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"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!"


Feb. 2018
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Future Harbeth products - have your say (in private)

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  • Future Harbeth products - have your say (in private)

    NOTE!! For reasons of commercial security, posts made here will be readable only by Harbeth staff. But they will be taken seriously in shaping product development strategy.

    Despite - or even consequent to - the mayhem of Brexit and the impact on UK manufacturing businesses such as Harbeth (all so uncertain) I am continuing to invest in new staff to strengthen our company.

    Joining me next week is a new assistant development engineer. I have mapped-out his workload for the year ahead in converting some of the twenty plus incomplete R&D projects I have in abeyance into market ready products - or at least, to the point that we can make a go/no-go decision about bringing them to market. It's quite shocking to see how much preliminary work I have undertaken on various projects but just do not have the time to focus on to take through a proper engineering evaluation.

    If, as hoped, this dramatically accelerates R&D here, then I am willing to invest further in people, plant and equipment to take this brand to the next level. The purpose of this post is to invite you to contribute your input to the long-term strategy, and to tell us what products (or services) you would like to see with the Harbeth logo on. I can't promise anything, and certainly not in a public forum, but we are listening. There just might be something you foresee which is a short hop from something we are working on, and we may be able to adapt and deliver.

    Your contributions will NOT be visible here in public for obvious reasons, but we will harvest them and discuss them individually at next month's Management Meeting.

    Thank you.

    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK

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    We've been pleased and surprised at the range of eminently sensible feedback we've had to this thread. Thanks. Some ideas are so unique that they have never crossed our minds these past thirty years.

    Every contribution has been tabled for discussion at the next Management Meeting. Further thoughts from HUG members are most welcome. You are contributing in private, so please do not expect to see your post listed here.
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK

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    • #3
      Contributions still coming in and are all welcome. We are fitting them into a jigsaw of brand awareness.
      Alan A. Shaw
      Designer, owner
      Harbeth Audio UK

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      • #4
        1. Grille removal tool. Even though I don't remove them myself, they are awkward for the many who like to.

        2. A speaker between the SHL5Plus and the 40.2?

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