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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!"


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  • This is my M40.1 system. Balanced from beginning to end. All tube, I listen to 90% vinyl.
    VPI Superscoutmaster sig. w/super platter and Dynavector 507 arm
    Koetsu Rosewood signature Platinum cartridge
    Dynavector XX2 MKII cartridge
    RAM modified Esound E5 CDP
    BAT REX preamp
    BAT VK-P10 phonostage
    VTL MB-185 signature amps
    Cables are AQ Skys and Mont Blanc
    VPI 17F record cleaner
    Dedicated room, and 60 amps of dedicated power lines.

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    • Hi everyone,

      I live in Thailand.My Harbeth rather old but It makes me very happy.

      I'm a member of a small hifi web site in Thailand Name GOODSOUNDHUB.COM This is a group of people who have a passion and is intended to improve the sound quality with emphasis on the development in power systems.


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      My system consists of

      HARBETH HL COMPACT
      JADIS Orchestra
      Esoteric X-03se
      Siltech LS-188 MKII SATT Speaker Cable
      Modify Interconnects from Siltech LS-188 MKII SATT with Bocchino connector
      Purist Audio Design 20th Anniversary contego power cable
      Fim Gold power cable
      Ensemble isolink duo ac powerline filter
      PS Audio Ultimate Outlet AC conditioner

      Cheers.
      Klang

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      • Klang: beautiful system! I can see your fastidious attention to cable dressing and power supplies!

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        • HI Klang, nice setup. Your HL Compact look pretty and beautiful.
          "Bath with Music"

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          • Klang very interesting system especially with its obvious importance given to the cables.( I'm thinking the percentage of the systems overall cost must be heavily biased towards them). Those modded Siltech LS-188 MKII SATT with Bocchino connector seem interesting.
            Could you elaborate what benefits such an approach has given your system and possible what other cables you have tried.
            I speak as someone who's thinking of trying some Siltech's soon. Thank you.

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            • Hi Klang

              Harbeth HL Compact - My Favourite Speaker
              It looks so beautiful and fresh
              Very nice set-up

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              • Hi Klang, nice setup.

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                • Sorry for the late reply.

                  Thanks everyone. I like my HL COMPACT a lot. It is also in good condition and sounds great always.

                  My friends and I focus on the development of the electrical system. Using high-quality cables. And reduce vibration as much as possible as the main method.

                  Personally, I tried Cardas, NBS, MIT, Van den hul, Oyaide, Acoustic Zen, JPS, Nordost, Furutech, Kimber etc.

                  My most favorite AC Power Cord was Purist Audio Design and FIM.

                  IEC power connectors of my PAD cable is changed to Oyaide F1 and M1 Cryogenics by PAD which enhances the sound quality much better.
                  While the speaker cable and interconnects that I like most is Siltech, which have very high quality conductors.
                  So I take Siltech G3 LS-180 welded to the FIM power cord. The sound was very impressive.





                  Ensemble isolink duo and PS Audio Ultimate Outlet also have been modified by Siltech G3 LS-180. In addition, both of them have been put the special Line filter produced by my friend, called “ULTIMATE TON GSH FILTER”





                  Inlet of Ensemble Isolink is changed to furutech Fi-09 R and outlet was pierced and replaced with Oyaide aluminium plate and Wattgate 381 receptacle.

                  This is a system of my friend. He is committed to the development of power system significantly. He used Naim CD5i and Naim Nait 5i with Rogers LS3/5a 11 Ohm Biwire + AB1.
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9KHBSLhwQg

                  Here's my room. May not see all the photos, need to register first.
                  http://translate.google.com/translat...D101.0&act=url

                  Klang

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                  • Thanks Klang. As you might be aware a number of the members here are rather skeptical on the benefits of such excessive attention to these details.
                    I'd be interested to know what you feel your system gives you beneficially as opposed to say if you had invested instead ( for probably less in fact) in a pair of current Harbeth 40.1s but without the 'focus on the development of the electrical system. Using high-quality cables. And reduce vibration as much as possible as the main method.' but just used more 'basic' QED79 type cables etc.
                    I ask with genuine interest as I'm undecided presently on wether to invest my limited available funds on your approach or the more conventional option of a speaker upgrade and you have hopefully some actual experiences to give us.

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                    • Originally posted by P.C. View Post
                      Thanks Klang. As you might be aware a number of the members here are rather skeptical on the benefits of such excessive attention to these details.
                      I'd be interested to know what you feel your system gives you beneficially as opposed to say if you had instead invested (probable less in fact) in say a pair of current Harbeth 40.1s but without the 'focus on the development of the electrical system. Using high-quality cables. And reduce vibration as much as possible as the main method.' but just used more 'basic' QED79 type cables etc.
                      I ask with genuine interest as I'm undecided presently on whether to invest my limited available funds on your approach or the more conventional option of a speaker upgrade and you have hopefully some actual experiences to give us.
                      An excellently constructed question. I look forward to Klang's reply. In the interim, readers might appreciate how a web site, that sells porcelain cable stands, describes the rationale for employing them.
                      .
                      These elevators are non-conductive and will also assist in cable management. They are very appealing to the eye and you will hear a better focus and blacker background. The detail preserved will be exceptional for all types and makes of cabling.
                      There is no practical excuse for not isolating & elevating your cables off the floor. We here great reviews over and over from Audiophiles that have spent thousands of dollars in cabling, and then found massive improvements after installing these cable stands.

                      Would be wonderful to learn if Klang has performed A-B comparison tests.

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                      • Hi my Harbeth friends, I have not log in for quite a while :-) Moved my home to a new location... etc etc.
                        And finally... after a long wait of almost 1 year, my SHL-5 has ARRIVED! Have been rather busy unpacking my new place and setting up my new listening room ... etc.
                        My 7s make way for the 5s to be in my listening room.... but I too love the character of the 7s, so I kept it and set it up in my living room so as I could still enjoy the beautiful sound from it.

                        For any potential buyers of Harbeth speakers, I hope all these pictures sharing from us in HUG would ascertain you and provide you the confidence to go for this speakers which we all love it so much :-)
                        Come join us and be part of the proud owners of Harbeth speakers on this planet :-)

                        The beautiful 5s


                        The beautiful 7s

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                        • Nice setup and photos. Notice your Mc, benchmark and a Quad?
                          "Bath with Music"

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                          • Originally posted by keithwwk View Post
                            Nice setup and photos. Notice your Mc, benchmark and a Quad?
                            Hi Keith, yes, you are right on all 3, Quad FM4 tuner :-) Living room is driven by my all time favourite A400, an amp that only cost me $250 and deliver enough musicality at that price range :-)
                            I am going to find a Rega Maia amp to pair with my tube pre amp for living room. Starting to like this tube and SS pairing.

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                            • tein3, what is your room size? Quite similar to mine..

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                              • Originally posted by aawcy View Post
                                tein3, what is your room size? Quite similar to mine..
                                Hi aawcy, rather small.... Length - 14 1/4 ft , Width - 8 3/4 ft, Height - 8.5 ft
                                Is this the same as yours? I have recently acquired some room tuning kits from an owner that given up his, Room Tune is what I have got now in the room, panels, diffuser and corner traps... still playing around with it now, but m happy with the results :-)

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