HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts


"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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New M30 User

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  • New M30 User

    I received my M30's 2 weks ago and am in music heaven! These are exceptional loudspeakers.
    I don't think Alan is a designer he is an alchemist.
    Just out of interest I would like to hear other users experience of placement.I found after trying
    many positions that I got the best sound placing the speakers firing straight on rather than toed in.
    I presume that most of the influence is room based,bounderies etc.?

    If anyone is interested my system comprises:
    Michell Orbe/sme 309 ortofon MC30
    Audio Research cd3mk 11
    Audio Research LS26
    Audio Research Ref 110.

    My thanks and regards to all at Harbeth.

  • #2
    Upgrade M30 > M301

    Since you have just purchases the speakers are they the new 30.1 or the 30. Alan is there an upgrade to the 30.1 speaker for owners of the 30?
    Joe h


    • #3
      Toe-in reference

      It is all very room-dependant, but I have never have found any of the Harbeth speakers to sound best when firing straight forward. I like a fair amount of toe-in with all of them, where I can just see a small stroke of the inner sides of the speakers.


      • #4

        Originally posted by JoeH View Post
        Since you have just purchases the speakers are they the new 30.1 or the 30. Alan is there an upgrade to the 30.1 speaker for owners of the 30?
        Joe h

        The new M30.1 will not start shipping from June 2012.