"This Harbeth User Group (HUG) is the Manufacturer's own managed forum dedicated to natural sound from microphone to ear, achievable by recognising and controlling the numerous confounding variables that exist along the audio chain. The Harbeth designer's objective is to make loudspeakers that contribute little of themselves to the music passing through them.

Identifying system components for their sonic neutrality should logically proceed from the interpretation and analysis of their technical, objective performance. Deviations from a flat frequency response at any point along the signal chain from microphone to ear is likely to give an audible sonic personality to the system at your ear; this includes the significant contribution of the listening room itself. To accurately reproduce the recorded sound as Harbeth speakers are designed to do, you would be best advised to select system components (sources, electronics, cables and so on) that do not color the sound before it reaches the speakers.

For example, the design of and interaction between the hifi amplifier and its speaker load can and will alter the sound balance of what you hear. This may or may not be what you wish to achieve, but any deviation from a flat response is a step away from a truly neutral system. HUG has extensively discussed amplifiers and the methods for seeking the most objectively neutral among a plethora of product choices.

HUG specialises in making complex technical matters simple to understand, getting at the repeatable facts in a post-truth environment where objectivity is increasingly ridiculed. With our heritage of natural sound and pragmatic design, HUG is not the best place to discuss non-Harbeth audio components selected, knowingly or not, to introduce a significantly personalised system sound. 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 offerings there. There is really no on-line substitute for time invested in a dealer's showroom because 'tuning' your system to taste is such a highly personal matter. Our overall objective here is to empower readers to make the factually best procurement decisions in the interests of lifelike music at home.

Please consider carefully how much you should rely upon and be influenced by 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, loudness and room treatment, not necessarily leading to appropriate equipment selection and listening satisfaction for you. Always keep in mind that without basic test equipment, subjective opinions will reign unchallenged. With test equipment, universal facts and truths are exposed.

If some of the science behind faithfully reproducing the sound intended by the composer, score, conductor and musicians over Harbeth speakers is your thing, this forum has been helping with that since 2006. If you just want to share your opinions and photos with others then the unrelated Harbeth Speakers Facebook page may be for you. Either way, welcome to the world of Harbeth!"

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Resembling High End Audio and Art - Would High End audio experts make similar mistakes?

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  • Resembling High End Audio and Art - Would High End audio experts make similar mistakes?

    Watch this Dutch made short TV impression to discover certain analogies between judging art and judging audio equipment.


  • #2
    They do make similar mistakes - all the time. And that is all the more disturbing because in audio there is an objective standard.


    • #3
      Everything bar audio

      Originally posted by willem View Post
      They do make similar mistakes - all the time. And that is all the more disturbing because in audio there is an objective standard.
      My wife and I have very different tastes in art and have had major rows in public when I tell her I wouldn't buy it even if it was in IKEA.

      Louise Bougeois and Anselm Keifer (sorry William, don't take it personally) are two notable examples.

      She also has a habit of buying prints and lithographs that she likes for my birthday.

      The good thing is that women don't seem to have an audio gene, so there is nothing to argue about.


      • #4
        Prentending to each other

        winfried, great example and the simularities are certainly there..

        -it is all about the context and expectations
        -most of us have no clue
        -it is all about pretending to be special, intellectual,..

        most of all: no conclusive theories about the art of Ike Andrews


        • #5
          No audio standards?

          Maybe the analogy is just slightly off the mark?

          One would be tempted to point out that the technically correct parallel would be between equipment used for producing art (easels, canvas, brushes) and audio equipment. Music has no objective standard - at least for the vast majority who listens to real music. But equipment used in producing, recording and reproducing music do have objective standards, in the sense that they are measurable against a benchmark.

          Now, of course, there is one philosophical problem. Unlike the "standard" for a metre, there is no universal standard or benchmark for "how audio equipment should behave".

          Some people are right in choosing high fidelity (highest faithfulness to the original signal) as the benchmark. Some may disagree and claim what sounds pleasant is more important.