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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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Veneers, wood and the variations we expect

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  • #16
    The black features are completely natural. They are where small branches, 'shoots' grow sideways out of the tree. We consider them to be normal since trees are natural and each one is different.

    As stated above, please discuss this with your dealer.


    • #17
      Hi A.S.
      I recently bought a second hand pair of Monitor 30 in Cherry, and feel concerned about the numbers they bear : just one figure different, 2165L and 2166R. Is the mismatch affecting soundwide ? or only veneer sensitive? I wonder what happened to the remaining pair of separated twins.

      {Moderator's response: There should be no detectable difference between adjacent serial numbers. Which country are these speakers in now?}


      • #18
        In France, Paris to be exact; they were bought in 2005 at David Manley's shop by the previous owner. They're in really nice shape.

        {Moderator's response: That agrees with our records. Made about four years ago}