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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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.