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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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  • Re: Photos of my rosewood M40.1s

    Hi Jmohd,

    Very pretty, especially so in rosewood.
    Are the speaker stand custom made?

    Cheers

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    • Re: Photos of my rosewood M40.1s

      Originally posted by sunshine View Post
      Hi Jmohd,

      Very pretty, especially so in rosewood.
      Are the speaker stand custom made?

      Cheers
      Hi Sunshine,

      The stands are from our local dealer. All welded steel construction. Top and bottom frames are fabricated from about 25mm thk. solid flat bar and pillars are of hollow sections (tubing) which are injected with "damping" compound.

      Really heavy...

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      • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

        Hi Jmohd, can't help but congratulate you on your new 40.1s - they're absolutely gorgeous in your beautiful listening room, and I'm sure they make equally stunning music with your Classe amp.

        Thanks for the pics and hope your heart isn't racing too fast!

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        • Re: Photos of my rosewood M40.1s

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




          Truly a nice set up. Should have ordered my 40.1 in rosewood. Do you have your set up in a dedicated room and what are the dimensions if I may ask? Have been entertaining thoughts of building a dedicated room but the following dimensions are the maximum I can squeeze - 11.5 feet width, 16-18 feet lenght and about 9 feet height. I have been told I need about 14 feet width for the 40.1 and the speakers may be too much for a room of the mentioned dimensions.

          Thanks

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          • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

            Hi kathylim,

            Yes, I do have a dedicated hifi room. My room is very small, about L 20ft x W 9ft x H 9ft. As you can see, there are sound treatments all around the room.

            IMO, your room size, will be ok. For ideal room size, please visit http://www.cardas.com/content.php?ar...ing=Room+Setup

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            • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

              Originally posted by Jmohd View Post
              Hi kathylim,

              Yes, I do have a dedicated hifi room. My room is very small, about L 20ft x W 9ft x H 9ft. As you can see, there are sound treatments all around the room.

              IMO, your room size, will be ok. For ideal room size, please visit http://www.cardas.com/content.php?ar...ing=Room+Setup
              Hi Jmohd,

              Thank you for your reply. I checked a few sites and the dimensions I am getting for a width of 11.5 feet reduces the length to approximately 13.5 feet and height a tad over 8 feet. That reduces the size of the room even more.

              Care to throw in a guess where am I likely to encounter problems? mid/low bass?

              Thanks

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              • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                Originally posted by Soundbyte View Post
                Dear fellow harbeth owners,
                I was hoping that you all are able to share your photos of your beloved Harbeth speakers and your systems setup pictures... Be it new or old, P3, C7, HL5, SHL5, M20, M30, M40, NRG and etc.... I would appreciate if you could post photos of it!

                To Start - here's mine...



                Systems consist of
                1. Harbeth SHL-5 30th Anniversary
                2. dps2 Turntable with dps modified Rega RB250 tonearm + Benz HOMC
                3. JLTI modified Sony DVD NS90 CD/SACD Player
                4. Lavardin IS Reference Integrated Amp
                5. Audience AU24 Interconnects
                6. Kimber Kable 8TC Speaker Cable
                7. Hutters Rack Basic.

                Thanks...for looking...

                Hi (^^)
                My set
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                • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                  Hi Kathylim,

                  These are the info i've gathered:

                  Room Modes dominate: 41hz to 134hz

                  Absorbtion to achieve ITU RT60: 344 sabins

                  Hope these help

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                  • Re: Photos of my rosewood M40.1s

                    Originally posted by Jmohd View Post
                    My New Harbeth M40.1
                    Hi, what is the distance of your Hifi Chair from the speaker? Tks

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                    • Re: Photos of my rosewood M40.1s

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




                      Sweet!........ Am happy for you

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                      • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                        teddy likes the sound but puppy fell asleep listening....naughty puppy, but great harbeth!
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                        Last edited by kittykat; 14-11-2009, 06:31 AM. Reason: messed up the upload

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                        • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                          Originally posted by kittykat View Post
                          teddy likes the sound but puppy fell asleep listening....naughty puppy, but great harbeth!
                          Hi Kittykat,

                          Yes, great Harbeth!!. Is it SHL5 or M40.1 that we are looking at?

                          Your speaker stand look rather small....too small and it can easily fall off .

                          I would suggest the you get a better stand..(stable)

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                          • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                            hi Jmohd

                            Its an shl5. You're absolutely right, the stands are not the right ones and were for a pair of rogers. too tall - 22" and too small. There's no drinking allowed in the house at the moment till the speakers sit on a set of skylans which are on their way and which should be here this coming week. at the moment i sit on 3 thick pillows to get to tweeter level and maybe that should be the most comedic photo here but i dont care cause the sound is pretty fantastic.

                            cheers

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                            • Re: Photos of my rosewood M40.1s

                              Originally posted by coredump View Post
                              Hi, what is the distance of your Hifi Chair from the speaker? Tks
                              Hi coredump, it's about 7ft.

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                              • Re: Photos of your beloved Harbeth Speakers & Setup

                                Finally got the proper stands for the shl5's and have stopped sitting on 5 inches of pillows. the sound is just pretty awesome now. absolutely amazing. some lessons from this episode is that

                                -revealing speakers can be good listenable speakers
                                - Metal dome tweeters can be magnificent (this was a factor which made me sceptical about the shl5. "metal domes sound harsh" is another hifi falsehood)
                                -focus on the 20% which give the 80% difference in sound ie. speakers.
                                -comparing speakers/ amplifiers in a showroom has its limitations
                                - you need to listen a while to know if you can really live with something
                                - sounds which first draw your attention is very likely to be the ones you want to forget quickest

                                i had actually stopped listening to music for over a year and attribute that to my last pair of speakers. they were simply awful but they did take my breath away at first listen. it was like a supemodel. sexy and impressive but tiring (thats what i read in the tabloids). the harbeths are classy, smooth and has an amazingly powerful sound when the music contains it eg. some Michael Jackson tracks.
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