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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    Dear Alan

    I have been planning to put together a hi-fi music for many years (things like children and house renovations got in the way...) but I have finally got around to it. I had no real idea what speakers to go for, other than being aware that good speakers were to be a central requirement, and was initially planning to build a pair from one of the high-quality kits available. Then I found a pair for sale called 'Harbeth'. A little research revealed not only the universally reported exceptional qualities of the speaker but the dedication and single-mindedness of the man behind them. I now own a pair of HL5's, which appear to be in very good condition, apart from the back panel having been drilled for mounting bolts. The back nuts and washers were still rattling around inside the speakers, which gave me an excuse to remove the panels.

    As soon as I saw the brass screw cups set into the panel I knew they had been built with integrity and care. The insides are in perfect condition, and I re-attached some sections of loose foam wadding. I closed the bolt holes with tight-fitting plastic grommets and polished the cabinets. I am waiting for delivery of my amp, which is a low-powered valve amp. I am seeking clear, fatigue-free listening at moderately low levels. I really appreciate the valuable resource of good, solid, engineering-based advice available on this site. There is complete dedication to the excellence of the product and a complete absence of 'audiophile flannel', and from reading Alan's numerous posts I feel that the whole subject has been very much de-mystified for me - thank you to Harbeth for that.

    I would like to trace the history of my speakers (Black Ash, 5467B and 5470B). I seem to have two right-hand speakers albeit quite close together in manufacture, which is a bit of a mystery and I am hoping Harbeth can shed some light on this. I wonder where the 5647A and 5470A speakers are? Or am I mis-reading the serial numbers? Could you also tell me the date of manufacture, and type of cone material?

    I am also hoping to replace the foam grills, which are rather misshapen from incorrect storage I would guess.I have no doubt that I will eventually progress onto a new pair, but will report on my experiences when I have my system working.

    Many thanks Alan
    John Cooper