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Since its inception ten years ago, the Harbeth User Group's ambition has been to create a lasting knowledge archive. Knowledge is based on facts and observations. Knowledge is timeless. Knowledge is human independent and replicatable. However, we live in new world where thanks to social media, 'facts' have become flexible and personal. HUG operates in that real world.

HUG has two approaches to contributor's Posts. If you have, like us, a scientific mind and are curious about how the ear works, how it can lead us to make the right - and wrong - decisions, and about the technical ins and outs of audio equipment, how it's designed and what choices the designer makes, then the factual area of HUG is for you. The objective methods of comparing audio equipment under controlled conditions has been thoroughly examined here on HUG and elsewhere and can be easily understood and tried with negligible technical knowledge.

Alternatively, if you just like chatting about audio and subjectivity rules for you, then the Subjective Soundings sub-forum is you. If upon examination we think that Posts are better suited to one sub-forum than than the other, they will be redirected during Moderation, which is applied throughout the site.

Questions and Posts about, for example, 'does amplifier A sounds better than amplifier B' or 'which speaker stands or cables are best' are suitable for the Subjective Soundings area.

The Moderators' decision is final in all matters regarding what appears here. That said, very few Posts are rejected. HUG Moderation individually spell and layout checks Posts for clarity but due to the workload, Posts in the Subjective Soundings area, from Oct. 2016 will not be. We regret that but we are unable to accept Posts that present what we consider to be free advertising for products that Harbeth does not make.

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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.