HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts

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.

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{Updated Nov. 2016A}
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Comment from "X Factor" Live Transmissions at the Fountain Studios-October 2010-London

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  • Comment from "X Factor" Live Transmissions at the Fountain Studios-October 2010-London

    Last week a highly respected American record producer is listening to the M40.1 Harbeth speakers in the sound gallery, turns to me and says, "Where's the sub?"

    Well done Harbeth, quite simply the best-sounding monitoring speakers I've used in 35 years of broadcast audio.

    Robert Edwards
    (Sound Director for X Factor program, London)

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    Bass when its needed ....

    Originally posted by redwards View Post
    a highly respected American record producer is listening to the M40.1 ..."Where's the sub?"
    I am not surprised by this. I suspect that the average hi-fi listener expects more really heavy/deep bass than actually exists, hence the large number of typical home installations that sound truly awful with excessive, thumpy & tuneless bass.

    Once you get away from modern electronica and obvious stuff like 32' organ stops, there really isn't too much massive bass out there. It seems very easy to get into a mindset where you believe that big bass should be apparent in most music, most of the time and subs are frequently "dialled-in" in support of this mistaken assumption, with dire results.

    Good, natural bass as presented by the 40.1 is far more subtle and tuneful, yet very present when the programme material truly demands.