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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.

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Harbeth SHL5s-best set-up so far

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  • Harbeth SHL5s-best set-up so far

    Harbeth SHL5
    Source: TW Acustic Raven One with Graham Phantom Tonearm with Koetsu Rosewood Cart
    Phono stage: EAR 88PB
    CD source: Accuphase DP500 (replaced)
    Pre-amp: Accuphase C2410 (replaced with Lamm LL2)
    Power amp: Lamm M2.2 monoblocks
    cabling: Purist Audio Design, Kubala Sosna, TG Audio SLVR, Nirvana SX, Auditorium 23s
    Room Treatment: Full ASC from Oregon
    stands & supports: Critical Mass systems, Symposium Ultra
    Powerconditioner: 30amp dedicated line feeding a Shunyata hydra 8

  • #2
    What stands?

    Is that a birds eye lens you took that picture with? That's very cool. Your room is amazing. May I ask what your stands are sitting on?


    • #3
      Great pix

      Wow that's a fantastic pic indeed! Wonder how the SHL-5 sounds with the Lamms...the stands look like Skylan or something similar.


      • #4
        Harbeth + Lamms

        Thanks guys! The speaker stands are skylan stands. The equipment stands are critical mass system.
        The picture is with a fisheye lens 18mm.

        The harbeths are lamms = heaven!! its a match made in heaven to the highest degree!
        if you guys are in the Philippines, pls let me know.


        • #5
          Awesome setup!

          Hi Ferdie

          Hope you are keeping well!

          Wow! Awesome setup which must sound as good as how it looks! This is my dream, to have my own dedicated music room, acoustically treated and aesthetically beautiful and inviting.

          Keep well!



          • #6
            Private message

            Hi dennis

            how are you sir ?
            I've been trying to email you to get in touch. How are things ?
            Please PM (private message) me your email so we can get in touch.

            Thanks & talk to you soon.



            • #7
              Minimal SHL5 system

              I agree that is a very complete hi-end system ...

              This is a minimal setup with SHL5 maybe not the best so far but still good for someone who listen just music at home.


              • #8
                Harbeths = minimal set-up

                Harbeths are easy to please, minimal set-up is great with them as well.

                With my dedicated room set-up, the capabilities of the harbeths, the lamms and the other gears are maxxed out & one will be aware that these can compete with the best out there.


                • #9
                  Minimal setup?

                  Hi Micron. I wouldn't call your set up minimal at all. It's actually extremely nice.

                  Mine is much more minimal than yours, but it still sounds great. I guess that's what makes music so wonderful. All of us get to enjoy it. Is that a glass of white wine I see on the table? Hmmm, good idea.


                  • #10
                    Harbeth = tonal purity and musicality

                    Yes Harbeths really require very little fuss as far as setup is concerned.

                    Armed with any decent amp & source & they are good to go & can easily compete with virtually anything out there as far as tonal purity & musicality goes.


                    • #11
                      Minimal system?

                      Originally posted by Don Jr View Post
                      Hi Micron. I wouldn't call your set up minimal at all. It's actually extremely nice.

                      Mine is much more minimal than yours, but it still sounds great. I guess that's what makes music so wonderful. All of us get to enjoy it. Is that a glass of white wine I see on the table? Hmmm, good idea.

                      Hi Don Jr
                      The setup is minimal because use minimum devices ,but still use a dedicated electric circuit for Naim amp with dac inside (without power conditioner) and acoustic treatments on walls turns on the interior design side... All comands runs from ipad ( I mean lights, heat and sound). The speaker cables goes thru special tubes under the floor and all electronics have a special place in wall with corian shelves. So all you can see is a pair of old style beautifull new speakes. And yes, a glass of wine is always welcome.