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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!"

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Harbeth Newsletter: No.25 October 2011 "Expansion, growth and restoration"

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  • Harbeth Newsletter: No.25 October 2011 "Expansion, growth and restoration"

    Catching up on all the recent Harbeth news has taken time - but hopefully it will have been worth the wait. We have five pages of colourful stories from the Harbeth community around the world for you in the latest Newsletter - number 25.

    Among the features is news of the expansion of Harbeth's HQ, fascinating tales of how earthquake damaged speakers in Japan were lovingly restored, putting surround sound loudspeakers in BBC Television Centre, Harbeth at the Zagreb hi-fi show, welcoming overseas VIPs to the factory, and one delighted Dutch customer who's been saved by 'anti-marketing'.

    Please keep your stories coming for the next issue which is already underway.
    Attached Files
    Harbeth PR,
    Harbeth UK

  • #2
    Great newsletter!

    Congrats on the expansion, great historical pics of Alan! That was a beautiful story on the repair of the Harbeths in Japan - really nice to see.


    • #3
      Very nice! Where can one find the previous 24 newsletters?

      {Moderator's comment: all on the website!}


      • #4
        Great! Thanks Mike for the thumbs up! ;)


        • #5
          Enjoyed n/letter

          Well done newsletter. I enjoyed it very much.