HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts

At its inception ten years ago, the Harbeth User Group's ambition was to create a lasting knowledge archive. Knowledge is based on facts and observations. Knowledge is timeless, independent of the observer and can be replicated. However, we live in new world in which objective facts have become flexible, personal and debatable. HUG operates in that real world, and that has now been reflected in the structure of HUG.

HUG has two approaches to contributor's Posts. If you, like us, have a scientific mind and are curious about how the ear works, how it can lead us to make the right - and wrong - decisions, and about the technical ins and outs of audio equipment, how it's designed and what choices the designer makes, then the factual Science of Audio sub-forum area of HUG is your place. The objective methods of comparing audio equipment under controlled conditions has been thoroughly examined here on HUG and elsewhere and can be readily understood by non-experts and tried-out at home without deep technical knowledge.

Alternatively, if you just like chatting about audio and subjectivity rules for you, then the Subjective Soundings area is you. If upon examination we think that Posts are better suited to one sub-forum than than the other, they will be redirected during Moderation, which is applied throughout the site.

Questions and Posts about, for example, 'does amplifier A sounds better than amplifier B' or 'which speaker stands or cables are best' are suitable for the Subjective Soundings area. From Oct. 2016, Posts in the Subjective Soundings area will not be spell checked or adjusted for layout clarity. We regret that but we are unable to accept Posts that present what we consider to be free advertising for products that Harbeth does not make.

The Moderators' decision is final in all matters and Harbeth does not necessarily agree with the contents of any member contributions and has no control over external content.

That's it! Enjoy!

{Updated Jan. 2017}
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  • An update on my Sanctuary with SHL5 :-)


    • Wow! Thein, great improvement of the room and nice rack.
      What effect does diffusers have?
      Any bass traps?


      • Hi Jmohd, Thanks ;-)
        Yes, there are bass traps on both my rear corners (seating position), ASC 11"diameter, got it used... lucky found item at good price on Echoloft. Helped me to control some "crunching" bass waves around my ears.
        The diffusers on the sides, provide better control of the imaging and also, gives a wider stage with a better control of the highs from the reflection on the side walls.


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          • The positioning of the speakers does not look optimal. Have you tried to tried to pull them away from the wall and floor?


            • Better late than never:


              • Mine is about 15.6ft Length x 11ft width and 10ft height...if it can works well with you..i think no problem for my rooms too..cheers....


                • Hi, what is the make of the stands?


                  • Originally posted by bluegrass View Post
                    Hi, what is the make of the stands?
                    I'm sorry, were you referring to mine, or to the other nice setups here?


                    • i already tried to put the pictures in another thread but i think it fits better here. i commissioned a locksmith to customize metal stands for my 40.1. its made of hollow steel, welded and lackered in dull black. and i coupled them to the floor with pieces of hard rubber. it looks quite good in connection with the speakers, i think. very very rigid construction.
                      i hope the picture upload works.

                      Harbeth M40.1-Naim NAC52-Supercap-NAP 135-CDS2-XPS


                      • Hi Timleety, yes i meant your wooden ones. Thanks


                        • Hi delgesu,
                          wonderfull stand you have there. It is far more than enough for m40.1 if you can level your ear to its tweeter. Nice photos and thank you very much.
                          "Bath with Music"


                          • Originally posted by bluegrass View Post
                            Hi Timleety, yes i meant your wooden ones. Thanks
                            More info here:

                            I use them with TAOC SBL 13-MT stabilizers between them and the Harbs. If only because my listening position is a little higher than it needs to be, so they help to align the speakers better. But in all honesty, it does benefit the overall imaging with the decoupling.

                            They're not terribly popular with Harbeth owners in my area, they tend to prefer metal stands of the mass-loaded variety.

                            By the way delgesu, nice photos of the beautiful 40s! First time I'm seeing close-ups of them in rosewood.


                            • Originally posted by keithwwk View Post

                              My turn now..

                              SHL5, Old C7 and old P3 (belong to my friend)
                              Marantz PM17mkII KI and PM66KI
                              Marantz CD17mkIII and CD6000KI

                              Wat can I say on harbeth music partner for my life...
                              Hi Keithwwk, Beautiful system. What stands are under the C7s? They look like epos st12's, but they look a bit wider/deeper, and a bit lower. I'm really looking for stands that are like that. Any info would be great.



                              • Hi Mike,

                                Thanks you. That's was my old photo. My current setups are without marantz and p3. The amps changed to LFD mistral LE and Zero LE mkIII. The P3 was returned back to friend.

                                The c7 stand was old design from Malaysia dealer sold together with it. I think it was a same design as epos stand except it's top is a plate. Epos stand's top is a hollow frame.

                                Hope this help.
                                "Bath with Music"