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"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. Deviations from a flat frequency response at any point along the signal chain from microphone to ear is likely to give an audible sonic personality to the system at your ear; this includes the significant contribution of the listening room itself. To accurately reproduce the recorded sound as Harbeth speakers are designed to do, you would be best 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 will alter the sound balance of what you hear. This may or may not be what you wish to achieve, but any deviation from a flat response is a step away from a truly neutral system. HUG has extensively discussed amplifiers and the methods for seeking the most objectively neutral among a plethora of product choices.

HUG specialises in making complex technical matters simple to understand, getting at the repeatable facts in a post-truth environment where objectivity is increasingly ridiculed. With our heritage of natural sound and pragmatic design, HUG is not the best place to discuss non-Harbeth audio components selected, knowingly or not, to introduce a significantly personalised system 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. Our overall objective here is to empower readers to make the factually best procurement decisions in the interests of lifelike music at home.

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. Always keep in mind that without basic test equipment, subjective opinions will reign unchallenged. With test equipment, universal facts and truths are exposed.

If some of the science behind faithfully reproducing the sound intended by the composer, score, conductor and musicians over Harbeth speakers is your thing, this forum has been helping with that since 2006. If you just want to share your opinions and photos with others then the unrelated Harbeth Speakers Facebook page http://bit.ly/2FEgoAy may be for you. Either way, welcome to the world of Harbeth!"


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How to find cd's recommended by forum members

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    I'm not sure if I wrote this before, but I just added another "Recommended Album" to this forum. Maybe go over there to see what I've put down so far...and add something of your own? OK "possums"? That's what the endearing Dame Edna of BBC fame calls people, "possums"! Maybe check her out on netflix and/or wikipedia?

    As for "where to find the list of recommended albums" here it is: 1) AFTER THE MAIN HOME HARBETH WEB PAGE comes into view, 2) GO TO "USER GROUP", 3) ...... the BLACK LINKS are on the LEFT SIDE of the web page.....4) CLICK ON ONE OF THE SUBTOPICS in the user group TO BRING UP THE BLACK LINKS THAT WILL NOW APPEAR NEAR THE TOP OF THE WEB PAGE..... ------- 5) IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BLACK LINKS ON THE TOP OF THE PAGE......CLICK ON "COMMUNITY", ------6) THEN ON THE DROP DOWN MENU THAT WILL APPEAR AFTER CLICKING ON "CO,MMUNITY" .......CLICK ON "ALBUMS".....AND voila!, all my lovely recommended albums will appear like magic! :o) You can then see what I've put there....plus you can add your own to share YOUR VAST KNOWLEDGE with all the rest of us who may be less enlightened than yourself! :o) Have fun with it....I did......it's a marvelous feature of this website!
    Cheers, John Boland boland7214 at aol PS: Maybe after you find the "Albums" webpage let me know that you found it? Thanks. PPS: AS I JUST NOTICED, IF YOU ARE READING THIS ON "THE USER GROUP" JUST GRAVITATE TO THE TOP OF THIS...OF THIS...PAGE..AND YOU'LL SEE "COMMUNITY". CLICK ON "COMMUNITY" AND THEN "ALBUMS".

    NOTE TO MODERATOR AND ANYONE ELSE: I JUST FOUND OUT THAT NON-MEMBERS CANNOT GO TO "COMMUNITY". THUS THEY CANNOT SEE MY LOVELY LIST OF "RECOMMENDED CD'S". THIS IS NOT GOOD! HARBETH COULD MAKE MANY MANY FRIENDS IF THEY FIXED THIS SITUATION SO THAT ALL MUSIC LOVERS COMING TO THE "USER GROUP" WEBSITE, EVEN IF NOT SIGNED IN AS A MEMBER, IF ALL OF 'EM COULD GET TO "RECOMMENDED CD'S". CAN YOU PLEASE FIX THIS PROBLEM APPRECIATED...THANKS...JOHN BOLAND Also.....if you send me your email address I can send you my photos from my hard drive of all 16 or so CD covers...boland7214 at aol dot com

    BOLAND'S LIST OF RECOMMENDED ALBUMS....NO PICTURES...SORRY! :o) You have to sign up as a "member" (it's FREEEEEE) to see the pictures of the albums. All of these "lovlies" can be found on amazon:

    "AFTER THE BALL" AND HIGHLIGHTS FROM "VAUDEVILLE


    Mahler: Symphonies 1-10, Das Lied von der Erde Box Set---Gary Bertini


    IOLANTHE---GILBERT AND SULLIVAN MASTERPIECE


    THE MERRY WIDOW--SADLERS WELLS COMPANY ---JUNE BRONHILL


    WAGNER WITHOUT WORDS


    CALL ME --- HANS THEESSINK


    BRUCKER SYPHONIE #9---Carlo Maria Giulini


    Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1 / Saint-Saens: Violin Concerto No. 3


    Ketelbey: In a Persian Market; In a Monastery Garden; In a Chinese Temple Garden [Import]


    Ian and Sylvia-- No Time For Dreaming


    Puccini: Madame Butterfly with Victoria De Los Angeles and Jussi Bjorling


    Beethoven: 9 Symphonies (1963) by Herbert Von Karajan--original recording reissued.


    The Kingston Trio


    Elgar Cello Concerto---Jacqueline DuPres


    "Johann Strauss II--The Complete Orchestral Edition"


    Mozart Flute Quartets


    40 Famous Marches
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