HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts


"This Harbeth User Group (HUG) is the Manufacturer's own managed forum dedicated to natural sound, realisable by controlling the confounding variables between tthe microphone and the listeners' ears.

For example, the design of and interaction between the hifi amplifier and its speaker load can and potentially will alter the sound balance of what you hear. To reproduce the sounds captured by the recording microphones, as Harbeth speakers are designed to do, you would naturally select system components (sources, electronics, cables and so on) that do not color the sound before it reaches the speakers.

Identifying components for their system neutrality should, logically, start with the interpretation and analysis of their technical, objective performance, as any and every deviation from a measurably flat frequency response at any point along the serial chain from microphone to ear is very likely to cause the total system to have an audible sonic personality. That includes the contribution of the listening room itself.

HUG specialises in making complex technical matters simple to understand, aiding the identification of audio components likely to maintain a faithful relationship between the recorded sound and the sound you hear. With our heritage of natural sound, HUG cannot be really be expected to guide in the selection, approval, endorsement or even discussion of equipment that is intend to introduce a significantly personalised sound to the audio signal chain. For that you should do your own research and above all, make the effort to visit an Authorised Dealer and listen to your music at your loudness on your loudspeakers through the various electronics offered there. There is no on-line substitute for that time investment in a dealer's showroom.

If you desire to intentionally tune your system sound to your personal taste, please consider carefully how much you should rely upon the subjective opinions of strangers. Their hearing acuity and taste will be different to yours, as will be their motives and budget, their listening distance, listening loudness and listening room treatment, not necessarily leading to appropriate equipment selection and listening satisfaction for you.

Alternatively, if faithfully reproducing the sound intended by the composer, score, conductor and musicians over your speakers is your audio dream, then understanding something of the issues likely to fulfill that objective is what this forum has been helping with since 2006. Welcome!"

Jan. 2018
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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.}