HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts

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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An Observation on Players

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  • An Observation on Players

    I have a CD player, it cost a grand, and a DVD player, it cost 27 and also plays CDs. Both are the same age and were bought new from the high street. Played through my amp and P3ES2s, I could tell them apart in a double-blind, but I couldn't have told which was the 1K and which was the 27 player, if I hadn't known from the start. Just goes to demonstrate the insoluble problem of prejudice.
    Ben from UK. Harbeth Super HL5 owner.

  • #2
    Please tell which was the better sounding one? the more affordable one or the more expensive one? thanks.


    • #3
      I can't, Kittykat. The difference is very obvious (though hard to describe in words) but the superiority of one over the other is only a matter of opinion. I'll make an attempt to describe them... the expensive one is the more limpid and transparent but the cheaper one has a smooth ease of listening that is no less pleasant.

      Of course, there's little doubt over which will last the longer. The cheaper one's predecessor pegged out after a couple of years and the sound of the disc tray opening is one of grinding nastiness! The expensive player's predecessor dated from the eighties and still runs to this day.
      Ben from UK. Harbeth Super HL5 owner.