HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts

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.

The Moderators' decision is final in all matters and Harbeth does not necessarily agree with the contents of any member contributions, especially in the Subjective Soundings area, and has no control over external content.

That's it! Enjoy!

{Updated Oct. 2017}
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Will the real BBC monitor please reveal itself....?

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  • Will the real BBC monitor please reveal itself....?

    It is a sad fact that over two decades have passed since the BBC withdrew completely from loudspeaker development. Harbeth's founder, Dudley Harwood, once headed the illustrious group of talented BBC engineers at their idyllic Surrey R&D headquarters with its own anechoic test chamber. Sadly that were demolished in the BBC's need to fund new, digital premises in London and a big move north to Manchester. Today's BBC is fundamentally a different organisation from the time they led the world in loudspeaker design. The commercial world caught up and then overtook the efforts of the few, under-resourced engineers.

    But the dream lives on in the audiophiles mind, especially in far away lands --- example:

    "65th Anniversary LS5/9" link here, made in China (thought to be manufactured for Rogers). Also Rogers Japan announcement of new 5/9 reported.

    "Audiospace LS3/5a" link here, also made in China and also marketed as Chartwell?? link here and exhibited link here

    BBC licensed or not? Does it matter? Does the consumer/dealer care? Does today's BBC care?

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    Re. Chartwell, I notice that Graham Audio's new LS3/5 is marketed as a Chartwell model
    Graham announced they are using the 'Chartwell' name for this new loudspeaker.

    So, who really owns the name ?