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INTRODUCTION - PLEASE READ FIRST TO UNDERSTAND THIS FORUM!

"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 http://bit.ly/2FEgoAy may be for you. Either way, welcome to the world of Harbeth!"


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What are the kids up to? The next generation at Harbeth .....

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  • What are the kids up to? The next generation at Harbeth .....

    Graduated last year, twenty three year old youngest son David Shaw is Marketing Manager at Fujitsu UK for their new Windows-based Q550 tablet pc, aimed at the business market with its disk encryption, fingerprint and smartcard reader and Windows operating system.

    He appears on Sky News here and the interview is relayed on YouTube.

    Would a young man at the forefront of computer technology be interested in the audio business and specifically, managing discussions about cables, stands, DACs and the 'superiority' of vinyl? Difficult to say .....
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK

  • #2
    Following in father's footsteps?

    Possibly, didn't dad start out with a Japanese electronics company?

    George

    {Moderator's comment: he certainly did (NEC)!}

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    • #3
      Some frustrations deeply felt but a sense of responsibility ...

      Hi A.S

      Would a young man at the forefront of computer technology be interested in the audio business and specifically, managing discussions about cables, stands, DACs and the 'superiority' of vinyl? Difficult to say .....
      I found this a really interesting statement, and as an avid reader, of the user group, I've often felt your frustration about some of the discussions that take part on a privately owned, funded, and run user group.

      It has been my feeling that your drive to continue to add your huge effort in contributing to this user group was often (perhaps more often that not) driven by ethical considerations. That is to say, a sense of responsibility, a wish to educate, a sense of giving back to the community, altruism perhaps.

      A recent article in Hifi Plus magazine praised Harbeths' actions in supporting the victims of the Japanese earthquake, perhaps a further example of the sense of morality that seems to run deep at Harbeth, and it is my suspicion that this strong morality will have been passed to your children and they too will seek to do more than simply pursue capitalism and the acquisition of success and wealth for its own end.

      I appreciate fully that it would be unlikely to be the case that you would want to air your personal reflections on the user group in public, but in the meantime I would like to add my thanks to those of others for your efforts, and of course congratulate you on your sons' success.

      Jim

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      • #4
        The cut and thrust of the computer industry

        Originally posted by A.S. View Post
        Graduated last year, twenty three year old youngest son David Shaw is Marketing Manager at Fujitsu UK for their new Windows-based Q550 tablet pc, aimed at the business market with its disk encryption, fingerprint and smartcard reader and Windows operating system.

        He appears on Sky News here and the interview is relayed on YouTube.

        Would a young man at the forefront of computer technology be interested in the audio business and specifically, managing discussions about cables, stands, DACs and the 'superiority' of vinyl? Difficult to say .....
        When he is disillusioned with what the PC/technology (or consumer driven) industry is offering, he will realised it is better to do something you can have better control of its destiny rather than being in a continuous cycle of shrinking profits, increasing R&D cost, short product life, relentless pressure from competitors operating out of cheaper locations etc.... Unless you found your niche or you are in the position to reinvent the game (like Apple), there are lesser and lesser differentiator these days for technological companies to rip rewards of their investments.

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