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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!"

Jan. 2018
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Placement suggestion for P3ESR

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  • Placement suggestion for P3ESR

    In my 13 feet by 11 feet, what would the ideal placement be? I can't do it like suggested in the diagram (1m away from the sides, and 2 m distance between them).

    Thank you.

  • #2
    Just sit back and enjoy!

    I wouldn't lose too much sleep over what is ideal. Just have them as much out of the corners as domestic considerations allow you to place them. Even placed 18 inches out from either wall, they will sound good. 24 inches is better if possible. Tweeters should be at your ear level when you are seated in your listening position {ideally}.

    Be sure that the speakers are secure on the stands and also not liable to topple over because of guests, kids, dogs or other animals. Ideally, the listening position should be as far from the two speakers as the the speakers are from each other.

    Experiment with toe in to see what sounds best.

    As long as the room is reasonably damped with carpets, drapes, furniture and the like, all you now need to do is sit back and enjoy the Harbeth sound!


    • #3
      Don't worry!

      I'm one for trying not to worry too much about all this. Mine are in a 12 x 12 foot room and have to be really close to the back wall @ just over 100mm and sound marvellous.

      Plus what Kumar said above !