HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts

At its inception ten years ago, the Harbeth User Group's ambition was to create a lasting knowledge archive. Knowledge is based on facts and observations. Knowledge is timeless, independent of the observer and can be replicated. However, we live in new world in which objective facts have become flexible, personal and debatable. HUG operates in that real world, and that has now been reflected in the structure of HUG.

HUG has two approaches to contributor's Posts. If you, like us, have 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 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 can be readily understood by non-experts and tried-out at home without deep technical knowledge.

Alternatively, if you just like chatting about audio and subjectivity rules for you, then the Subjective Soundings area 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. From Oct. 2016, Posts in the Subjective Soundings area will not be spell checked or adjusted for layout clarity. 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.

The Moderators' decision is final in all matters and Harbeth does not necessarily agree with the contents of any member contributions and has no control over external content.

That's it! Enjoy!

{Updated Jan. 2017}
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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.