"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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2017 - Harbeth's 40th Anniversary

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  • 2017 - Harbeth's 40th Anniversary

    Well, here we are now in 2017. Forty years since Dudley Harwood retired from the BBC and created the Harbeth brand. In planning various events for the year ahead we are aware of how the world has changed this millenium, and of the uncertainty that has crept into so many lives. One thing we can be sure of is the constancy of good music delivered over fine equipment in the relative security of ones home. It's a private world of our own creation. We can spend as much or as little as we like on replay equipment - the important thing is the ability of music to soothe, excite and engage. Long may it have that positive power. This could be a golden age for home audio.

    The plans that we have for 2017 have been conceived inside Harbeth HQ as a recogniotion of what this brand has achieved over the last 40 years in bringing great sound to tens of thousands of homes around the world. We recognise that not only we, but you our customers, want to be part of this Anniversary. So we're going to make available memorable products keyed to our 40th. Yes, the standard products will continue to be available at their usual fantastic value for money, so you have a choice. It's entirely up to you.

    Information will start to roll-out over the next days and weeks, but suffice to say that when we made our plans known to our distributors just before we closed for the Christmas holiday, the response in pre-booked new orders proved that the trade believes in our strategy. This is set to be a very special year for us all.

    Peace, a contented 2017 to all Harbeth users and HUG members from the Harbeth UK team.
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK

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    I wish successful 40th Anniversary Year to Harbeth.I would like to thank you all achievement and wish you to be able to produce the wonderful Harbeth speakers so many more years.I wish you and all HUG members Happy New Year.


    • #3
      It would be interesting to try a get together some very early Harbeth speakers as part of the Anniversary. I had an early pair of HL monitors a while ago.
      Sadly now gone. Perhaps some early ML monitors. Someone must have a pair...

      I assume Harbeth holds examples of early models.