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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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  • #16
    Originally posted by A.S. View Post
    One thing to consider with strip ribbon tweeters: they project sound in a vertical strip with far less sound radiated laterally. In that respect they are wholly unlike any musical instrument I can think of, so far from being a solution to natural sound, on the face of it, as a solution it is quite the opposite.
    Ribbon tweeters are usually mounted with their long axis oriented vertically. I think that what you meant to say was that they project more sound laterally than they do vertically. That is, the directivity pattern of the ribbon tweeter is more narrow in the vertical direction than in the horizontal direction.

    For example, the measured horizontal and vertical directivity patterns of the Visaton MHT 12 ribbon tweeter can be found here. Click on the "Enlarge image" button to see the plots in finer detail. It is evident that the horizontal (lateral) dispersion pattern is much wider than the vertical one.

    For comparison purposes, we can also take a look at the measured directivity patterns of the Visaton G 25 FFL 25mm fabric dome tweeter that can be found here. Being a dome tweeter, its dispersion pattern is the same in both the horizontal and vertical directions.

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    • #17
      For those who want a floorstander, perhaps the Xtender - in a version to match the P3ESR - could be revived.
      http://www.meridian-audio.info/publi...%5B2021%5D.pdf

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