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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.

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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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I must sell my Harbeth speakers (P3 ES2) - a change of life

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  • I must sell my Harbeth speakers (P3 ES2) - a change of life

    First of all, a note to the moderators. I have read the moderation policy and couldn't find anything expressly ruling out this kind of post; nonetheless I am unsure whether this is appropriate for the HUG forum. Please disallow if you think it is not.

    Due to a change of circumstance I must sell my Harbeths (along with nearly everything else). Music listening will be sorely missed. Before I list them in a magazine, or the 'Bay as a last resort, I would like to offer them to the HUG membership.

    For info, I am (voluntarily) giving up my job, which I don't really understand, and flying these shores for new horizons in New Zealand. It's time to see some new things.

    I would be most grateful to hear of any interest from the HUG. Many thanks.

    Specifics to follow if the mods feel it's all right.
    Ben from UK. Harbeth Super HL5 owner.

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    Our commiserations - come back soon to the Harbeth family

    1. Is she beautiful?

    2. Are you one step ahead of the law?

    3. Mid life crisis?

    I hope that everything is OK for you and if not I'm sorry for your circumstances and wish you well in your sale and your travels. Godspeed.

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    • #3
      If my age qualifies, then #3.
      Ben from UK. Harbeth Super HL5 owner.

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      • #4
        You can always buy some more when you get here...!

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        • #5
          Good luck when you get there, the most beautiful country in the world by a country mile IMO.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by BAS-H View Post
            If my age qualifies, then #3.
            That can be fixed with a nice sports car :-)

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            • #7
              My escape plan ...



              No it can't! Blown all me readies on bicycles

              House is sold pending contract exchange. Looking at taking to the air late September. I can't wait. I've informed my (very understanding) work colleagues, some of whom I think are a bit jealous. I can't think why; this plan requires giving up everything I have for only a 50% chance of pulling it off at all... maybe they just like the idea.
              Ben from UK. Harbeth Super HL5 owner.

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