"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, since deviations from a flat frequency response at any point along the signal chain from microphone to ear is likely to create an audible sonic personality in what you hear. That includes the contribution of the listening room itself. To accurately reproduce the recorded sound, as Harbeth speakers are designed to do, you would be 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 potentially will alter the sound balance of what you hear. This may or may not be what you wish to achieve, but on the face of it, any deviation from a flat response - and the frequency balance of tube amplifiers are usually influenced by their speaker load - is a step away from a truly neutral system. HUG has extensively discussed amplifiers and the methods for seeking the most objectively neutral amongst a plethora of available product choices.

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 and pragmatism, HUG cannot be expected to be a place to discuss the selection, approval or endorsement of non-Harbeth system elements selected, knowingly or not, to create a significantly personalised 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.

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.

If faithfully reproducing the sound intended by the composer, score, conductor and musicians in your home and over Harbeth speakers is your audio dream, then understanding something of the issues likely to fulfill that intention is what this forum has been helping to do since 2006. Welcome!"

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Harbeth Newsletter: No.73 March 2016

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  • Harbeth Newsletter: No.73 March 2016

    The April issue of Harbeth's regular newsletter has news of the brand's clean sweep at The Absolute Sound's Editors' Choice Awards 2016 in which EVERY model was awarded. More awards news comes from Stereophile where two Harbeth models are shortlisted by the internationally-respected magazine. The front cover is dominated by a lovely photograph of a Harbeth 5.1 system at the BBC's Elstree Studios, north of London.

    We've show news from Prague, Stuttgart, Melbourne, the upcoming High End in Munich which sees Harbeth welcoming arguably the world's greatest Garrard aficionado, and a dealer event in Berlin.

    Diary dates are for the forthcoming Guildford Audio show in the UK (9-10 April), Axpona in Chicago (15-17 April), Moscow's high-end event (14-17 April), the Cranage Hall event in Cheshire UK on 26 June, and two show in Melbourne, Austrailia on 1-3 July and 21-23 October.
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    Martina in England

    I recently met Martina Schoner in England. She was staying with a friend who works in the turntable world ( Garrard ) and he brought her along to a English Country Pub. I couldn't persuade her to try Real Ale, though.

    She has a very wide knowledge of the audio world and we spent an interesting
    evening with her. The Landlord was intrigued, as he had never met what he jokingly called a 'female audio anorak.' Little does he know...