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INTRODUCTION- PLEASE READ FIRST TO UNDERSTAND THIS FORUM!

"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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  • Octave amps

    Originally posted by b4sound View Post
    Octave amps? Very nice - would love to hear them.
    Hello B4sound and to all our friends 'down under'. Octave make lovely amplifiers that just go on and on and are built to last. Reliability and customer support was high on my list and Octave does well in this area. Definitely "Made in Germany"

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    • Nice set-up

      Originally posted by Double D View Post
      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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      You could drive that thing to work!! Sweet set-up!

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      • My U-boat

        Yeah... it's a "nice little amp".. hahaa.. I affectionately refer to it as my little "U-Boat"..

        Here's the business end of the system, the larger box in the corner is outboard power supply for the pre-amp sitting on the top shelf.. yup.. it's a whopper!

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        • Skylan stands

          Originally posted by Double D View Post
          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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          Hey I think I saw your speakers before lol.

          Nice to see you man. ~

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          • Returning to Harbeth with M40.1 with McIntosh.

            Hi, Finally I went back to Harbeth again.... used to own C7 , SHL5 and M30 ... I switched with Sonusfaber Elipsa but I couldn't forget the sounds of Harbeth.( Well I am stil keeping both speakers )

            So here I am back again with the M40.1 and Iam very happy camper .

            Thanks for looking.


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            • Love it!

              Now that's impressive. I love the look of that McIntosh gear (and also the M40's). Congratulations ! ! !

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              • Fantastic

                Thank you for kind comments. They sounds fantastic with McIntosh gear as they look. I will pair them with MC275's soon.tube powers !

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                • A very happy M40.1 owner

                  Originally posted by bluejazz View Post
                  Hi, Finally I went back to Harbeth again.... used to own C7 , SHL5 and M30 ... I switched with Sonusfaber Elipsa but I couldn't forget the sounds of Harbeth.( Well I am stil keeping both speakers )

                  So here I am back again with the M40.1 and I am very happy camper .

                  Thanks for looking.


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                  Hey Paul... good to see you on here with your New 40.1's !! How are they working out for you in that space ?? Do you still have the SHL5's as well ? Let me know !

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                  • M40.1, music lover's speakers

                    Hey David... Good to hear from you. I sold the SHL5 last year.

                    You will be surprise how the M40.1 works well in my small room , no booming bass just perfect combination.

                    I still keeping the Elipsa as well as audiophile speakers and the M40.1 as music lover's speakers.

                    Come by when you get a chance

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                    • The M40.1 path from SHL5

                      Hi bluejazz,

                      I sometimes wonder what will be the improvement with the M40.1 when you came from the SHL5. A path I was thinking of. Could you detail how does this upgrade improve your listening pleasure?

                      Thank you,

                      Sébastien

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                      • M40.1 advantages ...

                        Scale, bass weight and extension and increased power handling.

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                        • Talking scale

                          Hi Dave,

                          Thanks for your answer. Actually, I feel that the SHL5 reproduce the scale of instrument really well but I haven't heard the M40.1 yet.

                          Sébastien

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                          • Lots of weight for classical music

                            Originally posted by Sebastien View Post
                            Hi bluejazz,

                            I sometimes wonder what will be the improvement with the M40.1 when you came from the SHL5. A path I was thinking of. Could you detail how does this upgrade improve your listening pleasure?

                            Thank you,

                            Sébastien
                            Sébastien,

                            Just like hifi_dave said....better bottom end, Bigger scale and giving you a true Full range sounds. Tweeter works for high, Mid works for mid and 12" works for the bass so there are no collaboration here.

                            When I had a SHL5 I was happy with Jazz and Vocal but not on Classical Music especially on big orchestra music.

                            Also I am not big fan of the sub so I didnt go that route.

                            if you can swing it do it ~! You won't look back anymore.

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                            • My set-up

                              Hi @all,

                              after looking at all these nice setups I also want to post mine. Next step will be some room treatment..

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                              • Lovely setup

                                Hi, Infobert,


                                simply gorgeous.
                                One hint: concealing the strips up to the TV would be nice.

                                Regards,
                                Peter

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