"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!"

Feb. 2018
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Happy Canada Day to all

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  • Happy Canada Day to all

    It is Canada's birthday today! The Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge are here celebrating with us. Hoist a cold favorite drink while listening to your Harbeths!


    BTW does Prince William have Harbeths? And if not,why not...

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    Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Canada visit

    Let's celebrate the joyous time that the newly married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (our future Monarchs) have had in Canada. They've been very warmly welcomed. Here and here.

    BBC clip here showing Prince William landing a UK made Search and Rescue* type helicopter (which he flies in the UK) on water.

    *Search and Rescue is a public service, established in 1941 in light of the number of Allied aircrew killed in the English Channel during the Battle of Britain. It is hard to believe now but during WW2 there was no established routine for rescuing pilots (or seamen) who crash landed/sank in British waters. Many died of cold. An emergency meeting was convened by Air Marshal Sir Arthur Harris in 1941 which subsequently created the Directorate of Air Sea Rescue. This later became the RAF Search and Rescue Force. Now the main beneficiary of 60 years of Search and Rescue is members of the public stranded in difficult to reach parts of the coastline, in boats after technical failure or sickness or injury. The service is free to all.
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    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK