HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts


"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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No matter where you are find this CD

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  • No matter where you are find this CD

    Teeth-chattering in the UK cold, or baking on a beach, be certain to find this one and be richly rewarded:

    Kent Poon Presents Audiophile Jazz Prologue III HQCD, DWS-8001-HQ

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    Re: No matter where you are find this CD

    Thx for the recommendation! But why?


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      Re: No matter where you are find this CD

      Originally posted by Pencey View Post
      Teeth-chattering in the UK cold, or baking on a beach, be certain to find this one and be richly rewarded:

      Kent Poon Presents Audiophile Jazz Prologue III HQCD, DWS-8001-HQ
      Thanks for the lead.
      "No matter where you are download these samples" (smile)

      Here is the link to Audiophile's description

      After a brief registration one can download three generously sized samples

      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.
      Thanks again.
      C7ES3 speakers
      LFD Zero III amp
      Chord and LFD speaker cables/interfaces
      Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatality Pro sound card
      Foobar 2000 version software sound player