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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    Many audiophile streamers cost an arm and a leg, even if the technology is pretty basic. Just to prove the point, here is a do it yourself Raspberry Pi off the shelf single board computer (as also used by Bryston) plus usb DAC for less than 100 pounds: It measures extremely well:

  • #2
    Or chromecast audio.


    • #3
      Absolutely. That is the one I personally use. See here for the reassuring measurements:


      • #4
        Did you try to stream high definition files saved in NAS to the chromecast audio ?


        • #5
          Oplayer IOS app it seems works to stream high definition flac files from HD to chromecast audio. I did not traied it, the developer told me that it works.


          • #6
            No I am not convinced of the value of HD downloads, and I prefer streaming from streaming services.


            • #7
              I think with Oplayer you send the music to the chromecast audio, not passing through the IOS device.