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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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Speaker positioning & Amplifier matching for P3ESR

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  • Speaker positioning & Amplifier matching for P3ESR

    Newbie here as I am considering buying some Harbeth P3ESR loudspeakers.

    3 Q's:

    Like nearly every small speaker apart from Kans, they are recommended for free standing use (I assume this to mean >90cm from walls in all directions). However, in common with a significant minority of the market for mini monitors, I have no option but to put them in the corners of a small book-filled room. What will this mean?

    Re amp matching, I'm planning on using them with an Exposure Super XV, which is a decent solid state integrated amplifier rated at 55wpc/250va. It sems pretty speaker agnostic, so that good speakers sound good and bad speakers sound bad. Can anyone here report on how these sound with these older Exposure designs?

    Finally, what might an ideal pair of stands to go with them be (preferably not too expensive!)?

    thanks all

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    P3ESRs and wall position / Exposure / Something Solid / Partington

    Most of my P3ESR customers are using their speakers closer to the walls than 90cm and they work well. They do produce far more bass than you would expect of such a small speaker so a bit of space is desirable for lowest colouration.

    The Exposure will be just fine with the P3ESR.

    Stands. I always use Something Solid XF and they have a new model on the way which promises to be good. Others I have used are Partington but there are other manufacturers with models to suit but don't scrimp in this area.