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!"

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Taking Care Of Your Harbeth

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  • Taking Care Of Your Harbeth

    All of us spend a good amount of money on our precious brand new Harbeth(s) speakers. The speakers arrived in perfect condition on the first day. How do you maintain the finish of your speakers to be as new as the day you start owning them, making sure it doesn't even have a slightest scratch? How do you avoid anyone touching it without hurting their feelings? Just wondering...

  • #2
    I bought a pair of SHL5's a short time ago. When my 4 year old hyperactive grandson came to visit me recently I put the speakers in another room and shut the door. LOL.



    • #3
      I got a delicated room for my self. I locked the door when I not at home. I use air blower and women makeup brush to clean the radial cone. Also use vaccum to clean the cabinet surface with help of the brush as well. Beside that, I avoid touching the cone and the cabinet by bare hand. No one can enter my room without my permisson. Not only my Harbeth, I treated all my Hifi gears: cdp, amp, CDs, LP etc with care and love too
      "Bath with Music"


      • #4
        A big, fat soft makeup brush - ideal for cone cleaning

        Originally posted by keithwwk View Post
        I use air blower and women makeup brush to clean the radial cone.
        Very good idea indeed. That should be the standard recommended way of de-dusting your RADIAL cones.
        Harbeth PR,
        Harbeth UK


        • #5
          Keith, this is seriously a very good tip from you! Thanks!


          • #6
            I'm more worried about bugs and insects than human hands. Any advice?


            • #7
              Pest control might be the answer. Maybe you can pre-treat your future house before you move in.


              • #8
                Originally posted by chowyeung View Post
                worried about bugs and insects
                Bugs and insects don't seem to like vibration too much, so if you use the speakers often, that should keep them away. Think your speaker doesn't have ports? That also lessens anything getting in there if the grilles are kept on. The bigger culprit is UV as they damage the rubber surrounds, moisture or an extremely dry environment.

                Tried cleaning the upper surface with a Nagaoka record player roller last night, seems to work :-)


                • #9
                  Yes i also use the blusher brush to brush away all dust on the radial driver. The very fine bristles of the brush ensures that it will not scratch the cone surface while maintaining the shine on it. In addition, i sometimes use a small manual dust blower (similar to those used by watch repairers) to blow dust away from the shiny cone.