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

HUG: Fact driven. Objective. Moderated.

If you consider yourself to be a Citizen Scientist in the application of objectivity, causality and reason to enhancing your audio system, then this forum was created you. We are suspicious about being manipulated by marketing and group-think. We value the truth. We collect and consider facts. We respect other’s opinions if they demonstrate objectivity, and we often probe for evidence to support overtly subjective claims.

HUG isn’t a debating society, nor is it run by academics (far from it, there is no maths here) and we believe in careful listening guided by measurement. There is a century of comprehensively documented science underpinning audio available to us all. Let’s respect and draw on that free resource. But if HUG’s approach to more realistic music reproduction at home is not your thing right now, then this pragmatic forum may seem unfamiliar or even challenging at this point of your own audio journey. We fully understand: just become involved later when you are more in step with our ethos.

We don't accept strong subjective opinions about products that Harbeth does not make as such contributions cannot be distinguished by us from advertising.Truly high fidelity audio components, incl. electronics, are easily, repeatedly, and quickly revealed under controlled conditions using a simple methodology and basic test equipment. Such components do not add a sonic personality to the signal they pass, and need be neither fancy nor expensive. 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.

This Forum is Moderated, and content and contributors deemed to be fractious, potentially litigious, creating anxiety or hostile to tolerance and harmony in this Forum will be edited or rejected without notice or discussion. Content generated by Harbeth staff complies with HUG objectives and brand positioning strategy.

“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.”

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Method for identifying truly hifi amplifiers

Working through A-B testing and the issues presented

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