HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts


"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.18, October 2009

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  • Harbeth Newsletter: No.18, October 2009

    Harbeth Newsletter: No.18, October 2009

    Our latest newsletter details how the new series of ITV's cult show The X Factor will be mixed and broadcast on a set of Harbeth monitors in their new 5.1 HD surround studio in west London..... M40.1s at the front, an M30 for the centre channel, and a pair of M20s at the rear. Short video clip of the control room will be uploaded soon.

    Further pro' endorsement this month comes from a TV post production house which has been using P3ESRs to make trailers.

    Overseas news comes from Norway where Harbeth stole the show at a high end event, and Hong Kong where Alan Shaw met the Harbeth fan club.

    Happy reading.
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    Harbeth PR,
    Harbeth UK

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    Harbeth 5.1 system - video now available

    He is a short video we made at the X-factor studios showing off their new Harbeth 5.1 system - and Alan talks with highly respected sound engineer Robert Edwards. This is a big file, but it streams directly to your PC.

    You'll see Robert's name in the credits of big budget TV shows - he's at the very top of his game.

    The video is here - look for the icon and text "Click here ..."
    Harbeth PR,
    Harbeth UK