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The Harbeth User Group is the primary channel for public communication with Harbeth's HQ. If you have a 'scientific mind' and are curious about how the ear works, how it can lead us to make the right - and wrong - audio equipment 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 should be accessible to non-experts and able to be tried-out at home without deep technical knowledge. From a design perspective, today's award winning Harbeths could not have been designed any other way.

Alternatively, if you just like chatting about audio and subjectivity rules for you, then the Subjective Soundings area is you. If you are quite set in your subjectivity, then HUG is likely to be a bit too fact based for you, as many of the contributors have maximised their pleasure in home music reproduction by allowing their head to rule their heart. 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 only, although HUG is really not the best place to have these sort of purely subjective airings.

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  • Protectionism returns?

    For the archives, here.

    So, not only does UK manufacturing have to contend with the prospect of losing free access to the European market, but an "America first" protectionist policy will inevitably impact transatlantic sales. Protectionism has been tried, and failed. Humans know of no better model than free trade. There may be a superior economic model, but for certain, it is not protectionism, isolationism and retreat.
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK

  • #2
    Indeed. For anyone who thought that somehow the US market could offer an alternative to the EU, yesterday must have been a disappointment. There is no reason to believe that America First will not apply to the UK as well. How do Brexeteers think they can best negotiate with a power player like Trump: alone, or as part of an economic system (Europe) of similar size to the US? Trump likes Brexit for no other reason than that it weakens Europe. And a weaker Europe is easier to bully than a strong one.

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    • #3
      The odd thing is how the ordinary voter sees both Brexit and "America First" as a third party solution to their own issues. Let's suppose for a moment that there could be a wholesale change in the public's mentality, right down to the grass roots, a wartime spirit of collectivism. That would mean that every single individual in society would have to make a proactive difference in their lifestyle, to not only be more efficient in their work, but to accept less immediate reward in return. The simple things. Getting up half an hour earlier and starting work before paid clock-in time, not messing around in school class but the getting the head down and improving grades, changing diet from garbage to healthy food, make do and mend, being kindly to ones neighbours .... it's an endless list. Is it likely to happen without the cohesive collective focus of a war? No. But there in lies the real worry.

      I can tell you as the manufacturer of consumer goods that it is practically impossible to modify public behaviour with boring old, discredited facts in a post-truth world. We have highlighted here time and time again the issue of how a minor adjustment in loudness totally influences human subjective perception of sound character. Has it registered as an objective truth? No. Has it modified consumer behaviour? No! Have we learned that only subjective, emotional tugs to the heart convert into action not logic? Oh yes! So it is not really any surprise that we get the politicians we deserve!

      Truth is most definitely out of vogue.

      Of course, the likely outcome of "Only America First" will be precisely the opposite of what is intended. Take note of how statesmanlike China has been these past few days in Davos. This is a golden opportunity for China to present itself as the true leader of the (economically) free world. Who wouldn't want to shelter under the obvious logic of an emerging superpower with a long-range and realistic vision? Yesterday, China was handed that vision by the free world. I have no doubt that she will use this opportunity with skill and vision without actually saying "China First".

      The Intelligence of Backtracking
      Alan A. Shaw
      Designer, owner
      Harbeth Audio UK

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      • #4
        Sigh.... I feel like I will soon be wearing a log of leather, driving around a heavily armed truck across a vast wasteland, and fending off biker gangs in search of food, water and fuel.

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