HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts


"This Harbeth User Group (HUG) is the Manufacturer's own managed forum dedicated to natural sound, realisable by controlling the confounding variables between tthe microphone and the listeners' ears.

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. To reproduce the sounds captured by the recording microphones, as Harbeth speakers are designed to do, you would naturally select system components (sources, electronics, cables and so on) that do not color the sound before it reaches the speakers.

Identifying components for their system neutrality should, logically, start with the interpretation and analysis of their technical, objective performance, as any and every deviation from a measurably flat frequency response at any point along the serial chain from microphone to ear is very likely to cause the total system to have an audible sonic personality. That includes the contribution of the listening room itself.

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, HUG cannot be really be expected to guide in the selection, approval, endorsement or even discussion of equipment that is intend to introduce a significantly personalised sound to the audio signal chain. 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 electronics offered there. There is no on-line substitute for that time investment in a dealer's showroom.

If you desire to intentionally tune your system sound to your personal taste, please consider carefully how much you should rely upon 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, listening loudness and listening room treatment, not necessarily leading to appropriate equipment selection and listening satisfaction for you.

Alternatively, if faithfully reproducing the sound intended by the composer, score, conductor and musicians over your speakers is your audio dream, then understanding something of the issues likely to fulfill that objective is what this forum has been helping with since 2006. Welcome!"

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Comment from "X Factor" Live Transmissions at the Fountain Studios-October 2010-London

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  • Comment from "X Factor" Live Transmissions at the Fountain Studios-October 2010-London

    Last week a highly respected American record producer is listening to the M40.1 Harbeth speakers in the sound gallery, turns to me and says, "Where's the sub?"

    Well done Harbeth, quite simply the best-sounding monitoring speakers I've used in 35 years of broadcast audio.

    Robert Edwards
    (Sound Director for X Factor program, London)

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    Bass when its needed ....

    Originally posted by redwards View Post
    a highly respected American record producer is listening to the M40.1 ..."Where's the sub?"
    I am not surprised by this. I suspect that the average hi-fi listener expects more really heavy/deep bass than actually exists, hence the large number of typical home installations that sound truly awful with excessive, thumpy & tuneless bass.

    Once you get away from modern electronica and obvious stuff like 32' organ stops, there really isn't too much massive bass out there. It seems very easy to get into a mindset where you believe that big bass should be apparent in most music, most of the time and subs are frequently "dialled-in" in support of this mistaken assumption, with dire results.

    Good, natural bass as presented by the 40.1 is far more subtle and tuneful, yet very present when the programme material truly demands.