"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!"

Feb. 2018
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Belated 'thank yous' to the Harbeth team

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  • Belated 'thank yous' to the Harbeth team

    It has been my great pleasure recently to purchase a beautiful pair of SHL 5 speakers, and I thought that I should give a public airing to thank a few people with whom I had dealings while purchasing my speakers. By way of clarification, I live in Australia, which does not, as yet, have a Harbeth distributor. This obviously makes auditioning these wonderful speakers very difficult, and so my first thank you goes to Mr Jimmy Goh, who owns (or runs) a shop in the wonderful Adelphi Centre in Singapore. He was kind enough to let me listen to 3 different models on a recent stopover via Singapore and when I explained that I lived in Australia, informed me that I could approach Harbeth directly to make my purchase. How kind and selfless of him - he is a credit to the Harbeth distributorship.

    The second person I would like to publicly thank is Mr Andy Sinden of Harbeth, who went out of his way to help me, even to sharing my angst when the 2 speakers became separated by UPS!!! One would have imagined that it was his children that he was sending me. So, thank you very much for your help, too, Andy.

    Finally, Noel Nolan of Skylan was wonderfully helpful when I purchased my stands from him, even including a few freebies to soften the blow of the shipping charges downunder. This has without a doubt been one of the simplest purchases I have made (and my long-suffering wife will attest to the fact that I have made a lot of these over the years!).

    Finally, am I happy with my purchase?? Most assuredly!!!! I have spent more time in the company of my music system in the last 4 weeks than in the preceding year. I have hardly even played any golf (and I live on 2 golf courses!!!) so thank you to all at Harbeth for what you have made.

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    Congratulations on purchasing one of the finest electro-acoustic transducers ever made, nochblian!

    Andy Sinden is a true gentleman. The people at Harbeth are helpful & then some. This makes the Harbeth experience complete and results in even greater pride of ownership.

    Happy listening!