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.

That's it! Enjoy!

{Updated Nov. 2016A}
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  • Squeezebox

    I spend most of my listening time with Internet Radio on my Squeezebox. With a decent DAC the high bitrate stations are better than FM.

    I am presently listening to

    AVRO Klassiek Baroque

    Francesco Cavalli - Balthasar-Neumann-Chor, Baltha - Lauda Jerusalem

    moving on to

    Niccolo Jommelli - A Sei Voci, Bernard Fabre-Garr - Magnificat (Astrée E 8590)

    and now another Magnificat

    Heinrich Schütz - Choeur de Chambre de Namur - Magnificat SWV468


    Dieterich Buxtehude - Monteverdi Choir, English Baro - Membra Jesu Nostri BuxWV75_ Ad

    All brilliant and very clear.

    File Format: MP3
    Bitrate: 256kbps CBR


    And now I switch stations to a slightly higher bitrate

    AVRO Light Classical

    Hoboconcert in G moll: 1 Allegro - Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, hobo: Han de Vries - Johan Friedrich Fasch

    followed by

    Piano Sonata nº 14 - Dame Moura Lympany - Ludwig von Beethoven

    File Format: MP3
    Bitrate: 320kbps CBR