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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Royal accolade for the town of Wooton Basset

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  • Royal accolade for the town of Wooton Basset

    The small Wiltshire town of Wooton Basset will soon be known as Royal Wooton Basset. No town has been so honored for over 100 years. It is in recognition of the respect it has paid to every soldier, sailor, airman or woman returned home dead from active service in recent times.

    Many a time as a duty senior chaplain I have stood on the runway at RAF Lyneham as a coffin or up to four have been returned from operations abroad. Families would attend to witness the return of their loved ones. The coffin(s) would then be moved by pall bearers to hearses where they would go into the custody of the coroner before being released for family funerals anywhere in the United Kingdom.

    In the UK you will find a full range of political views about these foreign operations, but the whole nation honours the Servicemen and Women on these operations, and those who don't return alive.

    (Royal) Wooton Basset deserves this award for the way the High Street has stopped business and stood in silence as the procession of hearses made their way through the town.