HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts


"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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Bangalore gets its first SHL5, first impressions!

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  • Bangalore gets its first SHL5, first impressions!

    Received the speakers yesterday, arrived in excellent condition. passed the carton test!. (Andy et al at Harbeth, many thanks for the extra precautions taken in packing them for the long haul from UK to India).

    As they emerged from the carton, they seemed a bit larger than we had imagined they would be. They also seemed a bit shy (at first sight!) of projecting their musical prowess!.

    Hooked up to the electronics.. have been listening for the past few hours. Cannot get enough of it.. Absolutely marvellous, just as I had thought they would be.

    In addition, Alan, Andy, and the rest of the Harbeth team (and of course Prithvi!) it has been a real pleasure dealing with you in my journey to becoming a Harbeth Owner, in a geography where you did not even have a local presence. Many thanks..

    Niranjan ..

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    Looking forward

    I am sure there are a few more, two years on.....

    Mine just arrived this evening and I am looking forward to setting them up. They will be placed on some open stand being built of wood by Mr. Murthy. My system consist of an amplification system by a small German boutique manufacturer called Behold and the source is by Laufer Technik, the Memory Player 64 (MP64). Speaker cables are Grand Illusion by Klee Acoustics and I use a Jorma Design digital cable.

    I am trying out some tweaks - the Stein Music Harmonizers with the stones - and also use some absorption and diffusion panels.

    Looking forward to enjoying the music.....