"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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    We are willing and able to discuss most hi-fi related issues, and those relating to British life which fills-out the background culture around Harbeth.

    For obvious reasons of commercial confidentiality, we are not able to reply to questions about specific production processes, costing, pricing, margins, exact availability in your area, quantity, quality, supplier, sourcing or any other information if we suspect that information could be used by a competitor or would-be competitors in the UK or overseas. Your local Harbeth outlet will certainly be able to supply appropriate information.

    Our decision in this matter is absolutely final in the interests of protecting our brand and company for the long term. We apologise if you are curious about what business people refer to as 'commercially sensitive information'. Where we feel that we can disclose information to a general audience we will continue to do so.

    Questions that ask for sensitive information will be declined, ignored and/or deleted. This is common business practice. Thank you for your understanding.

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    Commercially Sensitive Information

    This summarized description of definition extracted from the FOI [Freedom of Information Act] encompasses the above term which may be helpful to us who are still unsure what actually it means.

    The following are examples of information that may based on experience come within the definition of "financial, commercial, scientific or other information":

    • statements of financial information containing audited balance sheets and profit and loss accounts of companies, information on costs of production, revenue earned, etc...

    • information as to a company's pricing structure

    • information in the nature of operating and financial information, future strategies, expected export market movements, selling prices and overseas customers

    . Some categories of information, such as current client lists, production costs, hourly rates to be charged by a contractor or statistical information relevant to licensing applications

    • Although the information itself has little or no financial value, would its release result in the person or business incurring a financial loss. For example, the knowledge in the market place that a particular business is thinking of diversifying, may cause the price of its shares to drop

    • information on the production costs and market share in an industry could be used by competitors in conjunction with what was already known, to advance their position in the marketplace

    • disclosure of the date of the licensing application would reveal at what stage in the production and marketing of a product, the company was. Competitors seeking to copy the product once available for sale, would be advantaged by being prepared ahead of time

    • were a competitor to know the details of a company's transfer pricing or its profit margins, that information could be used to prejudice that company's position in the market place

    More information.