HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts


"This Harbeth User Group (HUG) is the Manufacturer's own managed forum dedicated to natural sound, realisable by controlling the confounding variables between tthe microphone and the listeners' ears.

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. To reproduce the sounds captured by the recording microphones, as Harbeth speakers are designed to do, you would naturally select system components (sources, electronics, cables and so on) that do not color the sound before it reaches the speakers.

Identifying components for their system neutrality should, logically, start with the interpretation and analysis of their technical, objective performance, as any and every deviation from a measurably flat frequency response at any point along the serial chain from microphone to ear is very likely to cause the total system to have an audible sonic personality. That includes the contribution of the listening room itself.

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, HUG cannot be really be expected to guide in the selection, approval, endorsement or even discussion of equipment that is intend to introduce a significantly personalised sound to the audio signal chain. 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 electronics offered there. There is no on-line substitute for that time investment in a dealer's showroom.

If you desire to intentionally tune your system sound to your personal taste, please consider carefully how much you should rely upon 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, listening loudness and listening room treatment, not necessarily leading to appropriate equipment selection and listening satisfaction for you.

Alternatively, if faithfully reproducing the sound intended by the composer, score, conductor and musicians over your speakers is your audio dream, then understanding something of the issues likely to fulfill that objective is what this forum has been helping with since 2006. Welcome!"

Jan. 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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