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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!"

Jan. 2018
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C7ES3 : Min. rear wall distance (and other placement constraints)

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  • #16
    Best compromise by adjusting toe-in

    You re Right Kumar

    The point is that i was very surprised about the sound impact of the Toe in.

    No toe (Weight with limited deep) extension of the bass (very nice on piano and cello) with very soft treble (detail is hidden in this area)
    With toe give more "air" (deep + Weight) with lot more detail on Teble and medium...but reduce also the bass "wave" not immerse by the bass wave on big orchestra.... This setup is perhaps more inline with the naim philosophy.

    So as alway we should find the best compromise to reach our current request of the "nice sound" (also affected by the music could change too ;-) )

    Anyway like my Harbeth so much


    • #17
      Stands and practical issues at home

      Originally posted by Hififan View Post
      So as alway we should find the best compromise to reach our current request of the "nice sound" (also affected by the music could change too ;-) )
      A more useful tip then, that has worked very well for me. My stands are on casters (wheels) so I can move them around to easily position the speakers where I want. Most of the time they are tucked away near the walls, where dogs and even party people can't mess with them. For parties, I play them from where they are, and they sound pretty close to how they do from an optimum listening position. Which is where I wheel them out to when I know they will be safe from accidents. Since I had planned this early, the stands were made to a height spec that included the added height from the casters.

      This works very well for me. Got the idea from a fellow forum member here!