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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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  • 1.5W amp driving P3ESR!!!!!

    Hi everyone,

    Here's a photo I'd like to share of
    Newly acquired P3ESRs

    The amp is a one off 1.5watts per channel and P3ESRs just sing with this!!

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    • Nice setup!

      Nice set up! I don't care if all amps sound the same or not that tube amp sure looks wonderful (so does the Thorens tt!)

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      • Wonderful!

        Wonderful set up, paolo!!

        Interesting you did not choose maple as veneer for your P3ESR...

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        • Best international system?

          PC and Reinhard

          Thank you for your kind comments. IMO this set up is the best of British, German, Swiss and USA engineering in its day. Especially pleasing is the music produced from the Pass Aleph P, Rhea, Thomas Mayer 46SET, Thorens 124/2 (fully restored) and P3ESR combination. I can play vinyl for hours and hours!

          Rosewood is my favorite wood almost tactile in appearance.. Interestingly one's eye is drawn to the contrast between the colour of maple and rosewood when seated...its a visual thing I suppose..

          KRs Paolo

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          • Wonderful!

            Wonderful setup, Paolo.

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            • Wonderful t/t

              Really wonderful, nice turntable!

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              • 1.5w of muscle power + p3

                Originally posted by paolo View Post
                Hi everyone,

                Here's a photo I'd like to share of
                Newly acquired P3ESRs

                The amp is a one off 1.5watts per channel and P3ESRs just sing with this!!

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                Love it!

                What amp is that? I've been out of it for far too long.

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                • Audio stagnation?

                  Originally posted by tcb1935 View Post
                  hey, here's a update. i had the chance to buy much more expensive atc active speaker, but i did not. maybe something is wrong in my high-end audiophile upward spiral? it has stagnated since I harbeths....is that curable?
                  Gorgeously charming, especially since it's so deceptively simple and unassuming.

                  Love the finish - don't see many of these where I'm from. Definitely NOT curable!

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                  • Hello Everyone and Greetings from Singapore! SHL5 > M40.1

                    Hello Everyone and Greetings from Singapore,

                    I have been an avid reader of the User Group for a over a year now, but this is my first post.

                    I've been using Harbeth Speakers since January last year starting with the Super HL5. It was musical bliss for many months until January of this year when I got the itch to move to the M40.1. I have just moved to a new house last Saturday and I'm in
                    the midst of having the doors and windows on the ground floor re-sealed for better soundproofing from the noisy world outside. Then, on to a little (or a lot) of room treatment before finally and hopefully setting up the audio equipment again.

                    I though I would attach some photo's of my previous setup just before moving and hope to add some new photo's soon.

                    Regards

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                    • Thomas Meyer 46 SE

                      Hi Timleety,
                      The amp is a Thomas Mayer 46 SE. Have a look at his blog for more information
                      http://vinylsavor.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/46

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                      • My Harbeth journey

                        Originally posted by tmokbel View Post
                        Hello Everyone and Greetings from Singapore,

                        I have been an avid reader of the User Group for a over a year now, but this is my first post.

                        I've been using Harbeth Speakers since January last year starting with the Super HL5. It was musical bliss for many months until January of this year when I got the itch to move to the M40.1. I have just moved to a new house last Saturday and I'm in
                        the midst of having the doors and windows on the ground floor re-sealed for better soundproofing from the noisy world outside. Then, on to a little (or a lot) of room treatment before finally and hopefully setting up the audio equipment again.

                        I though I would attach some photo's of my previous setup just before moving and hope to add some new photo's soon.

                        Regards

                        tmokbel[ATTACH=CONFIG]1991[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]1992[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]1993[/ATTACH]
                        Octave amps? Very nice - would love to hear them.
                        Simpli-Fi: Kuzma>Nighthawk>LebenCS300XS>P3ESR

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                        • Nice amp

                          That's a beautiful amp, Paolo. Hard to imagine that it makes more than a whisper with the P3ESR, though! You must have really good hearing. I would love to have Harbeth speakers that have something like 95db sensitivity because of my hobby building single ended tube amps.

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                          • 46SE + P3ESR = emotion

                            Hi JP-the combination of the 46SE with the P3ESRs never ceases to amaze me. When phone rings I have to lower volume.

                            I have tried really quite sensitive horns in my room (96db ) but they lacked emotion-no soundstage. The P3ESR and 46 combo is an emotional experience:there are ample SPLs for my listening environment 14' x10'. What I am trying to say is that my tube amp seems to work better with higher impedance speakers and that sensitivity is not the only factor.

                            The 46SE and P3ESRs are each in their own way testimony to superb design and quality production.

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                            • 46 liked

                              Hi Paolo,

                              Great to read that you to like the 46 amp so much! Also good to know that the amp works so well with this speaker.

                              Best regards

                              Thomas

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                              • My M30 + Skylan + Blue Circle

                                Here's a pic of my M30's on Skylan Stands with my Blue Circle BC206-NST amp .. yeah.. it's big.. hehehehe.

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