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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.

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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A Letter from the BBC on Radios 3, 4 & 7

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  • A Letter from the BBC on Radios 3, 4 & 7

    The BBC writes:

    Thank you for taking part in the consultation as part of the BBC Trust's
    review of Radio 3, Radio 4 and Radio 7 last year. Today we have
    published our findings.

    The review considered the overall performance of the three stations -
    including their quality, distinctiveness and value for money, as well as
    the BBC's future plans for the services. Over 16,500 licence fee payers
    took part in the public consultation, and the Trust also drew on a range
    of audience research, performance monitoring and financial analysis.

    The key findings of the review are that all three stations are high
    quality and offer truly distinctive public service broadcasting. The
    challenge for them is to gradually extend their core appeal without
    jeopardizing their distinctiveness.

    The review recognises that Radio 3 has gone some way to adopting a more
    welcoming tone, and should build on this while maintaining its
    commitment to high quality music and arts. Radio 4 should aim to broaden
    its appeal amongst different demographic groups, such as those outside
    of London and the South East. We have approved the BBC Executive's
    proposal to reposition Radio 7 as Radio 4 Extra as part of this review
    to raise awareness, bring more listeners to the station while preserving
    the elements that audiences value.

    In addition, we have approved strategic proposals, put forward by the
    BBC Executive, to develop a new strategy for children's audio which is
    designed to better serve children of all ages which will see the
    refocusing of children's programming on Radio 7 to appeal more to
    families; and the development of permanent collections of on-demand
    content for Radio 3, Radio 4 and BBC 4.

    You can read more details, including both a summary report which you can
    find here:

    and the full report which you can read here:

    If you would like to receive e-mail updates on the BBC Trust's work,
    including details of consultations and publications, please click on
    this link:

    Note to mod: if you can make the board software manage the links better, please do!

    {Mode: Done for you.}

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    Radio 3

    Thanks for tidying the links.

    No mention in them about audio quality, or about the future of the 320kb/s Radio 3 HD stream.

    {Moderator's comment: that's today's BBC I'm afraid.}