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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  • Floorstanding speaker?

    I read in TAS that Harbeth has a new "untiteled" floorstanding in CES 2006.
    Maybe Alan can spill the bean and tell us further about this speaker?

  • #2
    Re: New floorstanding speaker

    It's no secret that (under pressure from the ladies) I have been experimenting with this tower concept for some years. I have now gathered enough experience of how these big boxes work in-room to be aware of the mountain of design issues that have to be attended to make a truly Harbeth-worth tower. In the meantime, my R&D workload is fully defined fo the next six months.
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK


    • #3
      New Harbeth Model

      This is for AS. Is it true there is a new Harbeth model in the works? I read about this in one of the US audio magazines where the reviewer had just visited the CES 2006 tradeshow and saw a new Harbeth model. Can you enlighten us?


      • #4
        Re: New Harbeth Model

        Please refer to my comments in the above thread. You are doubtless referring to the same magazine report.

        If I can caution you about "leaks" - although as I have actually demonstrated the concept speaker at CES it can hardly be described as a trade secret can it - but the timing of new products is a very important took in the marketing strategy of a manufacturing company.

        Apple Computer (iPod etc.) are the masters of that game. Conversely, it was Dudley Harwood's premature announcement of the TPX based Harbeth HL Mk4 (in about 1984) that greatly harmed his sales: Audax took one year to deliver the new technology bass units they'd promised him in which time the sales of the polypropylene based Mk3 dried up. When I took over in 1986 there really wasn't a company, entirely due to the unavailability of this all-critical part. You'll understand my determination to make our own (RADIAL) driver as soon as we could to have a secure supply position. Thank goodness we did.
        Alan A. Shaw
        Designer, owner
        Harbeth Audio UK