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!"

Jan. 2018
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Are all new Harbeths Anniversary versions?

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  • Are all new Harbeths Anniversary versions?

    I just got my new Eucalyptus SHL5, (gorgeous wood BTW) I was told by the US importer that they were just received by them (fresh shipment from the UK) Anyway to my most assuredly very happy surprise right on the back is a plaque that says 30 Anniversary, Alan's signature, OFC wire etc.. So I was just wondering are all Harbeths still anniversary, did I get a NOS pair or what? Just wondering.

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    Hellooo.. anyone.... Bueller, Bueller???


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      According to distributors orders

      Originally posted by ErikM View Post
      ... So I was just wondering are all Harbeths still anniversary, did I get a NOS pair or what? Just wondering.
      Harbeth production is fully booked till 2012 so please be rest assured that you won't find any NOS. I bought non anniversary series of SHL5 because I couldn't wait for months for the anniversary edition. The best way to enjoy your Harbeth is to stop wondering about it and enjoy the music.


      {Moderator's comment: I thought I made it clear enough in my previous comment and I repeat .... 'different market, different price and maybe different spec (such as Anniversary editions) according to what the distributor orders from us. Simple as that.}