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!"

Jan. 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!