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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.

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Is what I write below "thrifty" - will save you money?

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  • Is what I write below "thrifty" - will save you money?

    Perhaps like yourself, I am lucky enough to have both a living room area and a bedroom area, living room downstairs and bedroom upstairs, that are each large enough for an audio system. Sometimes I like to listen alone in my bedroom in a large chair I have in there.....and sometimes, though less often, I like to listen in my living room with people around so that the system can be heard and the music shared all over the house! I suppose I could simply carry a small radio around the house but if I want "impressive sound" (I do like to impress people!) I need TWO systems...one upstairs in my bedroom and one downstairs in the living room. But, the sad fact is that buying TWO COMPLETE SYSTEMS can be a bit costly. And, as Benjamin Franklin wrote: "A penny saved is a penny earned."

    In the past, before buying my Harbeth P3 Speakers, I had TWO PAIRS of LARGE FLOORSTANDING SPEAKERS---one pair upstairs and one pair downstairn. My last pair included two QUAD 22L2's and two Gallo 3.1 Reference Speakers. Before I found out about the Harbeth P3, I was always wanting large floorstanding speakers.

    But now, with the Harbeth P3 Speaker, I may SELL both my QUAD 22L2's and my Gallow 3.1's and do the following: 1) keep my upstairs and downstairs amps and CD Players, 2) Sell my QUAD 22L2's and Gallo 3.1's, 3) Buy TWO Eminent Technology Subwoofers ----one for each Harbeth P3 at about $285 each, and 4) Buy TWO pairs of nice looking black speaker STANDS. Thus I will still have "two systems"...one for the bedroom upstairs and one for my living room downstairs...BUT, WITH THE SMALL P3'S THAT ARE SMALL AND PORTABLE I CAN MOVE THE SPEAKERS BOTH UPSTAIRS TO LISTEN ALONE....AND WHEN I WANT TO IMPRESS PEOPLE DOWNSTAIRS I CAN CARRY THEM, ONE AT A TIME, DOWNSTAIRS AND PLACE THEM ON THE EMPTY 2ND PAIR OF SPEAKER STANDS. SO ALL I NEED TO DO TO USE ONE PAIR OF SPEAKERS FOR BOTH SYSTEMS IS TO CARRY THE SMALL AND LIGHT P3 SPEAKERS EITHER UPSTAIRS OR DOWNSTAIRS, PLACE THEM ON EITHER OF THE TWO PAIRS OF STANDS, AND PLUG THE BANANA PLUGS OF THE SPEAKER CABLE INTO THE REAR OF EACH OF THE SINGLE PAIR OF HARBETH P3 SPEAKERS. VOILA!

    I HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO PLAY MUSIC BOTH UPSTAIRS AND DOWNSTAIRS BUT I NEED TO PURCHASE ONLY ONE PAIR OF HARBETH P3'S because they have the big advantage of being SMALL AND LIGHT AND PORTABLE! The small size and weight becomes a marked advantage!

    Thus I will get maximum usage from the Harbeth P3's! I won't have, as in the past, one pair of speakers upstairs that is used frequently and one pair of speakers languishing downstairs that is used less often. I will only have to buy 2 subwoofers and two pairs of stands (relatively low cost) and avoid buying another pair of expensive speakers!

    The Harbeth Speaker Company will benefit because, even though I might not buy another pair of speakers from them for a while, quite a few people will be exposed to their speakers in my house. When the people in the house hear the beauty of The Harbeth P3 with a subwoofer, this very well might encourage them to buy their own pair for their house. When they ask me, "What is the name of those lovely little but big sounding speakers?" I can tell them, "Those are Harbeth Speakers made in a country village in The South of England!" I THINK they will be impressed! :o)

    John Boland, USA
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