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"This Harbeth User Group (HUG) is the Manufacturer's own managed forum dedicated to natural sound from microphone to ear, achievable by recognising and controlling the numerous confounding variables that exist along the audio chain. The Harbeth designer's objective is to make loudspeakers that contribute little of themselves to the music passing through them.

Identifying system components for their sonic neutrality should logically proceed from the interpretation and analysis of their technical, objective performance. Deviations from a flat frequency response at any point along the signal chain from microphone to ear is likely to give an audible sonic personality to the system at your ear; this includes the significant contribution of the listening room itself. To accurately reproduce the recorded sound as Harbeth speakers are designed to do, you would be best advised to select system components (sources, electronics, cables and so on) that do not color the sound before it reaches the speakers.

For example, the design of and interaction between the hifi amplifier and its speaker load can and will alter the sound balance of what you hear. This may or may not be what you wish to achieve, but any deviation from a flat response is a step away from a truly neutral system. HUG has extensively discussed amplifiers and the methods for seeking the most objectively neutral among a plethora of product choices.

HUG specialises in making complex technical matters simple to understand, getting at the repeatable facts in a post-truth environment where objectivity is increasingly ridiculed. With our heritage of natural sound and pragmatic design, HUG is not the best place to discuss non-Harbeth audio components selected, knowingly or not, to introduce a significantly personalised system sound. 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 offerings there. There is really no on-line substitute for time invested in a dealer's showroom because 'tuning' your system to taste is such a highly personal matter. Our overall objective here is to empower readers to make the factually best procurement decisions in the interests of lifelike music at home.

Please consider carefully how much you should rely upon and be influenced by 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, loudness and room treatment, not necessarily leading to appropriate equipment selection and listening satisfaction for you. Always keep in mind that without basic test equipment, subjective opinions will reign unchallenged. With test equipment, universal facts and truths are exposed.

If some of the science behind faithfully reproducing the sound intended by the composer, score, conductor and musicians over Harbeth speakers is your thing, this forum has been helping with that since 2006. If you just want to share your opinions and photos with others then the unrelated Harbeth Speakers Facebook page http://bit.ly/2FEgoAy may be for you. Either way, welcome to the world of Harbeth!"


Feb. 2018
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Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

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  • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

    Thanks for the lovely photos. You are using unison audio amp? I heard S6 int few yrs back. sound good.
    "Bath with Music"

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    • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

      Nice picture Jon!
      May I ask what kind of stand you use on the picture? Link?
      T.

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      • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

        they look like epos stands? they're very nice. you can still get new ones on the net.

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        • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

          They don't look like Epos stands...

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          • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

            Originally posted by keithwwk View Post
            Thanks for the lovely photos. You are using unison audio amp? I heard S6 int few yrs back. sound good.
            Hi , yes its a Unison s2k. Only 14 watts but it sounds superb with the Harbeths. I tend to listen at relatively low volumes, late at night etc.

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            • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

              Originally posted by Hagto View Post
              Nice picture Jon!
              May I ask what kind of stand you use on the picture? Link?
              T.
              The stands are by a UK company called Something Solid. They don't seem to have a web site but here is a dealer that sells their stands
              http://www.noteworthyaudio.co.uk/Speaker_Stands.html

              They came with my speakers as they were second hand.

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              • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                Low vol listening without compromise detail and bass. Radial magic.
                "Bath with Music"

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                • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                  Originally posted by Jon Palmer View Post
                  The stands are by a UK company called Something Solid. They don't seem to have a web site but here is a dealer that sells their stands
                  http://www.noteworthyaudio.co.uk/Speaker_Stands.html

                  They came with my speakers as they were second hand.
                  Thanks for your answer and link!

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                  • Photos of my rosewood M40.1s

                    My New Harbeth M40.1




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                    • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                      Originally posted by Hagto View Post
                      Thanks for your answer and link!
                      I tried the Something Solid stands recently with the P3's and I would recommend avoiding them - the finish really was unacceptable and the design has changed (significantly to the worse imvho). I now have the Music Tools Tool One stands at 67cm tall and they are perfect - at least for the P3 (in size, finish as well as the sound).

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                      • Re: Photos of my rosewood M40.1s

                        Originally posted by Jmohd View Post
                        My New Harbeth M40.1





                        Hi bro,
                        You got the real sweet rosewood M40.1. Thanks for the photos!
                        "Bath with Music"

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                        • Re: Photos of my M40.1s

                          Originally posted by Jmohd View Post
                          My New Harbeth M40.1




                          Congratulations on the new M40.1. That is a nice setup there in the dedicated room. May I know what is the turntable model behind the Classe amp? I can just imagine the smooth and grain-free sound from your analog setup coupled with the smooth Classe amp.

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                          • Re: Photos of my M40.1s

                            Originally posted by keithwwk View Post
                            Hi bro,
                            You got the real sweet rosewood M40.1. Thanks for the photos!
                            I was there when the beautiful Rosewood M40.1 was unveiled.....truly a great sight to behold.

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                            • M40.1 - majestic

                              Guys,

                              Thanks for the kind words. The M40.1 ......so Majestic. Texture, micro-dymanics (unheard of with SHL5) , depth, mid, bass control.... organic, outstanding........ I have no bass problems at all in my small room. Even my sons can tell the difference.

                              Recently, (Singapoare Annual Hi-fi show) heard megabuks systems (not to mention brand) with systems cost more than an apartment... nothing and nothing IMO, can come close to M40.1.


                              Ryder,

                              TT is from VPI Scout with standard arm. Phonostages: Graham Slee V and Jolida. Cables, standard that came with the TT.

                              BTW, have not try with analogue yet.

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                              • Re: M40.1 - majestic

                                Originally posted by Jmohd View Post
                                Thanks for the kind words. The M40.1 ......so Majestic. Texture, micro-dymanics (unheard of with SHL5) , depth, mid, bass control.... organic, outstanding........ I have no bass problems at all in my small room. Even my sons can tell the difference.

                                Recently, (Singapoare Annual Hi-fi show) heard megabuks systems (not to mention brand) with systems cost more than an apartment... nothing and nothing IMO, can come close to M40.1.
                                Glad to know you do not have bass issue bro!

                                Same thinking here: Nothing, IMO too, nothing can come close to Harbeth sound I heard so far..

                                Wow...hope I can own M40.1 in future....
                                "Bath with Music"

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