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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!"


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Interested in SHL5 v. Thiel cs2.4?

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  • Interested in SHL5 v. Thiel cs2.4?

    Hi all, I'm a newbie in this forum

    I need your opinion on the SHL5(30th Annivesary Edition) againts the CS2.4

    Currently I'm using Thiel CS2.4 wih Classe 301 poweramp, Classe CP60 preamp and cables from PS Audio.

    Recently visited local agent for Harbeth and listen to the SHL5. I was suprise that using an entry level setup the music sounded fantastic!


    Thanks

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    Re: Interested in SHL5 v. Thiel cs2.4?

    Originally posted by Jmohd
    Hi all, I'm a newbie in this forum

    I need your opinion on the SHL5(30th Annivesary Edition) againts the CS2.4

    Currently I'm using Thiel CS2.4 wih Classe 301 poweramp, Classe CP60 preamp and cables from PS Audio.

    Recently visited local agent for Harbeth and listen to the SHL5. I was suprise that using an entry level setup the music sounded fantastic!


    Thanks
    Hi, i've heard the 2.4 at Sanjay's driven by Bel Canto amps. I'd say the Harbeth SHL-5 is richer, fuller, warmer & more musical than the 2.4. Vocals on Harbeth sounded more intimate & emotional. Thiels have a tendency to sound mechanical, lean & bright. And they are also harder to drive. While the SHL-5 sounds very good on modest electronics, they sound even better when you drive them with better electronics. My suggestion for you is to lug your amps down to Jimmy's & hear how they pair with the SHL-5s before you commit.

    Btw, quite surprised that u posted here. I thought you've always been a big fan of Thiels. Anyway, i am (SHL-5) from echo. Welcome to the world to Harbeths.

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      Re: Interested in SHL5 v. Thiel cs2.4?

      Hi, quite simple: Thiels interprete. Harbeths reproduce. Christmas is coming... Go to a live concert... Then tell me again why Alan Shaw is right to what he does... I listen to early baroque, also almost medieval religious masterpieces, especially during this time of the year.. With SHL 5s of course... Sometimes I forget what kind or type/brand of speakers I have, I really mean it! I just dive into the music, the voices, flying away with them... Isn't this all about what Harbeths are made for?
      Happy New Year from Greece!

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