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"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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HUG-HEALTH: Physical exercise - do you need it and do you get it?!

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    Three months into exercise restart .....

    An update after 3 months of restarting exercise and sensible eating.

    After allowing myself to run to seed physically for some years - and being aware of, but carefully ignoring this thread! - I started on the journey to regain my body exactly three months ago, from a bodyweight of 105 kilos. Which, for 6ft, is obese.

    At 53, I had to be careful to temper my usual enthusiasm for this, not very successfully. The usual resultant aches, pains and some minor injuries, but it is good to be now down to 89 kilos. Still have a few kilos to go, but the challenge now is maintenance. The most difficult part, I find.

    On the exercise front, weights and running/swimming. And sensible eating of the right kind. With zero alcohol.

    For those that want to consider weights/strength training seriously, a fascinating place to research is Lots of testosterone abounds on the site - certainly makes for very entertaining reading. But if one does some culling, there are diamonds to be found.

    The other interesting thing looks to be learning how to swim effortlessly. I have been a casual swimmer for years, but more of the thrashing in the water breaststroke kind. I am now trying to learn the front crawl, and it is fascinating to learn that it is as much about balance in the water, and technique to move through the water like fish do, as it is about being fit to swim well. A bit like learning how to ride a bicycle.

    {Moderator's comment: more simple exercises-whilst-you-listen will be uploaded in the next few days here on HUG....)