"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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Summer of Sound Competition Announcement!

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  • Summer of Sound Competition Announcement!

    Good afternoon HUG!

    I'm delighted to announce details of our Summer of Sound competition for young music makers. Please see details below -

    Calling all music creators! Are you or do you know a young, talented and enthusiastic music-maker who would love the chance of owning a pair of Harbeth speakers? We are running a competition to win a pair of our speakers this summer.

    Entrants must submit an original piece of music, in any genre, that showcases a wide frequency and dynamic range and incorporates interesting and unusual sounds. Entrants must also document their process on social media using Twitter and/or Instagram using #HarbethSummerofSound.

    1st prize - One pair of SHL5plus speakers

    2nd prize - One pair of M30.1 speakers

    3rd prize - One pair of P3ESR speakers

    To enter, email your name, age, details of your Twitter and/or Instagram handle/s plus a brief bio about yourself to Your final audio file and a brief description about what inspired you should be sent via WeTransfer to the same email address above. Closing date - 27th August 2017. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 5th September 2017.

    T&Cs: Entrants must be aged between 16-24 and those under 18 years of age must have the permission of a parent or guardian to enter. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter feeds as well as our website for more details.

    To enter, participants must submit an original piece of music that showcases a wide dynamic range and includes some use of interesting and unusual sounds. Songs will be judged equally on originality, melody and composition, as well as the entrants creative use of social media to document their process and share their inspiration behind the music. When sharing details about the project applicants should use #HarbethSummerofSound.
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    Emma Smith
    Brand Manager
    Harbeth Audio UK