"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!"

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Home demo please in Vienna (Austria)? Thank you!

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  • Home demo please in Vienna (Austria)? Thank you!


    I'm just new, my first post here.
    I live in Vienna (Austria) and I'd like to listen in particular the Monitor 30/30.1 or C7ES3 but any Harbeth model would be welcome.
    I'm 40, audiophile since I was 14. I'm an IT professional, fair person, family man.

    Does anybody can offer me one hour of listening in Vienna? It seems that there's no distributor at the moment in Vienna.
    I would bring drinks.

    I've submitted to Mr Andy Sinden (Harbeth Production Manager) this idea to post on the forum a request for invitation and he approved the idea.
    Thanks in advance to all the "vibrating" souls that might be ready to help me.

    Last edited by dgitmaster; 28-11-2013, 05:42 AM. Reason: more about me

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    No users?

    More than one year later and I did not get a single reply...
    No luck or no Harbeth owners in Vienna?


    • #3
      Harbeth in Hungary?

      I know some people from Hungarian avx forum. If you like maybe I can ask him regarding Harbeth M30.1 demo. This is private person not Hi-Fi Shop.

      Unfortunately no Harbeth dealer in Hungary.


      • #4
        A call to Harbeth users in Vienna

        It is a shame you have not got any positive response(s). Maybe there are not enough Harbeth users in Vienna, or they are not tuned in to HUG to pick up on your request. Maybe your reminder in this thread may help, i hope so.


        • #5
          Come to England! Welcome

          You could have a day out in the UK - I am 20 minutes from Stansted airport.