"This Harbeth User Group (HUG) is the Manufacturer's own managed forum dedicated to natural sound from microphone to ear, achievable by recognising and controlling the numerous confounding variables that exist along the audio chain. The Harbeth designer's objective is to make loudspeakers that contribute little of themselves to the music passing through them.

Identifying system components for their sonic neutrality should logically proceed from the interpretation and analysis of their technical, objective performance. Deviations from a flat frequency response at any point along the signal chain from microphone to ear is likely to give an audible sonic personality to the system at your ear; this includes the significant contribution of the listening room itself. To accurately reproduce the recorded sound as Harbeth speakers are designed to do, you would be best advised to select system components (sources, electronics, cables and so on) that do not color the sound before it reaches the speakers.

For example, the design of and interaction between the hifi amplifier and its speaker load can and will alter the sound balance of what you hear. This may or may not be what you wish to achieve, but any deviation from a flat response is a step away from a truly neutral system. HUG has extensively discussed amplifiers and the methods for seeking the most objectively neutral among a plethora of product choices.

HUG specialises in making complex technical matters simple to understand, getting at the repeatable facts in a post-truth environment where objectivity is increasingly ridiculed. With our heritage of natural sound and pragmatic design, HUG is not the best place to discuss non-Harbeth audio components selected, knowingly or not, to introduce a significantly personalised system sound. 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 offerings there. There is really no on-line substitute for time invested in a dealer's showroom because 'tuning' your system to taste is such a highly personal matter. Our overall objective here is to empower readers to make the factually best procurement decisions in the interests of lifelike music at home.

Please consider carefully how much you should rely upon and be influenced by 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, loudness and room treatment, not necessarily leading to appropriate equipment selection and listening satisfaction for you. Always keep in mind that without basic test equipment, subjective opinions will reign unchallenged. With test equipment, universal facts and truths are exposed.

If some of the science behind faithfully reproducing the sound intended by the composer, score, conductor and musicians over Harbeth speakers is your thing, this forum has been helping with that since 2006. If you just want to share your opinions and photos with others then the unrelated Harbeth Speakers Facebook page may be for you. Either way, welcome to the world of Harbeth!"

Feb. 2018
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From C7es3 to shl5+

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  • From C7es3 to shl5+

    So, it was time to upgrade my c7's ..

    I listened to various speakers (almost bought a dynaudio c1 signature) untill last week when I brought home a shl5+ pair for a demo (from the local dealer)
    placed them on diy wooden open frame stands (45cm height) , 80cm from back wall and 120cm from side ones

    all I needed was few hours to decide ...

    these are truly remarkable speakers
    much better than c7es3 in every aspect (to my ears, in my room with my equipment) ...

    my shl5+ also has the new protective grill tweeter (as in the anniversary model) and I quess this would be an improvement ...

    driving them with hegel h160 @ asr mini basis exclusive @ avid diva ii / jelco 750d / denon 103r

    say cheese
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  • #2
    Happy days,but the sad thing is,your c7 realy want to live with me now


    • #3
      C7's are marvelous speakers, and I could still be happy with them,

      but when I brought the 5+'s home and listened to them I had no choice ...


      • #4
        Enjoy your new SHL5plus speakers! May I ask which veneer you chose?


        • #5
          Thanks !!
          I chose Eucalyptus.


          • #6
            I also just moved from the C7ES3 to the SHL5+. They are currently sitting on the boxes they came in as I have no speaker stands. Will solve that today. Even so, I am extremely happy with the purchase! They sound very much like the C7ES3 in my opinion, but with more of everything. Bigger sound, deeper bass, more clarity. If I had never heard them, I would have been happy with the C7ES3 indefinitely, so I think the lesson is to stop visiting shops, and never listen to the 40.2. iMac is my main source, and I've picked up a lovely used Yamah A-S801 which has all the inputs I'll ever need.