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.

That's it! Enjoy!

{Updated Oct. 2017}
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The basic, basic, basics of audio terminology .....

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  • The basic, basic, basics of audio terminology .....

    It's clear from the ten years and the thousands of man hours invested by a core group of HUG members, that there is a large and unfilled knowledge void between audiophiles and objective reality. Audio is, after all, a science based activity from the sound waves that fall on the microphones, all the way through to the electrical stimulation in your brain when you hear the sound over your loudspeakers. There are no mysteries in this process. There is no magic; it's all astonishingly well researched, well documented and well understood. And because audio, like video is so well understood, vast corporations are able to satisfy consumer demand, profitable, by manufacturing and delivering AV products.

    This thread exists to encourage those who have the keys to the knowledge doors to share their understanding. This requires two-way interaction, something the printed media are completely incapable of. There are no stupid questions. There are stupid answers when objectivity is replaced by impenetrable or imprecise mumbo jumbo.

    So, let's have a go at breaking down the entire chain into meaningful technical matters. I've created a number of sub-threads to deal specifically with the various aspects, and we can, of course, cross link them.

    May I suggest that we start with the question 'what is a sound wave' and that leads to 'how does that interact with the microphone' and then to 'and what does the microphone output in response to that sound wave falling on it'?
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK

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    So happy find a big shot willing to tell people the truth. There are to many mysteries & magic in HIFI sphere, Especially in my home-China, where the HIFI-fancier is called "fever guy" by the masses. (A wry smile) As a proud engineer, that is hard to me to keep calm when I read a networks discussion forums about HIFI equipment. such as some quantum tape on the CD, quantum tape!quantum!WOW!