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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.

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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.

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{Updated Nov. 2016A}
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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:

    www.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/assets/files/pdf/regulatory_framework/service_licences/service_reviews/radio_347/radio_347_summary.pdf

    and the full report which you can read here:

    www.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/assets/files/pdf/regulatory_framework/service_licences/service_reviews/radio_347/radio_347_final.pdf

    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:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/news/e...es/index.shtml

    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.}

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