HUG - here for all audio enthusiasts

Since its inception ten years ago, the Harbeth User Group's ambition has been to create a lasting knowledge archive. Knowledge is based on facts and observations. Knowledge is timeless. Knowledge is human independent and replicatable. However, we live in new world where thanks to social media, 'facts' have become flexible and personal. HUG operates in that real world.

HUG has two approaches to contributor's Posts. If you have, like us, a scientific mind and are curious about how the ear works, how it can lead us to make the right - and wrong - decisions, and about the technical ins and outs of audio equipment, how it's designed and what choices the designer makes, then the factual area of HUG is for you. The objective methods of comparing audio equipment under controlled conditions has been thoroughly examined here on HUG and elsewhere and can be easily understood and tried with negligible technical knowledge.

Alternatively, if you just like chatting about audio and subjectivity rules for you, then the Subjective Soundings sub-forum is you. 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.

The Moderators' decision is final in all matters regarding what appears here. That said, very few Posts are rejected. HUG Moderation individually spell and layout checks Posts for clarity but due to the workload, Posts in the Subjective Soundings area, from Oct. 2016 will not be. We regret that but we are unable to accept Posts that present what we consider to be free advertising for products that Harbeth does not make.

That's it! Enjoy!

{Updated Nov. 2016A}
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Harbeth Landmarks

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  • Harbeth Landmarks

    Hi Alan,
    I re-read Harbeth Landmarks in Issue3 Oct 07..I wonder why it did not tell when HL Compact being upgraded to HL Compact 7 with Radial cone..The compact 7 was the 1st model to use Radial cone right?
    "Bath with Music"

  • #2
    Re: Harbeth Landmarks

    Yes, correct, the HL Compact 7 was indeed the first Harbeth to feature the Harbeth-made RADIAL cone. As for timescale - it was a long, long time ago now. Our children were small. About 1985?
    Alan A. Shaw
    Designer, owner
    Harbeth Audio UK


    • #3
      Re: Harbeth Landmarks

      Hi Alan, I think you mean 1995? The Compact 7 was my 1st Harbeth. Now I own SHL5, I still love it very much..
      "Bath with Music"


      • #4
        Re: Harbeth Landmarks

        The original Compact was the 1st Harbeth to use a 25mm SEAS aluminium dome tweeter. Models prior to the compact use soft dome tweeters from Audax.