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"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!"

Jan. 2018
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My new Harbeth P3ESR's

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  • My new Harbeth P3ESR's

    Hi everyone, first post on this excellent forum, I have recently bought a pair of Harbeth P3ESR’s they are finished in Cheery, and are sited upon a pair of custom made stands made by myself. The rest of my modest system consists of a Luxman L550A mk11 integrated, Astintrew AT 3500 plus CDP with upgraded EAT Diamond Cool valve, interconnects Artisan silver, speaker cables Van Damme these will soon be changed for Tellurium Q Black. I have attached some pictures, please take a look.

  • #2
    Wonderful P3 setup!

    Wonderful setup and you are going to love the P3's!


    • #3
      Great system!

      Great system - When I demoed my P3's last year, it was hooked up to the Luxman integrated - great combo.
      Have fun!


      • #4
        Grain match with stands

        Hello, Julian.

        BRAVO on your stands, you should go into business! The grain is a perfect match to the speakers, nice mechanism for concealing the speaker cables.

        Enjoy your new musical instruments!


        • #5
          Welcome to HUG!

          That looks a very smart system and room there. Make sure you keep the speaker grilles on for listening though - they are an important part of the voicing.