HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts

The Harbeth User Group is the primary channel for public communication with Harbeth's HQ. If you have a 'scientific mind' and are curious about how the ear works, how it can lead us to make the right - and wrong - audio equipment decisions, and about the technical ins and outs of audio equipment, how it's designed and what choices the designer makes, then the factual Science of Audio sub-forum area of HUG is your place. The objective methods of comparing audio equipment under controlled conditions has been thoroughly examined here on HUG and elsewhere and should be accessible to non-experts and able to be tried-out at home without deep technical knowledge. From a design perspective, today's award winning Harbeths could not have been designed any other way.

Alternatively, if you just like chatting about audio and subjectivity rules for you, then the Subjective Soundings area is you. If you are quite set in your subjectivity, then HUG is likely to be a bit too fact based for you, as many of the contributors have maximised their pleasure in home music reproduction by allowing their head to rule their heart. If upon examination we think that Posts are better suited to one sub-forum than than the other, they will be redirected during Moderation, which is applied throughout the site.

Questions and Posts about, for example, 'does amplifier A sounds better than amplifier B' or 'which speaker stands or cables are best' are suitable for the Subjective Soundings area only, although HUG is really not the best place to have these sort of purely subjective airings.

The Moderators' decision is final in all matters and Harbeth does not necessarily agree with the contents of any member contributions, especially in the Subjective Soundings area, and has no control over external content.

That's it! Enjoy!

{Updated Oct. 2017}
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My gratitude to Harbeth: Compact 7ES3

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  • My gratitude to Harbeth: Compact 7ES3

    I've owned many brands of speakers. I was recently on a forum looking for a tube amplifier to cure a case of listener fatigue from huge horn speakers. I found a good used tube amplifier and explained to the seller that I wanted a tube setup to smooth away the piercing sound from my horns. At his disadvantage, the seller told me the truth; that my problem was with my speakers. He recommended Harbeth 7ES-3s. Since he was selling a tube amplifier, he was actually being hurt by his honesty. Well, I trusted him and purchased a pair of Harbeth 7ES-3s. I have never heard such beautiful sound from any other speaker in my entire life.

    Even my eighteen year old son, with his huge Klipsch Fortes that shake the house from bass, was in awe when he heard my speakers. The first thing out of his mouth was, "can I have them?" The Harbeths immediately make the listener feel like the musicians are in the room. They don't have to pound one over the head with exaggerated highs or lows. It appears to me that they were made for people with highly refined taste. They have a sweetness and realism that I have not experienced with any other speaker. And I've been through plenty.

    Thank you Harbeth. You have a customer for life.