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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Cheap way to upgrade your listening environment.. :)

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  • Cheap way to upgrade your listening environment.. :)

    One tip that works in improving the listening environment is to listen to your music in TOTAL darkness.

    During some 10-15 minutes your brain slowly shifts to processing sound only, and the whole soundstage opens up in a strange and fantastic way, a highly recommended experience.

    Means you have to place the electronics in another room, or tape over leds and lamps.

  • #2
    Works for me too; has done so ever since I started listening to records.


    • #3
      I absolutely agree.

      When I enter a hifi demo room, for example at a trade show, apart from making sure that I'm not going to stumble over furniture in my path, as I enter the room I make a conscious effort to listen for the first few minutes deliberately not looking at the speakers, electronics, display banners or anything. I focus on the floor about 1m in front, tip my head down, and concentrate on the sound. And sound alone.

      The cosmentics of hifi equipment should not be expected to have any real influence on its sound, and listening in the dark reaffirmss that.
      Alan A. Shaw
      Designer, owner
      Harbeth Audio UK


      • #4
        So do I. Visual and aural are definitely co-wired in our brains. Here is another example of their relationship at play (from my own experience). I am only mildly short sighted and these days only bother wearing my glasses to enhance the experience of a good movie. However, I noticed that I appreciate the finer subtleties of audio better with my glasses on! It is as if the focus, or the lack thereof, that my eye experiences somehow affects my hearing. I guess that by shutting our eyes when listening to a piece of music we are denying the visual its power over the aural. Definitely cheaper than visiting your optician as often as it takes...