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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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  • What can you hear?

    This is a rather fun site for testing your hearing and your system.

    http://www.audiocheck.net/soundtests...ones_index.php

    The audiogram hearing test probably needs to be calibrated with the Decibel app or other spl measuring device.

    On the blind audio tests I found I was OK at 3dB, could detect +1dB but not -1dB. The latter all sounded flat to me.

    My SHL5+ seemed to do everything fine except the vertical listening test (http://www.audiocheck.net/audiotests_ledr.php), which only seemed to image upwards by about 1m.

    On this test http://www.audiocheck.net/audiotests_dynamiccheck.php I could just about hear 54dB below full scale (which was about 90dB), possibly the acid test that most systems are massively over-specified in terms of what we can actually hear.

    The sweep tone generator was useful, as I got a surprisingly level sounding sweep from 30z to 60hz, better than I expected, although the drop off sweeping from 20hz was very significant. Using the "mark" function, I found I could just hear above 11khz, but nothing above 12khz, so I no longer have to worry above that level.
    http://www.audiocheck.net/audiofrequ...ator_sweep.php

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    "Your hearing is the worst it has ever been...."

    Originally posted by ssfas View Post
    This is a rather fun site for testing your hearing and your system.

    http://www.audiocheck.net/soundtests...ones_index.php

    The audiogram hearing test probably needs to be calibrated with the Decibel app or other spl measuring device.

    On the blind audio tests I found I was OK at 3dB, could detect +1dB but not -1dB. The latter all sounded flat to me.

    My SHL5+ seemed to do everything fine except the vertical listening test (http://www.audiocheck.net/audiotests_ledr.php), which only seemed to image upwards by about 1m.

    On this test http://www.audiocheck.net/audiotests_dynamiccheck.php I could just about hear 54dB below full scale (which was about 90dB), possibly the acid test that most systems are massively over-specified in terms of what we can actually hear.

    The sweep tone generator was useful, as I got a surprisingly level sounding sweep from 30z to 60hz, better than I expected, although the drop off sweeping from 20hz was very significant. Using the "mark" function, I found I could just hear above 11khz, but nothing above 12khz, so I no longer have to worry above that level.
    http://www.audiocheck.net/audiofrequ...ator_sweep.php
    Part of my decision to buy Harbeth was to be able to listen to lower volume replay that was also satisfying, my new mantra might be (and slightly stolen from previous words of wisdom) 'your hearing is the worst it has ever been but the best it will ever be'..........listen to your favorite music today!
    Getting to know my C7ES3

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