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"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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C7 or P3 affixed to a wall?

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  • C7 or P3 affixed to a wall?

    I'm interested in Harbeth Loudspeakers and have been reading this and other forums for a few months.

    I'm considering the Compact7 or P3 and have some questions.

    Would either of these speakers perform well fastened to a wall?

    Thank you,

    John Smith

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    Max spl of C7

    What is the max. [email protected] of the C7?

    This assumes quality amplification not driven to clipping.

    Has anyone put an SPL meter on their C7's ?

    This may seem an odd question but it helps me to compare them with other speakers that I am familiar with.

    Thank you,

    John Smith

    {Moderator`s comment: we do not have this info as it is not relevant to the use of Harbeth speakers. You can search here for a full discussion or Members will explain. Our target listening level is a safe healthy 85dB or so.}


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      Sound of speaker + room = the sound you hear

      @John Smith: I suspect you didn't get much of an answer because you haven't specified the geometry of your room, how it is damped (ie soft furnishings and hard surfaces), or how and exactly where you are planning to mount the speakers. The sound of speakers is the sound of the room-speaker acoustic system.

      I actually have exactly the same question(!) but will post my room geometry in a new thread to avoid confusion with your question.