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.

That's it! Enjoy!

{Updated Nov. 2016A}
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'Freshman' with Harbeth 40.1

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    I have Harbeth 40.1 for a few weeks at my place and I'm still not able to 'find out' how to get proper sound that I expected. Mid and hi are lets say 'correct', but bass is so 'broomy' and cover all music picture in a way that there is no place for enjoying music. My other equipment is as follows:

    amp | Accuphase E 305
    source | Accuphase DP 67
    cables | Inacoustic (reference serial)

    My room is 6 x 4 mm and I put a speakers smaller side - 1.5 from the beck wall and 1m from the side wall, with 2m between speakers and my listening position is about 3m in front of the speakers. Carpet is in front of the speakers and one side wall is all in 'heavy curtains'.

    Any ideas how to fix this problem and get better sound?

    Cheers mates

    {Moderator's comment: any chance you could send some pictures?