeth speakers

    Our original intention was to list all current models. However, you make a very reasonable point - we should list all previous models, although, of course, this does not change the expired Warranty position on these, but it may allow us to discount spare parts if needed.

    I've put in hand a plan to have those additional models listed. Please wait for a couple of days.

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    Re: On-line Registration of your Harbeth speakers

    Please add more models to the model drop down menu. I cannot register my ES-2.

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