HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts

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.

HUG has two approaches to contributor's Posts. If you, like us, have 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 Science of Audio sub-forum area of HUG is your place. The objective methods of comparing audio equipment under controlled conditions has been thoroughly examined here on HUG and elsewhere and can be readily understood by non-experts and tried-out at home without deep technical knowledge.

Alternatively, if you just like chatting about audio and subjectivity rules for you, then the Subjective Soundings area 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. From Oct. 2016, Posts in the Subjective Soundings area will not be spell checked or adjusted for layout clarity. 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.

The Moderators' decision is final in all matters and Harbeth does not necessarily agree with the contents of any member contributions and has no control over external content.

That's it! Enjoy!

{Updated Jan. 2017}
See more
See less


  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • 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