HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts

The Harbeth User Group is the primary channel for public communication with Harbeth's HQ. If you have a 'scientific mind' and are curious about how the ear works, how it can lead us to make the right - and wrong - audio equipment decisions, and about the technical ins and outs of audio equipment, how it's designed and what choices the designer makes, then the factual Science of Audio sub-forum area of HUG is your place. The objective methods of comparing audio equipment under controlled conditions has been thoroughly examined here on HUG and elsewhere and should be accessible to non-experts and able to be tried-out at home without deep technical knowledge. From a design perspective, today's award winning Harbeths could not have been designed any other way.

Alternatively, if you just like chatting about audio and subjectivity rules for you, then the Subjective Soundings area is you. If you are quite set in your subjectivity, then HUG is likely to be a bit too fact based for you, as many of the contributors have maximised their pleasure in home music reproduction by allowing their head to rule their heart. If upon examination we think that Posts are better suited to one sub-forum than than the other, they will be redirected during Moderation, which is applied throughout the site.

Questions and Posts about, for example, 'does amplifier A sounds better than amplifier B' or 'which speaker stands or cables are best' are suitable for the Subjective Soundings area only, although HUG is really not the best place to have these sort of purely subjective airings.

The Moderators' decision is final in all matters and Harbeth does not necessarily agree with the contents of any member contributions, especially in the Subjective Soundings area, and has no control over external content.

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{Updated Oct. 2017}
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Digital downloads and CD sales DOWN, vinyl UP

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  • Digital downloads and CD sales DOWN, vinyl UP

    Neilsen's mid year music industry report reveals some interesting stats:

    Digital album sales down 11.6%
    CD sales down 19.6%
    Streaming up 42%
    Vinyl LP sales up 40.4%

    They don't break down lossless digital downloads vs lossy (i.e, iTunes et al), but I hope that the seemingly dramatic popularity of streaming doesn't cause the industry to focus on it to the exclusion of lossless downloads. It can already be difficult to obtain lossless copies of music that you want. Often, the only choice is to purchase the CD online, rip it to some lossless format, then give it it away, sell it, or toss it into your digital rubbish pile. I fear that the easy availability and instant gratification of sound that is "good enough" in the form of lossy downloads and streaming, combined with the fact that few people today actually own high fidelity sound systems, will further drive the popularity of lossy, compressed audio.

    Vinyl sales are no surprise as they have been growing for years, but of course the actual numbers are extremely small.

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    Sales data

    For balance and to save people delving into the report, I think it beneficial to see a fuller picture, rather than 'selected' statistics - certainly for me anyway? These figures are for the US only.

    TOTAL ALBUM SALES (in Millions) 2014 Mid-Year in US

    CD Album Sales = 62.9
    Digital Album Sales = 53.8
    LP/Vinyl Album Sales = 4.0

    Overall music consumption (sales & streaming) down by 3.3% from 2013