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.
Vocalist sounds centered slightly above and a couple of feet behind the instruments. Can hear the saxophonist's breath traveling through the mouthpiece pleasant and clear. Can also hear a realistic "brassy breath rumble" inside the mouthpiece at the moment the player attacks the note. Clear overtone filled trumpet sounds. Quite realistic as if I was playing in an orchestra sitting next to the trumpet section. Sound staging places the drummer behind and between a tenor sax player heard slight above and to the right of the drummer with pianist to left at same height as drummer. The three 24-bit files are 6:45, 5:17, and 4:33 in length (PCM 9216kbps 192000Hz stereo).
Having traded up from P3ESRs to a pair of C7ES3s yesterday it was a pleasant coincidence tonight that I was surfing the net looking for some audiophile quality music samples to enjoy with my new speakers.
LFD Zero III amp
Chord and LFD speaker cables/interfaces
Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatality Pro sound card
Foobar 2000 version 0.9.6.9 software sound player