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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. 23, November 2010 "Trip of a lifetime"

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  • Harbeth Newsletter: No. 23, November 2010 "Trip of a lifetime"

    With apologies for the delay, but we are now back up and running with the Harbeth Newsletter, in a fresher format.

    First, to get back into the swing I'd like to record my extended Far East trip earlier this year which resulted from the Icelandic volcano .... and then we'll return to the regular format from the next edition. I've also created an on-line photo album (link in the Newsletter) where there are even more pictures.

    I hope you enjoy Newsletter 23 - I had a terrific time abroad meeting old and new friends. Here it is.

    With the freezing cold temperatures in the UK believe me, I wish I were back there right now!

    UPDATE: Sept. 2011 this newsletter link repaired
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK

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    Once in a lifetime experience for all

    Originally posted by A.S. View Post
    ..First, to get back into the swing I'd like to record my extended Far East trip earlier this year which resulted from the Icelandic volcano ....
    Yes! We need mother nature to move the earth for Alan to make time to meet his fans. Your KL talk was certainly once in a lifetime experience for us. Not the usual demo of speakers like other manufactures do but your ability to stand before a crowd and answer all questions based on established engineering principles. Unlike others who usually avoid difficult questions or take a quick exit after a talk Alan continued to engage with the audience on a one to one basis.

    It was great having you here.



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      Alan in Singapore

      It was great meeting up with Alan at CD Acoustic, Singapore's Harbeth AD. I can still recall parts of Alan's speech which was both engaging & humourous. Hope to see you again in Singapore Alan.


      • #4
        Corrupt link?

        Any chance or repairing this link?

        (I'm looking at old newsletters re purchase of P3ESRs.)