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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.

That's it! Enjoy!

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  • #46
    Well my first post on here and my 3 choices would be;

    Led Zeppelin I - A great album and the band were just oh so blues'y
    Miles Davis - A Kind of Blue, cant really say anything on this but play it 3 to 4 times a week
    David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust and the spiders from mars, simply great

    I havnt brought any Harbeth speakers yet but hanging around on here and reading the threads is probably gonna make me buy a pair

    Lee

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    • #47
      When was the last time any of you put this on for a spin:



      CD or Six-eye, the proceedings are at once intimate and glorious - the perfect profile of a staggering genius of a man.

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      • #48
        Ah, yeah...Mingus Ah Um. My favorite Mingus album. It's good any way you hear it, but if you can find the mono pressing, it's just sweet.

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        • #49
          Mono rules!

          But I haven't had the good fortune of finding a mono copy at sane prices and in a decent condition. Till then...

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          • #50
            Beethoven Piano concerto no.2 and no.3, Argerich/Abbado/Mahler Chember Orchestra. Wonderfull live recording.

            "Bath with Music"

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            • #51
              I've listened to John Coltrane's "Lush Life" four or five times in the past few days. Just beautiful playing.

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              • #52
                Wow keithwwk, that's a killer lineup! Must be stunning stuff. Will check it out, thanks for the recommendation.

                douga, I found the second reissue CD a lot better than the first in terms of sound quality. They've done a remarkable job of cleaning up the tape drop-outs.

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                • #53
                  Originally posted by timleety View Post
                  douga, I found the second reissue CD a lot better than the first in terms of sound quality. They've done a remarkable job of cleaning up the tape drop-outs.
                  When you say "second reissue" are you talking about the Rudy Van Gelder reissue?

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                  • #54
                    I love acoustic Sax jazz..I recently bought 3 albums by Stan Getz. I love his style. Can not stop listening..





                    "More stan Getz for lovers" :
                    http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:YiezeiajU9SlKM:
                    "Bath with Music"

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                    • #55
                      Could not agree more Keithwwk.Harbeth speakers really highlight the beautiful tone/timbre Getz produced with his horn.Here are are 2 more STAN GETZ recordings he recorded late, in his all to short life.I've yet to hear another speaker that reproduces the natural timbres of Brass and Reed instruments like Harbeth.

                      STAN GETZ - CAFE MONTMARTRE or
                      STAN GETZ W/ KENNY BARRON - PEOPLE TIME...both live recordings. Enjoy!

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                      • #56
                        second that, and with some others in the mix
                        STAN GETZ & JOAO GILBERTO Featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim Verve 1997, there is lovely "Girl from Ipanema", man's and then woman's voice, and then the sax
                        which leads us to the man himself
                        ANTONIO CARLOS JOBIM A Certain Mr Jobim Warner Masters 1967
                        and sort of makes me think of BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB with Ry Cooder (not as good a recording the first) who then sort of makes me think of Mavis Staples.
                        On quality, listened to Lou Reed's "Raven" last night and there are some tracks on there which are right in the room!

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                        • #57
                          Originally posted by keithwwk View Post
                          I love acoustic Sax jazz..I recently bought 3 albums by Stan Getz. I love his style. Can not stop listening..
                          Keith, if you love Getz, try this one:


                          Not your usual west coast cool, but seductively lush strings featuring Getz as more of a composer. I think you'll dig this album.

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                          • #58
                            Originally posted by douga View Post
                            When you say "second reissue" are you talking about the Rudy Van Gelder reissue?
                            Yes sir. Even the later European digipacks were markedly improved.

                            But heck, when it comes to Trane, I don't pay much heed to "sound"!

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                            • #59
                              I picked up a copy of the CD for 3! I felt almost guilty at paying so little.

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                              • #60
                                Stan Getz

                                Thanks Drew, Kitty and Tim. Will look for them.

                                Btw, the Focus album's cover is pretty nice.



                                Originally posted by timleety View Post
                                "Bath with Music"

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