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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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  • Harbeth HL-S8 tower

    I am considering a purchase of the Harbeth model HL S8. I can't find many general information on them, since they are out of production. I would appreciate any data or comment you may post in order to help my decision. My amplifier is: Audio Analogue Puccini SE .

    Regards, Angelo Avenante (Florence).

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    Re: HL-S8

    Originally posted by Avenante View Post
    I am considering a purchase of the Harbeth model HL S8. I can't find many general information on them, since they are out of production. I would appreciate any data or comment you may post in order to help my decision. My amplifier is: Audio Analogue Puccini SE.
    Hi Avenante, the HL-S8 is the floorstanding version of the defunct HL-K6. And the K6 used to sit in between the P3 & C7 employing the C7's mid/bass driver & P3's 19mm aluminium dome tweeter. Your amp should have no problem driving the S8.

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      Re: Hl-s8

      Are there any pictures available for the HL S8 and the HL K6?.

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        Re: HL-S8

        Originally posted by Gan CK View Post
        Hi Avenante, the HL-S8 is the floorstanding version of the defunct HL-K6. And the K6 used to sit in between the P3 & C7 employing the C7's mid/bass driver & P3's 19mm aluminium dome tweeter. Your amp should have no problem driving the S8.
        Thank a lot for the useful info. Regards. Avenante.

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          Re: Hl-s8

          Here are some pics of the HL-K6 & S8.

          HL-K6

          HL-S8


          I never got a chance to listen to the S8 though i owned the K6 before. Smooth, sophisticated, musical & tonally correct in typical Harbeth tradition.

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            Re: Hl-s8

            Thank you Gan CK for the pictures. It is very interesting to know Harbeth's history through its creations.

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              Re: Hl-s8

              Originally posted by codel View Post
              Thank you Gan CK for the pictures. It is very interesting to know Harbeth's history through its creations.
              You are welcome. I came to know Harbeth since 1987 when my local dealer brought in the HL-MK4. One listen to the MK4s & i was hooked. In addition, i love that classic BBC look that may appear boxy looking to some.

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                Re: Hl-s8

                I eventually decided yo buy the HL S8.

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                  Re: Hl-s8

                  Originally posted by Avenante View Post
                  I eventually decided yo buy the HL S8.
                  Great. Do let us know how the HL-S8 sounds in your setup & perhaps post a couple of pictures as well? )

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