At its inception ten years ago, the Harbeth User Group's ambition was to create a lasting knowledge archive. Knowledge is based on facts and observations. Knowledge is timeless, independent of the observer and can be replicated. However, we live in new world in which objective facts have become flexible, personal and debatable. HUG operates in that real world, and that has now been reflected in the structure of HUG.
HUG has two approaches to contributor's Posts. If you, like us, have 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 Science of Audio sub-forum area of HUG is your place. The objective methods of comparing audio equipment under controlled conditions has been thoroughly examined here on HUG and elsewhere and can be readily understood by non-experts and tried-out at home without deep technical knowledge.
Alternatively, if you just like chatting about audio and subjectivity rules for you, then the Subjective Soundings area 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. From Oct. 2016, Posts in the Subjective Soundings area will not be spell checked or adjusted for layout clarity. 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.
The Moderators' decision is final in all matters and Harbeth does not necessarily agree with the contents of any member contributions and has no control over external content.
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