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INTRODUCTION- PLEASE READ FIRST TO UNDERSTAND THIS FORUM!

"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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It's about the music

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  • It's about the music

    Less time on forums ruminating about gear, more time listening to music.

    Life is short!

    3 more for young & old:

    Little Feat - "Dixie Chicken"

    Pink Martini - "Hang on Little Tomato"

    Squirrel Nut Zippers - "Perennial Favorites"

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    Re: It's about the music

    "Dixie Chicken" is ... well, it's a great album, perhaps Little Feat's best. The title track is also one of my wife's favorite demo tracks. She has vetoed the purchase of equipment that couldn't handle the rhythmic complexity of the tune.

    While I'm here...some of my favorite music, some of which also serve as great demos. I've picked these tunes out because I like them, but also because they show what a system is capable of at the extremes of what I listen to. They're also representative of my everyday listening.

    "Maria Catena" by Carmen Consoli, from the "Eva Contro Eva" album. Luscious vocal.

    "Red" by King Crimson. Ok, maybe not a great demo track, but a great tune. Many of the instrumentals from "Thrak" are also good.

    "La Iluvia" from "Chancullo" by Ruben Gonzalez. Great complex percussion, beautiful piano.

    Almost anything by Susana Baca.

    "Misadventure" by Squeeze. Not a great demo, but what a great pop tune.

    "In Good Company" by Kevin Crawford. Irish flute. Just a great album.
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    "White Man in Hammersmith Palais" by the Clash. If your equipment makes this atrociously recorded tune more listenable, it's a plus. But it's a great tune in any case.

    "Watching The Detectives" by Elvis Costello. Distorted percusion, screeching organ, great bass line.

    "Singin' The Blues" by Bix Beiderbecke. One of the great melodies of all time. Now that I think of it, it's hard to care about sound quality when this tune is playing.

    There's more, but that's a good sampling.

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      Re: It's about the music

      Anyone who like me loves choral music should take a listen to "Dreamland" on the Hyperion classical label. It is an inexpensive sampler of some of Hyperion's contemporary choral catalogue, and much of it is quite simply sublime. Listening to this sort of music is when I appreciate my Harbeths the most - the purity and interplay of the voices and the acoustic of the recording space really shines through.

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      • #4
        Re: It's about the music

        Originally posted by douga View Post
        "La Iluvia" from "Chancullo" by Ruben Gonzalez. Great complex percussion, beautiful piano.
        My late wife loved Ruben's music. She went out of her way to see him in person in Miami, and Ruben wrote a nice comment to her in the CD liner notes of a Gonzalez recording she brought along.

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        • #5
          Re: It's about the music

          Originally posted by tozen View Post
          Anyone who like me loves choral music should take a listen to "Dreamland" on the Hyperion classical label. It is an inexpensive sampler of some of Hyperion's contemporary choral catalogue, and much of it is quite simply sublime..
          Dreamland is beautiful. A personal favorite Hyperion disc of mine is: Godowsky "Strauss Transcriptions & other waltzes" w/ Marc-Andre Hamelin on piano.

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          • #6
            Re: It's about the music

            Aussies hip hop is some of the most horrible shit I have heard. I love hip hop music. There are so many elements used in a hip hop.

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