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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.

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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.

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Speaker on TV cabinet

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  • Speaker on TV cabinet

    I have a burning question. Can I place the P3ESR on each end of a (hard wood) TV cabinet that is about 5 feet in length, 26" height with the 42" plasma TV in the middle and the amplifier and cd player in the shelves of the cabinet? Will the arrangement affect the sound quality of the speakers?


  • #2
    Stands are better solution

    It's not ideal, as the cabinet will colour the sound of the speaker. Is it possible to use good quality stands, up close to the cabinet sides ?


    • #3
      Proper stands

      Thank you for your reply. If that is the case, I will have to look for a smaller TV cabinet, like 45" length and put the speakers by its sides on proper speaker stands. I asked is because I have space constraint. Thanks for the advice.


      • #4
        better layout

        That is a much better layout.


        • #5
          Keep speakers away from TV

          I read previously on another forum where someone mentioned that the most noticeable upgrade they've ever made was to remove their flat panel TV from between their speakers.

          I would suggest if at all possible you try to keep the speakers on stands moved up front of the TV or try draping a blanket over the TV while listening. (or move the TV somewhere else).


          • #6
            Moving the TV = huge difference in sound

            Exactly. It makes a massive difference, moving the TV or Hi-Fi rack from between the speakers, or even covering it up whilst listening.


            • #7
              Thank you so much. I will try it out.