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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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.