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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.27 February 2012

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  • Harbeth Newsletter: No.27 February 2012

    Hello, and welcome to an anniversary year of Harbeth Newsletters.

    Issue 27 contains the usual mix of news from the factory and the international Harbeth family. Read about a major (and literal! breakthrough) on the production line, how our speakers keep-on winning awards, Alan spills the beans to Far East audiophiles, and we take the first of many looks through the archive to reveal some gems as Harbeth marks its 35th birthday.

    Happy reading.
    Attached Files
    Harbeth PR,
    Harbeth UK

  • #2
    Newsletter problem?

    The newsletter appeared to download normally here, but opening the pdf produced an empty page. I repeated the download and the same thing happened.


    {Moderator's comment: Alan and I just checked it on his/my home PC and it seems OK here. Opens immediately in Acrobat. Any other problems?}


    • #3

      The Newsletter does not open here either. Says Adobe has problem and can't configure.


      {Moderator's comment: don't know what to say. It's OK here on four PCs}


      • #4
        Exact same experience as Skylan for me.


        • #5
          Works OK on my PC.


          • #6
            Old version

            If you can't read it then you are using an out-of-date Acrobat reader or a non-compliant Acrobat reader. We have no problem opening with the official Adobe free reader which you should be using for security reasons on your computer.

            Download Adobe Reader here and make sure you keep it fully patched and up to date. Updates are issued every week or two.

            For you, here is a backwards compatible version of the PDF Newsletter 27 attached...
            Attached Files


            • #7
              OK here

              No problem on my PC as well. And as usual, an excellent read. Good to hear that the C7ES3 is still topping the charts in Japan.


              • #8
                OK ipad/laptop

                Ok with IPad and laptop.



                • #9
                  Galaxy OK

                  No issue with my Samsung galaxy SII download.
                  "Bath with Music"


                  • #10

                    No problems for me.



                    • #11
                      Adobe OK

                      No problems here, adobe fully updated


                      • #12
                        Backwards compatible OK

                        The Backwards version of the PDF works really good, how did you know that i can be sometimes a Backwards kinda guy? :-)


                        {Moderator's comment: Please confirm which exact version of Acrobat reader you are using. Thank you.}


                        • #13
                          My obsolete Acrobat V8

                          Actually I am apparently using an outdated version, 8.3.1 Normally I get prompted with auto updates but haven't had a few lately. Will just have to go directly to the Acrobat site and update.


                          {Moderator's comment: Version 8? You are exposing yourself to a serious security hole there! CAn we no remove the backwards compatible version of NL 27?}


                          • #14
                            Nl 27

                            Great newsletter - another big year for Harbeth. Looking forward to more info from the archives...


                            • #15
                              Happy 35th!

                              Fun newsletter as always...Happy 35th!