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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.

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Audio Myth Workshop from the 127th AES (Audio Engineer Society) Convention, NY 2009

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    Very interesting, although when he presents his tests towards the end of the talk (e.g. can you tell the difference between a 16-bit file truncated from 24-bit versus dithered from 24-bit, and so on), I guessed correctly in each instance. Although the difference was not huge, it seemed to me that I could hear the difference, and that one file did sound slightly better than the other.

    Now, I could have been imagining this (quite possible) and simply have made lucky choices, but the odds would seem to suggest otherwise. It's possible, though.

    I do agree that the role of expectation bias, placebo effect and so forth is so strong that an intelligent double-blind protocol is the only way to reliably determine if differences are truly audible or not. Doesn't mean that subjective evaluations are not fun, interesting and possibly informative, however.