HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts

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.

HUG has two approaches to contributor's Posts. If you have, like us, 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 area of HUG is for you. The objective methods of comparing audio equipment under controlled conditions has been thoroughly examined here on HUG and elsewhere and can be easily understood and tried with negligible technical knowledge.

Alternatively, if you just like chatting about audio and subjectivity rules for you, then the Subjective Soundings sub-forum 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.

The Moderators' decision is final in all matters regarding what appears here. That said, very few Posts are rejected. HUG Moderation individually spell and layout checks Posts for clarity but due to the workload, Posts in the Subjective Soundings area, from Oct. 2016 will not be. 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.

That's it! Enjoy!

{Updated Nov. 2016A}
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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