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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General questions regarding Harbeth line-up

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  • General questions regarding Harbeth line-up

    High to all,

    I am new to this forum but I have some background going back to the early 70s with BBC and related vendors like KEF, Spendor and Rogers.

    I have some general questions:

    The P3ESR seems to be the domestic version of the 20.1 which is a successor of the LS3/5?

    The 30.1 is available as domestic and studio version as LS5/9 successor? Is the driver the same as the midrange driver in the 40.2?

    How does the C7ES-3 fit in? Is the C7ES-3 a 30.1 with a larger enclosure or is the driver a different one as used in the SHL5 plus with another tweeter?

    The SHL5 plus seems to be a LS3/6 successor. Why is there no studio version around?

    The 40.X series as domestic and studio are positioned as LS5/8 successor, but it is a 3 way construction like the LS5/5. Is it a LS5/5 successor as well?

    Last question: Is there a particular reason why the drivers of the C7ES-3 and SHL5 plus are front mounted?

    Many questions, but I would appreciate to find the right positioning for these speakers.

    Thank you very much in advance