"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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  • An update on my Sanctuary with SHL5 :-)


    • Wow! Thein, great improvement of the room and nice rack.
      What effect does diffusers have?
      Any bass traps?


      • Hi Jmohd, Thanks ;-)
        Yes, there are bass traps on both my rear corners (seating position), ASC 11"diameter, got it used... lucky found item at good price on Echoloft. Helped me to control some "crunching" bass waves around my ears.
        The diffusers on the sides, provide better control of the imaging and also, gives a wider stage with a better control of the highs from the reflection on the side walls.


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          • The positioning of the speakers does not look optimal. Have you tried to tried to pull them away from the wall and floor?


            • Better late than never:


              • Mine is about 15.6ft Length x 11ft width and 10ft height...if it can works well with you..i think no problem for my rooms too..cheers....


                • Hi, what is the make of the stands?


                  • Originally posted by bluegrass View Post
                    Hi, what is the make of the stands?
                    I'm sorry, were you referring to mine, or to the other nice setups here?


                    • i already tried to put the pictures in another thread but i think it fits better here. i commissioned a locksmith to customize metal stands for my 40.1. its made of hollow steel, welded and lackered in dull black. and i coupled them to the floor with pieces of hard rubber. it looks quite good in connection with the speakers, i think. very very rigid construction.
                      i hope the picture upload works.

                      Harbeth M40.1-Naim NAC52-Supercap-NAP 135-CDS2-XPS


                      • Hi Timleety, yes i meant your wooden ones. Thanks


                        • Hi delgesu,
                          wonderfull stand you have there. It is far more than enough for m40.1 if you can level your ear to its tweeter. Nice photos and thank you very much.
                          "Bath with Music"


                          • Originally posted by bluegrass View Post
                            Hi Timleety, yes i meant your wooden ones. Thanks
                            More info here:

                            I use them with TAOC SBL 13-MT stabilizers between them and the Harbs. If only because my listening position is a little higher than it needs to be, so they help to align the speakers better. But in all honesty, it does benefit the overall imaging with the decoupling.

                            They're not terribly popular with Harbeth owners in my area, they tend to prefer metal stands of the mass-loaded variety.

                            By the way delgesu, nice photos of the beautiful 40s! First time I'm seeing close-ups of them in rosewood.


                            • Originally posted by keithwwk View Post

                              My turn now..

                              SHL5, Old C7 and old P3 (belong to my friend)
                              Marantz PM17mkII KI and PM66KI
                              Marantz CD17mkIII and CD6000KI

                              Wat can I say on harbeth music partner for my life...
                              Hi Keithwwk, Beautiful system. What stands are under the C7s? They look like epos st12's, but they look a bit wider/deeper, and a bit lower. I'm really looking for stands that are like that. Any info would be great.



                              • Hi Mike,

                                Thanks you. That's was my old photo. My current setups are without marantz and p3. The amps changed to LFD mistral LE and Zero LE mkIII. The P3 was returned back to friend.

                                The c7 stand was old design from Malaysia dealer sold together with it. I think it was a same design as epos stand except it's top is a plate. Epos stand's top is a hollow frame.

                                Hope this help.
                                "Bath with Music"