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At its inception ten years ago, the Harbeth User Group's ambition was to create a lasting knowledge archive. Knowledge is based on facts and observations. Knowledge is timeless, independent of the observer and can be replicated. However, we live in new world in which objective facts have become flexible, personal and debatable. HUG operates in that real world, and that has now been reflected in the structure of HUG.

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Placing your speakers atop a stand - acoustic considerations

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  • #16
    Originally posted by A.S. View Post
    I can show you later why well established acoustic theory shows that the normal human ear is unlikely to actually hear this effect, so don't waste too much time convincing yourself one way or another!
    (...) there is a spike of wide-band (up to about 10kHz) energy that follows the initial impulse about 1mS (one thousandth of a second) later. (...) With the bottom edge of the speaker flush with the speaker's lower lip - which common sense says is the correct position, and looks attractive too - there is a distinct reflection - see picture - but with the speaker pulled forward by about 25mm, reflection eliminated. (...) So - maybe we should bring our speakers just a fraction forward of the stand edge, or is this a degree of precision far beyond what we can hear?
    Resurrecting an old topic, did someone notice any audible differences bringing the speaker forward as mentioned? Most of the stands designed for Harbeths have top plates more or less equal to the base of the speakers, while many other manufacturers use top plates smaller than the base of the speakers, I wonder if it has something to do with this kind of reflections.