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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.

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From the studio to the home stereo - what's really important?

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  • From the studio to the home stereo - what's really important?

    Discussions with studio staff and audio enthusiasts reveal differences in approach to striving for the best sound.

    Can you think of anything missing from this matrix? Any surprises?
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  • #2

    Originally posted by HUG-1 View Post

    Can you think of anything missing from this matrix?
    Yes missed out one, PRICE CONSIDERATION.

    Studio- important
    Concert-goer- important
    Audiophiles- very very important. the higher they are the better they sound.



    • #3

      natural sound?
      studio: important
      concert goer: yes
      audiophile: no, spectacular, please!

      Harbeth M40.1-Naim NAC52-Supercap-NAP 135-CDS2-XPS


      • #4
        Equipment Size, dimensions and fit

        Studio: important ?
        Concert goer: n/a
        Audiophile: Sometimes

        Ease of use and oveerall practicality

        Studio: ??
        Concert goer: n/a
        Audiophile: sometimes and secondary

        “Audiophiles are not shallow, just fixated. “


        • #5
          Music interpretation and content?
          Studio: important - related to cost
          concert-goers: very important - related to enjoyment.
          Audiophile: no. just need any short sound, even less than 30s with audiophile quality to show off will do.
          "Bath with Music"


          • #6

            Studio: No interest
            Concert-goer: Strong interest
            Audiophile: Some interest
            Ben from UK. Harbeth Super HL5 owner.