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HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts

INTRODUCTION- PLEASE READ FIRST TO UNDERSTAND THIS FORUM!

"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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My thanks to Harbeth

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  • My thanks to Harbeth

    I haven't even received my new SHL5's yet, but I felt it appropriate to post a thank you to Harbeth who couldn't have been more helpful when I called yesterday for a chat to sort out a few queries before placing my order. It was (Production Manager) Andy I spoke to. Despite being undoubtedly busy, time was still taken to describe the finishes available and to give advice on which might suit my requirements plus some advice on a speaker/room match.

    As someone who also runs a (small) audio related business, I was impressed by the friendliness and helpfulness of Harbeth, and you have made another convert. Its so refreshing to find that these important aspects of customer service are alive and kicking and in my experience seem especially healthy within the UK based audio industry. I have also been very impressed with the down to earth and honest common sense approach that Alan Shaw brings to loudspeaker design. It's a breath of fresh air to find a loudspeaker manufacturer that isn't 90% marketing and 10% substance!

    I very much look forward to my pairing of Croft amplification and Harbeth loudspeakers.
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