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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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My new best sounding 3m by 4m room with dCS P8i, Nagra PLP/VPA, Harbeth P3ESR

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  • My new best sounding 3m by 4m room with dCS P8i, Nagra PLP/VPA, Harbeth P3ESR

    Here is a shot of my new room. It's 3m by 4m and these seem to be very good dimensions for my P3ESR speakers. I'm using the SomethingSolid stands which hifi_dave recommends (and so do I now!) and the Nagra VPA valve monoblocks put out 50wpc each, which is ample for the Harbeth P3ESR. I'm getting a cartridge for my SME Model 10/SME V turntable/arm soon, so I'll be able to move the TV out and reserve pride of place for the turntable on top of the stand.

    I only moved the equipment in last night (since then I've toed the speakers in) and I'm really happy with the sound. The best sounding room I've ever had!
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    Great looking system, I love the simplicity. Those monoblocks are beautiful!


    • #3
      50W amp enough for M401

      Hi GregD, the 50w amp can easily drive the "King"..enjoy


      • #4
        Update with SME 10 in place!

        Gt the TV out of the way at last (horray!) and can now enjoy a far better view - the SME Model 10.


        • #5
          Nice room for P3ESR!

          Nice cosy room & setup Greg. Your P3ESRs look great on the something solid stands. As a system, i am sure they sound wonderful too.