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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.

That's it! Enjoy!

{Updated Nov. 2016A}
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New Mac iTunes playback utility.

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  • New Mac iTunes playback utility.

    It's called Bitperfect.

    I played around with some of the betas and it seems quite good in both function and some improved sound quality over iTunes native playback. Seems like a bargain relative to the price of some of the competition (Pure Music and Amarra) if all you're after is on the fly sample rate switching in the background, native flac support and some improved SQ without leaving the iTunes interface. Oh, and the thread on its development where I discovered it.

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    Thanks for the heads up - I'll have to check that out.

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    • #3
      You might like also to look at Decibel; good review in Stereophile and again much cheaper than Pure Music or Amarra:
      http://sbooth.org/Decibel/
      (Mac only though).
      David

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