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"This Harbeth User Group (HUG) is the Manufacturer's own managed forum dedicated to natural sound, realisable by controlling the confounding variables between tthe microphone and the listeners' ears.

For example, the design of and interaction between the hifi amplifier and its speaker load can and potentially will alter the sound balance of what you hear. To reproduce the sounds captured by the recording microphones, as Harbeth speakers are designed to do, you would naturally select system components (sources, electronics, cables and so on) that do not color the sound before it reaches the speakers.

Identifying components for their system neutrality should, logically, start with the interpretation and analysis of their technical, objective performance, as any and every deviation from a measurably flat frequency response at any point along the serial chain from microphone to ear is very likely to cause the total system to have an audible sonic personality. That includes the contribution of the listening room itself.

HUG specialises in making complex technical matters simple to understand, aiding the identification of audio components likely to maintain a faithful relationship between the recorded sound and the sound you hear. With our heritage of natural sound, HUG cannot be really be expected to guide in the selection, approval, endorsement or even discussion of equipment that is intend to introduce a significantly personalised sound to the audio signal chain. For that you should do your own research and above all, make the effort to visit an Authorised Dealer and listen to your music at your loudness on your loudspeakers through the various electronics offered there. There is no on-line substitute for that time investment in a dealer's showroom.

If you desire to intentionally tune your system sound to your personal taste, please consider carefully how much you should rely upon the subjective opinions of strangers. Their hearing acuity and taste will be different to yours, as will be their motives and budget, their listening distance, listening loudness and listening room treatment, not necessarily leading to appropriate equipment selection and listening satisfaction for you.

Alternatively, if faithfully reproducing the sound intended by the composer, score, conductor and musicians over your speakers is your audio dream, then understanding something of the issues likely to fulfill that objective is what this forum has been helping with since 2006. Welcome!"

Jan. 2018
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Free Download of Josquin Kyrie from Gimell Records

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  • Free Download of Josquin Kyrie from Gimell Records

    Gimmell Records is renowned for high quality recordings, though of a limited range of music.

    For a limited time the Kyrie of a Josqin Mass is available for free download in a number of formats and resolutions.

    I have not before seen iTunes friendly downloads available from Gimell. Perhaps this development is tied to the launch of the iCloud.

    Even if this sort of music is not your normal choice I recommend you grab the free track for a listen.

  • #2
    This material would be excellent for a "can you hear the difference between 176/88.2/44.1 @ 24 bit and 16 bit" type test. I've already done the conversions from the 176 original.

    Any takers?


    • #3
      It would be an excellent test.

      I have other Gimmell recordings at 24/96. I cannot hear the difference if I down-sample, and I have 16/44.1 FLACs from ripped CDs that are as good as these excellent Gimmell recordings.

      But let it run: it would be fun.


      • #4
        Many thanks for this actually the free 1 track download is still available, comparing the different resolutions/bit rates now