HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts

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.

The Moderators' decision is final in all matters and Harbeth does not necessarily agree with the contents of any member contributions and has no control over external content.

That's it! Enjoy!

{Updated Jan. 2017}
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Happy Canada Day to all

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  • Happy Canada Day to all

    It is Canada's birthday today! The Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge are here celebrating with us. Hoist a cold favorite drink while listening to your Harbeths!


    BTW does Prince William have Harbeths? And if not,why not...

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    Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Canada visit

    Let's celebrate the joyous time that the newly married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (our future Monarchs) have had in Canada. They've been very warmly welcomed. Here and here.

    BBC clip here showing Prince William landing a UK made Search and Rescue* type helicopter (which he flies in the UK) on water.

    *Search and Rescue is a public service, established in 1941 in light of the number of Allied aircrew killed in the English Channel during the Battle of Britain. It is hard to believe now but during WW2 there was no established routine for rescuing pilots (or seamen) who crash landed/sank in British waters. Many died of cold. An emergency meeting was convened by Air Marshal Sir Arthur Harris in 1941 which subsequently created the Directorate of Air Sea Rescue. This later became the RAF Search and Rescue Force. Now the main beneficiary of 60 years of Search and Rescue is members of the public stranded in difficult to reach parts of the coastline, in boats after technical failure or sickness or injury. The service is free to all.
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    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK