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INTRODUCTION - PLEASE READ FIRST TO UNDERSTAND THIS FORUM!

"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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A selection of new HUG member profiles (anonymous)

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  • A selection of new HUG member profiles (anonymous)

    The Harbeth User Group attracts and welcomes interesting and thoughtful members. Every application is run-through a human check and 99% are welcomed. Sometimes the new member's application profile contains a comment of wide appeal. Here are a few selections of new members, anonymously.

    A journey from 'music lover to audiophile to audiofool ...'

    I have been a Musician till 1991 that is when I got married :-) After that I have been listening to more music and playing less. I have moved from Music lover to Audiophile then to Audiofool and now come a full circle to Music Lover where I crave the sound of real music. I currently own the [deleted] Speakers and while they are very good, I am looking out for a more organic sound.

    When I came to know that Harbeth has come to [my country] my somewhat dead passion woke up again. While not impressed with my first audition of the Harbeths in 2004, the second audition at the same place with the same music just kinda surprised me. Since then I have been wanting to own a Harbeth.

    I need this membership so that I can make the correct informed choice about which Harbeth I need to buy since auditions are a rarity here. Finally, after investing in exotic cables, amps etc. I am looking forward to just buying a speaker that will kill the need for upgradation and just make music.
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