The Harbeth User Group: The objectivist's journey to the most realistic sound

HUG: Fact driven. Objective. Tolerant. Moderated.

Every imaginable auditory experience has a rational explanation, and this forum is concerned with metathinking - an awareness of how your own belief system can trap you. If you are able to set aside preconceptions and can think like a Citizen Scientist by applying causality and reason to your audio system, then the Harbeth User Group will bring you closer to your audio dream quickly and with the least effort. If however you are constrained by your beliefs about audio hardware and actually relish constant upgrades, then this forum will no doubt be challenging. We absolutely respect that; there are many other audio forums available!

Truly high fidelity audio components, including amplifiers, can be identified using a simple methodology and basic test equipment and do not add a sonic personality to the signal they pass. Please refer to the 'A', 'X' and 'Z' lists in the main section 'Which amplifier...?' for factual user experiences such as power output, features, reliability, and after-care.

Kindly remember: Although HUG has a citizen science ethos, we fully appreciate that high-end audio has a special emotional place in many lives. This forum exists as a guide to the best value, not to criticise.

Posts and contributors deemed to be fractious, frivolous, belittling of contributors, potentially litigious, creating needless anxiety, combative, seemingly representing commercial interests or hostile to tolerance and harmony in this Forum will be edited or rejected without notice.

“The real purpose of the scientific method is to make sure nature hasn’t misled you into thinking you know something you actually don’t know.”

"An experiment is never a failure solely because it fails to achieve predicted results. An experiment is a failure only when it also fails adequately to test the hypothesis in question when the data it produces don't prove anything one way or another.”

― Robert M. Pirsig; Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values. ISBN 0-688-00230-7

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Method for identifying truly hifi amplifiers

Working through A-B testing and the issues presented

The Harbeth User Group is owned and run by Harbeth Audio Ltd., a commercial enterprise, as part of its brand marketing and awareness activity and is moderated with that reality.

https://www.amazon.com/Perceptual-Audio-Evaluation-Theory-Application/dp/0470869232/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UT

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