HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts


"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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Asking Harbeth UK questions about old Harbeth/BBC speakers

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  • Asking Harbeth UK questions about old Harbeth/BBC speakers

    We receive occasional requests for brochures, spec sheets, serial number cross-checks, veneer colour verification, name of original customer, reviews and even price lists (!) for Harbeth speakers made many years ago. Whilst we are sympathetic, all the information we have available is shown here. The production Log Books are securely kept off-site, are not computerised and have to be retrieved. So, we have decided to offer this to those selling their speakers:

    1. We can only provide basic information (date of manufacture, veneer) for current and one previous generation of speakers providing that spare parts are currently available. As there are no spares for Mk1, Mk2, Mk3 and Mk4 we cannot comment on these speakers, production of which ended 22 years ago.

    2. We cannot photocopy, scan or otherwise provide info. not already shown on the spares page such as reviews, price lists and so on. For example, we can look up info on the current C7ES3 and the previous C7ES2 but cannot provide info about Harbeth speakers made before Alan took over and formal record keeping began.

    3. In future, as the on-line registration system grows, it may be easier to provide more information.

    4. We cannot give any indication of value. The sellers is responsibility for deciding what his speakers are worth after considering the availability of spares (here), condition etc..

    5. We will always direct potential buyers of old and second hand speakers to the Spares Matrix so that they can decide for themselves the purchase value, after considering the availability of spares. Sellers should be honest with buyers about what we can supply spares for .... there are no spares for Mk1, 2, 3, 4 etc..

    Thanks for your understanding.
    Harbeth PR,
    Harbeth UK