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Since its inception ten years ago, the Harbeth User Group's ambition has been to create a lasting knowledge archive. Knowledge is based on facts and observations. Knowledge is timeless. Knowledge is human independent and replicatable. However, we live in new world where thanks to social media, 'facts' have become flexible and personal. HUG operates in that real world.

HUG has two approaches to contributor's Posts. If you have, like us, a scientific mind and are curious about how the ear works, how it can lead us to make the right - and wrong - decisions, and about the technical ins and outs of audio equipment, how it's designed and what choices the designer makes, then the factual area of HUG is for you. The objective methods of comparing audio equipment under controlled conditions has been thoroughly examined here on HUG and elsewhere and can be easily understood and tried with negligible technical knowledge.

Alternatively, if you just like chatting about audio and subjectivity rules for you, then the Subjective Soundings sub-forum is you. 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.

The Moderators' decision is final in all matters regarding what appears here. That said, very few Posts are rejected. HUG Moderation individually spell and layout checks Posts for clarity but due to the workload, Posts in the Subjective Soundings area, from Oct. 2016 will not be. We regret that but we are unable to accept Posts that present what we consider to be free advertising for products that Harbeth does not make.

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DIN vs RCA connectors - technical advantage?

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  • #16
    BNT .... a balanced BNC

    Originally posted by A.S. View Post
    What he meant was BNT - yes, you'll never have heard of it.
    Ah yes, I knew that beastie existed, nice double screening. Never seen one.

    http://www.hubersuhner.com/mozilla/h...-gr-series-bnt

    Double screened - now if the lads at CERN were using those, perhaps the speed of light would not be in question!


    My advice is stick with phono!
    Do we have a choice? The big boys make the decisions.

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    • #17
      Who solder their own interconnects?

      Originally posted by A.S. View Post
      ...buying an off-the-shelf BNC lead is one matter. But have you actually tried to assemble/solder a BNC connector yourself at your own pace let alone under Klingon attack?
      "I cannae patch the phaser power to the shiels cap'n till I make up another BNC lead"

      But apart from you and Mr Scott, how many people do you know who solder up their own interconnects?

      Incidentally, another thing about properly made BNC plugs is that they are far easier to make up than many average phono plugs provided you cut the coax to the correct dimensions. The pin removes to make it accessible for soldering (no heating up the pin in situ to make the solder flow down it - damn, softened the plastic insulation and now the pin is eccentric).

      A phono plug could easily be made on the same principle but they are too busy making the plugs "sound good", than sensible to solder.

      Originally posted by A.S. View Post
      What [HUG1] meant was BNT
      That makes more sense, as well as conforming to B&K's typical behaviour of using components nobody has ever heard of. The very thought of wiring a triaxial connector sounds like a puzzle out of Alice in Wonderland!

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      • #18
        Oh what a horrible mess

        Originally posted by Pluto View Post
        ...Incidentally, another thing about properly made BNC plugs is that they are far easier to make up than many average phono plugs provided you cut the coax to the correct dimensions. The pin removes to make it accessible for soldering (no heating up the pin in situ to make the solder flow down it ...
        Oh what a wag you are, Pluto! And who holds that horrible little pin eh? You know, the one with the microscopic channel into which you should attempt to position the core which completely chokes with solder (always tin the joint before soldering - right?) leaving nowhere for the core to fit .... . Result: core insulation sheath starts to melt as you try again and again to crudely solder the core *anywhere* onto the rim of the pin at any jaunty angle possible accompanied by the unmistakeable smell .....

        Always check that the nearest A&E are open before attempting such madness.

        Nope. Phono is vastly superior in every way!
        Alan A. Shaw
        Designer, owner
        Harbeth Audio UK

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