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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.

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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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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