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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, since deviations from a flat frequency response at any point along the signal chain from microphone to ear is likely to create an audible sonic personality in what you hear. That includes the contribution of the listening room itself. To accurately reproduce the recorded sound, as Harbeth speakers are designed to do, you would be 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 potentially will alter the sound balance of what you hear. This may or may not be what you wish to achieve, but on the face of it, any deviation from a flat response - and the frequency balance of tube amplifiers are usually influenced by their speaker load - is a step away from a truly neutral system. HUG has extensively discussed amplifiers and the methods for seeking the most objectively neutral amongst a plethora of available product choices.

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 and pragmatism, HUG cannot be expected to be a place to discuss the selection, approval or endorsement of non-Harbeth system elements selected, knowingly or not, to create a significantly personalised 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.

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.

If faithfully reproducing the sound intended by the composer, score, conductor and musicians in your home and over Harbeth speakers is your audio dream, then understanding something of the issues likely to fulfill that intention is what this forum has been helping to do since 2006. Welcome!"


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  • Here's my setup - from the top:
    • Linn LP12 + Ittok LVII + Adikt + Plattamat
    • Naim CD5X
    • Sonneteer Orton
    • Pioneer DV-610AV
    • Kenwood KT-5020L
    • TeddyCap MK3
    • Pure Sound p10
    • Harbeth SHL5 + Skylan stands




    What I need is the vacuum RCM (OkkiNokki?) and more music

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    • Hi Adam,

      What is the veneer of your SHL5? Do you have some side picture?

      Sebastien

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      • Hi Sebastian,
        It's tiger ebony. I'll take some pics tomorrow, when lighting is better.

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        • Some new pictures during a session of cables testing, with the kindness of my friend.
          Attached Files

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          • Originally posted by Sebastien View Post
            What is the veneer of your SHL5? Do you have some side picture?
            Here it is:

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            • Originally posted by Tudor View Post
              Some new pictures during a session of cables testing...
              What are your conclusion of your cables testing?

              Sebastien

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              • The conclusion was slightly unexpected. We tested some cables made by manufacturers like Accuphase, Fadel Art, Unison Research or Vodoo Audio and also some DIY cables made by my friend himself which has very good skills in this.
                The best combination for our ears was:
                - power cords for CD player and amplifier: DIY
                - interconnect: DIY
                - speaker cables: Unison Research N5 (single wired)
                It was a very musical combination, with no harshness and a delightful fluidity.
                Unfortunately my friend took back his cables when he left...

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                • My listening room

                  Finally, here is my final setup...

                  and

                  It is a dedicated room, made with my own personal sense of design... so it's a bit -how'd I say- basic... but it sounds great!
                  Cheers
                  C

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                  • My system

                    Sorry, cannot edit my previous message.
                    Here I try to post something better
                    Sound Front-end

                    and here the electronics

                    System is composed of
                    CD Emm Labs CDSA SE
                    Tuner Magnum Dynalab The Etude
                    Preamp Pass XP20
                    Poweramps Pass XA100 (not .5!)
                    All cabled Kimber Select (1121 interconnects and biwiring with 3033 and 3035) and XLO Reference as powercords.
                    Cheers
                    C

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                    • Looks like a killer system. I bet the class A Pass amps are great with your Harbeths.

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                      • Hi Carlo,

                        Looks like you have the little harbeth between the rack. My dream machines.... :-)

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                        • Originally posted by Jmohd View Post
                          Hi Carlo,

                          Looks like you have the little harbeth between the rack. My dream machines.... :-)

                          He he he...

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                          • Hi Tudor,

                            I saw that your cd player is on your Luxman amplifier. As the Luxman runs quite hot, don't you think it's a better idea to separate them? The Luxman will have more ventilation and can run cooler.

                            By the way, nice SHL5! I really like the eucalyptus finish.

                            Sebastien

                            P.s.: I am referring to post #379.

                            P.p.s: 3 posts without moderation. I'm glad to see that! Thanks for the confidence.

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                            • Originally posted by Tudor View Post
                              Some new pictures during a session of cables testing, with the kindness of my friend.
                              Tudor

                              Nice setup..... Do the SHL5's sound better without the fronts? I have never taken mine off

                              Jeff

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                              • Hi Sebastien,
                                Excuse me for the late reply, I saw your question just now. The amplifier and CD player are normally separated, as you can see in my previous photos (post # 366). It was only an accidental situation, to make handier the cable testing.

                                Hi banyon100,
                                I couldnít say that the sound is definite better with or without the fronts. Anyway SHL5ís sound delightful (in my opinion)! I think that the problem is more for eyes than for ears.

                                Thanks for your kindly assessments!

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