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"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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Increasing costs and our prices ....

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  • Increasing costs and our prices ....

    We're sorry to have to report this but Harbeth is facing significant material costs during 2007-8 rises after many years of relatively stable costs which allowed our (UK) selling prices to have been fixed for two years. As fuel and transport costs have escalated we declined to pass these on as we anticipated that they would fall again as fuel prices dropped back. Costs have not reverted. We have become more aggressive with our suppliers but as a small company there is a limit to how pushy we can be with suppliers before incoming material quality deteriorates. I'm sorry to advise then that we must reluctantly pass on about 3.5% cost increase and have a new price list effective 1 December 08.

    This level of cost increase does not fully cover the actual cost increase but we feel is the limit of what we can hope to ask for in the present circumstances. As Alan has said, we are here for the long run and even this small adjustment definitely helps us. Thank you for your understanding. Harbeth remains the best value long term speaker investment you can make with a very long service life.
    Harbeth PR,
    Harbeth UK

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    Re: Increasing costs and our prices ....

    I'd like to add something to this. We've considered this cost issue for months now. Not only do we have the rising cost of materials but of currency devaluation. In the summer, we were buying essential materials at a ?1 = $2 (one UK pound equals two US dollar). Today, ? = $1.48. That means we are having to pay about 35% more for critical materials now compared with during last summer.

    As I was not willing under any circumstances to cut quality to cut price, as I watched the UK pound weaken through the Autumn I decided to order, pre-pay and stock-up on at least one year's worth of critical material parts. That included the specialist steel parts in our drive unit magnets. The cost increase in steel alone is shocking. Most of the ordered stockpile has just arrived, some parts are still at sea. This stockpile gives us a cost-buffer. Perhaps we are unique in having the willingness and ability to lay out our own money in long-range financial commitments to insulate our prospective customers from severe cost increases.

    The weak pound does have the advantage that it stimulates export sales though. I really hope that our overseas customers will benefit from the weakness of the British Pound whilst the good times (for consumers) last.
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK

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