HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts

The Harbeth User Group is the primary channel for public communication with Harbeth's HQ. If you have a 'scientific mind' and are curious about how the ear works, how it can lead us to make the right - and wrong - audio equipment decisions, and about the technical ins and outs of audio equipment, how it's designed and what choices the designer makes, then the factual Science of Audio sub-forum area of HUG is your place. The objective methods of comparing audio equipment under controlled conditions has been thoroughly examined here on HUG and elsewhere and should be accessible to non-experts and able to be tried-out at home without deep technical knowledge. From a design perspective, today's award winning Harbeths could not have been designed any other way.

Alternatively, if you just like chatting about audio and subjectivity rules for you, then the Subjective Soundings area is you. If you are quite set in your subjectivity, then HUG is likely to be a bit too fact based for you, as many of the contributors have maximised their pleasure in home music reproduction by allowing their head to rule their heart. If upon examination we think that Posts are better suited to one sub-forum than than the other, they will be redirected during Moderation, which is applied throughout the site.

Questions and Posts about, for example, 'does amplifier A sounds better than amplifier B' or 'which speaker stands or cables are best' are suitable for the Subjective Soundings area only, although HUG is really not the best place to have these sort of purely subjective airings.

The Moderators' decision is final in all matters and Harbeth does not necessarily agree with the contents of any member contributions, especially in the Subjective Soundings area, and has no control over external content.

That's it! Enjoy!

{Updated Oct. 2017}
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The Harbeth HexGrille tweeter and it's intended effect.

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  • The Harbeth HexGrille tweeter and it's intended effect.

    Hello HUG,

    New to the forum here and a happy owner of the Compact 7ES-3. My question is with regards to the HexGrille on the tweeter of the C7ES-3. I believe other Harbeth models use same or similar grilles on the tweeter assembly as well..but not all. My question then; Are these grilles assembled purely as a preventative measure and/or do they impart a sonic signature that is intended in the design? Does the grille tend to "focus" high frequency output or does it simply provide protection to a delicate tweeter structure? If more the latter, does the inclusion of the grill in anyway affect the tweeters abilities to perform? (Increasing, decreasing dispersion or decreasing output, etc)

    As a sidenote: For many years, I owned another older brand of UK speaker that also had a metal mesh grill over the tweeter and I found removing them changed the sound considerably.