HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts

The Harbeth User Group is the primary channel for public communication with Harbeth's HQ. If you have a 'scientific mind' and are curious about how the ear works, how it can lead us to make the right - and wrong - audio equipment 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 should be accessible to non-experts and able to be tried-out at home without deep technical knowledge. From a design perspective, today's award winning Harbeths could not have been designed any other way.

Alternatively, if you just like chatting about audio and subjectivity rules for you, then the Subjective Soundings area is you. If you are quite set in your subjectivity, then HUG is likely to be a bit too fact based for you, as many of the contributors have maximised their pleasure in home music reproduction by allowing their head to rule their heart. 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 only, although HUG is really not the best place to have these sort of purely subjective airings.

The Moderators' decision is final in all matters and Harbeth does not necessarily agree with the contents of any member contributions, especially in the Subjective Soundings area, and has no control over external content.

That's it! Enjoy!

{Updated Oct. 2017}
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"War on loudness" - petition

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  • "War on loudness" - petition

    Hi all, I stumbled on this the other day and thought to share with you. This seems a rather good initiative and hopefully there's nothing else behind it.

    ...I skipped the donation part for now.

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    Our local library had a copy of Dire Straits 1985 Brother in Arms which has a very large dynamic range, this along with others deliberately chosen at least to my mind shows the problem that we can have with CD is probably low dynamic range and loud recordings. This version gives a quality of replay that I'd associate with some vinyl, you do not have a congested brickwall of sound. The opposite is a CD track with actual clipped audio running into a modern high sensitivity amplifier input, it is no wonder some people prefer vinyl on average over CD.

    I can only imagine the problem with going to an audio store, having them play a favourite artist of yours (from their CD collection which may have a different DR than yours) and you find the sound more punchy or laidback, even if all else was equal. I notice that versions of the same album can have very different DR and compression amounts, it is worthwhile looking at that information as that could easily be mistaken for variation due to equipment.
    Getting to know my C7ES3