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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!"

Jan. 2018
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Harbeth SHL-5 Eucalyptus (bought SHL5 after compared M401 v. QUAD)

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  • Harbeth SHL-5 Eucalyptus (bought SHL5 after compared M401 v. QUAD)

    My friend setup just bought speaker after listened my 40.1, previous speaker was Quad electrostatic after that he realized that Harbeth more fullrange than Quad ESL
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  • #2
    Clean setup but cables in 'thrones'?

    Nice Setup in a nice and clean room.
    (i like it when nothing dirstracts you from the music)

    I do however find it a litte amusing that you put the speaker cables onto these little thrones. Seems a very asian thing to do as you see it very often on photos from asian countries. Are you sure it makes a difference?


    • #3
      Vintage Levinson

      Vintage Levinson and Proceed - that takes me back.

      Happy days.


      • #4
        Quad 606

        First time I am seeing a picture of the Quad 606. I have a 2004 model 909 myself, and it is a great little amp. Very little difference in looks, and it seems Quad just turned the name around and made it slightly smaller to go from 606 to 909!

        I am guessing the cable arrangement is for aesthetics and the clean, well organized look.


        • #5
          Cable elevators on carpets

          On synthetic carpet, cable elevators can make a small difference to the sound: more open and less smearing.

          {Moderator's comments: really this discussion should be in the Sandbox not here.}


          • #6
            Quad 240

            Does anybody know or use this amp (Quad 240) with Harbeth speakers (Shl5)?