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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!"

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Re-finishing my C7 to dark Ebony to match my Naim Audio gears

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  • Re-finishing my C7 to dark Ebony to match my Naim Audio gears

    After being converted to Naim Audio and Harbeth, it tool me 1.5 year to finally finish my project. The C7, I ended up, stripping the original cherry finish and staining it with ebony, but added many coating so it looks like black, in order to match my Naim system.

    The stand is aluminum extrusion with 3/4 inch thick wood plate to separate the speaker base to the stand. The final stand now has the adjustable spikes to stablized the speaker.

  • #2
    Refinishing photos?

    Care to post some photos? This is the first time I've ever heard of someone refinishing their Harbeths.
    You're a brave man...


    • #3
      Interesting DIY project

      Wow! What an interesting DIY project. Could you explain us more how you do it, where were the challenge and provide some pictures? Maybe some other user might be interested.



      • #4

        Yes, please post pics if at all possible, as well as some details of the process you followed. I've toyed (not too seriously) with the idea of doing the same to my P3ESRs, but I'm not sure I have the courage!

        {Moderator's comment: please consider the Warranty implications and the fact that unless you completely remove the varnish coats and professionally prepare the wood for a new top coat it will look like a DIY job....}


        • #5
          'Refinishing' factory supplied veneers

          i agree with the moderator on this subject. if you must for whatever reason refinish your speaker and are staining please consider a pre stain conditioner. this will give a more even tone . and yes the more stain (coats) the darker the color. good luck.


          • #6
            Staining cherry to ebony

            Hi there, I bought my c7 second hand and there was many surface scratches; in addition, I have converted to Naim Audio, that's why I had the idea to strip off the original 'cherry' finish and gently sand down the veneer surface with very fine sand paper. Then, treated it with surface conditioner, and stain it with ebony finish, many times. I did not remove the factory screws to the cabinet in order to keep the factory cabinet fit, just stain over it, but the terminals at the rear and front speaker parts are taped over. Stand is custom made in a tool room using aluminum extrusion and spikes, separated by a wooden plate to minimize 'ringing', and lastly spray it black. Enjoy your Harbeth.


            • #7

              Excellent set-up! Congratulations!