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.

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experimental BBC Radio 3 lossless streaming

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  • experimental BBC Radio 3 lossless streaming

    I just noticed that the BBC has reintroduced its experimental lossless audio streaming on Radio 3. I think the sound is glorious.

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    I am also struck by the dynamic range even if that has nothing to do with the lossless format. The BBC have opted to record at a quite low level, and allow the (almost) full dynamic peaks to come through in all their glory, making for a very realistic sound the like of which one does not often hear. Not something to be listened to on the kitchen radio. I am listening on my main system, and need to open the amplifier (2x140watt Quad 606-2) completely to do justice to the softer passages (I have tamed the input sensitivity of the Quad 33, however). The loud passages are stunning.
    The lossless format does impose a load on the internet connection. I have the fastest one available in this pretty major city, and even so there are occasional signal drops (and no children watching Netflix).


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      What result do you get if you check your download speed at


      • #4
        I did realize that I was using my laptop's wifi. I just checked: using the wifi speed is highly variable. A minute ago it was 10 Mbsec and now it is 30 Mbsec. The router is a recent high end Netgear unit, but the house is a modern concrete and steel affair. I first listened to this stream on my desktop system with a wired connection: no problems.


        • #5
          What is the URL of this Radio 3 lossless stream?


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