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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Sing it with a song (if you can)!

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  • Sing it with a song (if you can)!

    Some sung anecdotes of life put to words and music ....

  • #2
    Alan went to Ireland for a short break recently. This song exactly describes his experience of finding a headline bargain flight on the internet that in fact cost ten times as much as the eye catching figure ..... !

    Interview with boss of Ryan Air here ....

    The reality of cheap flights (as experienced by Alan himself attempting to fly to Dublin, July 2011 ...).

    Book here or here or here. Any way, you're screwed.


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      Sing it!

      ) Try singing this..


      • #4
        Safety in flight

        Originally posted by HUG-1 View Post
        ...Any way, you're screwed.
        Thanks for sharing. If it wasn’t so true it would be even funnier.

        The government here had some sense to put a floor under this whole economy flight caboodle. Some called it protectionism but in hindsight the decision makes some sense.

        What we don’t know and can’t see is one thing eg aircraft maintenance. What we do know is even more worrying. Here, at least 2 different (budget) airlines have been brought to task for disregard for safe flying.

        One of the airlines in question…

        This airline has been highlighted for flying below and out of managed air space, being inadequately trained for non standard landing skills (is that saying they do not have necessary skills to land other than on autopilot?).