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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{Updated Oct. 2017}
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Amplifier Isolation Platform??

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  • Amplifier Isolation Platform??

    I can understand isolation platforms for hi-fi gear with moving parts, but amplifiers??

    What possible effect could this have on an amplifier's job?

    {Moderator's comment: None perhaps?}

  • #2
    The only reason I used to mount my power amplifier on a platform was to stop our cleaner hitting it with a Hoover! There was no audible difference with our without mount.


    • #3
      800 quid would buy a very nice amplifier platform, a beautiful wooden shelf. You can bet your bottom $ that it makes no real difference (of course it doesn't) but I'm sure that to some it will tighten the bass, speed up transients and sweeten the treble. I recall years ago buying a small two level dedicated 'hifi' stand, the shelves were suspended on 4 little spikes, alas the shelves with time warped with the weight of the TT and amp, I was convinced that it was good for the sound to have that dedicated stand and yet it failed at even being just a stand.....
      Getting to know my C7ES3


      • #4
        Would possibly have a small effect with valve amps but not SS. Wouldn't be so bad if such items were realistically priced but they are usually obscene amounts for slabs of wood. The packaging often accounts for the majority of the price.