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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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My new SHL5 has arrived

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  • My new SHL5 has arrived

    Hi all, this is my first post here but I've been lurking for some time..

    My new Harbeth SHL5 in Tiger Ebony has just arrived.. They look gorgeous.. stunning.. simply beautiful. I can't wait to set them in my room and play some music.. In a few days I'll report how good they sound. I hope that the upgrade of the rest of my system will be also completed in a few days..

    I'm happy, which is not a frequent state for me :-)


  • #2
    Re: My new SHL5 has arrived

    Lucky lad, you're gonna enjoy them.


    • #3
      Re: My new SHL5 has arrived

      I hope so :-) I know Harbeth speakers pretty well, but been waiting quite long for my own pair..


      • #4
        Re: My new SHL5 has arrived

        After the first few hours of listening I must admit that these are the best speakers I've ever heard :-) The wife appreciate superb clarity while I love the way that instruments are separated and rich, full-body sound with great extension both in upper and bottom registers.

        Mr Shaw and the rest of Harbeth Audio Ltd. - congratulations, you've done a fantastic job.


        • #5
          Re: My new SHL5 has arrived

          I, too, just unboxed my (used, but new to me!) 30th Aniv SHL5's.

          First record played? 'Kind of Blue'.

          Oh My God! THIS is what I've looked for for over 30 years!

          Most humble thanks and admiration to Alan and his team.


          • #6
            Re: My new SHL5 has arrived

            Who would have thought such wonderful sounds could come from plain ol' boxes.


            • #7
              Re: My new SHL5 has arrived

              Still in love!

              It's interesting the sense of authority that comes with listening to something through the Harbeths. If a cd or album doesn't sound good, I know it's the fault of the recording, not my playback. I've never had that confidence before with other speakers.


              • #8
                Waiting for my SHL5!

                I am still in my lonnngggg wait for my SHL 5 :-(


                • #9
                  Bought SHL5 without audition ....

                  Originally posted by tein3 View Post
                  I am still in my lonnngggg wait for my SHL 5 :-(
                  It will be worth the wait, believe me. I've not had mine very long but I knew from the first time I heard them (I bought a pair without an audition) they were the best I've ever heard or or owned.



                  • #10
                    Waiting for SHL5

                    Originally posted by Rapid 17 View Post
                    It will be worth the wait, believe me. I've not had mine very long but I knew from the first time I heard them (I bought a pair without an audition) they were the best I've ever heard or or owned.Geoff.
                    Thanks Geoff for the assurance of the wait, I am sure it will be a good wait, have heard that several times. Have been waiting... to date... about... 4 or 5 months, I think... and another 2 to 3 months to wait I think... that will make a 6 to 7 months.

                    Anyway.... I have my C7ES to keep me company now, will be moving to a new place soon (Sept)... guess I will not have a chance to listen to the 5's in my current listening room before I move My 7's are a definite stay when my 5's arrive... will not wish to wait for monthssss..... if I ever wish to have the 7's again, hahahaha.