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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.

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Designing speakers in and for small rooms

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  • Designing speakers in and for small rooms

    Many times over the years I have been asked "can we come and listen to Harbeth speakers in your companies listening room - I imagine that it is a really big room with perfect acoustics and lots of state-of-the-art electronics and wall treatment ...".

    Not so! We live in the real world here! Although we have two quasi-anechoic measurement spaces just a few miles away in the countryside, all the voicing and real-room adjustment is done at home in a small room (of about 3 x 4m) which I call my 'study'. My thinking has always been that if we can make these speakers sound great in this perfectly normal room listening in the hyper-critical relative nearfield, then they will work perfectly in similar or larger rooms.

    Since this size is about that of a BBC editing room, and also very typical of listening space in the Far East, I think it is the correct way to design and may well explain why the Harbeth sound is so comfortable in real homes.

    I've also been asked "what type of music do you listen to when designing or evaluating speakers? How long do you listen for? What type of test equipment/test signals do you use? How fast do you work - is the design or evaluation process short or long? Do you find yourself going round in circles? etc. etc." (Answer an emphatic 'yes' to that last question!)
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK

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    Re: Designing speakers in and for small rooms

    Hi Alan,
    Are there any difference on room or acoustic condition for designing domestic and monitor series?
    Kevin

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      Re: Designing speakers in and for small rooms

      Originally posted by kevint
      Are there any difference on room or acoustic condition for designing domestic and monitor series?
      None at all: the "Harbeth sound" is the "Harbeth sound" regardless of the product naming.
      Alan A. Shaw
      Designer, owner
      Harbeth Audio UK

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